web analytics
July 23, 2014 / 25 Tammuz, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
IDC Advocacy Room IDC Fights War on Another Front

Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.



It’s My Opinion: A Real Life Saver

South-Florida-logo

Florida is famous for sparkling water. We have the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico surrounding our coast. We have bays, lakes, canals and, of course, an incredible abundance of swimming pools in homes, resorts, apartment complexes and city parks.

Unfortunately, along with our aquatic lifestyle comes a grim distinction: Florida has more children under the age of five die from drowning than any other state in America. The hot days of summer are perfect for cooling off with a refreshing dip, and May and June are traditionally Florida’s deadliest months for this type of accident.

Drowning accidents are not restricted to any location. No community is safe from this scourge and we hear about such tragedies happening throughout the United States. Whether in the mountains or at the shore, in cities or in the country, parents, camp counselors and vacation facilities need to take heed and put safety measures in place.

Children should never be left unattended at the beach or pool. Even a few minutes of distraction can lead to disaster. Swimming devices like tubes or floats are not fail-safe. Little bodies can slip through or tumble off these contraptions. Adults should not be watching from the sidelines but be present in the pool.

Yes, a CPR-trained person should be in attendance any time a pool is in use, but the goal must be to keep a near drowning from ever happening. Even when a successful resuscitation takes place, oxygen deprivation can cause brain damage after five to seven minutes.

The best defense when it comes to potential catastrophe is making sure that children know how to swim from an early age.

Well-meaning parents want to give their children many opportunities. Youngsters are exposed to music lessons, karate, art classes, ballet, sports and gymnastics. Learning to swim should be a priority. The Talmud in Kiddushin advises parents to teach their child to swim. It can be a real life saver.

About the Author: Shelley Benveniste is South Florida editor of The Jewish Press.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “It’s My Opinion: A Real Life Saver”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
An IDF soldier surveys a Palestinian terror tunnel.
IDF: Not Sure We can Get to All Tunnels
Latest Sections Stories
book-Family-Frayda

Written entirely through Frayda’s eyes, the reader is drawn by her unassuming personality.

book-I-Kings

Adopting an ancient exegetical approach that is based on midrashic readings of the text, thematic connections that span between various books of the Bible are revealed.

book-Unify-A-Nation

While Lipman comes from an ultra-Orthodox background and is an Orthodox rabbi, he offers a breath of fresh air when he suggests that “polarization caused by extremism and isolationism in the religious community may be the greatest internal threat to the future of the Jewish people”

The Joys of Yiddish, Leo Rosten defines a mentch as “someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character.”

Certainly today’s communication via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and the like, including the ubiquitous Whatsapp, has reduced the need to talk with people and communicate at length.

These two special women utilized their incredibly painful experience as an opportunity to assist others.

Maybe we don’t have to lose that growth and unity that we have achieved, especially with the situation in Eretz Yisrael right now.

Sleepily, I watched him kissing Mai’s chubby thighs.

I have always insisted that everything that happens to anyone or anything is min Shamayim.

My teachers like me and they tell my parents that I am a great girl with good middos.

The chicken and waffle nuggets were fabulous and were like chicken in a dessert form.

“Have you forgotten your dreams?” The Hope Merchant asks a defeated and hopeless Lily when she “happens” upon his shop.

The universe was created by God out of nothing; it has not always existed.

More Articles from Shelley Benveniste
South-Florida-logo

It is often quite easy to get into a situation. When the situation gets sticky, it is often really hard to get out.

South-Florida-logo

The event included a hands-on challah baking, a candlestick-making workshop, and discussions of the uniqueness of the Jewish woman.

The program is geared to frum girls who are motivated, excited, and eager to experience a year of learning and growth.

Professional cake decorator Terry Lefkowitz recently hosted an Emunah event in her Miami Beach home.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez worked with Rabbi Pinchas Weberman and the eruv committee to broaden the eruv in South Florida.

We all have a little voice inside our heads that sends a warning.

The ceremony was capped off with an eloquent speech delivered by class valedictorian, National Merit Scholar and student body president Ethan Danial.

Rabbi Efrem Goldberg of the Boca Raton Synagogue threw out the first ball.

    Latest Poll

    Israel's Iron Dome Anti-Missile System:





    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/south-florida/its-my-opinion-a-real-life-saver/2013/05/22/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: