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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 May 18, 2012/ 26 Iyar, 5772

Time to table eating photos

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | An advocacy group is petitioning the President to ban photographs of him and all cabinet members eating any food that is unhealthy, mainly burgers and dogs (hot dogs, not the other kind of dogs although they are probably against that, too).

To date, the President has had his picture snapped eating a hot dog with British Prime Minister David Cameron (should have shared a big salad with no dressing, fellas), cheeseburgers with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (how about some of our delicious American carrot sticks, sir?) and stopping for a burger at Five Guys where the grease from the fries soaks the paper bag (should have kept walking to Whole Foods).

To the best of my understanding, the group demanding the photo ban, Physicians for Responsible Medicine Committee, is comprised of anti-meat, anti-dairy people that recognize three food groups: lettuce, tofu and gravel.

Although I am usually at odds with the food police, I am completely on board with the proposed ban. Frankly, it doesn't go far enough. The ban should extend to the entire nation. No more pictures of people eating food. Period. We don't need pictures of half an orange in someone's mouth, barbecue sauce smeared across someone's face or spaghetti snaking down someone's chin.

Pictures of people eating are never attractive. I have tried to stress this to the husband who jumps up on a chair at every holiday meal, raises his camera for a good angle while people pass serving dishes, load their forks and break off pieces of rolls. People freeze every three seconds and nervously glance at the camera to see if it is safe to open their mouths and shove in a bite.

Even in the famous Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving illustration, people are not actually eating the food, they are simply admiring the food.

Once in awhile, a couple in a movie may share food in a romantic moment, but even then you're looking to see if a strand of saliva is going to follow the strawberry from her mouth into his. Pictures of people eating are gross.

Fortunately, I have some cousins who helped prove my point. When I attended a funeral shortly after Thanksgiving one year, a cousin leaned forward from the pew behind and said, "I saw pictures your daughter posted of her Thanksgiving table on Facebook. It was a beautiful table. I brought a picture so you could show her what your cousins' holiday table looked like."

The table was littered with paper plates and plastic cups. There were seven bottles of alcohol, scattered beer cans and several wine bottles on a counter. Two cousins were in the foreground sharing an open bag of chips.

This is why we do not take pictures of people eating. Not even family. Especially family.

And who doesn't have etched into memory an image of that kid from the grade school lunch table who always ate with his mouth open? The sight was so revolting the kid may have helped keep other kids from getting fat.

I'm all for a hard and fast rule that maximizes the pleasure of eating. Food on, cameras off.


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