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 May 4, 2011 / 30 Nissan, 5771

The legacy of Francisco Rodriguez, champion boxer

By Dave Weinbaum

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As a pugnacious kid, I was always getting into street fights. Recognizing this, my father, Mel arranged a meeting with a couple of Chicago mobsters in a Hyde Park (South Side) Chicago restaurant. The subject was whether I wanted to become a prize fighter -- under their expert tutelage.

I was 12.

Even though I never considered myself Mensa material, I questioned whether my little brain could take years and years of beating. In other words, I didn't want to become stupider than I already was.

I declined—a decision I'm still jiggy with some 50 years after. Besides, later I played football which is why most of my children and wife consider me occasionally forgetful to my face and downright loopy when talking behind my back.

The most valuable inheritance you can leave your children is the example you set in life.

The manly art (now performed by women as well) is a dangerous sport. Many a strong man has been literally beaten to death in the ring.

People pay big bucks to watch. There IS money in this business. However the price to pay is devastating. Five-Hundred and ninety-two boxers died with their gloves on. Most who survive the sport have a multitude of ailments later in life. "The Greatest," Muhammad Ali suffers from Parkinson Disease, diagnosed at age 40. This type of disorder is typical of ex-fighters.

It's not just boxing. Pro football has its share of brain related ailments, as well as spinal and neck injuries. Dave Duerson, all pro safety for the Chicago Bears, recently killed himself due to his gray-matter injuries. Duerson, suffering deep depression caused by his injuries, shot himself in the chest, having left a note to donate his brain to the NFL to study the effects of tackle football on the head area.

Any truly great venture has some degree of danger

That brings us to the tragic death of fighter, Francisco (Paco) Rodriguez. He was 25. Paco was better than good. He'd won an Illinois State Championship, Five Chicago Golden Gloves and one National Golden Gloves tournament. His family boxed. His father, Tito thought it would keep Francisco and his brothers out of trouble.

Eventually, Tito tried to get Paco to give up the sport but he couldn't. Paco had to try to be the best. He was determined to win a professional World Championship.

He got his opportunity recently in Philadelphia . There, fantasy legend, Rocky made millions for Sly Stallone acting as a has-been boxer. Rocky turned his life around by finding his heart and with manager Mickey training him, Sly as Rocky won many title fights. But Rocky accomplished victory by letting his opponents beat him into a makeup-induced bleeding pulp.

Rocky was the poster boy for punishment, suffering head trauma that most anyone wouldn't survive. Rocky's tattered torso was immortalized with a statue right there in Philly.

Paco visited the Rocky statue just before his championship fight. He wasn't a brawler like the Rock. He was a tactician, an artist who would prefer to stick and move rather than bludgeon it out.

Become a beacon of light for those seeking a ray of hope

Francisco was staggered in the first round, but stayed competitive. He was thumped so bad in the tenth round the Ref stopped the fight. Soon after, Paco complained of being tired. He passed out on the stool and never recovered.

The family was contacted by an organ donation organization, DonateLife.net.

His family gathered together in their time of extreme pain and decided to literally put Paco's life and spirit into some needy sufferers who couldn't have survived without his healthy organs.

According to Melissa Isaacson of ESPNChicago.com, Paco's kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas and other organs were used to save the lives or cure long-term diseases of eight people, all with families of their own.

Not only will Paco live on for as long as his daughter and her children multiply, but his new family of donor recipients will prosper.

He may have come short of the goal of pro boxing championship, but because of his family's vision, Paco will be sitting next to G-d, watching his daughter grow up and his extended family of eight other families, once despaired, now enthralled.

An account has been established to help ease the family's medical expenses. Donations can be made at any Chase Bank location in America . You may deposit directly to the Francisco Rodriguez Estate fund account #707331062.

I was alerted to Paco's story by watching an ESPN special. He was also featured by Melissa Isaacson, ESPNChicago.com.

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