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 June 11, 2012/ 21 Sivan, 5772

Paying for the hits they took in the NFL . . . three decades ago

By Mitch Albom

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Rob Rubick used to play pro football. He took a lot of hits. He is 51 now, and says he has a hard time focusing. "If I head to the refrigerator and somebody stops me to talk for 10 seconds," he says, "I end up sitting back on the couch. I forget what I was up for."

Like a lot of former NFL players, Rubick wonders what the payback will be for years of head-jarring contact. He forgets phone numbers before he finishes dialing. At least twice a day he finds himself blanking out on what he was doing. He sees an elderly father who is starting to misremember things, "but he's in his 80s. I'm too young for this."

This past week, a lawsuit was filed consolidating scores of complaints from former players who claim the NFL didn't warn them enough of the potential dangers of concussions.

Rubick, who says he was not part of the suit, understands their issues. He played tight end for seven seasons with the Lions, from 1982-88, and remembers at least six documented concussions he suffered in his career. Today, if a player has six concussions, he almost certainly is retired.

Rubick played on.

"It was always memory loss," he says. "I would lose 36 hours of my life. I'd come off the field and see my parents and I'd say, 'Hey, when did you guys get here?' And they'd say, 'Rob, we've been staying at your apartment for the last day and a half.'"

The brain is an amazing, awe-inspiring thing. It is also delicate. Slamming it into the turf -- even protected by a helmet and a cranium -- cannot be healthy.

But the damage caused is a matter of debate. We still are learning about how truly dangerous concussions are. Most new evidence suggests we never took them seriously enough. This is why you see tighter rules on helmet-to-helmet hits, and more caution before a player returns to action.

But that is now. What about back then? Does the league have a responsibility to former players who were pushed back out after the birdies stopped chirping?

The players' lawsuit says, in part: "The NFL, like the sport of boxing, was aware of the health risks associated with repetitive blows producing sub-concussive and concussive results. ...

"Despite its knowledge ... the NFL turned a blind eye to the risk."

The league, of course, denies culpability and says it does all it can to keep the sport safe. But more and more players are discovering stumbles in their day-to-day life that may well be traced to the pounding they took. Headaches. Dementia.

"One preseason game, I was on punt coverage," Rubick recalls, "and I take five steps and I don't see this guy and he earholes me, side of my head. Just flattens me. I'm dizzy. I walk to the sidelines. And Darryl Rogers was the coach. He said, 'Are you all right?' I said, 'I think so.' And he said, 'Well, get off the field, the game is starting.' I had no idea where the time went. I was just standing out there in front of him, like a deer in the headlights."

The costs for retired players

Rubick, who was born in Newberry, Mich., and who attended Grand Valley State, teaches at Lapeer West High School. He also does a little broadcasting for TV and radio. Lest anyone think playing in the NFL is some golden ticket, Rubick says his entire income for seven years in the NFL was $750,000.

He is not alone. Plenty of players from the '80s, '70s and earlier never made enough money to live off once football was over. And many now cannot afford the medical coverage required for issues that are popping up.

Rubick and others feel the NFL should at least make concessions for the health care costs of retired players. The dispute is certain to land in the courts.

Meanwhile, when you talk to guys like Rubick, you hear fear. They wonder what lies ahead. "I try and joke with my kids about it, but they don't think it's funny," Rubick says.

They are gladiators in their 20s, veterans in their 30s, retired in the 40s -- and worried in their 50s.

I ask Rubick if he had it to do all over again, would he play in the NFL?

"Ask me in 20 years," he says. "If I'm still here, I'd say yes. If not ..."

You know what they call that?

The other side of glory.

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