In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 3, 2014 / 3 Nissan, 5774

Carter's latest anti-American affront

By Cathy Young

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Former President Jimmy Carter has a new crusade: the fight for the human rights of women and girls worldwide, particularly against oppression driven by religious zealotry. It is a worthy cause — but unfortunately compromised by Carter's insistence that modern Western democracies are just as guilty of sexism as authoritarian regimes dominated by medieval fundamentalism.

Carter, who at 89 has published a new book titled "A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power," argues that inequality and violence toward women are often perpetuated by reactionary religious dogma that views women as inferior to men. So far, so good. Many will quibble with his view that the belief in male supremacy stems merely from misinterpretation of scriptures rather than unmistakably sexist and even misogynist passages in the texts themselves. But, as Carter correctly points out, the same texts also contain the clear idea of human equality before God, and it is up to human beings which aspects of religious legacy to emphasize.

Carter believes that the tradition of all-male clergy should end. I am sympathetic to this argument. But one should also keep things in perspective. The Catholic Church, despite its male priesthood and its conservative views on abortion and birth control, is not leading an assault on women's rights in the workplace, in the family and in society in general; radical Islamic fundamentalism is.

Not even the most conservative Christian churches in the United States and Europe, except for a few fringe sects, endorse wife-beating, the execution of unfaithful wives and unchaste daughters, or restrictions on employment for women and schooling for girls. Many mainstream Islamic clerics, however, advocate the practices.

My point is not that Islam is inherently more oppressive or misogynist than other major religions (there are many Muslim feminists who disagree), but that, for various historical and cultural reasons, it is far more under the sway of fundamentalist fanatics and more urgently in need of modernization and reform. Denying the facts helps no one, least of all women.

But Carter crossed the line into absurdity when, in a recent PBS interview, he mentioned unequal pay and inadequate handling of sexual assault on college campuses in this country in the same breath as selective female infanticide and other brutalities against women in the Third World — as evidence that we, too, have a way to go on gender equality.

As numerous economists (many of them women) point out, the gender gap in pay and advancement is a result of complex factors including women's choices to curtail or interrupt paid work while raising children and to choose careers more compatible with child-rearing. One can argue that these roles can change, but one can hardly mandate this by fiat.

The problem of justice for sexual assault victims, whether on college campuses, in the military or in society at large, is no less complex. It sometimes involves conflicting accounts with little corroboration, or drunken acts in which the accuser and the accused have little memory of the events. There is a genuine tension between supporting women who say they were victimized and upholding the presumption of innocence, a cornerstone of our justice system. None of this compares to the reality, in too many countries, of rape victims being punished (sometimes with death) for sexual misconduct.

The United States and other Western cultures are not perfect when it comes to gender equality. But the West can be proud of advancing human rights and women's rights worldwide. The cause of women and girls is not helped by ridiculous moral equivalencies.


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© 2013, Cathy Young. This originally appeared in Newsday.