President Obama's Newest Appointee, Rabbi Steve Gutow

Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Rabbi Steve Gutow to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The Council brings together leaders in fields related to the work of faith-based and neighborhood organizations in order to provide recommendations to the Administration on identifying avenues to improve the partnerships it forms to assist people in need. 

News Roundup: Rubio's Dallas Fundraiser Draws Criticism

Let’s Not Jeopardize Crucial Care for Women

The health and well-being of the body, the Jewish scholar Maimonides teaches us, are “part of one’s service of God.” Judaism places a high value on health care, and we are commanded to take care of the sick, both Jewish and non-Jewish.

That’s why as Jews, we should see the attacks on Planned Parenthood — one of the most important organizations providing comprehensive, quality health care to millions of women — and moves to cut funding for it as particularly distressing.

Failed CEO Fiorina Criticizes Iran Deal After Her Company Broke Sanctions

Presidential candidate and failed CEO Carly Fiorina has not been shy in discussing her contempt for the Iran nuclear agreement, even criticizing the way the deal was reached. During an interview on CBS This Morning, she commented that “I've never negotiated an Iran nuclear deal, but I've negotiated a lot of high-stakes deals, and there are a couple of rules and every rule has been broken. If you want a good deal, you've got to walk away sometimes. We never did."

However, Vox News recently been reported that while Fiorina was CEO at Hewlett-Packard, the company “sold hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of equipment — mostly printers — in Iran.” And while she claims that she was unaware of these sales, and therefore didn’t commit any sanctions laws violations, the company under her direction was involved in breaking the same sanctions she now insists should not be lifted now under the agreement.

Health Care is Not a Political Tool

Recent months have been worrisome for anyone paying attention to the calculated, manipulative and deceptive attacks by some in the Republican Party on women’s rights and health care needs. The ongoing effort to defund Planned Parenthood, one of the most important organizations providing comprehensive, quality health care to millions of women, is a strong demonstration of where many in the Republican Party stand on issues regarding women, reproductive freedom and accessible health care. Some Republican members are so concerned with portraying this organization as a bad actor, a claim that has no basis in fact, that they are willing to, once again, shut down the government, using women’s rights as a political tool.