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 Jan. 29, 2010 / 14 Shevat 5770

It's a snug, snug world after all

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You think it will never happen in your family. You think it only happens to other people, and then you find out that someone you gave birth to has purchased a Snuggie.

Yes, a Snuggie, the extra large fleece blanket with sleeves, sold at high-end clothing retailers such as Walgreens and Staples. Wearing a Snuggie is like wearing your bathrobe backwards.

As someone who would consider doing a Polar Bear Plunge before wearing a Snuggie, I can't help but ask why. Where did we go wrong? Did we keep the house too cool? Did she not have enough fleece wear as a child?

"Why would you buy a Snuggie?" I plead, dabbing at my tears. "You're such a pretty girl."

"Some of us agreed to get them as a joke," she says, her head disappearing into waves of signature blue fleece.

"And if all your friends put Bumpits in their hair, would you do that too? What next - Sham Wow, the magical cloth that can hold 12 times its weight in liquid?"

A muffled voice from somewhere inside the Snuggie says, "Snuggies are funny. And the thing is, they really do keep you warm. You keep the house so cold that Dad should try one."

Letter from JWR publisher

All I can think of are the times I tried to persuade her to wear a coat as a kid when it was 30 degrees out and she claimed she didn't need one. And now she drags around an oversized blanket when she's inside and the temperature is 70. To say Snuggie lovers have blanket attachment issues is putting it mildly.

Fans on Facebook list the Snuggie as a "religion."

Young people are having Snuggie parties at pubs as well as Snuggie costume contests.

The Snuggie television commercials, however, most often show middle-age and older people, frustrated and upset, grimacing and thrashing about as they fight their way out from under a blanket to attempt physically daunting tasks like answering a phone, working the remote and eating popcorn. With the Snuggie, your hands are completely free. You are now able to weld the remote to your hand and glue the buttered popcorn directly to your hips.

If the human race was ever meant to be this lethargic, we wouldn't have legs. We would have been designed to roll instead of walk.

The Snuggie (now available in leopard, zebra and camel) is touted as "perfect for chilly office buildings, sporting events and cold movie theaters." Coming soon to an office near you: Snuggie Friday.

One Snuggie ad pictures a woman seated on an airplane, enveloped by the flowing folds of a Snuggie. Members of al-Qaida are probably on-line right now buying Snuggies by the dozen.

Sadly, they also make Snuggies for dogs. The advertisements only show small dogs wearing Snuggies -- small dogs lacking the strength to overpower dust balls let alone their owners. You try putting a Snuggie on a big dog and it will pin you to the floor. The day a German Shepherd wears a pink fleece blanket with sleeves so it can get a good grip on the remote is the day we're all doing down.

Any dog embarrassed by a Snuggie should have some means of legal recourse.

So should a mother.

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