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December 2, 2014

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

Teaching children to be heroes

By Becky Rickman





JewishWorldReview.com | It doesn't take a cape to be a hero. It doesn't take super powers, X-ray vision, or the ability to fly. It does take strength — strength to stand up for what you believe in and to defend what is right.

We can teach our children heroism by exposing them to real heroes. That doesn't mean someone who makes millions playing sports, though I have known professional athletes who are heroes because of the kind of husband and father they were. They stood for something.

It doesn't mean selling millions of CDs and hosting sold-out concerts at huge arenas, though I have known recording stars who give heavily to worthy causes, regularly visit sick children at hospitals and work in soup kitchens.

This is what it takes to be a hero, and we can teach our children to be heroes in their own lives.

Here are a few basics of heroism:

HEROES SERVE

To that end, we can get our children involved early in service and thinking of others. We do this by example and by presenting opportunities for them to do so.

HEROES ACT AND DON'T JUST DREAM

Teaching children follow-through principles will help them to be accountable for their goals. Help them set up goals and then check in with them periodically to see how they are doing. Give praise, but don't overdo it. Whether it is homework and doing well in school or raising money for a worthy cause, help them complete their goals and set new ones.

HEROES ARE ALL AROUND US

Sharing stories of everyday heroes with our children will help inspire them to do good. Speak positively about people they know and how they serve others. Read stories from the newspaper and Internet about folks who go out of their way to do good.

HEROES IN THE SCRIPTURES

The bible is full of great heroes and their stories can be likened to our lives today. They are timeless. Esther, standing up for what was right. Noah, obeying the commandment to build the ark in the midst of ridicule. Lots of stories of living worthy to receive inspiration and then acting on it, following through to the great benefit of others.

HEROES IN LITERATURE

Reading classic books with your children will also give them examples of heroism. Books like Great Expectations, Jane Eyre and Tale of Two Cities are fantastic illustrations of characters faced with tremendous adversity who chose to do noble things. They become heroes to someone. There are modern-day classics, as well, among them the Harry Potter series, which to me, shows all that is good and noble in the human spirit.

HEROES' CIRCLES MAY BE SMALL

It does not take helping millions to be a hero. Being a good husband and father makes a man a hero. Being a good wife and mother makes a woman a hero. Their circles may be small, but their impact is powerful. Done right, heroes begat and raise other heroes, and the circles widen to encompass many.

HEROES TAKE TIME FOR THEMSELVES

While being entirely selfless seems heroic, real heroes take time to care for themselves, getting enough rest and eating properly. They know that if they don't take care of themselves, they won't be able to serve for very long. Encourage your children to care for themselves and be that example to others of how those practices keep them strong enough to fight another day.


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HEROES SIMPLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE

True heroes get up every day and ask themselves, "What can I do to help someone today?" and then seek opportunities. They don't wait for them to fall from the sky. They turn off the TV and computer and get out in the world. They are able to put themselves in the shoes of others and see how they can positively affect others.

HEROES ARE MENSCHES

They are good people who realize that cleaning out sewers or picking up trash is a noble deed. They know that being a part of and contributing to a good family is priceless. They don't aspire to notoriety or greatness or publicity. They do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.

Teaching our children to be good and thoughtful human beings is one of the best things we can do in this life. Giving them positive role models and talking up good-doers is important. Being an example to them and pulling them into the service you do is essential. Encourage them to be heroes.

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Becky Lyn is an author and a 35+ year (most of the time) single mom.









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