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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 March 2, 2007 / 12 Adar, 5767

Obsessed by the mob (of meerkats, that is)

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Our social life may have hit a new Friday night low. One of us (I won't say who, but it's not me) now looks forward to watching a show on the Animal Planet about meerkats. (A meerkat is a mongoose that looks to be half cat and half weasel and walks on its hind legs).

In this other person's defense, this animal show is part reality TV and part "Desperate Housewives."

Meet the Meerkats of Wisteria Lane.

Yes, I know, even with the twist, it's still kind of sad, isn't it?

And to think we used to spend Friday nights out on the town, having dinner, going to clubs, partying with friends and salsa dancing until dawn. Oh wait. That wasn't us. That was some celebrity couple I read about in a magazine at the doctor's office.

Well, then, to think we used to spend Friday nights roaming about the natural history museum after hours, where dinosaurs and civilizations from the past all came to life and wreaked chaos and mayhem. Wait. That wasn't us either; that was the Ben Stiller and Robin Williams movie.

So maybe Friday nights have always been a little slow.

It just seems like the slowest of slow now that the husband has coaxed me into watching mongooses burrow underground, give birth, ferry their young about and hunt for worms and insects. All of which is narrated by a man who talks like he sincerely believes each mongoose has a distinct identity as well as tangible hopes and dreams for world peace and a cure for coffee breath. The narrator intones with deep concern: "Mozart is fearful what this latest development may mean for the future of the mob." The camera shows Mozart, a meerkat, standing tall, silhouetted against the setting sun.

"He is probably eyeing some small rodent to devour or has caught a whiff of barbecue in the air," I huff.

"No, I think he is pondering the future of the community," the husband says. "He's very smart."

Some of us are more easily taken in than others.

"Look!" he says. "It's Shakespeare. He was injured last week and hasn't been eating well."

He leans in close and says, "See the wound on his back leg? It's looking better."

The narrator, now analyzing Shakespeare's recovery and mental state, has clearly led the husband down the merry mongoose trail.

In a recent episode, a mother gave birth and fussed over her brood with tender devotion. After a commercial break, however, she did an about face and the narrator indicated she was deeply torn over whether or not to kill another meerkat's babies that were intruding in her burrow. Later, two siblings were pronounced negligent in watching their wounded brother as they scampered across the desert.

It was reminiscent of the soap opera digest that runs in the paper. "Zarf showed up for a date with Bianca dressed as a woman named Zoe. Ryan took Spike away from Kendall, fearing he was in danger. Jonathan attacked Zarf/Zoe after he was questioned about the murders."

With some costume changes and a little make-up, I think the meerkats and their narrator could pull it off. It wouldn't be "The Sopranos" or "ER" or some other steamy night-time soap, but it would be something.

And to think that next Friday night two firecrackers such as ourselves will probably be sitting on the couch with the remote in hand waiting for the action. That's assuming we'll still be awake.

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