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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 Feb 18, 2014 / 18 Adar I, 5774

Losing Ourselves in Snow & Cold

By Tom Purcell




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Let's keep it together, people.

I speak of the way we are responding to record snow and cold sweeping across vast regions of the country.

People are cussing at snowplow drivers and each other. Panicked shoppers are fighting over toilet paper and milk. Americans are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder in unprecedented numbers.

For goodness' sake, my fellow Americans, what kind of weak, chaotic image are we portraying to the rest of the world?

Worst of all is the way our nation's capital is responding to the weather. As soon as forecasters predict an inch of snow there, bureaucrats shut down schools, cancel flights and order "non-essential" government employees - and that covers a lot of people - to stay home.

That is something I still find odd about our government. I remember when I was a kid listening to Jack Bogut on KDKA and praying school would be called off or delayed, but when did the federal government start doing this?

In December, I needed assistance processing my passport in D.C. but could get no help - because that day has been declared a snow day and the government, and all embassies, were shut down.

The next few days, the government issued two-hour delays because of the cold - even though it wasn't cold. It was almost 35 degrees.

I have trouble pitying the folks in D.C. because I'm a Pittsburgher.

When it snows in Pittsburgh, salt trucks are generally dispatched with order and efficiency. Cranky old guys in big trucks - guys chomping cigars and cussing at you to move your damn car out of their path - plow and salt every inch of road with skill and speed.

And Pittsburghers make the best of snow. We know we can't control the cold and snow, but we can control how we respond to them.


Our kids immediately appear atop the steepest hills with a variety of sledding devices, then spend many hours letting nature whip them downhill.

Our grownups happily abandon their typical routines to shovel driveways and sidewalks. We are invigorated by the crisp air and a good sweat. We use this time to catch up with neighbors while sipping hot coffee out in the cold.

The fact is, snow and cold are gifts from the heavens. They are intended to puncture our seriousness and self-importance - not encourage them.

Look, my fellow Americans, we have to get ahold of ourselves. It's just a little snow, for criminy's sake.

If your car slides to one side, turn into the slide.

There's no need to fight over toilet paper and milk. They will make more.

And rather than complain about the weather, use that energy to reach out to elderly neighbors or family members who need help shoveling or some supplies from the store.

The fact is that despite our wealth, technology and sophisticated ways, it still only takes some white flakes from the sky to disrupt our little world. Roll with it.

That is what Americans have always done. Remember rugged individualism? Remember Yankee ingenuity?

We don't whine, argue and complain, people. We deal with whatever challenge is before us and use our native wits to address it.

So rather than carry on like the end times are just ahead, here's something more positive you can do: Borrow somebody's sled and hit the slopes for a few hours. Few things will improve your spirits more than being a kid again.

And isn't that a much better impression of America to share with the rest of the world?

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