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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 August 28, 2013/ 25 Elul, 5773

Who Wants to Win a Baby?

By Celia Rivenbark

Celia Rivenbark




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) A new game show in Pakistan makes Drew Carey's "Price is Right" living room furniture showcase look downright trifling. The "Wheel's" Pat Sajak's merry bequeathing of an all-expense-paid trip to Acapulco to yet another systems analyst from Rochester even loses some of its luster.

Why? Because if you win the game show, "Aman Ramazan," in Pakistan, answering all the questions correctly and beating a panel of opponents, you win --- a baby. Yes, a real, live human baby. To take home and raise forever. (Buzzkill warning: The babies were all abandoned in the streets but were rescued before their health suffered.)

Now not every winner gets a baby, of course. Like "The Price is Right" you can start with a microwave, a motorcycle or a new refrigerator and trade up for a baby.



Presumably, you can settle for a lesser tier prize if you don't actually want to win a baby. Which could be great news for the young single guy who competes on the show. ("No, no, the baby is cute and everything but, well, I'm going to keep the microwave. Why? I defrost a lot. Don't judge me.") Recent winner Suriya Bilquees, who walked off the set with a 2-week-old baby girl after answering a series of questions about the Quran correctly, said she had no idea when she signed up for the show that she'd be taking home a human but was overjoyed at her winnings.

"We already have a car so this was super nice. Besides, we've been to Puerta Vallarta." she said. OK, no she didn't.

The show has captured huge numbers of viewers, breaking previous ratings records and probably giving reality show mogul Simon Cowell an idea for yet another blockbuster audience participation show. Imagine how much more interesting it would be to watch the creepy but fascinating "Toddlers & Tiaras" if, at the end, instead of winning that stupid Dollar Tree looking "Grand Supreme" trophy, the kid won a whole new family. Preferably one that would never make her get a spray tan during snack break at day care.

This could work.

Awarding human beings as game show prizes could be just the start.

Sure, it starts with big, splashy TV shows with big budgets but, with time, things could change. One day you're standing in a convenience store in your pajama pants drinking a Sun Drop and checking a scratch-off and, what's this? You have three screaming baby faces going across AND diagonal. Step up to the clerk and claim your baby! Please.

Because he's been kinda whiny all morning.

If all of this leaves a bad taste in your mouth, it's understandable.

Defenders of the show point out that the couples are vetted in secret so they don't give babies to creepy people. And they like to point out the obvious: If your life started in a garbage can, getting to live with a nice couple who genuinely wants a baby isn't all that terrible.

They don't think.

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Celia Rivenbark is the New York Times bestselling author of 'You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl'.


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