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 December 24, 2013/ 17 Teves, 5774

Faces of Religion

By Mona Charen

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I wouldn't volunteer to be Phil Robertson's speechwriter. He chooses his words too carelessly. But with Christmas arriving, it's worth pausing a moment to consider two other faces of Christianity today.

Many who are hostile to religion are eager to portray the "Duck Dynasty" star's comments about homosexuality as the essence of Christianity. Because the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin akin to adultery, the argument goes, the Bible is clearly bigoted, and those who quote the relevant verses are morally objectionable as well.

Some of us who were sorry to see the idea of sin itself go out of fashion worry about the relaxation of standards all around. Still, you can quote the Bible to almost any effect, and it's certainly true that the sins we choose to highlight or overlook change with time. In the 18th century, for example, violating the Sabbath was considered a serious offense. In my judgment, a more consequential sin than homosexuality, from the point of view of our cultural health, is unwed childbearing.

At Christmastime, though, it's important to remember that religion is about encouraging virtue, not just avoiding sin.

As a Jew, I may have weak qualifications to nominate anyone for Christian of the Year, but I step forward because it's so easy in the present climate to lose sight of the fact that the Christian message — and generally, the message of the great religions — continues to inspire the very best in people. Young people, who see Christianity and other great faiths as merely institutionalized prejudice, need to grapple with the larger picture.

I'm continually inspired by the acts of generosity, communal support and loving kindness performed by the rabbi and congregants of our synagogue. Visiting the sick, providing jobs for the handicapped, comforting those who mourn, feeding the hungry — these are tasks undertaken because religious people feel called or commanded to perform them. A benevolent attitude toward one's fellow man is all very well, but in practice, religious people are far more likely to extend themselves in this way than secular people. (For more on this topic, see "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism" by Arthur Brooks.)

Pope Francis may need a primer on free market economics (while I'm recommending books, I suggest "The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism" by the great Catholic philosopher Michael Novak), but there is no doubt he is imbued with a love of G0D that translates seamlessly into a love of his fellow men. Like Robertson, he accepts the Christian teaching that homosexuality is a sin, but he also lives the Christian teaching about loving the sinner and embracing all people — the ill, destitute and in one moving moment from the past year, the disfigured — as G0D's children who are owed dignity and inclusion.

When he announced his impending retirement from the House of Representatives, Frank Wolf issued a simple statement: "As a follower of Jesus, I am called to work for justice and reconciliation and to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves ... "

Would he have described himself as a humble "follower of Jesus" if he were making an announcement for reelection instead of retirement? Would any politician in a purple state like Virginia dare to do so? Doubtful.

What is not in doubt is that Wolf did speak for the voiceless and did defend the persecuted throughout his 34 years in Congress. Wherever men were persecuted, they could be sure of an advocate in Wolf. He traveled to the Soviet Union, Romania and Bosnia to investigate and report on human rights abuses. In 1997, he traveled to Tibet on an ordinary passport and visa — not as part of an official delegation — to meet with persecuted Buddhists. When he returned, he held a press conference denouncing the "unspeakably brutal conditions" that prevailed in the mountain region "in the dim shadow of international awareness." He has continued to press the State Department and various administrations to raise human rights questions with the Chinese government.

Wolf was among the first members of Congress to travel to Darfur, Sudan, and those suffering in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, the Republic of the Congo, Syria, Iraq and Egypt have also benefited from Wolf's tireless devotion to human rights. He fought human trafficking in the U.S. and worldwide, and attempted to persuade his fellow members to resist the seduction of legalized gambling.

Wolf and Francis, you might say, are attempting to impose their religious values on other people. G0D bless them.

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