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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

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

Every Monday Matters: Donate blood and bone marrow

By Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Every 2 seconds someone needs blood.

38,000 pints of blood are used each day in the U.S.

Nearly 500 hospitals cancelled elective surgery due to blood inventory shortages.

Demand for blood is rising much faster than donations. In fact, donations are declining.

1 pint of blood can save up to 3 lives - maybe even the life of someone you know.

60 percent of the population is eligible to donate, but only 3.2 percent do on a yearly basis.

The No. 1 reason donors say they give is because they "want to help others."

Anyone who is in good health, is at least 17 years old, and weighs at least 110 pounds may donate blood every 56 days.

TAKE ACTION TODAY

1. Find a blood donor location near you and schedule an appointment today.

2. Donate blood. The blood donation process takes approximately 30 minutes.

3. When you donate, you'll receive a donor card stating your blood type. Keep the card in your wallet.

4. Put yourself on a regular donating schedule of once every 56 days.

5. If you have type O-negative blood, the universal donor type, your blood is especially needed because it can be used in emergencies.

There is no substitute for human blood. Human blood is precious and can't be manufactured outside of the body. If you gave blood 4 times a year for the next 10 years, you would save 120 lives. Think of how many lives you could save if you gave blood for the rest of your life! Saving just one life should be convincing enough.


YOU MATTER

On a recent Tuesday, I received two messages … two very profound messages that I felt the need to share. I think you will understand why. People need your help.

The first message was from a family whose son was born with leukemia. His name is Hunter, and he has stolen our heart. Hunter is now 4 years old and still in the fight of his life. The message I received was a text from his mother. It read: "Thank God, we just found out that Hunter has zero leukemic cells in his bone marrow. It's a miracle." There were a few other celebratory expletives in there as well, but I took the liberty of removing them for this column. (Although, I must admit that I can't blame her…sometimes they add an extra punch and they have been through a lot.) I immediately called her to share in the excitement and to congratulate the family. It was an emotional conversation, but it doesn't end there…not even close.

Hunter's body cannot handle one more chemotherapy treatment. This was the final one. If it didn't work, "there was nothing more the doctors could do." Fortunately, it worked…that's the good news. The tougher news is that Hunter needs a bone marrow transplant. This last round of chemotherapy was just to prepare him for the transplant. If his results did not come back as zero leukemic cells, Hunter could not have gone forward with the transplant, which means he would not last through the end of the year. For months the family has tried to find a donor, but Hunter is part Cherokee Indian, Asian-American, and African-American. Not a common mix, therefore not a lot of good matches. In fact, after going through the 6 million names on the bone marrow donor list, they determined that there was not a good enough match. Not one. So they are now going to use cord blood and hope that Hunter's body will adjust to it and manufacturer the missing pieces to produce healthy bone marrow. So, it was a big day for Hunter and his family, because now at least he has a chance … and that is something to celebrate.

The second message I received was an email from a woman whose best friend was just diagnosed with leukemia. Her email reads:

"My friend Nick Glasgow was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in March 2009. He has had two chemos, both of which have not worked in putting his cancer in remission. He is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant to save his life! After learning of Nick's ethnic background (1/4 Japanese and 3/4 Caucasian), Stanford doctors told him he has a 0 percent chance of finding a matching donor due to the lack of minority registrants in the national bone marrow database. We are determined to beat the odds! If you or anyone you know is an Asian/American, you may be the donor that can save his life! You do NOT need to be Japanese/Caucasian … all Asian-Americans should register. To register is easy … you can order a free kit sent to you in the mail by registering at www.aadp.org. Thank you so much."

Two messages in one day. Two people/families reaching out to us … the world … for our help. Just so they can have a chance. They just want one swing of the bat, one shot at the lottery, lightning in a bottle. And we hold the answer for them … right in our bones. Our country's bone marrow supply does not represent the ethnic mix of our culture. America is known and celebrated for its racial diversity, but with this diversity comes a responsibility to honor and respect it. That means helping one another in any way we can. You matter. People matter. Your bone marrow matters. These are just two of many stories. Register today.

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Protect yourself with Internet safety
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Thank a firefighter
Have fun with an elderly person
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