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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

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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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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

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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. 27, 2006 / 5 Mar-Cheshvan , 5767

Get the picture?

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | All the young people I know with digital cameras love taking pictures — of themselves.

I don't get it. I've spent a lifetime destroying pictures of myself, and they can't get enough.

They extend the arm out just so, frame the picture tight so the arm doesn't show, strike a pose and click.

There's the self-portrait in front of the potted palm, the self-portrait in the car, the self-portrait at school and the self-portrait that is crooked and completely out of focus.

They have the posing down to a science. There's the mock surprise pose, the dramatic over-the-shoulder pose, the me-with-my-beloved-animal pose, the me-with my computer game pose, the me-brooding-in-the-shadows pose, and the me with this-this-giant-smile made possible by the braces my parents paid for pose.

That last one is my favorite.

The benefit of taking your own portraits is that the camera never catches you off guard and you can delete the awful ones in an instant.

We were at a family get-together recently when one of the girls walked into the front yard, sat down in the grass, stretched out her arm and snapped a picture of herself smiling next to a big ADT sign.

Why? Because she can.

Excuse me if I pass on the 8-by-10.

It's like having your own portable photo booth where you can make goofy pictures of yourself 24/7, then send them in e-mails to friends or upload them to the Internet.

Me with my sister making faces.

Me with my brother's dog making faces.

Me without the restraints of home, drinking directly from the milk jug. The New York Times reports that the popularity of the self-portrait is unprecedented in the history of the snapshot. One researcher reviewed more than 100,000 pictures of 17 years from 500 families and found fewer than 100 self-portraits.

Today you can find 100 self-portraits on a single digital camera belonging to your average 16-year-old.

We have done our part to add to the rapid proliferation of snapshots. We have 23 large photo albums crowded on bookshelves and, in the corner of the family room, a pile of snapshots so high they form their own little leaning Tower of Pisa. To put them in albums would first require adding on to the house.

It's an easy trap to fall into. Photos from a wedding these days can number 1,000. There is the bride, the groom and infinite combinations of the happy couple with bridesmaids, groomsmen, family members, guests, the catering crew and the parking attendants.

Pictures legitimize an event and prove we were really there. We came, we saw, we clicked.

The kids are so picture-dependent they even store them in cell phones. A call comes in and they see the name of the person calling, the phone number of the person calling and a picture of the person calling. All that just to decide they'll call them back later.

With a little coaching, I tried doing one of those digital camera self-portraits myself. It's called the helicopter shot. You hold the camera up high, throw your head back and look up into the lens. It's a pose that causes all those little wrinkles in your neck to automatically disappear. I may have been too quick to criticize.

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