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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 June 17, 2014 / 19 Sivan, 5774

Kids on the Front Lines

By Diane Dimond




JewishWorldReview.com | News Announcer: "There's been another school shooting. This time at the Troutdale High School in Oregon, about 16 miles east of Portland."

I don't want to write about this. It feels like screaming into the wilderness with no one listening. And I feel silly now admitting that I really thought things would change after the December 2012 mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

I honestly believed the senseless deaths of 26 little children and teachers (as well as one horribly misguided mother) in Connecticut was going to be a watershed event that would spur a host of new ideas to curb violence.

I was wrong. The sickening tally is in. Since the Newtown tragedy there have been 74 more shootings at American schools. That's about one per week.

What's wrong with us that we can't stop this awful trend?

Roswell, New Mexico

St. Louis, Missouri

Orlando, Florida

Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia

Gray, Maine

A gun safety group named Everytown for Gun Safety has been keeping track of each time a gun is discharged on school property — schools from K-12 to trade schools and universities. It is happening in every region of the country.

Phoenix, Arizona

Houston and Austin, Texas

Arapahoe County, Colorado

Isla Vista, Santa Monica and Fresno, California

Assaults, accidental shootings, homicides and suicides witnessed by our children. Grisly and terrifying scenes they will likely never forget and may haunt them for years.

Imagine how your child would have reacted if they had been in the boy's bathroom at the Davidson Middle School in Southgate, Michigan, last March to witness 13-year-old Tyler Nichols shoot himself in the head.

Kids across America now have similar haunting memories etched into their psyche.

Hazard, Kentucky

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Grambling, Louisiana

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Memphis and Clarksville, Tennessee

Of the 74 school shootings since Newtown, 35 took place at institutions of higher learning. Think about that when you send your kid off to college. The remainder of the incidents, 39 at this writing, occurred in lower grade schools, and it didn't matter if they were public or private schools, religious or non-denominational. All schools are potential targets. Ponder that for a moment.

How would your child have reacted if she or she had been in the Sparks, Nevada, classroom where 12-year-old Jose Reyes suddenly began to shout, "Why are you laughing at me" and pulled out a 9mm Ruger. He shot his teacher to death and wounded two of his young classmates. What could you possibly say or do to make it all better for your child after they had witnessed that?

Chicago, Illinois

Cincinnati, Kent and Lyndhurst, Ohio

Des Moines and Algona, Iowa

Milwaukee and Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Rapid City, South Dakota

The youngest shooter was a five-year-old who brought a gun in a backpack to Westside Elementary School in Frayser, Tennessee, last August. The gun discharged in the cafeteria as students waited for the first bell. Thankfully, no one was hurt. The oldest gunman was a 53-year-old custodian who killed two fellow janitors on the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts campus in West Palm Beach, Florida, last June.

Now, just this week, episode number 74 occurred at a high school in Troutdale, Oregon. A teenager with a rifle shot and killed a 14-year-old freshman and wounded a gym teacher before killing himself.

This is the shocking reality of what we have allowed to become an almost regular occurrence. Yet communities seem stunned when it happens close to home.

Christiansburg, Virginia

Raytown, Missouri

Decatur, Georgia

Sardis, Mississippi

Winston-Salem, North Carolina



The most discouraging section of the Everytown for Gun Safety summary concludes that, just like the latest 15-year-old shooter in Oregon, many of the under-age gunmen, "Had easy access to guns at home" or from other adults in their life.

Remember the Michigan youngster who took his own life in the boy's room? His parents admitted the gun their son used had been stored in a box above their refrigerator — an unlocked box.

Let's get real, folks. Common sense tells us kids don't get guns by walking into a sporting goods store and buying one. Officials estimate there are more than 300 million privately owned firearms in the U.S. (that doesn't count the guns used by law enforcement, the military or those illegally held). There are plenty of opportunities for a minor to get their hands on one.

If you are one of the millions of Americans who choose to own a gun, SECURE IT. Buy a gun cabinet, a trigger lock or a simple lock box — and do it today. Regularly check to make sure your weapon is where you think it is. Routinely talk to your family about gun safety.

To anti-gun citizens, stop with the parrot-like calls for more gun and ammunition laws. We already have plenty of laws that are completely ignored. Those who would use a gun in the commission of a crime are not deterred by words on a piece of paper. Put on your thinking caps because the reality is clear. Guns are a part of American life — love it or hate it — and we need to learn to come up with new solutions to the very real problem they can pose.

To members of the National Rifle Association: This is not an attack on your right to own firearms. This is not a call for a national registry of gun owners that your membership believes could be used against them at some future date. So, please, no angry emails about your constitutional rights.

This is a call to responsible gun owners everywhere to act responsibly so the rest of us can feel safer when we send our children off to school. You carefully lock up your car, so do the same with your firearms.

Many schools already have X-ray machines at their entrances, continuous safety patrols and even police presence, yet shootings still happen at places where our children are supposed to feel safe. We're a nation of smart, determined people. Let's fix this.

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