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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 Sept. 27, 2010 19 Tishrei, 5771

Reading the Tea Leaves

By Suzanne Fields

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What do women want? That was Sigmund Freud's endearing, if naive, question, asked when "Freudian" still meant a deep look into the unconscious. But the good Viennese doctor, as we've learned since, had not a clue to what he was talking about. He posed various notions, like envy of you-know-what, that anatomy is destiny. Some were cute, but no cigar.

Waves of women were willing to listen to their feminine intuition to find out for themselves the answer to Freud's question. Many succeeded, and some of them are turning our politics upside-down. They had lots of obstacles to overcome in asserting themselves, but they eventually learned that what they wanted was opportunity and possibility.

Like a lot of other people (some of them at a tea party), they don't want their possibilities limited to what somebody else wants for them. Biology and culture are strong determinants, but it's the individual female who wants to decide for herself what she could become — and she proved that she wants to vote for somebody who understands not just her, but the question.

We haven't heard much this year about "the Gender Gap," now grown rank with weeds and trash, though before Nov. 2 we can expect that no cliche will be left unturned. Western women in general have been liberated from the disparaging descriptions of themselves as "man haters" and "bra burners." Such descriptions are mostly relegated to amusing (or bemusing) footnotes to the history of the first stages of feminism.

Many of these descriptions — they were never real enough to become actual stereotypes — were inventions in the media, focusing on women on the fringes of the women's movement. Eventually, women wore down the ersatz stereotypes, leaving them only to the vulgar and the uncouth. They no longer hold anyone back. Political power accelerates.

Hillary Clinton didn't lose her run for the presidency because she was a woman. She lost fairly and squarely to the man who ran a smarter, better campaign against her. She could have played the feminist victim, as some of her embittered supporters wanted her to, but she didn't. She moved on, without the dot-com.

In her meetings with the negotiators in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the secretary of state, even in a colorful pant suit surrounded by men in black, her sex — or "gender," for the linguistically squeamish — is incidental to power and poise. Nobody seems to care about her hair.

Sarah Palin, as John McCain's running mate, didn't lose the presidency for the senator. She just wasn't ready and was plucked prematurely. But she's showing herself to be a fast learner and a quick study. Agree with her or not, she knows what she's talking about today. She turns out to be a natural.

Both Hillary and Sarah, on their own in different ways, have earned respect, not because they're women but because of what they've learned about politics and projecting power, and how they're using what they've learned. Sarah Palin is galvanizing the tea parties over issues that have more to do with where the country is headed than with where women have been. She's serving strong tea — no prissy organic loganberry or weak elderberry herbal stuff poured from her teapot — and she's unifying men and women around the issues of smaller government, lower taxes and how to dispose of self-satisfied incumbents of both parties who long ago stopped listening to their constituents.

Women comprise a slight majority at the tea parties, but that's because they've learned the importance of the issues within a family context of budgets and children. They know it's not smart to spend more than you earn or to incur debt that ransoms their children's futures. They've become "mama grizzlies" because their cubs are threatened.

The political and the personal have always operated like a see-saw in the modern feminist movement. "We never really escaped from our own narrow, self-gratifying, spinsterish sort of mind," Germaine Greer said of the demise of the women's movement. But that was her problem. Most women are not narrow-minded ideologues. They compose their politics to suit their needs of the moment, just like men. Sometimes there's a time lag until the right leader emerges, but when the leader does, she's got a ready-made constituency.

Sarah Palin, like Gloria Steinem, is usually better looking and better dressed than the rank and file who follow her, but women don't resent that. She inspires the crowds with her intrepidity, audaciousness and charisma. The best of modern feminism that empowered women has filtered into the individual lives of women; the chaff has fallen away.

It's possible that the best ideas of the tea party will succeed in similar ways, empowering the rebels with ideas that can transform the swampy landscape we've lived in these past two years.

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