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

Babies deserve clean restrooms, too

By Jim Mullen

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In the men's restrooms of big public spaces — airports, roadside rest areas, stadiums — there are now big tables for diaper changing. This is not new; they've had them for many years because dads are certainly just as capable of changing a diaper as moms. The thing is, I've never seen anyone use the one in the men's room. Maybe I'm never in there at the right time, but I can honestly say I've never seen a man change a diaper in a public men's room. Which is odd, because I can say I have seen diapers getting changed almost everywhere else. On the plane seat next to me. On a tailgate at a campsite. In the lobby of a hotel at the lip of the Grand Canyon. In a church pew at a wedding. On a table at a fast food restaurant.

I wonder if women can say the same thing? As a man who, like most men, has never seen the inside of a women's room, I may have a distorted picture of what goes on in there.

Men imagine it to be much more plush, much more feminine, much cleaner than ours. Maybe Oriental carpets, perhaps candles, cut flowers in crystal vases, a few whirlpool tubs, showers, full-length mirrors, a misting machine, tanning machines, foot massagers, a nail touch-up table, makeup lights, "The View" shown in a continuous loop on giant plasma TV screens and a big plastic, fold-down diaper-changing station.

Letter from JWR publisher

We men are not complaining, we just know that's the way it is. We know that the men's room smells like a long-unemptied cat box, the lady's room smells like new-mown grass and chamomile. Unlike ours, their paper towels never run out, their soap dispensers are always full, their floors are spotless, their trash is emptied on the hour. It must be heaven. Which is why, of course, we want you to change the diapers in there. Not because we're lazy, misogynistic or think it's unmanly, but because we care about our small children so much that we don't want them to turn out like us.

There is a diaper-changing table in the men's room of the local multiplex, which is puzzling. Not because it is in the men's room, but because I can't imagine a film, even a Disney film that I would take a child in diapers to see. "Scary Killers with Chainsaws"? "Hot, Violent, Steamy Teenage Vampires"? "Blood-Covered Detectives Using Filthy Language"? "500 Ways to Kill a Ninja"?

Maybe I've got it all wrong and the diaper-changing table in the movie theater isn't for babies at all, but for old men. Now I'm trying to think of a movie I would take an old man in diapers to see. "Scary Killers with Chainsaws"? "Hot, Violent, Steamy Teenage Vampires"? Etc.? I can't wait until the reviews come in, "It was a three-diaper movie. It scared me AND it was long!"

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Jim Mullen is the author of "It Takes a Village Idiot: Complicating the Simple Life" and "Baby's First Tattoo."


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