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

No gender roles when it comes to being absurd

By Mark Patinkin

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's often said men are the more logical gender.

The most sensitive, no. Nor the most emotional, nurturing or fashionable.

But even most women give us logical.

Which makes guys feel that at least we have that.

Except today, I'm not so sure.

Not long ago, a woman I was with ate a few potato chips, then grimaced and said, "I'm going to pay for that." She went on to specify the price she'd pay. It got me wondering if women really think this way, so I did what you're supposed to do in 2013 when you muse about something.

I asked about it on Facebook. As follows:

"Do women actually believe, as one just told me, that you gain a pound if you eat an ounce of potato chips? It's not logical."

Some female responders insisted it was true.

"It happens," said one. "I don't know how."

Another explained it like this: "Water retention."

Then a woman named Karen Rodrigues weighed in with a question that got me.

She asked: "Do you really believe that if you don't shave you'll win games during playoffs?"

Clearly, Karen was saying that in our own way, men are just as illogical about guy things.

So I need to answer her directly.

Of course men believe it.

I mean, if you're on a run in a sport, you can't jinx it. That's why no one talks about a no-hitter in the dugout until it's over. And why Tiger Woods wears a red shirt when playing on Sundays.

Even male fans believe in it. If I'm shooting pictures of my sons playing school sports and the game is going badly, I'll put the camera away on the theory that the camera was the problem, and of course, the momentum will now shift.

This got me realizing there are many areas, beyond sports superstitions, where men don't appear so logical.

I don't often go to casinos, but in the past, I've been convinced that kissing the dice before I roll improves my chances. Apparently, I also believe that the cards inside a blackjack "shoe" understand English, because, just before taking a hit, I've been known to say out loud, "Need a 10 right now."

On airplanes, men often get focused on securing the shared armrest. It's not just for comfort.

As the writer Dave Barry once observed, men think that if we yield to the guy next to us, he'll kill us and take our woman. Which of course we don't specifically believe, but since the phrase "insecure male" is redundant, we do think there's more at stake here than an armrest.

Men can also be illogical about their height. U.S. Rep. David Cicilline once told me he was 5 foot 9. I once saw Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia quoted saying he is, too. I don't believe it's true in either case. But I think they kind of believe it. The same way women believe an ounce of potato chips will make them gain a lot more than that.

Guys are particularly irrational about things involving their manliness. I knew a happily married husband who was done having children and considered a vasectomy. Ultimately, he decided against it, explaining, "I was scared that a few weeks later, I'd be walking around in my wife's underwear."

That's also why men don't like to pick up certain "products" for women at the drugstore. Or even hold the purse of their wife or girlfriend. It's partly out of embarrassment, but on some illogical level, we're also afraid that just touching that stuff will lower our testosterone levels.

It's definitely why men have a tough time buying women lingerie. We're convinced that a store full of female undergarments creates invisible rays that neutralize your mojo. I'm pretty sure I got those same rays when my 5-year-old daughter put bows in my hair. And that it happens today every time her Pekingese curls up in my lap.

The opposite is also true. We believe it increases testosterone if you catch a set of tossed keys, nail a parallel parking job on the first try or toss a crumpled piece of paper into a wastebasket across the room. That's why guys are disproportionately upset when we blow these tasks.

The same way women are upset that an ounce of potato chips could cause them to gain a pound.

Which is as absurd, preposterous and illogical

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Mark Patinkin is a columnist with The Providence Journal.


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