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 Jan. 25, 2013/ 14 Shevat, 5773

A gentleman and a . . . ballplayer

By Paul Greenberg

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Those of a certain age may remember following baseball on AM radio. (It used to be the national pastime.) Many a summer afternoon, the play-by-play coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals provided accompaniment to whatever folks in these Southern latitudes were doing. Or trying to get out of doing.

The batter, the pitch, the swing, the hit or miss, the roar of the crowd in the background, the final score and end-of-game round-up, the color commentary and the stats. ... They all came out of 50,000-watt KMOX in St. Louis.

A man named Harry Caray became a comforting voice and steady presence, not to mention darned good company, every hazy, lazy summer afternoon. Which may explain why there are still so many Cards fans this side of Mason-Dixon's line.

Even those who don't follow baseball may have heard of Stanislaw Franciszek Musial, aka Stan the Man. He wasn't just good. He was a good soul. And beautiful to watch. He always seemed to be smiling. As if he knew he was making a living playing a game he loved every spring and summer. And, often enough, deep into the fall, too.

Stan the Man won so many awards they all wouldn't fit on his Hall of Fame plaque, which had to settle for 'Holds many National League records ...' (They had to stop counting at 55.) The man was an All-Star 24 times. And he only played 22 seasons.

Yes, kids, a 24-time All-Star who played 22 seasons. (Some years the majors played more than one All-Star game. Maybe just to give people a better chance at seeing Stan Musial in ever-smiling person.)

Stan Musial won seven -- seven! -- National League batting titles, was a three-time Most Valuable Player, and led the Cardinals to three World Series titles in the 1940s. He racked up a career 3,630 hits, including 475 homers. With a .331 batting average, he ranks sixth in all-time RBIs. He did miss the 1945 season. (There was a war on and the Navy needed him.)

Naturally, which was how Stan Musial played the game, he was a first-ballot choice for the Hall of Fame. To quote one pitcher, the best way to retire Stan Musial was to walk him in four pitches, then try to pick him off at first.

In these big-money, fast-changing, ever-fickle times, when the lifespan of an institution can be just a season, or maybe just a week, what really set the life and character of Stan Musial apart was this: He spent his entire career, 22 major league seasons, with one team.

In a day when even a Peyton Manning can leave the Colts, when LeBron James can leave his native Ohio, when professional sports figures have no more loyalty to their teams than their teams have to them, let it be noted that the one and only Stan Musial played for more than two decades in the same uniform. And kept fans cheering all across Dixie.

They even loved him in Brooklyn -- Brooklyn! That's right, St. Louis' archrival in those years. Dodger fans liked their ballplayers loud, tough and Leo-Durocher obnoxious. But they admired this mild-mannered Midwesterner who played the harmonica ("Take Me Out to The Ball Game") and respected everybody. Some say his sobriquet Stan the Man even originated in Brooklyn.

Stan the Man Musial died over the weekend. At the age of 92. The sporting world mourned. But not just the sporting world.

For this man, The Man, wasn't just a world-class athlete, but a gentleman. (Another disappearing breed.) Lest we forget, that beautiful game, The Game for some of us, has given us not just beautiful ballplayers like Stan Musial, but ugly types like Ty Cobb. For the record, Stan Musial was never once thrown out of a game by an umpire.

Mr. Musial was a good citizen off the field, too. A kind of one-man civic club, he helped everybody from the Boy Scouts to the Senior Olympics. At his death, those who knew him -- or just those of us who followed him -- had to scour our thesauruses for synonyms for beloved, untarnished, respected, honored, trusted ... and integrity.

Stan Musial brought back the meaning of sportsmanship. (Remember it?) Willie Mays, a legend and a gentleman himself, issued a statement that said, in part: "I never heard anybody say a bad word about him, ever."

Stan the Man wasn't just a beautiful ball player, he was a beautiful man.

When fans of old spoke of Dimaggio's beauty as he loped across center field or took that wide, wide stance of his at the plate, they meant a kind of classical, Italianate, almost Greek beauty that the old Athenians would have recognized.

When fans in Boston spoke of Ted Williams as beautiful, they meant a beautiful hitting machine.

But when baseball fans of a certain age spoke of Stan Musial as beautiful, they weren't just talking about that corkscrew stance of his at the plate, like a coiled spring, or the way he had of moving forward as the throw left the pitcher's hand to meet the ball with his own springing momentum. ... No, when fans used the adjective beautiful about Musial, they were also talking about his character.

Mister Musial, you're going to be missed. Your kind is already missed. Maybe the rest of us should just buy a bunch of those many books written about you, and make it required reading for all of today's athletes. They might just learn something.

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