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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 May 18, 2012/ 26 Iyar, 5772

Romney Follows the Founding Fathers in Religious Tradition

By Suzanne Fields




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What a country. In one corner, the president of the United States endorses same-sex marriage, evoking his personal evolution with the Golden Rule, "You know, treat others the way you want to be treated." In the other corner, Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican candidate for president, addresses an audience of 35,000 at the Liberty University commencement, one of the largest Christian universities in the country. He says that central to our rise to global leadership is "our Judeo-Christian" tradition." When he evokes marriage as "a relationship between one man and one woman," he receives a standing ovation.

The Founding Fathers would be pleased. They wanted the vocabulary of religious tradition to enjoy vigorous debate in the public square. They knew that the Bible was subject to different interpretations and in the Old World people went to war over those differences of opinion. The bloody massacres after the European Reformation were recent history.

So they made sure G0d makes no appearance in the Constitution and religion in governing was made prominent by its absence. No religious test would be required for office, and the establishment of religion by the state was prohibited. When Alexander Hamilton was asked why G0d is never mentioned in the Constitution, he joked, "We forgot." For a man known for his prodigious memory, he was a canny reader of human nature. When John Adams was asked to state his religious creed, he was succinct and kept it to four words: "Be just and good."

That left lots of room for political discussion where diversity of religious interpretation thrives and civic culture maintains unity. It was in this tradition that Mitt Romney gave his eloquent commencement address on Saturday: "Men and women of every faith, and good people with none at all, sincerely strive to do right and lead a purpose-driven life."

In a speech that was remarkable for never mentioning his own Mormon faith, he drew on quotations from a diverse group of inspiring thinkers who, in their own way, stressed the importance of the Judeo-Christian culture and conscience with "its vision of the goodness and possibilities of every life." He was passionate and articulate in appealing to issues that unite us: "The American culture promotes personal responsibility, the dignity of work, the value of education, the merit of service, devotion to a purpose greater than self and, at the foundation, the pre-eminence of the family."

When he appealed to moral absolutes, he cited the example of Martin Luther King. "As a young man," he said, "with most of my life ahead of me, I decided early to give my life to eternal and absolute. Not to these little G0ds that are here today and gone tomorrow. But to G0d who is the same yesterday, today and forever."

His comportment disappointed New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, who laments that he didn't make same sex marriage a wedge issue or "fan the flames of hellfire." To the chagrin of many liberals who preferred to run against a hot-headed self-righteous, sermonizing candidate, Romney cannot be stereotyped as out of touch with mainstream secular society.

Instead when it comes to a "wedge" issue, 67 percent of Americans thought that the president announced his support for gay marriage "mostly for political reasons," a cynical rather than principled position, according of those surveyed by The New York Times and CBS News.

While critics of Mitt Romney have enjoyed making fun of him as stiff and humorless, his speech at Liberty University showed an ability to talk seriously, with humility turning his business expertise into a personal parable for service.

When he was first asked to rescue the 2002 Olympics, he was busy and says he dismissed the idea because his lack of athletic prowess failed to make it sound like a logical step. His sons went further and said there was no way they could imagine their father's photo on the front page of the sports section. But he succeeded, and it became one of his most rewarding experiences.

"Opportunities for you to serve in meaningful ways may come at inconvenient times, but that will make them all the more precious," he told the graduates. He broadened Jack Kennedy's exhortation of what you can do for your country. "It is not a matter of what we are asking of life," he said, quoting Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl, "but rather what life is asking of us."

In the tradition of our Founding Fathers, Mitt Romney understands that religious freedom opens a door that is closed to many around the world. "But whether we walk through that door, and what we do with our lives after we do, is up to us."

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