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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 January 4, 2008 / 26 Teves, 5768

A gift you overlooked

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You missed one. Yes, you. You missed a gift. I know, you put the tree away, the menorah back on the shelf and vacuumed up the pine needles, but I'm telling you that you missed one. And it's a big one, too.


You've never had one exactly like this one. Oh you may have had one that looked similar, but there's no way it could have been an exact duplicate.


Is it your size? Yes and no. Some days it will fit like a comfortable old sweater and your favorite pair of boots. You'll feel comfortable in it, rested and at peace.


Other days it may tug at the collar, pull across the back of your shoulders and itch like the dickens. You may feel bound and constricted and like you want to peel it off and run as fast and hard and far as you can.


Is it used? Goodness, no. This isn't any regift. This is fresh — the feel of clean sheets on the bed, that new car smell and the warmth of towels fresh from the dryer.


Does it come with a gift receipt? Can you return it or cash it out? There's no receipt. You can't return it and cashing it out isn't something you want to do.


It's even your color. A pale frosty blue in the winter, soft greens with pink buds in the spring, splashes of yellow and red in the summer that turn to amber and sienna under the hunter's moon come fall.


Did it come from a catalog? No, but I saw a picture of it once. It was taken by an astronaut hurtling through space.


In the center of the picture was the earth with the continents surrounded by deep blue water.


Right down the middle of the picture, cutting across prairies, mountains, deserts and seas, fell a soft shadow that grew darker and darker and wrapped half of the planet in a blanket of night.


At the very edge of that shadow was a narrow band that separated the light from the dark, evening and day.


And that's your gift — the gift of time. Twelve months, 52 weeks, 365 days.


I know, it's huge. Who has room on a closet shelf for that?


What you do with the gift is entirely up to you. You can weave patterns of living that give beauty and grace to each day. You can build routines for waking, showering, getting ready and build in a few moments of quiet reflection. You can blow through it like a straight-line wind, work 16 hours a day, nod to the kids and fuel up with black coffee.


Then again, you could set aside some time for sharing meals, wandering through the woods and visiting with friends.


We all struggle with a gift of such size — how many squares on the calendar to fill in, how many to leave free, how far out to plan, what's important and what's not. Perhaps no one knows how to use the gift of time as well as those who know the gift is coming to an end.


In any case, time is yours, use it wisely. And above all - enjoy.

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