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

Under the dumb

By Jim Mullen

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There is a TV series about an entire town trapped under a giant, mysterious crystal-clear dome that appears out of the blue one day. The dome is impenetrable; no one can get in, no one can get out. Who made the dome? Aliens? God? A super-secret branch of the U.S. government? No one knows. It's a mystery.

No one under the dome can communicate with the outside world and vice versa, except by putting your hands against it and looking soulfully at people on the other side while your mouth flaps silently. No radio, no TV, no voice, no smart- or dumb-phones.

I suppose they could write things on pieces of paper and show it to people on the outside and vice versa, or bring by some lip-readers or find people on both sides who know American sign language, but no one inside or outside the dome seems to know how to do anything but text, which is now useless. Besides, what would you say? "We're trapped under a big dome and can't get out"? Most people can figure that out without anyone telling them.

Stephen King wrote this, and he has written some of the most creepy, chilling and terrifying books ever, so it's a puzzlement how the only mysterious thing about this show is why anyone watches it. Even if you can get past the unappealing, stereotypical, cartoonish characters, life under the dome makes no sense. Where does their food come from? Where does their garbage go? Where does the gas for their cars come from? Why doesn't their air run out? Why don't they have smog? Why isn't it as hot as a greenhouse in there? Why is the grass green with no rain? Why does no one under the dome have a sense of humor?

Even in the darkest days of World War II, we had Bill Mauldin cartoons and Bob Hope. Rather than some kind of eerie, cosmic, sci-fi thriller, this is more like "The Young and the Restless" under glass with soap opera-ish plot lines. Pretty soon I expect to find out the bad guy is really the evil twin of the good guy who is tied up in a room somewhere, and that three husbands ago one of characters was abducted by aliens, but since she's had amnesia for the last five years, she forgot all about it.

One of the promotional spots for this show bragged that it's perfect for summer viewing. What does that mean? That we wouldn't watch this show if it were on in the winter? Do network executives think our brains go soft in the summer and then harden when the cold weather returns? Do people who live in the South have different TV brains than those in the North?

"Would you even consider watching 'Under the Dome' in the winter?"

"I think not, my good man, the only thing we watch in the winter is 'Masterpiece Theater.'"

But maybe the climate does change our brains. I've heard the most popular show in Norway is the "Yule Log." But then, its only competition was "Norway's Saddest Home Videos."

This could have been a wonderful show and a gigantic hit if King had changed one little thing: if the dome appeared over the Kardashians' home while all the housewives from Orange County, Atlanta, New Jersey and everywhere else just happened to be visiting that day. And just by coincidence, the Bachelor and the Bachelorette, Gordon Ramsay, all the people who were ever on "Survivor" and "Big Brother" as well as a few of the most egotistical but completely untalented contestants from "American Idol."

Now that would be a show. And in this version, the food does run out, the garbage starts to smell, and maybe the air starts to get a little thin.

Tune in next week to find out what happens when there's nothing for the Kardashians to buy.


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Jim Mullen is the author of "It Takes a Village Idiot: Complicating the Simple Life" and "Baby's First Tattoo."

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