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 Sept. 7, 2011 / 8 Elul, 5771

Waiting often comes with gifts

By Sharon Randall

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Life often seems like a game of hurry up and wait.

Hurry to the market to get ice for a party, then wait in line to check out and watch it melt.

Hurry to call your husband to see if he wants to spend $400 to fix his car, then sit in a customer lounge listening to people talk on their cellphones while you wait for him to call you back.

Hurry to have a test that could change your life forever, then wait an eternity for results.

Hurry not to miss the birth of your grandchild, then hang out for two weeks waiting for that grandchild to be born.

I knew it was a gamble when I left Las Vegas, but it seemed like a fairly safe bet. My husband and I were awaiting the births of not one, but two grandbabies -- one in Monterey, the other in Santa Rosa -- 500 miles away.

His son's girlfriend was due around the first of September. My daughter's due date was two weeks later, mid-month.

I figured, if everything went as planned (yes, at times, I am a bit naive), I could fly back east to speak at a book club, spend a week with my family in the Carolinas and get back before any babies showed up.

But the day after I arrived at my sister's house and settled in to watch reruns of "Everybody Loves Raymond," my daughter called to say not to worry, but ...

She'd had complications. They might induce labor early.

How early?

She'd know more the next day after getting test results.

What I heard, more than her words, was the tone of her voice -- one she'd used as a little girl to wake me the night a stray cat climbed in her window.

"Mommy," she'd said, with absolute calm, "something with big eyes is sitting on my bed."

Not to worry, but ...

Meanwhile, Hurricane Irene was moving up the coast, canceling flights. If I waited, I might not get out.

So the next morning, I flew from Charlotte to Phoenix to San Jose, rented a car and arrived in Monterey around 2 a.m. Wagon trains made that trip in less time. But I got there. Sometimes getting there is about the best we can do.

The following day, to my great relief, my daughter's condition improved and we went right back to waiting. And waiting.

That was almost two weeks ago. Her due date is still more than a week away. I've debated flying home to Las Vegas for a few days to see if my husband remembers my name.

But I figure if I leave (yes, at times, I am smarter than I look), my daughter will go into labor and have that baby without me.

So I've decided instead to sit back and enjoy the ride.

That's what I did some 30 years ago, in the two weeks between the date I was due to give birth to my daughter and the day she finally arrived.

And she was worth the wait.

There is nothing wrong with waiting. It's what we do with it that counts. We can wish life away, try to hurry it up. Or we can slow down, take a breath and try to make the best of the moments we are given.

Waiting often comes with gifts. Arriving early has given me more time to spend with my youngest and his wife and my 1-year-old firecracker grandson.

To see my daughter's Mona Lisa smile when she feels her baby kickboxing in her belly, and to watch her sweet husband lean down to kiss her head.

To have lunch with a friend and go to church at New Hope Baptist and sing "Glory to His Name" with a gospel choir.

But the best part of waiting is when it's finally over. My husband just called to say his son's girlfriend is in labor.

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