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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 Sept. 16, 2010 / 8 Tishrei, 5771

National campaign wants to make Yom Kippur ‘No-Device Day’

By Lois K. Solomon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Can ordinarily secular and non-Orthodox Jews turn off their cell phones for Yom Kippur?

Can they resist hiding their BlackBerrys under their prayer books? Can they thwart the urge to take a "bathroom break" during services when they feel compelled to check a new text?

A national campaign is urging Jews, and all Americans, to make Yom Kippur, beginning at sunset Sept. 17, "No-Device Day," a time to take a break from technology and reconnect with family and community the old-fashioned way: by talking face to face.

Many Jews who do not observe other holidays go to synagogue for the High Holy Days and fast on Yom Kippur. Very observant Jews refrain from using electricity or cars or doing work on these days as they do on Saturdays, the Jewish Sabbath.

Similarly, rabbis see use of cell phones and other gadgets as breaking the holidays' mindset, in which the focus should be Jews' relationship with G0d and their fellow human beings.

Throughout the year, leaders of many faiths say, mobile devices interfere with religious ceremonies from bar mitzvahs to funerals, even though they tell those in attendance to turn them off.

"It's an ongoing source of tension," said Rabbi Paul Plotkin of Temple Beth Am of Margate, Fla. "There are differences in etiquette from synagogue to synagogue. And there are people who have attitudes. They're rude when you ask them to be respectful."

At a Reform Jewish congregation, it might be acceptable to use a cell phone in the lobby during Sabbath services, Plotkin said, but not at his Conservative synagogue. This could prove confusing to guests unfamiliar with the customs of different Jewish denominations, he said.

University of Michigan researchers found that when rats took a break from their explorations, they processed what they had learned into their long-term memories. Constant stimulation prevented them from imprinting what they had learned.

Although synagogues emphasize turning off electronics for the High Holy Days, Richard Staller, a Delray Beach dentist, said many make use of the latest technology for their services, including big-screen televisions for people sitting far from the pulpit.

"It bothers me a lot," said Staller, 56. "It makes it so impersonal. I could stay home and watch a pay-per-view service instead."

'NO-DEVICE DAY' CAMPAIGN

More than 10,000 people have signed on to a campaign by two New York advertising gurus to turn off their cell phones during family dinners. Now the creators seek to make Yom Kippur — the Jewish Day of Atonement, observed this year on Sept. 18 — a gadget-free day for all Americans.

According to creator Eric Yaverbaum: "When it comes to overuse, misuse and abuse of our devices, most of us have some atoning to do. What better time than the Jewish holidays for all of us to follow the example of contemplation and reconnecting with the important things."

The campaign includes an ad with a photo of Tiger Woods and this text: "You don't have to be Jewish ... to atone for your texts on Yom Kippur." Similarly irreverent ads feature Lindsay Lohan and Mel Gibson.

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