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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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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

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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

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Oct. 13, 2006 / 20 Tishrei , 5767

Gain a room, lose your stuff

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The only sensation stranger than watching your children move away from home is watching them move your belongings with them.

The first time we visited our son's place I said, "Hey, I used to have kitchen towels like that. We must have the same taste in kitchen towels."

He just smiled.

"I used to have a bowl like that one, too," I said. "And measuring cups like yours. And hot pads."

He said he had to walk the dog.

Now the next one in line is moving out and starting life on her own.

That's life on her own with our little television with the built in VCR (we're so hip), pots and pans from the kitchen, and assorted sheets and towels from the linen closet.

A mountain of things looms in the garage and stacks of boxes tower in the front room. She looks good to go, but the husband's inner Boy Scout, which intermittently yells "Be prepared!" insists on going over a check list of his own.

"Flashlight?" he asks her.

"Yes, I have one in my purse," she says.

"No, not some dinky Barbie flashlight. Something like the Q-Beam Maximillion, 1 million candlepower with pistol grip and trigger switch."

"I thought those were for when you are out in the wilderness, you know, around dangerous wildlife. I'm moving to an apartment complex full of young people."

"My point exactly," the husband says. "Now how about pepper spray?"

"Right here "

"Duck!" I yell.

"I wasn't going to use it. I'm just showing you that I have it," she says.

The husband continues. "OK, good. Now, when will you be getting your land-line phone?"

The husband's inner Boy Scout has never been what you'd call ahead of the curve.

"Young people don't use land line phones," she says.

"I'm just saying think about it, all right?"

He continues:"Weather-alert radio?"

She looks to me for help. "I'm not even here," I say. "I just look like I'm here."

"Why do I need a weather-alert radio?" she asks.

"To tell you when bad weather is coming."

"But I'm on the third floor, with a view. I can see bad weather coming."

"Not if it's dark; the weather-alert radio could warn you," he says.

"And then I should do what? Run downstairs with my Q beam searchlight, looking for wildlife?"

"Fine, forget the weather alert," he says.

It's tool time.

"Now here is a tool kit I packed for you: hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, socket wrenches, duct tape, electrical tape. I also have a fire extinguisher, step ladder and assorted batteries."

"Do you think we forgot anything?" he asks me.

"Just iron bars for the doors and windows. But we can order those online later."

We help move all the stuff and schlep it up three flights of stairs.

(We have yet to have a kid rent an apartment on the first floor. Third, fourth, fifth and fifteenth, but never the first.)

"When do you think she'll be back?" the husband asks on the drive home.

"Sooner than she thinks," I say. "I pulled aside a box full of shoes and put them back in her closet."

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