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 Jan. 31, 2014/ 30 Shevat, 5774

The Real Housewife Scandal of New Jersey

By Lenore Skenazy

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A New Jersey state appeals court has ruled that a mom who let her toddler sleep in the car while she ran an errand for five to 10 minutes was guilty of abuse.

"A parent invites substantial peril when leaving a child of such tender years alone in a motor vehicle that is out of the parent's sight, no matter how briefly," wrote one of the three judges, citing the risk of "car theft or kidnapping" and the possibility that "on a hot day, the temperature inside a motor vehicle can quickly spike to dangerously high levels, just as it may rapidly and precipitously dip on a cold night."

Except it wasn't a cold night, and it wasn't a boiling day. It was a mild morning in an upscale neighborhood, in a mall parking lot patrolled by security guards. The child was not in any of the perils the judges dreamed up. Really — imagine what it would take to smash the windows of the locked car in a public place and unhook a screaming baby from his car seat and drag him someplace. That just doesn't happen (except on "Law & Order").

But as far as I can tell, the judges did not back up their decision with any statistics. How could they? Had they bothered to look at the facts (or remember their own childhoods, when most of us waited in cars), they would have realized the mom had made a completely rational, safe decision based on reality, not TV. When child protective services came to visit her home, which they did that very same day, they found the kids well-cared-for, the home safe and clean.

Let's consider some facts. Every year, more than 1,200 children younger than 15 are killed in car accidents. Meantime, about 50 are kidnapped and murdered by strangers (generally not after being snatched from vehicles), and about 35-40 die of overheating in cars, the vast majority after having been forgotten there all day, not after waiting out a 10-minute errand.

So as David DeLugas, executive director of the National Association of Parents, points out, a child is actually far safer in a car that is not moving than in one that is.

Of course, it would make no sense to arrest any parent who drives a kid anywhere. In fact, it would be nuts! Sure, there's a risk whenever we drive our kids, but it's small enough that it's one we rationally take.

So shouldn't we be allowed to also take the tiny risk of letting them wait in the car during an errand?

Ernest Landante, a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, was quoted in The Star-Ledger as welcoming the court's ruling. "Leaving a child alone in a vehicle — even for just a minute — is a bad idea. Left unattended, a child in a vehicle is vulnerable to abduction and dehydration."

Dehydration? Over the course of one minute? Could we please base our laws on something remotely resembling earth-bound reality?

When we start arresting parents for dangers that could conceivably happen in the very worst cases — but didn't! — we can arrest them for anything. Why let a child play football? Or cheerlead? Or swim? Aren't those parents putting their kids at risk?

Most ironically of all, I think we all can agree that a child taken from his loving mom and placed in foster care is at greater risk than he would be if he were allowed to be raised at home. Yet that's what the state is allowed to do — take the kids away — if their parents let them wait in the car for even a minute.

Frankly, that is scary.

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