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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

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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 27, 2004 / 10 Elul, 5764

A Blind Date, Prayer and A Double Blessing

By Shmarya Rosenberg

The wonders of it all!

https://www.jewishworldreview.com | Netanel is the middle name that Shmuel and Rivka Klein gave to their firstborn twin, Yosef. It means "G-d has given" in Hebrew and it's safe to say that its meaning applies equally to Yosef Netanel's twin brother, Yaakov Aryeh. You see, the twins' birth was the answer to the Klein's prayers.

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Is this just another run-of-the-mill story of infertility, prayer, pregnancy and birth, a modern-day medical miracle with no soul?

Well, not quite. First of all, it all started with an unusual blind date. Immediately, Shmuel recalls,"we had something in common, something that both of us could relate to."

What is this special "something" that the Kleins have in common?

Adversity — or, rather, its overcoming. Shmuel Klein is a quadriplegic and wheelchair-bound. His wife Rivka is paralyzed from her hips down as a result of having polio as a child. She also uses a wheelchair. Conception was no easy task.

"One of our goals was to have children," explains Shmuel, who met Rivkah on a blind date in 2001. "When you are a quadriplegic there can be difficulties, but we have a lot of faith in G-d."

According to Rivka, there are now many options for people with paralysis.

"The key is to find out what might work for you, and not to get discouraged," she says. (The Kleins were helped by information available through the Miami Project, an organization dedicated to those with spinal cord injuries.)

Shmuel and Rivkah each have a long history of overcoming adversity. Born in Israel, Rivkah contracted polio at 14 months of age. Her family moved to the United States, living first in New York and later Los Angeles. Although independent, Rivkah lacks motor movement in her legs, but she does have sensation.

"She drives and does most stuff on her own," says Shmuel. Rivka has also worked as a bookkeeper for her father's CPA practice.

Born and raised in New York, Shmuel became a quadriplegic at 22 when an accident left him partially paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Shmuel, who also has sensation, can move his arms and wrists but has no motor movement in his legs.

Dr. Harold Peart, the Klein's obstetrician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles remembers the Klein's excitement when they appeared at his office. "We're pregnant!" they announced. "And guess what? There are two of them!"

Shmuel was in the delivery room as his sons entered the world.

"It was amazing, a fascinating experience," he says.

For now, Rivkah and the twins are staying in her parent's house, where family is there to help.

"Twins are big job for anyone," says Dr. Peart, noting that there are certainly people who've told the Kleins, "You can't do this!" But, says Peart, "They manage to do it. They persevered and didn't take no for an answer."

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