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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 August 29, 2008 / 28 Menachem-Av 5768

Put the phone down and no one gets hurt

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Nearly one-third of all teens admit to texting while driving, according to an Allstate Insurance ad. I just saw a woman texting while riding a bike.

Even more unbelievably, she had three kids in tow. Everybody was wearing a helmet — safety first and all that — crossing a busy, congested intersection at a high-end outdoor mall. The woman was a little wobbly on her bike which, I'm just guessing here, could have been because she was furiously texting with one hand on her cell.

You have to wonder what was so important that it couldn't wait until they found a place to stop. Even texting "Having chest pains, send ambulance" is inexcusable.

Last year, a Harris Interactive survey found that 89 percent of respondents believe that text messaging while driving should be banned because it is dangerous.

So far, so good, but get this — nearly two-thirds of those who disapproved of sending text message while driving, said they had done it themselves.

Do as I say, not as I text.

It doesn't matter how fast you are, how desperate you are, or whether you can send messages with your eyes closed, friends don't let friends text and drive. Period. Or text and bike.

I keep wondering what kind of discussion that woman will have with her kids one day.

"Here are the keys to the car, junior, but don't ever text and drive. What's that? Why do I do it? Because Mommy is more experienced. Pardon me? Doesn't experience also mean Mommy is older? Well, yes. Doesn't older mean Mommy's brain is hardening and her reflexes are slowing? Give me the keys and go to your room."

Listen, kids, the next time you see Mommy (or Daddy) driving a car or riding a bike and texting, do us all a favor — grab the cell phone and throw it out the window. It's all right. Honestly, it would be performing a community service and very possibly saving lives.

We're all too addicted and too self-important. We can live without some of these annoying amenities.

Take the husband. He's totally anti-text. I asked him the other day if he'd like to learn how to text. I told him that given his unwillingness to learn, it could take me three weeks, but I would be willing to suffer.

He informed me that he was perfectly fine without texting, and that many people live long and happy lives without the bells and whistles of technology. He then huffed upstairs and let out a howl.

"What's the matter?" I shouted.

"Oh great!" he yelled. "Somebody sent me a text."

It was from the kid who had overheard our conversation and texted, "Good morning, Sunshine!"

"Way to wreck your father's day," I snapped at her.

Last week, the son-in-law, who is even opposed to car dancing, believing that both hands should always be on the steering wheel, sent the husband a text from our kitchen about a ball game.

We were shocked to hear a chime indicating the husband had sent a text back. "That's the first message he's ever sent," I said. "What does it say?"

It says, "OK."

I guarantee you that he sent it standing on firm ground, with absolutely no distractions and both hands on the cell.

Good boy.

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