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December 2, 2014

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 June 26, 2007 / 10 Tamuz, 5767

The first moment of summer

By Paul Greenberg


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I confess: The moment when it dawns that summer has arrived, when the heat shoots up and the lassitude descends, and the sultry scents of the Southern summer permeate the air, I eat it up. All of it.


The childhood memories come flooding back: the whirring ceiling fans and sleeping porches, the buzzing night drives with the windows of the old Chevy down to catch a breeze, the sound of gravel crunching under the tires as we turn into the Hires root beer stand, the blessing over the first fruits of the season — plums, peaches cherries! The annual Sunday School picnic with all the kids, and the long, hot bicycle rides exploring new neighborhoods all by myself.


Most of all, what comes back is the sense that all this will never end, can't end, that summer hasn't just come but come to stay. From now on, we will have nothing but sun and sudden showers and, most of all, time.


It was as if everything hadn't just slowed but stopped. One ever repeatable summer day and balmy night would follow another forever and ever. School would never start again. And no one would wonder why. Summer had come. To stay.


That feeling of never-ending summer may be as close to immortality as a Southerner can come in this world, this now ever green and succulent world called summer.


There was a time when I had no words to describe the feeling. And was content not to have them, more content than I am now. Words just stir you up. Why not just accept? That is the wisdom of childhood. And it is behind me now, and beyond me. It is lost, never to be regained.


Now, on that one day every year when it first hits me — summer is back! — I wish I were still capable of that wordless acceptance. Instead, all these words, words, words go jangling around in my head, and I have to go describe everything. It's a sickness. Logophilia can be controlled but not cured.


It always comes as surprise when that first, all-pervasive feeling of summer strikes. Yet it is so familiar, so dependable — annual — that it might as well be noted on the calendar, like the phases of the moon. Maybe it would be if it weren't so moveable a feast. And so individual a sensation. Some get it early, others late, still others may not feel it at all. They're too busy to pay attention, too involved with their own lives to live.


For the rest of us, there's no doubt about the feeling, only about just when it will strike. When it overtakes you, there's no mistaking it. It's like a warm tide in time. It drenches you with memory and sensation, the culmination of all summers past. Things change, you change, but not the first feeling of summer, the familiar shock of recognition.


Walker Percy called it a repetition. The time that has elapsed since the same experience last year and all the years before brings home how you have changed — and haven't.


There is a calm happiness about the feeling, and a wistful melancholy. The joys of summer are varied. Summertime, and the livin' is easy. The joys exist side by side with the knowledge that this, too, will pass — that the leaves of the calendar will continue to turn, and when falls arrives, you'll be glad of it after all the stultifying heat. But that's an abstract kind of knowledge just now, not the kind you feel in your bones on the first, really warm day of the season, when summer just is. And is more than enough.


You may not be sure Whom you're addressing, but you want to say: Thank You.


An ancient Jewish blessing, one said on festive occasions, rises to the lips of its own accord:


Blessed is the Lord our G-d,
King of the Universe,
Who has preserved us in life,
And sustained us,
And allowed us to reach

                 this season.

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