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

Affirmations for Taking Action With Joyful Willpower: This series in summary

By Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

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Repeating positive affirmations helps you integrate and internalize the messages that you repeat to yourself. This list of affirmations will make joyful willpower (zrizus) an integral part of your automatic thinking. Read the list in a joyful tone of voice. To add to the positive feelings experienced when you think about joyful willpower, play your favorite music in the background when you read this list.

Make it a habit to repeat these and similar statements. You might find it helpful to repeat them with a friend or group of people.

A commitment to taking positive action with joyful zrizus creates a fulfilling life of meaningful accomplishments.

A negative view about myself melts away with positive action. The more positive actions I take with joyful zrizus, the better I will feel about myself and my life.

A positive attitude toward taking meaningful actions helps me reach meaningful goals.

A single great action leads to more great actions. Many great actions add up to a great life.

A strong will to do something positive enables me to overcome obstacles.

Actions speak louder than words. The more positive actions I do, the louder my message to myself.

All experiences of taking action make me wiser. I learn something from each and every experience.

All I need to do is live one day at a time, and one moment at a time during that day, and choose joyfully during that moment.

All the actions I take with joyful zrizus enable me to live a joyful, purposeful life.

As I act with joyful kindness, I enhance the lives of others and create a more meaningful life for myself.

As I do positive actions that I find challenging to do, I build my character.

As I take action, I am automatically transforming laziness into zrizus.

As soon as I can, I will follow through on my thoughts of positive actions.

As soon as I reach one goal, I focus on another worthwhile goal. With my joyful willpower, I reach the goals I set.

Awesome willpower creates an awesome life.

Because I think about whatever I have to do as something I will do with joyful zrizus, I feel good about having things to do.

Before I go to sleep at night, I calmly think about an ideal way of being tomorrow.

Believing I can do positive things increases my positive actions. Every positive thing I do increases my belief that I can do even more positive things.

Calm and serene thoughts and actions create a calm way of being. I am allowing myself to let go of stress and tension and I become calmer and calmer. I choose calm thoughts and feelings as I speak and act wisely.

Caring thoughts lead to caring actions.

Deciding to become a person of meaningful action is deciding to create a meaningful life.

Doing a positive action that is difficult for me to do greatly increases its value.

Doing one positive action at a time with joyful zrizus adds up to many positive actions.

Each day has many opportunities to do positive things with joyful zrizus.

Enthusiasm and excitement about what I need to do to reach my goals will help me accomplish more and enjoy the entire process.

Even if I have procrastinated until now, at this moment I can and will choose joyful zrizus.

Every challenge is an opportunity to develop my character.

Every action I do with joyful zrizus becomes added to my brain, which is always with me.

Every action I take with joyful zrizus makes it easier for me to do more things with joyful zrizus.

Every positive action I do gives me more confidence that I can do even more positive actions.

Every time I meet someone who enjoys doing positive things that I don't yet enjoy, I learn from that person.

Everything ever accomplished was accomplished by someone's action, and this is a lesson I constantly learn from.

Everything goes faster and I enjoy it more with joyful zrizus.

Everything I ever did, I did because I had the willpower to take action.

Fears melt away and I become fearless.

I act with joyful zrizus and this pattern becomes part of my self-image.

I add to my joyful zrizus daily.

I am a person who has memories of joyful zrizus, and I can access them whenever I wish.

I am always in the present, and in the present I choose joyful zrizus.

I am calm and serene about doing things with joyful zrizus.

I am committed to using my time wisely. I keep asking myself, "What is a wise use of my time right now?"

I am consistently happy because I do acts of kindness with joyful zrizus.

I am grateful to all my teachers who enabled me to accomplish what I did so far.

I am grateful for all that I can appreciate and be grateful for. Therefore I have inner happiness, which gives met the energy to reach meaningful goals.

I am joyful because I constantly think about doing things with joyful zrizus.

I am not afraid of making mistakes because I learn from each mistake.

I become more and more confident by doing more and more positive actions.

I become wiser from the feedback of my actions.

I build my character with my positive actions.

I calmly and serenely take joyful action to do positive things.

I can imagine being in a future moment and being grateful for all the positive things that joyful zrizus has enabled me to do.

I can imagine being told as an infant, "You have been blessed with joyful zrizus."

I choose thoughts, words, and actions that create a joyful, meaningful life.

I choose to wake up in the morning with joyful zrizus, and this starts my day off right.

I create a wonderful life because I act with joyful zrizus.

I create myself in ideal ways when I consistently act with joyful zrizus.

I do all that is important for me to do with joyful zrizus.

I do things joyfully, right away, one at a time.

I don't allow fearful feelings to stop me from acting with joyful zrizus. As I take action, I feel greater courage and confidence.

I don't let distractions distract me from doing what I need to do with joyful zrizus.

I easily bounce back to a great state if something I did didn't work out the way I planned.

I encourage others to take action.

I enjoy starting new goals and following through.

I enjoy taking action with zrizus.

I enjoy the progress I am making when I do things with joyful zrizus.

I feel pleasure when I do positive things and this leads to many more positive actions.

I find positive ways to look at all I need to do.

I focus wholeheartedly on what I am doing and I think of ways to enjoy it.

I gain tremendously from having joyful zrizus.

I get many things done because I have joyful zrizus.

I have a balanced attitude that enables me to accomplish in a calm way.

I have fun all day because I do what I need to do with joyful zrizus.

I have my unique mission in life; I do what I do with joy.

I have the joyful willpower to finish what I start.

I have the courage and joyful willpower I need to overcome any needless fears.

I talk to others in positive ways that encourage them to take positive actions.

I think big, and this inspires me to accomplish big.

I think of creative solutions to benefit from potential problems.

I think of creative ways to motivate myself to do what is good for me to do.

I think, speak, and act like a person with joyful zrizus.

I think thoughts consistent with serene zrizus.

I upgrade my self-talk to have the self-talk of a person with joyful zrizus.

I utilize my time wisely.

I view mistakes as learning experiences for selfdevelopment.

I visualize my ideal self, and I create my ideal self with the positive actions I take.

I visualize myself acting with joyful zrizus.

I wake up with gratitude and joyful zrizus.

I will edit how I talk about my tasks in ways that are consistent with joyful zrizus.

If I am about to be lazy, my mind automatically takes me to joyful zrizus.

If I am not certain about what I need to do, I can always experiment and learn from the feedback.

If I am interrupted when I am taking action, I easily return to a state of joyful zrizus.

If I begin to feel overwhelmed, I calmly and serenely think about doing one thing at a time with serene zrizus.

If I were blessed with joyful willpower today, what would I make sure to do?

If something positive is difficult for me to do, I enjoy the challenge.

Instead of thinking about missed opportunities, I focus on what I can do now.

It feels great to take positive actions with joyful zrizus.

It has been said, "There aren't any failures. There is only feedback." I become wiser from all feedback.

It is my mind that might create stress or laziness. And it is my mind that chooses serene and joyful zrizus as a wiser choice.

Joyful zrizus makes the difference between happy, accomplished people and those who aren't yet happy and accomplished.

Joyful zrizus: past, present, and future. Repeating this enthusiastically instills joyful zrizus in my mind.

Kind thoughts lead to kind actions.

My joyful zrizus enables me to live a happier, more fulfilling life by reaching positive goals.

My mental picture of doing positive things with joyful zrizus creates this way of being.

My mind creates joyful zrizus as my natural way of being.

My mind is up to me. And I use it for thinking of meaningful achievements.

My self-talk is consistent with calm and joyful zrizus.

My willpower to do positive things gets stronger and stronger.

No matter how many things I have to do, I stay calm and serene.

No matter how much I have accomplished, I realize there is much more I can do. I am grateful for what I have already been able to do, and I joyfully focus on what I can do now.

Now I am in the present, and in the present I focus on the wisest thing to do now.

On my mental screen, I see myself acting with joyful zrizus to reach worthwhile goals.

Outcome-thinking is my guide. I ask myself, "What outcome do I want?" Then I clarify if my present action will get me the outcome I want.

Overwhelmed feelings disappear when I focus on this present moment and I take one action at a time with joyful zrizus.

Patience and persistence enable me to accomplish many worthwhile goals.

Procrastinating is a choice and taking action is a choice. Long term, taking action will make my life more meaningful and joyful.

Question to ask myself: "What can I do now with joyful zrizus?"

Question to ask myself: "What stops me from doing what would be wise to do?" And the next question, "How can I inspire myself to do it, or get myself to do it even if I don't feel inspired?"

Remembering my moments of joyful zrizus enables me to take action with zrizus in the present.

Say what I said to myself when I convinced myself to take positive action.

See the many benefits of being a person who takes positive action with joyful zrizus.

Taking action with joyful zrizus enables me to reach many positive goals.

Tasks that I used to look at in a negative way I now look at positively.

The more positive actions that I choose to do in the present, the greater my future.

The positive actions I do build my self-image.

When I am tempted to procrastinate, I strengthen my joyful willpower.

When I reach one goal, I eagerly choose a new goal to strive for with joyful zrizus.

When I say the words, "Joyful willpower," my sense of willpower gets stronger and stronger.

When I see young children play, I see the enjoyment they have. This is the enjoyment that I have when I take action with joyful zrizus.

When I see someone acting with joyful zrizus, I add that image to my mental database of how I, too, will act with joyful zrizus.

When I sincerely want to do positive things, my joyful willpower empowers me to do them.

When I take positive action with joyful zrizus, I gain now and in the future, over and over again, because this becomes the way that I frequently act.

When I think of the future, I think of doing things with joyful zrizus.

When I think of the past, I remember moments of joyful zrizus, and this helps me now and in the future.

When I think about doing things, I think of doing them with calm, joyful zrizus.

Wherever I am, I find something positive I can do.

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