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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 Sept. 22, 2011 / 23 Elul, 5771

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By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The way we're always in a race to be the first to know something and tell others, you'd think there was prize money involved. Or maybe a new car.

We like to be the first ones to announce breaking news — a business opening or closing, a house in the neighborhood up for sale, a celebrity that died, someone is engaged, got a new car or a new wife. We're like remote broadcasters without the good hair, microphones and earpieces.

Sometimes in the mad race to be first, even professionals get it wrong. CBSnews.com erroneously reported that Steve Jobs had died when he was very much alive. They issued an apology and a retraction, but the news had already spread through Twitter like a Texas wildfire.

It's a difficult thing to retract incorrect information. Once people hear or read something, they tend to believe it is true.

A woman once asked where I lived. I told her Indianapolis and she said, no, that I lived in such and such a town because that was what she had read somewhere online. Well, then, I guess that makes it true. I was looking forward to my new home, but never found it.

One of the grocery tabloids is the first to announce that Kate and William are expecting. Twins, no less. I wonder if Kate and William know. It's really something when a tabloid knows about your pregnancy (and sees the ultrasound) before you do. The tabloid says it's a girl and a boy in case you wondered.

Does it really make a difference if I'm the first to know? Does it really add IQ points if I'm the first to know which Hollywood star is now tipping the scales at 200 and has displayed cellulite at the beach?

I'm usually up before the husband and have often read headlines online before he opens the paper. When he starts reading a headline out loud, I let him get halfway through and then tell him the rest of the story. It's a sickness really. Why can't I let him think he's breaking the news first?

Being first makes us feel important. It's an easy win — like taking first in a race without ever having to actually run or break a sweat.

An entire class of people likes to be the first to own each new electronic gizmo that comes down the pike. Apple stores are packed with thousands of people waiting in line to be the first. It's a temptation to say, "You know you're not going to be the first to own this, you're probably number 4,578."

A new Container Store is opening nearby and having a grand opening. One of my daughters is quite excited and asked if I wanted to be one of the first to go. I said no thanks because I already know what they have — containers. We tend to be selective in the things we want to be first in.

I don't mind letting others go first to find out if a restaurant, book, movie or store is any good, then decide if I want to go. If it turns out to be bad, I saved both time and money.

So go ahead, you go first. I'm right behind you.


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