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

New York promotes 'texting zones' where chatty drivers can park

By Tina Susman

So goes New Yawk, so goes the nation?

JewishWorldReview.com |

N EW YORK — (MCT) Can't wait to respond to the latest text from your BFF?

NBD — no big deal. At least, that's true if you're driving through New York, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced measures aimed at drivers haunted by the sound of unanswered cellphone rings and dings. New highway signs will say: "It can wait: Text stop 5 miles."

Drivers won't be steered to new pullout spots; the so-called "texting zones" will be in existing rest stops and parking areas. But Cuomo, who recently stiffened penalties for distracted driving, said the signs will help change motorists' behavior by reminding them that relief from the digital wilderness is just a few minutes down the road.

"You can come up with creative ways to remind people and make it easy for people, and that is what today is about," Cuomo said as he announced about 300 new signs at one of the designated rest stops/texting zones.

This year, New York increased penalties for motorists caught using hand-held cellphones to talk or text. Now, drivers can get five penalty points added to their records, rather than the previous three, and face a $150 fine.

In addition, the state conducted a summer crackdown on distracted drivers. State police Superintendent Joseph A. D'Amico, who appeared with Cuomo at Monday's announcement, said the number of tickets issued to distracted drivers during the July 4-Sept. 2 crackdown had more than quadrupled compared with the same period in 2012.

During that period last year, officers wrote 5,208 such tickets, D'Amico said. This year, the total was 21,580.

One federal study says that in 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared with 3,267 in 2010.

Statistics in various studies differ, but one thing is clear: The number of people using mobile devices while driving is increasing.

"We have three times more distracted-driving incidents than we had five years ago," said Cuomo, adding that there are now more traffic fatalities blamed on distracted drivers than on drunk drivers. He attributed the shift to more young people who grow up "attached, affixed to the electronic device."

"They start driving and it's a dangerous combination," said Cuomo, who acknowledged that it could be a hard sell getting young drivers to wait just five miles — or five minutes — until they reach a rest stop to answer their phones or look at the incoming text messages.


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"Trust the person with a lot of gray hair and a lot of years," said Cuomo, who said he had recently had the conversation with his 18-year-old daughter. "Five minutes really won't make a difference. It really won't. It can wait."

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association in Washington, which tracks highway legislation nationwide, at least 41 states and the District of Columbia ban texting while driving. At least 12 states plus D.C. prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cellphones while driving.

Such changes are relatively recent, as Pattie Rakvica of Ballston Spa, N.Y., noted at Monday's event. Rakvica suffered a broken nose and neck and a traumatic brain injury in July 2009 when she was hit by an SUV traveling about 60 miles per hour.

"The woman who was driving was clearly distracted," said Rakvica, who said she required months of therapy and had to learn to speak again. The woman who hit her received "a slap" on the wrist because of the lax laws in effect at the time, Rakvica said.

In an unusual case to emerge from the texting-while-driving trend, a New Jersey appeals court ruled last month that someone could be held responsible for an accident that happened miles away if they texted a driver involved in a crash.

The ruling stemmed from a 2009 crash that severely injured a couple whose motorcycle was hit by an 18-year-old driving a pickup truck. The couple sued the driver's friend, arguing that she was "electronically present" because she texted him.

Texting has also been blamed for a rise in pedestrian deaths. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said last month that "distracted walking" could have contributed to a rise in pedestrians dying in traffic crashes between 2009 and 2011.

The increase followed decades of fewer pedestrian deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which said 4,432 pedestrians died in 2011. In 2009, 4,109 died.

Jonathan Adkins, the deputy executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, said he didn't know of any other states posting "texting zone" signs along highways. "We think it is innovative and complements what the state is doing to enforce their tough distracted-driving laws," he said of New York's move.

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