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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 June 13, 2013 / 5 Tammuz, 5773

Obama, the role model. Seriously

By Michael Reagan





http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's no news to anyone that I disagree strongly with President Obama on just about any issue or policy position you can name.

But I'm not the least bit uncomfortable saying I admire something about the president that transcends politics and makes him a role model for every man in America.

President Obama is a good father.

That's no small thing in 2013 America. And not too long ago in Dallas I told the president exactly that.

The event was a small "meet-and-greet" coffee for first family members held before the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

My wife, daughter and I represented the Reagan family at the private event, which included the Johnson daughters, Trish Nixon, Susan Ford, along with presidents Obama, Bush 41 and 43, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

"I disagree with your policies," I said, after saying hello and shaking the president's hand. "But I applaud you for being a good father and a good husband. The world needs more of those."

President Obama, a father of two daughters who says he still goes on "dates" with his wife, said he appreciated my praise.

I don't know if the first father is as familiar as I am with the statistics of fatherlessness, but America needs all the good dads it can get.

Fathers are the super glue that keeps families strong and healthy in many important ways. But according to childcare experts and the U.S. Census, about 24 million kids in our country go to bed each night without a father in the house.

You don't have to be a social scientist from Princeton to know that the absence of a father can do serious damage to a child and, ultimately, society. But the numbers are grim -- and they cut across race and class.

Over the years various studies have found that kids in fatherless homes are more likely to be poor and more at risk for drug abuse and suicide, plus more likely to get in trouble with the law.

Fatherless kids are also more likely to be sick or have mental health problems than kids growing up in two-parent households, and less likely to do well in school, graduate from high school and attend college.





Some of the hard numbers from those studies are not pretty: 70 percent of juveniles held in detention facilities come from fatherless homes. So do about 63 percent of teen suicides and 71 percent of high school dropouts.

Boys who grow up in homes without fathers do much worse in school and are twice as likely to end up in jail as those who come from traditional two-parent families -- no matter what their race, family incomes or parents' educations are.

Father's Day is Sunday. Good fathers like President Obama will get the props and the love they deserve from their families and the rest of society.

But Father's Day is also a good time to think about how you can become a better father to your children and a better husband to your wife.

And if you don't have kids of your own, you can celebrate Father's Day in another important way.

America has more than 400,000 of its children in foster care. Many of those kids are eligible for adoption and need a good father. You can celebrate Sunday by deciding to adopt one of those foster-care kids -- and become someone's father on Father's Day. A good place to start is the website of Childhelp.org, a key source for information on foster care and child-abuse prevention.

Happy Father's Day!

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Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of "The New Reagan Revolution" (St. Martin's Press). He is the founder of the email service reagan.com and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Comment by clicking here.



Previously:


06/06/13 Don't whine about the IRS, kill it!

© 2013, Michael Reagan

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