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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 March 29, 2006 / 29 Adar, 5766

You don't have to have a title to be a leader

By Dave Weinbaum

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | From out of nowhere, Jason McElwain, a 17 year old, 5'6", High School Senior, appeared on the national scene as a sports icon, acclaimed by such in a meeting with the president of the United States, George W. Bush.

Okay, Weinbaum, So what's the big deal?

I'll tell you! Jason, who never put on official basketball attire until that night, was not a free agent, not a transfer, not even on the team, jumped and pumped into hoops fame.

You see Jason isn't actually ON the team. He's the manager! He gathers balls for practice then retrieves them. He gathers dirty towels and places clean ones for the players. He brings liquids to sweaty players in timeouts.

However, Jason was a step above an average gofer…he inspired his team with pep talks. He passed balls to shooters and rebounded; only to dispatch the orbs back again to the real players.

Coach Jim Johnson decided to reward Jason by letting him dress and sit on the bench with the team for the final game. If the score was close, Jason and the world would have been deprived of one of the greatest 4 minutes in sport.

With a large lead, Coach sent his manager onto the boards, fully dressed for battle. He sure did LOOK like a player with his white headband, and nifty uniform.

Then we all found out he WAS a player!

His first two shots missed and then in the best of all sports stories, G-d spread a little of his magic and let Jason show what he could do…when given the chance.

To the shock of everyone, except Jason, he started hitting 3 pointers…first one…then two…then 3. The crowd went crazy, louder and nuttier with every shot, an amazed smile plastered on almost every face. The ONLY person that seemed unaffected by the hubris seemed to be Jason.

He just kept pumping those three pointers in, then 4…then 5. Somewhere in there he managed a 2 pointer.

On his 6th three-pointer at the buzzer the crowd erupted onto the floor. The team manager was carried off, arms raised in the triumph held up high by the players he helped with everything but his basketball skills.

In four minutes, in his first, and maybe his last court performance, Jason scored 20 points, high scorer for the entire game.

Now…for the rest of the story. (Forgive me Paul Harvey).

You see Jason has Asperger Syndrome Autism, not the most severe of the disease, but a challenge for Jason and all around him.

Studies are being done on the epidemic of autism in the USA. David Kirby's "Evidence of Harm" poses the theory that vaccine preservative Thimerosal, consisting of 50% mercury, is the chief culprit in the increase of Autism from 1 in 5000 births in the 80's to 1 in 166 in 2003.

Don and Deidre Imus have been in front of this issue and publicized same on his radio/TV show, chiding those in power to outlaw those chemicals proven harmful to our children.

April is Autism Awareness Month. Learn more by googling!

Jason's biggest score of the night was bringing attention to the blight of autism and what can be done to diminish it. Give him credit for a triple/double.

He's tops in my bracket.

How about yours?

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