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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

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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

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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

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Feb. 11, 2009 / 17 Shevat 5769

Stuck in a SAD State

By Tom Purcell

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There's a reason I've been feeling down: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

According to About.com, this woeful malady is triggered by the overcast winter weather. As it goes, a lack of exposure to sunlight can cause higher levels of melatonin and lower levels of serotonin. That can cause depression-like symptoms.

Grogginess is a common one. And, boy, since Democrats took over the White House, House and Senate, have I had trouble getting out of bed in the morning. Their pork-packed "stimulus" bill has kept me fuzzier than ever. It became immediately clear that many Democrats care less about solving our economic crisis than they do exploiting it to spend billions on pet projects that have little to do with jump-starting the economy.

It's also clear that Obama is already having trouble reining in Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the left flank of his party.

The more I think about it, the more I pull the covers over my head, which is surely a result of my SAD disorder — a disorder that is causing me to suffer other common symptoms, such as a craving for carbohydrates. Obama promised us change. He promised the most ethical administration in history. He promised not to hire lobbyists.

But already he's appointed 17 lobbyists. And, one by one, his Cabinet picks are turning out not to be terribly ethical. They've exploited their political connections to make huge dough. They skipped paying their taxes in a manner that would send the rest of us to the klink.

If Obama's team is doing such a horrible job vetting its nominees, I worry, where else are his people screwing up? National security? And what if nobody pays the electric bill and the White House lights are shut off?

The more I worry about it, the more I crave linguini with olive oil and garlic and a fat loaf of Italian bread smattered in butter. My craving is surely a result of my SAD disorder — a disorder that's causing me to suffer another SAD symptom: irritability.

I surely hope Obama succeeds — or, to be more precise, I hope he implements the right ideas and policies so that my country will succeed, but I worry. I don't like his idea of making government "cool again" when what we need is to make government small again.

His eagerness to push through the pork-packed stimulus bill — his use of words such as "catastrophe" and "disastrous" to frighten us into supporting it — shows me he's headed in the wrong direction.

A president should lead us toward a solution — bring out the best in us to confront and resolve our problems — not tell us how much worse things will be if a bunch of hack politicians don't loot the government treasury to pay off their pals.

The more I worry about it, the more irritable I get. No wonder I snapped at the drive-through-window kid because he didn't scrape the onions off my burger. My irritability is surely brought on by my SAD malady — a malady that is causing me to suffer other painful symptoms, such as interpersonal difficulties and sensitivity to rejection.

Sure, I'm worried about the coming days and weeks. Just as our country needs to unify most — just as we need sensible government programs that unleash the ingenuity and productivity of the American people rather than dampen them — I fear we're going in the opposite direction.

If this stimulus bill goes through, largely unchanged, I fear Democrats will be just getting warmed up — that they'll soon pass into law other wrongheaded, giant-government programs that could take us years to correct. Thinking about our future has left me so insecure, my interpersonal relationships are suffering. I smiled at my friend's baby and the kid cried. I reached out to pet my dog and he bit me. So sensitive was I to these rejections, I gorged on pasta, snapped at family members and slept for days.

I'm relieved to discover that my symptoms are a result of Seasonal Affective Disorder. The dreary winter weather is the source of my woes.

Boy, could I use a long, sunny day about now.

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