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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 Dec. 17, 2007 / 8 Teves 5768

Baffled by steroids? Then take this test

By Mitch Albom

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If, like many baseball fans, you are having a hard time deciding where you stand on the explosive steroids report issued last week, I am here to help.

Below are two lists. Why Steroids Matters. Why Steroids Don't Matter. Get a pencil, and circle the statements you agree with.

1. It's not illegal to use them if you have a prescription.

2. There was no testing in baseball until a few years ago — well after many of the athletes named in the Mitchell Report allegedly used them.

3. The misconceptions about steroids are insane: When properly used, they are not health-threatening.

4. Athletes always try to get an edge.

5. What about "greenies" — amphetamines — which players took for years? Should every player who took them be black-marked and asterisked?

6. What about caffeine? Doesn't that give you an edge? Some players gulp coffee or take caffeine pills. Should they be back-marked too?

7. If steroids were so bad, why did coaches and managers look the other way for so long?

8. If steroids were such an advantage, why were many of the players in the Mitchell Report unexceptional talents, some even journeymen?

9. Baseball is entertainment. You pay to see a show. The summer of 1998, when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa had their record home-run chase, was a glorious time. What's bad about that?

10. These guys are grown men.

11. It's unrealistic to test every player for everything.

12. Human growth hormone is not an illegal steroid. You can use it if you get a prescription.

13. Many non-athletes swear by HGH for healing and slowing aging.

14. Who cares about baseball records? You can't compare eras anyhow. They used to play fewer games. Blacks weren't allowed until the 1940s. All records are relative.

15. The general public is sick of this story.

1. They are illegal without a prescription.

2. They easily can endanger a player's health.

3. They give users an unfair edge.

4. If you don't have a level playing field, you don't have a true competition.

5. Caffeine is one thing; anyone can use it. But dividing baseball into players who'll risk illegal activity and players who won't is ruinous for the game.

6. An artificially enhanced home-run hitter is not as worthy as one who does it on his own.

7. There was a baseball drug policy all this time — as the Mitchell Report said. Just because baseball didn't test for steroids doesn't mean it condoned them.

8. Baseball is more than entertainment. A concert is entertainment. Baseball has an outcome each night — a winner and a loser — and if you can't trust the players, you can't trust the outcome.

9. Baseball records are important; they are the measuring sticks of the game and the connections to its past.

10. Kids look up to ballplayers. Do you want your kids sticking needles in their butts because their favorite pitcher does it?

11. Steroids are dangerous and were not designed for you to get stronger than the next guy.

12. The use of steroids and HGH creates a secretive, lying subculture.

13. San Francisco fans may cheer Barry Bonds, but think of all the other parks in which he gets booed. That can't be good for baseball.

14. The players' union should be protecting the careers of the huge majority who DON'T use steroids, instead of shielding the handful who do.

15. You don't make policy based on whether fans are tired of a story: This is critical for the future of the game.

OK. Done your circling? Now count how many from Category 1 and how many from Category 2. Bigger number is where you stand.

And if that sounds confusing, non-declarative, mixed-signals — well, now you know how baseball came to this sorry point in the first place.

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