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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Sept. 15, 2008 15 Elul 5768

The Sarah Palin squeeze

By Suzanne Fields


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The notabilities of the mainstream media are suffering acute PMS. That's Palin Motherhood Syndrome.


Instead of appreciating Sarah Palin as mother, experienced executive and smart politician, they're venting their rage at the multitasking mom. How could she hide her pregnancy for so many months? How dare she return to work as governor of Alaska three days after giving birth? How could she deprive her teenage daughter of effective sex education? And how could she have deprived both herself and the daughter of an abortion when that would have solved everything so neatly?


National Public Radio interviews women about what they think of the way Sarah Palin fuels the "Mommy Wars." Unlike the pollsters, NPR finds mostly women who describe the governor as "selfish" and "overambitious," whose heart simply isn't in the right place. The working mothers who juggle work and children say that juggling five children is wrong, but don't say exactly what the perfect number would be. Four? Three? Six? Some of these women were liberal feminists who only yesterday applauded women who combine children and careers. Not now. Not with Sarah Palin. The times, they must be a-changing back.


Modern feminism pushed careers for mothers with such success that by 1980 more than half (54 percent) of married women with children under 18 worked outside the home. Newsweek magazine that year identified "the Superwoman Squeeze," cataloging the pressures exerted on the 18-hour mom. By 1998, more than 60 percent of children under 6 had working mothers. Stories abound of women leaving the workplace to enjoy the domestic tranquility of mothering, but Pew researchers find that over 10 years of polling Americans disapprove of working mothers by a margin of two to one.


Pollsters, of course, ask only general questions about attitudes, and Americans are now asked to judge one specific working mother, as Sarah shakes up the findings in a very different way. As the Republican candidate for vice president of the United States, she identifies several new subsets of voters who are likely to vote for her: — Mothers (and fathers) accused of bad parenting because a teenage daughter

  • gets pregnant or a teenage son gets a girl pregnant. (It still takes two.) The parents of these children may have given personal, sensitive, correct messages about birth control or abstinence, their children may have had the best sex education courses that public and private schools offer, but "life happens," and not always for the best in a pop culture saturated with sex.

  • Mothers who joined the PTA to support their children's education and learned that as important as it was to work on the local level there were many unexpected reasons why their children didn't do well in school. They may have had poor teachers, pushed forward through union seniority rather than merit, and they may have had no alternative to bad schools, such as vouchers and charter schools.

  • Educated women, scorned for retreating from an "elite" education and careers only to become hockey and soccer moms, adopting, like Sarah Palin, different timetables for different times in their lives.

  • Feminists for Life, whose choices in behalf of the sanctity of life are scorned as "anti-woman" because these feminists believe it morally wrong to choose abortion. Like Sarah Palin, these women understand that hard choices require taking painful ethical responsibility.

  • "Oprah viewers" who thought America's most popular women's talk-show host meant it when she said she would interview women of accomplishment, but who now says she will entertain Sarah Palin only after the election. (She might find it more difficult to get an interview with a vice president.)

  • Working men and women who feel put down by Barack Obama's claim that they are embittered and cling to guns and religion, and who agree with the governor that "we tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco."

  • Men and women who admire John McCain, "the maverick," and who prior to the conventions thought him too conventional for an authentic maverick. His unconventional choice for running mate restores the image of independence.


Voters are continuing to measure the two men at the top of the tickets and their judgment in choosing running mates. The Democrats continue to push the notion that John McCain and George W. are attached at the hip, but Sarah Palin has squeezed the president out of the frame. She's showing America that sometimes the best man for the job is a woman.

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