Monthly Archive: November 2011

There’s Got To Be Another ‘Weigh’

Wisdom In My Inbox:  After an exhaustive review of the research literature, here's the final word on nutrition and health:  1. Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.  2. Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.  3. Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.  4. Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.  5. Germans drink beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.  CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

I just don’t get it. Why do people cope with post-feast remorse by determining how much they weigh? It’s not that I’m unfamiliar with this practice. I know plenty about hopping on the scale as the last flames flicker from the havdalah candle after the Sabbath to validate the belief that no one gains weight …

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Let Gratitude Be Your Target

Thanking Tata Diane

Here we are, smack dab in November, with the annual refrain, ‘It’s good to give thanks EVERY DAY, not only on Thanksgiving.’ Right. I speak mainly to myself when I ask: How many of us are truly in touch with this on a daily basis? The good news is that the Hebrew word for Jew, …

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Bullying; End the Violence: Lead by Example

Bullies taunting preteen girl

Bullying in the Headlines Many of us have suffered from bullying at some point. I recall being called a “waste of space” by my fellow immature middle school “friend.” It was uncalled for and it hurt. I still remember it to this day, 15 years later. It was tough being an outsider, my family had …

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Every Smile Is a Miracle


I’m a seatbelt fanatic with straight teeth. This will all make sense in a moment. You see, everyone knows that when I’m the driver the car doesn’t move until everyone is properly buckled. It’s no surprise that my babies always had the right car seats. As they grew, I consulted experts for proper positioning and …

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Honoring the Courage Within Us All

Rachels father, William R. Elmendorf, Radio Operator in the 80th

One of the great joys of working at Lev LaLev is keeping in touch with some of the most generous people on the planet. From India to France, Israel to Arkansas, there’s a common thread of goodness and eagerness to make this world a better place. Everyone knows that he or she can make a …

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Penn State Scandal: Talk to Kids About Abuse

CBS News: In this Oct. 22, 2011 file photo, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno walks off the field after warm ups before Penn State's NCAA college football game against Northwestern, in Evanston, Ill. Paterno has decided to retire at the end of the season. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching, File)

Months ago, in July, we  wrote about  the tragic murder of Leiby Kletzky and raising awareness on teaching children about stranger danger and self-protection. The orphanage in Netanya works with victims of abuse on a daily basis. These girls are receiving the care and counseling they need but they would not be there if someone had not decided to alert the …

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