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 June 7, 2013 / 29 Sivan, 5773

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom

Jewish Tony Nominees/Tony Awards; Jewish Teen Actor In Sci-Fi Flick; Jewish singer in "Voice" finals

JewishWorldReview.com | TONY TIME The Tonys, for excellence in the Broadway theatre, air on CBS on Sunday, June 9 at 8PM. Once again, Neil Patrick Harris hosts. Presenters will include JESSE EISENBERG, 29, and SCARLETT JOHANSSON, 28. LARRY KRAMER, 77, the famous playwright and AIDS activist ("The Normal Heart") will receive the Isabelle Stevenson humanitarian award for his for his work as the co-founder of Gay Men's Health Crisis.

Here are the Jewish nominees in all but the technical categories. In the categories of best play/musical (new or revival), I've just listed the work's author or composer/lyricist. (Show producers also get Tonys for best play/musical)

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play: JUDITH LIGHT, 64, "Assembled Parties," a play about the members of a secular Jewish family. Light, who won an actor Tony last year, is best known as the co-star of TV's "Who's the Boss?";

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play: DANNY BURSTEIN, 48, "Golden Boy," AND

RICHARD KIND, 56, "The Big Knife".

Best Book of a Musical: HARVEY FIERSTEIN, 60, "Kinky Boots"

Best Original Score: "A Christmas Story: The Musical": music and lyrics by BENJ PASEK, 26, and Justin Paul, 26. This show is based on the famous 1983 movie about a boy trying to get the Christmas gift of his dreams. It opened, for a limited run, in Nov. 2012 and ran until just after Christmas. It is already set to run again this November. It may be a first: the musical got rave reviews from the NY Times and from Glenn Beck.

Pasek and Paul began collaborating in college. Pasek, a practicing Jew, comes from a religious family and Paul's father is a Protestant minister) AND (also nominated in this category)

"Hands on a Hardbody": Trey Anastasio of "Phish" fame (music) and AMANDA GREEN, 48 (music and lyrics). This show is based on a documentary of the same name about a contest in Texas in which people kept one hand on a truck. The last one with a hand on the truck won it.

Green is the daughter of the late, great Broadway lyricist/book writer ADOLPH GREEN ("On the Town") and Tony-winning musical actress PHYLLIS NEWMAN, 80. Newman was the first winner (2009) of the Stevenson award for her work for women's health services.

Best (new) Play: "Assembled Parties," by RICHARD GREENBERG, 55, AND

"Lucky Guy," the last work by the late NORA EPHRON

Best (new) Musical: "A Christmas Story," Pasek and Paul; AND

"Bring it On": TOM KITT, 39, (music) and Amanda Green (lyrics)

Best Revival (play): "Golden Boy": by the late CLIFFORD ODETS; AND

"Orphans" by LYLE KESSLER, 69.

Best Musical (revival): "Annie": CHARLES STROUSE, 84 (music) and MARTIN CHARNIN (lyrics), 78 AND

"The Mystery of Edwin Drood": RUPERT HOLMES, 66 (music/lyrics); AND

"Pippin": STEPHEN SCHWARTZ, 65 (music/lyrics); AND

"Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella": the late RICHARD RODGERS (music) and OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN, II (lyrics).

Nice to note: Journalist JACOB BERNSTEIN, 35, one of two sons that Ephron had with her ex-husband, journalist CARL BERNSTEIN, now 69, is now making an HBO documentary about his mother entitled "Everything Is Copy." "Lucky Guy" is about newspaperman Mike McAlary, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for his stories about police brutality in NYC. A year later, he died of cancer, age 41. Last April, Jacob re-counted, for the NY Times magazine, how his mother managed to write a great play about McAlary's courage as she battled cancer, too, with great courage and unflagging wit.


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AT THE MOVIES Opening on Friday, June 7, is the "Purge," a sci-fi thriller about a future America in which crime is legalized for a 12 hour period each year (so everybody can vent their frustrations). Ethan Hawke plays a nice guy who must decide whether to let a stranger into his bunker-like home, which also harbors his wife and two kids. MAX BURKHOLDER, 15 ("Max Braverman" on TV's "Parenthood") plays one of Hawke's children.

"THE VOICE" UPDATE As noted in last week's column, MICHELLE CHAMUEL is a contestant on the hit NBC talent show, "The Voice." She has clearly garnered, to date, the most TV audience votes and has is now one of four remaining contestants. The winner will be determined in the show's final two rounds, which air at 8PM on June 10,11,17, and 18.

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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

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