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 Jan. 5, 2007 / 15 Teves, 5767

Best, Worst of 2006 Show Variety

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Overall, 2006 was a very good year for technology and computer consumers even if there was at least one bad actor.

BEST COMPANY: Apple Computer. Yes, they did it again, but this time with astonishing grace. Switching an entire product line from the Motorola/IBM-made PowerPC chip to Intel Corp.'s processors is one of the most daring, and potentially daunting, moves in a long time. As noted here before, they did it, and with tremendous speed and performance gains.

This is a good point to mention Apple's service: both for myself and for those I know well, Apple's ability to resolve problems have left people smiling, and not frowning. Together, having solid products, and superb support, earn Apple a tremendous distinction in a sea of half-baked computer solutions about which there is often much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

BEST HANDHELDS: Palm Computing, whose mastery of the phone/PDA métier is difficult to question. Their Treo device, revised in several flavors in 2006, is a wonderful, workable, dependable tool that would only be better if everyone's Web site was more mobile-accessible. By this I mean some standard Web pages take a bit long to load and work.

But that's a relatively small price to pay for unencumbered excellence. I've used the device in places exotic and "regular," and it's worked and worked well.

Palm does face a bit of a challenge from Research In Motion and its BlackBerry line, especially the Pearl, to be reviewed here shortly. What Palm comes up with 2007 should be interesting to see, therefore.

BEST OUTPUT: Hewlett Packard Co.'s line of printers. Each one has been a delight, including the OfficeJet K550, which is a rather impressive workhorse. Printing is, well, something we still rely upon despite the promise of the "paperless office" that hasn't arrived in the 25 years or so it's been touted. HP's printers — laser and inkjet — mean business, even for the non-business user. I'm also impressed by Canon USA's printer line as being both stylish and useful for home and small office users. And Samsung USA remains a very impressive maker of laser printers for that same market segment.

BEST APPLICATION: It would have to be Microsoft's Office 2007, even though it hasn't fully deployed in the business world just yet. The new look, the elegance, the features - all these combine to make the new Office something to reckon with in many areas. Microsoft will price this somewhat aggressively, with home and school users getting a nice price break. But regardless of price, having a "new" Office suite with which we can work is an important and valuable commodity. Having an online version of the new program is another advance for Microsoft and for users.

Runner-up in the category is Franklin Covey's PlanPlus software, both for Windows and online. This time management tool is elegant, results-driven and, thanks to the Web, accessible to Mac and Linux users, among others. I wish the Web subscription price were lower for individuals, but for them, the stand-alone product might work.

Also praiseworthy is Herndon, Va.-based Parallels, Inc., whose Parallels Desktop software lets Mac and Linux users run Windows side-by-side. What a neat idea, and what an obvious one for users who live in more than one computing "world."

MOST NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Comcast, whose idea of customer service is, frankly, Dickensian. I've had several harrowing and annoying recent experiences, and am grateful the FCC has voted to increase competition for such services. It's needed, long overdue, and will provide Comcast, I hope, with sufficient motivation to drastically improve service and pricing.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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