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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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

Don't Announce That Baby!

By Lenore Skenazy



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The State Journal, a newspaper in Wisconsin, has announced it will no longer publish birth announcements. Can you guess why?

You could if you understood what it means to be a human being in early 21st-century America in charge of any activity even tangentially associated with children. The reason, of course, is "safety."

Specifically, safety from predators.

According to an article by David Wahlberg in the very paper no longer publishing the cheery announcements:

"The end of the traditional keepsake for parents and notice to the community stems from a growing concern about infant abductions, hospital officials say.

"Birth listings 'set people up as targets for somebody who might want to steal a baby,' said Kathy Kostrivas, Meriter Hospital's assistant vice president for women's health services.

"'It's an effort to improve safety and security for families,' said Kim Sveum, spokeswoman for St. Mary's Hospital."

The article goes on to quote the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's "senior analyst for infant abduction cases." (And what do you want to be when you grow up, Susie? "A senior analyst for infant abductions!")

That analyst, Cathy Nahirny, says abductors "are using every means available to them to select a possible victim infant."

Are they indeed? The center has compiled these baby snatching stats: In the 30 years from 1983 to the present, at least 290 babies were abducted in America, with four cases — most recently in 1993 — linked by law enforcement to birth announcements. (No analysis of how many abductions were by family members, by the way, which you'd think would be pretty key.)

So first of all, it appears that for the past 20 years, there have been zero abductions linked to birth announcements, yet it is suddenly urgent to purge them.

Hmm.


"Our world is so different now than it was 25 to 30 years ago," Nahirny, the child-snatching expert, explained to the reporter.

She's right — but doesn't realize how. Our world is very different from the one 25 years ago. Crime is way down. In fact, it's back to the level it was when gas cost 29 cents a gallon — 1963.

What's also different is that recently, we have been trained to consider any tragedy involving any child, anywhere, as an immediate threat to all children, everywhere.

And so a mom told me she'd been given a pamphlet when she had her baby last summer, with "a whole section devoted to avoiding abduction." It "included this piece of advice, 'Be suspicious of anyone who befriended you during pregnancy.'"

It's like "Paranoia For Dummies."

Another mom wrote to my blog, "Free-Range Kids," saying, "When I had my daughter 12 years ago, the hospital sent in a special person who went room to room telling new parents to absolutely not put any 'Welcome baby' or 'Congratulations' signs in our yard, on our car, or in the paper because someone would come kidnap my brand new baby. Seriously. The hospital PAID someone to do that."

There was a time when a birth announcement or balloons on the mailbox might inspire a neighbor to bring over a casserole or knit some booties.

Now it's considered an invitation to that rarest of criminals, the baby snatcher. Welcome to the world, baby!

Just don't trust anyone. Ever.

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