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

The desert of the real

By Jim Mullen

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If your profession doesn't have a reality show, is what you do really a profession? Chefs, fashion designers, entrepreneurs, models, cab drivers, has-been rock stars, travelers, bachelors, parents, dancers, singers, comedians, comediennes, businesspeople, mechanics, interior designers, hairdressers, BFFs, frenemies, fishermen, ice truck drivers, lumberjacks, millionaires, nannies, New Jersey housewives, mafia wives, bounty hunters, home builders, untalented performers and the police all have their own reality shows, but what about you? Is there a reality show for what you do? If not, shouldn't you be thinking about changing careers?

I know there isn't one for writers. I don't think there's one for lawyers or doctors, either. But there are plenty of fictional lawyer/doctor shows on television, so they don't need one. Whilst spending a diverting afternoon in my doctor's waiting room, I watched one show where a doctor diagnosed, operated on and released several patients, all in the time it takes my real doctor to take a blood sample. Every female doctor and every female nurse on the medical program could have been a swimsuit model; every male doctor and nurse could have starred in a body-spray ad, or at least portrayed an extra in a shaving commercial.

I wish my doctor would start watching that show. He seems to be incredibly slow and conscientious when it comes to diagnosing and operating. Weeks can go by. And he's not that good-looking. I'm starting to wonder, is he really a doctor?

It's not hard to guess why there isn't a reality show about lawyers. Make them look bad and they sue the pants off of you. And they don't do it for the pants; theirs are nicer than yours will ever be. Make them look good and they'll sue you for the rest of your clothes, then they'll throw those clothes away. I guess that's why the networks didn't want to read my proposal for a reality show called "Ambulance Chaser." The said they might get sued just for opening my mail.

There's a show called "America's Got Talent." It seems we have so little talent, they can't even find three Americans to do the judging — two of them are British. Did we arguably win the War of 1812 for this? The most entertaining and frightening part of the show is the extraordinary number of Americans who appear equipped with negative talent. It's one thing to be talent-free, but to have a talent at repulsing people, well, that's entering the realm of the magical. Trust me, I know. I have that talent. I watch the show each week and pick up many new and helpful tips.

Throwing a bunch of plotting, scheming, demented people into a crowded, overly decorated house and making them live together for a few weeks is the plot of more than one reality show. It must be hard living with a bunch of egocentric nut cases who don't get along. Oh yeah, I just remembered, most people call that "home."

When did reality become so unreal? I know a guy who thinks NASA faked the moon landing but thinks "Ghost Hunters" is real science. He can't wait to tell you about the latest conspiracy theory boinging around the Internet but he thinks professional wrestling is real. Hmmm, I wonder why bookies don't take bets on it?

I'm waiting for some real reality shows like "So You Think You Can Flip Burgers," "Battle of the Convenience Store Clerks," "America's Rudest Drivers" and every parent's favorite, "You Got Your What Pierced?"

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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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