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December 2, 2014

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 August 1, 2006 / 7 Menachem-Av, 5766

Fantasy fishing? That reality bites

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | So a group of international health experts conducted a study that found playing outside is good for kids. Really.


The respected health journal Lancet recently published its findings. "Just making sure children play outside will double the amount of physical activity they get," an Associated Press story quoted the study's lead author, Dr. Lars Bo Andersen of the Norwegian School of Sports Science.


Kids don't necessarily need strenuous exercise to be healthy, the research found. They just need to be active.


In other health news, breathing is good for you and eating less might help you lose weight.


How has it come to this? How is it that physicians need to be writing prescriptions for play along with Ritalin?


A partial answer would come not from the field of medical science but instead from socio- logy. Maybe the world isn't a more dangerous place than it was 30 years ago, but it certainly feels as though it is.


Summertime formerly meant turning kids loose to do mostly as they please. Now parents worry about exposing their children to every sort of menace beyond the four walls of home.


From the environmental realm come ozone health alerts and fecal coliform warnings. From the animal kingdom arise fears about West Nile virus and Lyme disease. And from the beast kingdom, child predators emerge.


The promise of modern technology is that it makes the world smaller and better. But the same technology that gives us the Internet, chat rooms and brilliantly graphic video games — and is spawning a generation of home-ridden zombies in the process — also nourishes parental anxieties about a world that seems bigger and badder.


And that's where another partial answer can be found. "It's not just that children should be more active, it's the whole family," said Dr. Ram Weiss, a pediatrician at Hebrew University Medical School and the author of a commentary about the study in Lancet. "Parents should be role models."


On July 20, the Wall Street Journal ran a front-page story about the latest "fantasy" sports craze — never mind that fantasy sports and sports share the same relation as pornography and love. At computer screens across the country, adults are now indulging themselves in fantasy fishing contests.


ESPN and FLW Outdoors sponsor fantasy-fishing leagues. Players compete — that's not the right word — for cash prizes, boats and large screen plasma televisions — just what this crowd doesn't need.


Used to be that fishing was recreation. You'd go fishing instead of working, mowing the yard or hearing a sermon. And catching wasn't nearly as important as spending some time outside, in the fresh air, on the water with friends or, better yet, with children.


There's even an organization dedicated to getting adults to share their angling activities with kids: The Take Me Fishing campaign and its Web site www.takemefishing.org are products of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.


But fishing has become a sport, and then a fantasy sport. So the next logical step in this progression is the creation of the Recreational Bench Warmer Foundation's Take Me Fantasy Fishing campaign. What a shame.


A few weeks ago, I struggled to wake my children up at 5 a.m. to go fishing. They arrived, groggy-eyed, at the marina in Aransas Pass to meet fishing guide Capt. Gary Tinnerman an hour later.


We watched the sun rise over the Gulf of Mexico. As a rain shower popped up, we saw a magnificent rainbow that stretched from horizon to horizon in the morning sky. We talked about jellyfish and pelicans and porpoises and ate soggy sandwiches. And, oh, yes, we caught some fish.


I fear that Dr. Andersen and the Take Me Fishing folks are fighting the same losing battle on two different fronts: one against a social and technological trend and the other against apathetic parents. And maybe a partial remedy can be found in fathers and mothers who can share with their children the eternal promise to humanity of a brilliant sunrise and a vivid rainbow.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.Comment by clicking here.

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