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 Oct 26, 2011 / 28 Tishrei, 5772

Everyone has a list of demands --- right now!

By Betsy Hart

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I demand my children tell me how much they appreciate me and all I do for them. Constantly.

I demand that my children learn to put things back once they use them. Always.

I demand to look 34 again.

Then I demand to be hired for the news anchor job I didn't pursue the first time around, because I was too busy taking care of children to go after such a thing. Obviously, I would have gotten such a job otherwise.

What I have to contend with is all so unfair.

I demand someone give me a million dollars.

I demand that my mortgage go away.

I demand to be remarried. Now.

What I have to contend with is all so unfair.

I demand that the loads of laundry in my house always get done by someone else.

I demand that the crow's feet around my eyes disappear.

I demand that certain family members stop annoying me.

I demand my next book be a New York Times bestseller.

I demand more time with my friends.

What I have to contend with is all so unfair.

I demand my children stop arguing with me and each other.

I demand they answer, "I will, Mom," when I ask them to do something — and then do it right away. Every time.

I demand my closets get cleaned out without me having to make any tough decisions about what stays and what goes.

I demand a new car that doesn't let water in some mysterious opening when it rains so that I can hear it sloshing back and forth somewhere in the chassis underneath.

I demand someone clean my garage so that I can fit my car into it when it rains.

I demand my dog stay off of the most expensive furniture in the house, and instead destroy the inexpensive stuff he doesn't currently seem to care about.

What I have to contend with is all so unfair.

I demand someone rake the leaves in the yard into perfect piles without me having to ask for it to be done.

I demand a new iPhone.

I demand another million dollars. Make it $3 million all together.

I demand more hours in the day.

I demand to be happy and fulfilled, all the time.

What I have to contend with is all so unfair.

Yep, these are the things that I demand. I can probably find a lot of my friends who will demand many of these same things, and they could add more to customize their lists. Should we form a group and march for these demands? Make some signs? We can get angry that we don't have just what we want — right now — and decide that it's someone else's fault, and they had better give us what we want. Right now. Or else.

I don't see why not. Apparently, we'd get lots of sympathetic respect from the news media and politicians for our "understandable angst." I have angst. And I'd be glad to have it fully understood. I'd be really glad to make it all someone else's problem and have all my demands, and my desires — reasonable and otherwise — met. This instant.

And I don't care what it costs some mysterious, unnamed "them," or how unfair it is to this "them" to make it all happen.

Oh, wait, this approach is not going to work. It shouldn't work. Shoot, I completely forgot. I'm a grown-up. I even kind of like being a grown-up.

I guess it's back to the real world for me, then. And all I can say is: Phew.

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