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 14, 2013 / 6 Tamuz, 5773

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom

Streisand and Alicia Keys in Israel; "Girls" Stuff; Mel Brooks, Another TV special; Superman (who is Jewish) returns --- Israeli plays his mom

JewishWorldReview.com | . ISRAEL/AMERICA CELEB DOINGS "I look forward to my first visit to Israel. Music is a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of our show" ----So said popular African-American singer Alicia Keys in response to requests from novelist Alice Walker and former Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters that she join a cultural boycott of Israel. Keys said that she will keep her commitment to make her first trip to Israel and play Tel Aviv's Nokia Arena on July 4.

BARBARA STREISAND, 71, will visit Israel in the next week. On the 17th, she will receive an honorary doctorate from Hebrew University. On the 19th, she probably will sing at the opening night of the Presidential Conference, which coincides with the 90th birthday of Israeli President SHIMON PERES. On the 20th and 22nd, she will perform public concerts in Tel Aviv.

Here's most of a "cheeky" review of her recent London concert by a Brit paper: "Despite the body searches and metal detectors, the public camera ban and ticket prices that would make a Russian oligarch think twice, Streisand's fans welcomed her with a standing ovation — apart from the doddery devotees who barely managed the arena steps.

You could almost admire the chutzpah of charging [about $675] for decent seats. It couldn't possibly be worth that, though the star did bring a 60-piece orchestra as well as her remarkably resilient voice…She rolled back the years on "The Way We Were", swooped and soared on "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" and blasted out a show-stopping sequence from "Gypsy".

But while she made musical theatre look easy, Streisand showed her age when bawling the '80s hit "Woman in Love"….Her [half] sister ROSLYN KIND, 63 guested on a scrappy duet of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" and the nepotism got out of control when Streisand's son, the unknown JASON GOULD, 46, sang one of his own songs while she beamed with maternal pride." [Kind and Gould will also play Israel]

ZEGEN, DUNHAN, AND POSEN MICHAEL ZEGEN, 30, will join the cast of the HBO series, "Girls," next season. Zegen previously appeared on "Rescue Me" and played gangster BUGSY SIEGEL on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." By the way, the NY Times just reported that famous fashion designer ZAC POSEN, 32, grew-up near "Girls" star LENA DUNHAM, 27, and went to the same Brooklyn private school as her. Her parents hired him (when she was 12 and he was 17) to take her to-and-from school and baby sit her until they came home. She cites him as an important mentor.

MELMANIA CONTINUES A couple of weeks ago, PBS' "American Masters" series broadcast the first documentary about MEL BROOKS made with his cooperation. (It can be viewed on-line, now). On June 6, the American Film Institute honored Brooks, 86, with its lifetime achievement award. The ceremony, which is always fun to watch, will be broadcast on TNT on Saturday, June 15 at 9PM. Famous director Martin Scorsese presented Brooks with his award.


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MENSCH OF STEEL By now, there have been so many articles/books about origins of the Superman comic book character that anybody who cares to know—knows—that the Man of Steel was created by two Jewish guys and that the Superman story has many oblique Jewish references—such as his "refugee" status and his original name (Kal-El). Still, it's doubtful that anyone is ever going to do a film in which Clark Kent/Superman "comes clean," embraces Judaism, gets married, and has to confront the difficulties of performing a bris on his Super Baby son.

Instead, Hollywood has decided, once again, to re-tell the Superman story from the start in the hope of reviving the Superman movie franchise the way that director Christopher Nolan and screenwriter DAVID GOYER, 47, revived the flagging Batman movie series with "Batman Begins" (2005). These two guys have teamed-up together again to produce and write, respectively, "The Man of Steel," which opens on Friday, June 14. Handsome Brit actor Henry Cavill has the title role, with Amy Adams co-starring as Lois Lane. The movie starts on Krypton and centers around Superman's battle, on Earth, with a super criminal who, like Superman, escaped the destruction of Krypton, their home planet.

Pretty Israeli actress AYELET ZURER, 43 ("Munich" and "Angels and Demons"), plays Superman's mother, Lara. RICHARD SCHIFF, 58 ("The West Wing") plays Dr. Emil Hamilton, a brilliant scientist.

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Jewish Contestant on 'The Voice'; Will Smith's 'Jewish movie family'; Bravo Gives Long Island Jews the Jersey Shore Treatment; Magicians and More

Memorial Day: Jews Serving and KIA in War on Terror; Liberace Bio-Pic; Jew Wins "Survivor"; Shalom, Dr. Brothers; More

Jews Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame; Anton Yelchin co-stars in New "Trek" film; Kutcher (but not Kunis) visits Israel; Jewish TV Star Praises Jewish Rap Star

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

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

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