In this issue
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 Feb 7, 2014 / 7 Adar I, 5774

The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings: Part 2

By Dave Weinbaum

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Please oblige me whilst I reminisce. Commenters from my last column said my experiences helped them a lot. There'll be one or two more missives—then back to the disaster that is the Dems and the Obama Administration. In the meantime, listen to my newly contracted radio show on Friday mornings or the podcast on www.daveweinbaum.com for me and my callers' political observations.

Thanks for your indulgence!

If you can't excel with talent, triumph with effort

When I was ten a teacher decided to put me on stage in front of the whole school to introduce the singing of the Star Spangled Banner and the Pledge of Allegiance. (Yes they did that back then.) The problem was no one told me how to prepare or what to expect.

I froze—in front of the entire school—kids and teachers alike . I was so scared two teachers had to walk me off the stage. No one said anything to me. I wanted a quick and merciful death.

From that day until I was 35, I refused to speak in front of any group over three.

Even if I was talking to three people I would have panic attacks and have to move on.

Attending a business coop meeting in Springfield MO, I made the mistake of taking a bathroom break. Upon returning, I noticed a few stares from the other members. Joe Post, the president of the coop since its inception in 1959, announced that they had conducted an election for a new president. Guess who won!? That's right, MR. PANIC. I thought he was kidding. Seemed to me I was the most unlikely choice in the room.

I was scared to death. I might have to be on radio or TV. Then thousands of people would know I was a fraud and not worthy of the success I had attained up until that time. On the other hand, being a news-junky, I knew that political leaders tended to say the most idiotic things, smoothly. I knew that if I were ever to make a difference, I had to accept. I served two terms as president of the Springfield MO. Coop. Then I was elected be president of the St. Louis coop, where I succeeded myself for a second term. I did what I needed to do, scared out of my mind, but somehow I got thru it. Here's what I found out about myself.

  • Because I was reluctant to talk, I was always brief and to the point. I saw my job as getting the best idea out there as voted by the coop. If anything, I was insistent of their participation. Nothing's worse to morale when people are ignored or prevented from contributing especially when they are paying for that right.

  • I delegated jobs to other members, both franchisees and company people. I relied on them to do their tasks and they came thru like champs 95% of the time.

  • We had fun. I assigned a big clock to be raised when someone was getting windy and using the 'final question' music from Jeopardy during closed ballot voting. I used other sound effects to pull off a laugh or two.

  • Priority issues were talked about and voted upon first.

  • Most important, by using my fighting nature and sports experience, when others tried to take over the meeting by bullying, I stopped them in their tracks, no matter who they were or what they threatened me with.

After my 8 years as president of two coops I was elected to represent parts of six states as a national advertising representative, making it to the Administrative Council and head of another prestigious committee.

If I had declined the original coop election, I probably would have been out of the restaurant business and living a much less rich life than I am now.

My new beginning enhanced my life.

Next week I'll tell you about some more beginnings I took up that have made my life richer—and may help yours'.

By the way, the presidents after me insist I run the meetings in the Springfield coop. I have obliged for the last 31 years.

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