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 April 3, 2009 / 9 Nisan 5769

Plastic bags seal the deal

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I am unloading groceries and pause to clutch what may be the last guilty pleasure on Earth: a box of reclosable plastic bags.

If it was just one box, I could live with the guilt. But I have them all — the adorable snack bag, the convenient sandwich bag, the workhorse quart-size bag, the "I've-got-the-lettuce!" gallon bag, the small Baggies that quietly tuck and fold and the old standby food storage bags that close with a simple twist tie.

You think I haven't tried telling myself that all this plastic is wrong? You think I don't want to go green?

I know that socially responsible people do not use plastic bags these days. Socially responsible people use nylon mesh bags that snag on your fingernails, burlap bags that leave a red rash streaking down your arm, or they recycle old pillow cases used for trick or treating when they were 6.

You think I don't want to be part of the club? I've tried to turn my back on those alluring plastic bags. I have declared that each box will be my last box. And then it's just one more. And one more after that. And one more after that.

Don't tell me I can live without them. Have you tried freezing sliced strawberries in a paper lunch sack or taken a hike with trail mix wrapped in foil?

Veggie sticks cry for plastic bags. So do cookies, crackers, cheese cubes, stamps, coupons, old keys, receipts, fresh herbs, frosting, loose change, leftover salad, computer cords and warranty booklets.

Here's the beauty of the reclosable plastic: From the same box of bags you can marinade a chicken or bag a pair of heels you have no intention of wearing again. That's versatility.

Who can leave home without a small arsenal of plastic? You need the big zipper-seal bag to hold wet swimsuits, grocery store plastic bags to hold the garbage you make in the car, snack bags filled with Cheerios for the kids and pretzels for the driver, another bag with first aid supplies, and a double-sealed bag in the glove box filled with salt, pepper, ketchup and mustard, should there be a sudden global condiment shortage.

I do have the clarity of mind to see that not every contribution made by the plastic bag has been wonderful.

Because of plastic bags, dog owners have to follow their pets around picking up doggie doo off the ground. That would not happen if we were still relying on wax paper.

Were it not for plastic bags protecting newspapers from the rain and snow, we would still have front porches — and papers would be delivered by kids on bikes.

And yet, as that great patriot Mrs. Patrick Henry said, "Give me Ziplocs or give me death."

It is just a matter of time before plastic bags become a banned substance, a hazard to our health, a threat to the environment. I'll be the one planting yard signs that say, "You can have my plastic bags when you can pry them from my cold, dead hands."

Refusing to surrender my Ziplocs, I will be locked away one day, along with the last few remaining smokers, people who refuse to use those curled light bulbs and those still driving SUVs.

If you come to visit, I'd appreciate a metal file.

Bring it in a Ziploc, will you?

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