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 Nov. 25, 2013/ 23 Kislev, 5774

Cellphones on a plane? Scarier than snakes!

By Mitch Albom

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Well, now, this could be fun. They are thinking of allowing cell phone calls on airplanes.

This, because you don't already feel like you're sitting in the next person's lap. .

This, because you're not already ignoring the flight attendants. .

This, because obviously — with the guy snoring in front of you, the kid kicking the seat behind you, the constant pinging of bells, announcements from the flight deck and blasting jet engines — the plane is not loud enough. .

Now, once above 10,000 feet, you could drift off to the lullaby of "CAN YOU HEAR ME? HOW ABOUT NOW? ... CAN YOU HEAR ME?" .

I don't get it. Are they trying to start a war up there? Does the government really approve of this? The same government that is so concerned about safety it makes you throw out a shampoo bottle if it's over 3.4 ounces? That government now will create a tinderbox of loud, interfering conversation, all perpetrated by handheld devices that have been known occasionally to trigger explosions? .

Really? .

Am I the only one lost here? .

Well, lost or not, it seems likely to happen now that the Federal Communications Commission has proposed lifting the ban on in-flight cell phone calls. Isn't it strange how for years the very thought of this was considered a threat? But now? .

"The time is right to review our outdated and restrictive rules," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a statement. .

Of course, by "outdated and restrictive" he possibly means "a revenue source not yet exploited."


Because you don't think you're going to use your cell phone for free up there, do you?

A CNN Money report this past week claimed that in-flight phone calls could be worth $2.4 billion a year for airlines. $2.4 billion? That'll create a lot of sudden cheerleaders. We've seen what has happened to in-flight Internet service, which started with free trials and is now, for a long flight, more expensive than a fancy meal.

Don't think that isn't coming once the phones start ringing. The airlines already charge for bags, seats, food, drinks, places in line, a couple inches of legroom and, pretty soon, no doubt, using the bathroom.

Why not get in on the most addicting activity known to modern man? We live on our phones. Never mind that an airplane cabin is one of the few places left, outside of a church, where quiet can be enjoyed. Never mind that there will be nowhere that your business associates can't find you. Never mind that flying is stressful enough without having to make calls to the office.

Never mind, either, all the stories about flier outrage over this proposal, protest groups, certain airlines refusing to go along. Or Wheeler suddenly saying he's personally against calls on planes. This, to me, is an inevitability. We WILL use our phone during flights one day.

And here's why.

We refuse to deny ourselves anything.


Think about it. We live in an age where we can program our DVRs while surfing in Hawaii. We can watch our home security cameras while sitting in a boardroom. We can open our garage doors before arrival, turn on our washing machines remotely, and, of course, speak, text, e-mail or share photographs with anyone in the world from anywhere in the world.

It is just a matter of time before people mumble "ridiculous" at the idea of being in a plane and NOT having everything at our fingertips. If you don't believe me, remember, there was actually a time when having a radio in a car was considered an unthinkable luxury. Now, how would you react if you rented a car without one?

So get ready to hear everybody's voice on a plane the way you now feel everyone's elbows and knees. We can only hope they price these calls so high, it discourages use. Otherwise, if you get a middle seat, you soon will understand what it feels like to be an air traffic controller.

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