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 Feb 15, 2012/ 22 Shevat, 5772

Hope for the Hip-Hop-ocrisy at the Grammys

By Ron Hart

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Los Angeles--- It was another first for this Forrest Gump-like life of mine: I went to the Grammys. A college buddy, who has won many Grammys for producing country music videos, chaired the Board of Trustees this year. Not bad for a graduate of an inexpensive party school that did not have tuition each semester---they just called it a cover charge.

Celebrities really do not have big, extravagant events to give themselves awards very often. They generally limit the awards "season" to starting in January of each year, and they try to wrap it up right before Christmas so they can go to rehab to rest for a week.

These are events where adoration-addicted performers converge to say nice things about themselves. It is always inspiring when they swoop in with their entourages in private jets, take stretch limos to the event, and then give the rest of us a talking-to because we are not doing enough to lower our carbon footprint.

To be fair, celebs do buy token small electric cars so they can talk about owning one in public. They never actually drive the cars, since they are not safe and you cannot see out the back because the "Obama/Biden 2012" bumper sticker covers the rear window.

It is mostly out of fear and the never-ending pursuit of wanting to be liked that entertainers feel compelled to echo the mindless and unworkable mantra of the left, intimating at every turn that we need more government to insure equal outcomes for all. The irony is that, when you attend the awards parties, you see an obvious stratification of people by status. They are all for equality as long as there remains in place a clear celebrity caste system of A-List thru C-List. "Change and hope" are all well and good; just do not force Madonna attend the same party as Lee Greenwood.

The other interesting dynamic at play in California is the way the leftist Hollywood/recording industry is pitted against the just-pretend-left Silicon Valley Internet concerns. The entertainment industry's lobbyists have funded the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). It seems Hollywood is all for "fairness" and "sharing" until someone tries to listen to one of its songs or download one of its movies without paying. Then they get the Feds involved.

It is funny how the left always views others as greedy, never itself.

If SOPA, or its clone in the Senate, PIPA, is passed, the Obama Justice Department will have the power to shut down and silence any website or blog it wants while doing little to stop piracy of music or movies. So who do you think Eric Holder would shut down first, MoveOn.org or Teaparty.org?

The closeness of entertainers to the Democrats remains strong. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently visited the Obamas for dinner at the White House. I am certain the Obamas frantically checked to make sure Sasha and Malia were still there when Brad and Angelina left.

A-list stars feel compelled to be liberal; otherwise, they would get no job offers in Hollywood. Confessing to not being liberal would provoke the same contemptuous reaction as a LaLa-land comedian telling an Obama political joke in his act: he would be silently blacklisted.

Here is the good news. On this trip to LA, I sensed that there is a growing, but still closeted, group of entertainers who will confess to being libertarian after a drink or two. They tell you this with faces that say, "Please, I beg of you, just don't tell Clive Davis, Harvey Weinstein or Stephen Spielberg."

None other than Snoop Dogg, whose lyrics might expose him as a free-market capitalist, famously said that he had his "mind on my money and my money on my mind" (Ayn Rand would be proud of him). Snoop is leading the change for celebs.

Furthering the evolution of thought by Snoop Dogg, he boldly came out and said he backed libertarian Ron Paul for president. Snoop agrees with Ron Paul on a broad range of positions, from the legalization of pot to making marijuana legal. It may not be raining libertarianism in the entertainment business, but thank Snoop Dogg for drizzle.

I am optimistic that reason will prevail over theater, both in Hollywood and Washington. Ralph Waldo Emerson said of a dinner guest, "The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." I submit that the modern political equivalent should be: The more a person talks of "fairness," the quicker you should check to see if you still have your wallet.



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JWR contributor Ron Hart grew up in Tennessee and began writing a column for his hometown paper in 2002. He attended The University of Memphis and the Institute for Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. Ron graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected student government president. Upon getting his MBA, he went to work for Goldman Sachs. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by then Governor Lamar Alexander and is now a private investor. He appears on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal.

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