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December 2, 2014

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 16, 2008 / 11 Nissan 5768

The greatest game lives on

By Cokie and Steve Roberts


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We took our twin grandsons to the circus recently, and they showed up in full baseball regalia: Washington Nationals hats and shirts. When we got home they grabbed their bats and helmets and dragged their father to the local park, despite the chilly, gray day.


This is not a knock on the circus. The acrobats were breathtaking, and the clowns hilarious. But the circus is a special treat. Baseball is an ordinary, everyday event for six months. You can't practice riding elephants in the backyard. And you can't root for your hometown tightrope walkers to beat the jugglers from across the river.


Spring is here. Baseball is back. Sure, you can get the results on the Internet, seconds after a game is over, and you can watch video highlights on ESPN before going to bed. But breakfast simply tastes better while reading box scores from the night before. We'll have the multigrain bagel, please, with a side order of statistics.


Because baseball threads its way through daily life, hometown loyalties are particularly enduring. Steve grew up in New Jersey, across the Hudson River from New York City, and has rooted for the Yankees since 1949, the year he turned 6, the exact age of our grandsons today.


We haven't lived in New York for almost 40 years, but one wall of Steve's office is still a shrine to the Bronx Bombers. And one of his birthday presents, when he turned 65 this winter, was a framed photo of Joe DiMaggio, the great Yankee star of his childhood.


Our grandchildren taunt Steve with chants of "Yankees stink" (or worse), but the truth is, they should root for their own home team, not their grandfather's. That's the whole point of baseball. Teebs (as the grandkids call Steve) even gave the boys their Nats gear. And modern technology now means that mobile Americans do not have to give up their hometown connections even when they move away.


It used to be that if you left home, you could see your old team on TV only occasionally, on Saturday's "Game of the Week." Cable outlets like ESPN and Fox Sports then added a few more national games, but today, most satellite or cable services offer baseball packages that allow you to see every Boston Red Sox game in Red Bluff, Calif., at the flick of a switch.


Many baseball games used to be carried on high-powered AM radio stations, and true fans — exiled to strange cities — would spend summer evenings desperately hunting for a scratchy signal from home. At game time, dozens of devotees would park in the lot of the National Cathedral, the highest point in Washington and the best place to catch out-of-town broadcasts.


In one car, the radio would be tuned to WLW in Cincinnati, for the Reds game. In the next, the Tigers were on WJR from Detroit. Now computers and satellite radios allow any fan to hear any game from any place.


This technology helps explain why baseball is enjoying such a renaissance. Attendance set a new record last season, almost 80 million, and revenues are expected to top $6 billion this year, three times what the sport generated only a decade ago.


All the loose talk that faster and fancier sports — pro football, NASCAR, X-Games — would consign baseball to the dugout of history turned out to be dead wrong. So did the fear that free agency — which now allows players to switch teams in search of better pay — would kill off old loyalties. The fans still root for their town and their team, no matter who is wearing the uniform.


Even though God clearly created baseball (a faint outline of a diamond has been unearthed at an archeological site long believed to be the Garden of Eden), She clearly made some mistakes. The steroid scandal has blighted the game in recent years, and baseball officials have been slow to set up thorough testing mechanisms.


Baseball is also plagued by extreme imbalances in revenue. Yankee star Alex Rodriguez makes $28 million this year, more than the entire roster of the Florida Marlins combined. The result is that many teams in smaller markets start the season with no real hope of reaching the playoffs. Even Yankee fans have to admit that's wrong.


But when your grandsons troop off to the park, bats slung over their shoulders, baseballs pounding into their gloves, you can rest assured that our greatest game lives on, for another season in the sun.

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