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 March 19, 2013/ 8 Nissan, 5773

Who are the actual 'gun nuts'? When schools turn into insane asylums

By Lenore Skenazy

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Do something."

Those were the urgent but rather nonspecific marching orders given to schools — or at least the orders that schools seemed to hear — in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings. Do something that really makes kids safer or something so annoying that it feels as if you're making kids safer. It really didn't seem to matter which. And seeing as our kids were already very safe at school before the shooting rampage (not perfectly safe — no one ever is — but safer than at home or in a car), there wasn't much more that schools could do to improve upon this decent state of affairs.

So many did the opposite. They said to heck with being an open, welcoming neighborhood center and have spent the past few months pointlessly inconveniencing teachers, students, parents, volunteers and, especially, school secretaries.

"My kid's elementary school now has all the interior doors locked," one mom wrote after I asked readers to describe what their schools were doing in the name of "safety." "Hallways/wings are now locked. Teachers have keys around their necks and are constantly fumbling to find the right key to get to PE or lunch or art. When I go to volunteer in the library (because I have been fingerprinted and cleared!) I have to be let in through two locked doors by one of the secretaries. Not sure how her regular job is getting done, because now she spends most of her day unlocking doors."

In Germany — Germany! — another mom wrote: "In the wake of Sandy Hook we now have a locked door at our elementary school. Since the buzzer runs down to the secretary's first floor office and has neither video nor intercom, she has to walk down in person to open up." Not only does this waste the woman's time, noted the mom, but also it requires extraordinary bravery. After all, "she would clearly be the first person to be shot by a rampant gunman."


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The fact that we can chuckle at that idea (and you can chuckle and not be a jerk) just shows that in our heart of hearts, we know how incredibly unlikely that event is. Yet schools are piling on the procedures as if the fact that someone, somewhere experienced a terrible tragedy once means that everyone, everywhere is at risk of terrible tragedies all the time.

This outlook has pushed some spooked schools to move beyond the door-locking and secretary-schlepping scenarios to dreaming up new dangers and wacky ways to combat them. One teacher who works part time at seven different schools reported that now, whenever she arrives to help out, she must go to the classroom door, state her name, show her ID and give the secret password. (Is it "Swordfish"?) No one will unlock the door till she does.

At her daughter's high school, another mother wrote, students must now submit a background check on their prom date! Yes, if the date is from a different school, he or she is not allowed in without credentials. Just like at Langley.

I've heard of other schools that have begun requiring all students to wear identification tags, which stumped me — how on earth could this prevent anything? — until a parent explained that this way the gunman would be easier to spot; he's the one without an ID.

Yeah, and with an Uzi.

And then there's the school in Fargo, N.D., that has told its teachers that if they hear a fire alarm but don't immediately smell smoke, they should barricade the kids inside the classroom and stay put. After all, it could be a gunman trying to lure the kids into the hall. (In truth, the school had that rule even before the Newtown tragedy. But after it, the school ran the drill.)

Fear makes folks irrational, which explains why any of these measures morphed into bona fide rules. But now that we've had a little time to think, it's time to re-examine them with the kind of clearheadedness an 11-year-old recently showed. She and her mom were going to pick up her younger brother at a Sunday school that had just started locking all its doors but one. (This meant the parents and students now had to walk through a busy parking lot, but hey, gunman danger apparently trumps little-kids-running-between-a-bunch-of-cars danger.)

"They want everyone to go in and out of the same door," her mother explained. Whereupon the daughter wondered, "Won't that just make it easier for someone who wanted to shoot or bomb people, because everyone will be in the same place?"

That's the kind of question you ask when you don't have a stake in security theater — or when you don't feel compelled to do "something" no matter how dumb.

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