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 Oct. 20, 2010 / 12 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

In an airline emergency, I'd bet this man is able to help

By Marybeth Hicks

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Ironically, I'm glad US Airways removed motivational speaker Johnnie Tuitel from his seat on a Sept. 23 flight because he was "too disabled to fly." If the airlines hadn't, most of us may never have heard of him or his inspirational message of "handicapitalism."

Here's the short version of what happened: Mr. Tuitel (sounds like "title") was scheduled to fly from West Palm Beach, Fla., to Kansas City for a speech. Because of cerebral palsy, he's wheelchair bound (and always has been), so, as usual when he flies, an airline employee helped him into his seat using a specially designed chair that fits into the aisle.

Once seated and belted and ready for the flight, Mr. Tuitel was told he had to get off the plane because he didn't have a travel companion and his disability rendered him unable to help himself in the event of an emergency. US Airways' policy requires passengers with disabilities such as his to be accompanied by someone who can assist them.

Left with no choice in the matter, Mr. Tuitel disembarked from the plane. Two days later, he flew to Kansas City on Delta Air Lines without incident, though reports say he missed his speaking gig.

So many things are wrong with this story, it's hard to know where to begin. Suffice to say US Airways' policy on disabled passengers, no doubt a response to intrusive federal regulations, must appear in the "litigation avoidance" section of its corporate handbook. It ought to be filed under "faulty assumptions" instead.

Suppose there is an on-board emergency (read: plane crash). Theoretically, a whole lot of passengers could be rendered "too disabled" to help themselves or others. In all honestly, being the fearful flier that I am, I'm not sure I'd be all that able in such a situation to do more than fumble with my rosary and whip off a quick act of contrition.

On the other hand, if it's an emergency landing, it's hard to imagine that Mr. Tuitel's fellow passengers wouldn't assist him to get off the plane. People are like that.

Being the reluctant flier that I am, and having visited Mr. Tuitel's website and watched his videos (http://www.johnnietuitel.com), I would sit next to him on any flight. Most emergencies require strength of character, courage, tenacity and a sense of humor. It's clear US Airways kicked off the most able of its passengers that day.

Mr. Tuitel's saga with US Airways continues, but not in the way you'd guess. What you'd expect next would be a lawsuit for lost wages and emotional distress. (Unless you were the young woman escorted off a Southwest Airlines flight in 2007 for your "lewd" fashion sense. In that case, what you'd next expect next would be a Playboy pictorial, and you'd have been right. But I digress.)

Instead of trotting out a plaintiff's attorney and a long list of the successful flights he has enjoyed while racking up an estimated half-million worldwide air miles in pursuit of his livelihood, Mr. Tuitel has agreed to work with the folks at US Airways to revisit their policy on passengers with disabilities.

He's not filing a discrimination suit. He's not even angry.

Instead, he's proving that his philosophy of "handicapitalism" — a word he coined more than 10 years ago — is the positive solution to an unfortunate reality.

Mr. Tuitel speaks and writes a message of sheer ability. He defines handicapitalism as the motto that inspires him to participate in a barrier-free world, earn and spend his own money, overcome the obstacles he faces while asking for help when he needs it, and give back to the community he loves.

Mr. Tuitel refuses to be a victim of US Airways, cerebral palsy or life's circumstances. His message of empowerment is just what America needs in these frustrating times.

So thanks, US Airways, for kicking Johnnie Tuitel off that plane and into my newsfeed. He made my day.

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JWR contributor Marybeth Hicks, a wife of more than 20 years and mother of four children, lives in the Midwest. She uses her column to share her perspective on issues and experiences that shape families nationwide. To comment, please click here.


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