In this issue

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 18, 2014 / 20 Sivan, 5774

How did we all get by without all this stuff?

By Ana Veciana-Suarez

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Help!" shrieked my friend over the phone. "You've got to help me close the baby stroller. I'm already running late."

Though I'm not good at assembling and disassembling -- especially those contraptions that are touted as "easy-to-use" and therefore have no written instructions -- I zipped on over to her house to help the new grandmother fold this space-age vehicle into her car trunk.

We pushed and pulled and pressed, but the dang thing remained upright.

"What kind of college degree do you need to work this thing?" she hissed. "It's not like we're idiots."

Flustered and flummoxed, we finally hit something -- a button, a lever, who knows what -- and the stroller collapsed on itself. For days afterward, over analysis of fiber-rich recipes and complaints about too-small type on medicine bottles, we laughed about our encounter with the ultra-modern, everything-in-one stroller she had borrowed from her daughter.

"Whatever happened," she asked in a plaintive tone that echoed my own secret misgivings, "to strollers that were just that, strollers, and not a million other things?"

Yes, what did happen?

At the risk of sounding like a crotchety middle-aged woman, I find myself marveling more and more at all the devices and gadgets my grown children find indispensable. I can't help but wonder how we survived without everything that now fills our closets, our walls and our cars.

We rode our bikes without helmets, drank water from the faucet instead of a bottle, kept in touch without the benefit of cellphones and Facebook, and played outside the whole livelong day because no one had yet invented Nintendo or Xbox. As adults, we somehow managed to raise our children without diaper genies, baby joggers and mesh bath toy bags.

Not that I don't love some of these helpful doohickeys, especially those that make raising children a bit less, um, taxing on the nerves. When I browse through my twin granddaughters' drawers and playroom, I am amazed -- nay, flabbergasted -- by all the inventions that have hit the marketplace since their father was my baby. I can't believe he grew up into a healthy, relatively well-adjusted adult whose only fault seems to be that he wants to buy "everything" for his daughters.

Ah, but it's not just Daddy investing in thingamajigs and thingamabobs that do everything but walk a child to school in the mornings. My daughter, eight months pregnant and immersed in all things baby, moved to a new home last weekend. While the men huffed and puffed the family's belongings down the ramp of a U-haul, I took advantage of the time to rifle through the nursery. The things I discovered!

For example: the Buzz n Bite Vibrating Teether. It's a cute butterfly with a wing that gently vibrates (and soothes) a child's throbbing gums. What a marvel! In the medieval ages, I used a refrigerated teething ring. During prehistoric times my mother swore by her old wives' remedy: rum rubbed on gums.

I also was totally enamored of another gadget -- the Germ Guardian Nursery Sanitizer. Its claim to fame is that it "kills 99.9 percent of germs in 30 minutes with no chemicals." Wowee! Who needs soap and water when you've got a wall plug, right?

Then again, I sure hope that minuscule 0.1 percent of germs the sanitizer can't obliterate bears no relation to the swine flu.

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Ana Veciana-Suarez is a family columnist for The Miami Herald

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