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 June 6, 2014 / 8 Sivan, 5774

The Gallows for a Christian Mother

By Suzanne Fields

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There's a narrow band of outrage for 21st-century women in America. There's the occasional sling and the odd arrow aimed our way, but women can stand up to men when men need standing up to, and pay no price for it. Women of the First World enjoy the luxury of free speech and the separation of church and state, blessings unimaginable in the grim places of the world.

Women in the West thus have a particular responsibility to focus a light on cruelty to women elsewhere. Sometimes it takes one brave woman to illuminate the horror of certain strains of Islam that make the oppression of women an everyday part of their lives. Meriam Ibrahim, 27, is a mother of two in Sudan, the youngest being less than a fortnight old, who is under a death sentence for refusing to abandon the Christian faith she lived as the daughter of the Christian mother who raised her. Her heartbreaking story comes to us as through a medieval lens colored by ignorance, barbarism and fanaticism.

The headline across a British tabloid tells the gruesome story like it is: "Wife Set to Hang for Marrying Christian."

The photograph in the newspapers shows Mrs. Ibrahim as a beautiful bride in a long white dress, a sparkling tiara, with her arm draped around Daniel Wani, her husband, an American citizen, on her wedding day in 2011. Now she is shackled to the floor in a filthy Sudan prison cell with her son, 18 months old, and her new daughter. The court was not without Shariah mercy: She has two years time to wean the infant before she is to be lashed 100 times, and then what is left of her is to be hanged until she is dead.

She was convicted of apostasy, the abandonment of a religious belief, and adultery, capital crimes under Shariah. She's considered an adulteress since the Sudanese court vacated her marriage. In Sudan, a marriage between a Muslim and a Christian is invalid. This is the Muslim version of "Catch-22."

She told the court: "I am a Christian and I am not an apostate." She never abandoned Islam because she has never been a Muslim. Her mother was a Christian and her Muslim father abandoned the family when she was 6. But Sharia dictates that the child of a Muslim is a Muslim. Her husband had fled Sudan during its brutal civil war, settled in New Hampshire and became an American citizen.

The semi-good news is that the outrage has gone both viral and global. Millions are peppering Sudanese embassies and legations across the world with protests and pleas for her freedom.

Mrs. Ibrahim's plight has particularly outraged Europeans. Leaders of Britain's three main political parties, Prime Minister David Cameron and the archbishop of Canterbury are agitating for her release. The State Department insists that it is "fully engaged," whatever that means. Neither President Obama, who has been busy trading terrorist chiefs for a captured American soldier who may be a deserter (or worse), nor the first lady, always looking for a cause, has signed a petition or said anything to add to the international pressure.

Congressional demands to cut off $300 million in U.S. economic aid, mostly of food and medicine, is not regarded as a good option because a government that imprisons a mother and her two children, one of them a nursing infant, is not likely to concern itself with the hungry, the halt and the lame. Sudanese President Omr al-Bashir has been identified by the International Criminal Court as a war criminal.

"The refusal of the government of Sudan to allow religious freedom was one of the reasons for Sudan's long civil war," U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, New Jersey Republican, chairman of the House committee on U.S. policy in Africa, tells Fox News. Now that the largely Christian south has split from the north, President al-Bashir is likely to enforce the brutalities of Shariah with a vengeance.

Daniel Wani has hopes that the international attention will force Sudan to free his wife, but when it does the couple might not be allowed to leave the country with their children. It's inconceivable that the Ibrahims would leave without them.

Several senators, both Democrats and Republicans, say they will introduce legislation condemning Sudan's treatment of Mrs. Ibrahim. Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, a Republican, asked President Obama to grant political asylum. These are nice gestures, but they're only gestures. Only the president can win her freedom, and he can do it if he tries. First he has to interest himself in the outrage. Decisive action is not this president's talent.


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