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. 10, 2014/ 9 Shevat, 5774


By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Birthdays come to us once a year, which is more than enough for anybody. Most of our birthdays have no special meaning other than marking the date on which we were born. These birthdays come and go with a couple of birthday cards, a cake, and maybe a gathering of family or a party. No big deal, just another birthday. There are a few special birthdays, however, that take on greater meaning than the run of the mill type. These are the milestones, the benchmarks of our lives.

When a Jewish boy turns thirteen years old he becomes a man. In the US as soon as an individual turns 18 he or she legally becomes an adult and is automatically emancipated from parental custody and control. In most states 21 is the age when you may legally buy and possess alcoholic beverages. With Obamacare nearly all young people can stay on their parents' health insurance plan until age 26, even if they're married, financially independent and no longer live with their parents.

After your 30th birthday you're supposed to be a more serious adult person, no longer the "young kid" in the office. Turning 50 years old signifies the beginning of the end of so-called middle age. At 55 you are invited to join AARP, you can qualify for some "senior citizen" discounts and maybe take early retirement. But the one birthday benchmark that's the real killer; the one that really takes the birthday cake in a major way, is the big SIX-FIVE.

Yep. When you turn 65 you can no longer pretend that you're still just in the later stages of middle age. No, you're old. You are officially an old person, a card-carrying senior citizen and everybody knows it. You qualify for Medicare. You're headin' for the last round-up. You're gettin' close to the finish line. It's all downhill from now on. Whatever you lose from this point on, you probably will never have the time to get back. You are OLD now. Happy birthday!

By now you've probably guessed that I have just turned that ripe age myself. I can't remember (and that's another result of getting old) if I had a hard time with any other age. Maybe with 50, but nothing before that, I don't think. 30 didn't bother me, nor did 40. Turning 60 was a milestone, but nothing like 65. This one sticks in my craw and I don't even know what a craw is. I'd look it up to find out, but I'm too old to care.

Listen, I'm not complaining. I'm relatively healthy, I think (I'll be finding out for sure after my yearly physical next week). I have a good wife, a good family, a nice home, and I don't owe anyone any money. I sleep pretty well at night. I still drink when I want to. I have the most adorable little grand nephew in the entire world. My eyes are fine, my hearing is fine, which means I can enjoy the leisure activities I love most, reading, watching classic movies, and listening to music.

I celebrated with cake, ice cream, and presents quietly with my family. No big surprise party, no noisy crowded restaurant, no crazy performers, just a perfect family get-together. I've had the other stuff; I don't need blowout bashes anymore. My sister made me a cake and hosted the party at her house, which she always does. I received great presents from everyone, but my sister got me a one of a kind present that I never expected in a million years and was a thrill. The next day she took me to lunch. She went all out, but that's my precious sister, Debra. Like the gift she got me, she's one of a kind.

My brother has invited us over for dinner at his place next week. That should be fun. My wonderful wife is taking me out to one of my favorite restaurants for dinner later this week, which will be nice. We'll get dressed (yes, we still dress for dinner when going out to a fine restaurant), sit at our favorite booth and be taken care of by our favorite waiter. We'll order drinks and toast each other. Happy birthday, Greg! You're 65 years old!

65 years old. That's a ridiculous age for a young man.

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