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 May 10, 2013 / 1 Sivan, 5773

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom

The Great Gatsby's Jewish Ties; Jews in the "Time 100 list" List; People's Most Beautiful Women

JewishWorldReview.com | AT THE MOVIES F. Scott Fitzgerald's great 1925 novel, "The Great Gatsby," has been made into four previous films, including a silent and made-for-TV version. None, including the 1974 film starring Robert Redford, have been seen as real successes. Maybe this new version, directed by Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge"), will "grab the brass ring." The story of the people in Jay Gatsby's circle is told by Nick Carraway (Tobey McGuire), a young Wall Street broker who, as the film/novel opens, moves near Gatsby's palatial Long Island home. Nick's cousin is the lovely Daisy (Carey Mulligan), a former lover of Gatsby. (Opens today)

ISLA FISHER, 37, has a supporting role as Myrtle, the mistress of Daisy's husband. Amitabh Bachchan, a very famous actor in Indian movies, plays the mysterious Meyer Wolfsheim, a Jewish gangster who is a friend and long-time business associate of Gatsby. He's clearly modeled after famous gangster ARNOLD ROTHSTEIN (1882-1928)-who is also a major character in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." Fitzgerald, as it were, made it up to Jewish community by making a Jewish film executive, modeled after the "talented and tasteful" MGM film production head IRVING THALBERG (1899-1936), the hero of his last novel, "The Last Tycoon."

THE TIME 100 The Apr. 29 issue of Time Magazine featured their annual list of the "100 Most influential People in the World." You can read the article on-line (Time.com). Here are the "tribe members" I'm sure about: talent manager SCOTT "Scooter" BRAUN, 31; JARED COHEN, 31, political advisor and director of "Google Ideas"; College Board head DAVID COLEMAN, 43; actor DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, 56; actress LENA DUNHAM, 26; hedge fund manager DAVID EINHORN, 44; former Congresswoman GABRIELLE GIFFORDS, 42; Veterans' helper ERIC GREITENS, 39; Supreme Court Justice ELENA KAGAN, 62; fashion designer MICHAEL KORS, 53; Israeli finance minister YAIR LAPID, 49; Facebook COO SHERYL SANDBERG, 43; film director STEVEN SPIELBERG, 66 (A JTA piece on "The 100", which listed about half the persons above, erroneously identified, as Jewish, Yahoo head Marissa Mayer and Tesla Motors head Elon Musk).

Here is a little more on three of the lesser known Jewish "100": Coleman, a prominent education reformer, grew-up in an intellectual household: his father is a psychiatrist and his mother is now president of Bennington College. A Nov. 2012 Atlantic magazine article says: "To prepare for his bar mitzvah at age 13, Coleman learned to chant in Hebrew the story of Joseph interpreting the pharaoh's dreams. He recalls debating the parable's many interpretations with his family rabbi, telling me proudly, 'There's no watered-down version of the Bible.'"; Greitens, who was a bar mitzvah, is a Rhodes Scholar who lead Navy Seal missions in Iraq that hunted down Al-Qaeda cells. He wrote a bestselling book about being in combat and, in 2007; he founded "The Mission Continues," an organization to help veterans. Last year, he was the winner of the $100,000 Bronfman Award, given to "young Jewish heroes"; Sandberg's stellar academic career lead to top government and private sector jobs. She became a bit better known this year with the publication of her book, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead." She pushes herself hard in business and in philanthropic work. In 2010, she told a Jewish Federation meeting about her charities: "I'm discontented with myself. I should be doing more. We must leverage our discontent to do true tzedakah."

AH, BEAUTY AND MORE "People" magazine has largely eliminated the "cheesecake" aspect of its annual issue (April 14) featuring beautiful women. The issue is now more about looking as good as you can, and being healthy at any age. It even includes a page of regular (non-famous) women who exemplify these "ideals." So their selection of GWYNETH PALTROW, 40, who takes incredible care of herself, as the "most beautiful woman in the world," fits right in.


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Other Hebrew "healthy lookers" who appear in the mag include actresses HAILEE STEINFELD, 16, RASHIDA JONES, 37, EMMY ROSSUM, 26, MILA KUNIS, 29, and CHELSEA HANDLER, 38. (Jones was raised in her mother's Jewish faith. Handler was raised in her father's Jewish faith. Rossum, who identifies as Jewish, is the daughter of a Jewish mother. Both of Kunis' parents are Jewish. Steinfeld's father is Jewish. Her mother isn't. She hasn't disclosed her upbringing. Her uncle is JAKE STEINFELD, the famous trainer-- "Body by Jake.")

Paltrow, who was raised in her late father's Jewish faith, is the daughter of actress Blythe Danner. Danner and SARAH JESSICA PARKER, 48, will appear, as mother and daughter, in a Broadway stage show written by actress AMANDA PEET, 41. Called "The Commons of Pensacola," Peet's first play is set to open in November. I wonder if she got writing tips from her husband, novelist and "Game of Thrones" creator DAVID BENIOFF, 42.

Peet, whose mother is Jewish, wed Benioff in a Jewish ceremony in 2006 and they now have two children. I recently learned that her maternal great-grandfather was SAMUEL LIONEL ROTHAFEL (1882-1936). Known as "Roxy," he founded (1927) the famous Roxy theater in New York and brought-in a troupe of dancers from out-of-town to dance on the theater stage. He re-named that troupe "the Roxyettes." In 1932, he moved the troupe to the new Radio City Music Hall, of which he was a co-creator. They were renamed "the Rockettes."

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Iron Man's Jewish Connections; Marc Maron's New TV Show; Martin Landau Grows Up with Israel; Shalom, Allan Arbus

Jewish Major Leaguers, 2013; New Movies and Comedy Show; Shalom, 'Lumpy' (Leave it to Beaver)

Teen actor Jonah Bobo in New Flick: Hunky James Wolk on Mad Men; Erich Segal's Daughter Writes Prize-Winning Jewish Novel

Jackie Robinson's Friend, Hank Greenberg; CNN's Jake Tapper; Texas County in the News is named for 19thC. Jewish soldier and Congressman

The Back Story of the Ten Commandments (the film)--including Funny Stuff; Brit TV Dramas with a Jewish Connection

Paul Rudd and Nat Wolff co-star in New Comedy; Al Pacino Plays Phil Spector; Tribe Heavy "Girls"; An Oscar Winner's Orthodox Son

Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Harper; LA mayor's race; Albert Brooks on going to Shul

The Land of Oz's Many Hebrews; Mila Kunis & a "Menschy" Company; Aly Raisman Dances & Jewish Figure Skaters at World Championship

New on the Big Screen, Tube

The Oscars: The Jewish Connection

Jews in the National Hockey League; Possible Start of a Blockbuster Film Series; Star Wars Keep on Comin', Special TV Showing of Schindler's List

© 2013, Nate Bloom