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 April 11, 2008 / 6 Nissan 5768

You're gonna lose, whichever you choose

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The college kid asked if I thought she should wear a light jacket or a heavy coat the other morning. "The opposite one," I said.

It's spring, that time of year when no matter which one you wear, you will wish you had something else.

Spring is the Whack-A-Mole season. Popping up here, popping up there. A crocus here, a daffodil here, the promise of warmer days quenched by a sudden freeze, a surprise snow shower and one last shimmer of ice.

Spring is Lucy taunting Charlie Brown with the football, promising to hold it steady, but always yanking it away at the last minute.

A relentless tease, that's what spring is. "Coming your way. Here I am. Nope! Changed my mind. Fell for that one again, did ya?" The pansies grin and the wind laughs.

If you wear the light jacket, the sun ducks behind the clouds, the wind kicks up, biting and slapping at your skin until your legs shake and your teeth chatter.

If you opt for the heavy coat and scarf because the thermometer says it's freezing, the sun will suddenly appear. It will radiate through the car windows and crank the setting to broil. You'll wrestle to hang onto the steering wheel while you maneuver through your seatbelt to rip off your coat, jerk off your scarf, lower the windows and blast the AC.

For the rest of your drive you'll see nothing but dogs catching Frisbees and runners in tank tops and shorts.

Spring is the season that has made a liar out of every mother who ever told a kid, "Wear a coat, it's going to be cold today." This is why so many kids refuse to wear coats year-round now. It's not a battle between fashion sense and common sense. The kids simply remember all those spring days when their mothers were wrong. Don't expect any help from the weather forecasters. Their answer to everything is partly. Partly cloudy. Partly sunny. What a way to hedge your bet.

What other field of life gets to hide behind partly? Partly licensed. Partly certified. Partly pregnant. Partly married. Partly sane. Partly accurate.

And you can forget the little spring jacket as well. You know, the one that beckons to you from the clothing rack. It may be the worst clothing investment of the year. Lightweight, bright and colorful, it is a relief from the dreary drab of winter.

It looks practical, ideal for those brisk days bridging to summer. But you wind up wearing it 12 — maybe 18 — hours, max. The long bridge to summer often turns out to be three short steps to 80 degrees and muggy.

The little spring jacket won't be a total waste though. You can always get your money's worth out of it during the summer - when you go to the grocery, a movie or the office. It will be a blistering 95 degrees outside, yet every indoor space on the planet will be cooled to the comfort of a meat locker.

Don't ask me if you should take the light jacket or the heavy coat. It's spring. Who can know? The only thing I do know is that whichever one you take is not going to be the one you need.

Judging from the past couple of days, you're probably going to be too hot. Or too cold.

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