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 Oct. 25, 2010 / 17 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

Readers: I Need Your Help with my Rabbi

By Alan Douglas

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Dear JWR Readers,

Let me know what you think happened and what (if anything) I should do about it. Here is the situation…

My Columbus Day column, "Columbus, Honors and Hound Dogs" discussed how awards are often given in recognition of a profession or position rather than personal achievement. I said, "Religious leaders, corporate presidents, judges and deans are exalted because we appreciate their professions or power." In addition to appearing on the Jewish World Review website this column was emailed to readers who sent me emails, friends, relatives, etc. So I do not become a pest, I do not Twitter or place Facebook postings to others, but only email one column each month. My friend the Dean responded to the emailed column with a favorable response. My friend the Judge, and my nephew the Rabbi did not comment. They may not have read it, which could turn out to be a good thing. I definitely heard from my Rabbi. The Rabbi that leads my congregation sent me an email in response to this column which simple said, "Please remove me from your distribution list."

What does this mean, and what do you think I should do? Dr. Seuss says, "Those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind" but I am sensitive to this response, curious, and a bit worried. Here are the alternative scenarios I've thought of thus far:

1. It could be that my Rabbi was insulted by my column believing it denigrated religious leaders or reflected poorly upon him.

2. Perhaps my Rabbi got fed up in general with my columns or me.

3. My Rabbi had a bad day and got fed up with the world, including me.

4. My Rabbi's cup and spam filter doth runneth over, so my column was circumcised.

5. He has no idea who I am and that I am a member of his congregation.

6. Today's world of segmented marketing exalts Frequent Platinum Members with the rest of us standing in long lines at the bank, airport and Disney World and thankful for any attention we can get from a WalMart greeter. My donation and participation at the synagogue only entitle me to Bronze Level benefits and sending emails to the Rabbi is at the Platinum Level.

7. It could be that my Rabbi somehow learned about that time in college when I …

Consultation with my "brain trust" yielded the following results…..My wife thinks number five scenario is most likely. She added that there are days when she is tempted to try and get off my list. My friend and fellow temple member Steve wanted to know if there was more to it and suggested a full investigation and possibly a made-for-television movie. My friend Mark said that I should be extremely insulted by such egregious behavior. He urged me to resign immediately from my temple and join his temple, where he assured me that I would be welcome, and where the membership fees are lower. My literary agent, Don Gastwirth, tells me that picking a fight with a religious leader is only going to make his job selling my book to a publisher harder, unless it involves building a mosque or sex. With the wisdom of the ancient sages Binyamin Jolkovsky of the Jewish World Review responded to my inquiry with, "Oy vey!"

This situation worries me. American Jews forget that our brethren in other countries have more centralized structures with powerful head rabbis leading their country's Jews. And lest you forget, Jews can still be excommunicated. Getting a rabbi mad at you could be dangerous. After almost 400 years, no one has rescinded the philosopher Spinoza's excommunication in Holland. Spinoza's excommunication was not just a formality. His punishment specified that all Jews were (and still are) required to shun him, not talk to him, curse him daily, stay four cubits away from him, and should not read anything he wrote. This worries me. Now I ask you, how is my internist, Doctor Mandel, going to give me a decent check up each year while he is cursing me from a distance of four cubits?

It is unlikely that anyone who knows or is related to me reads any of my columns, but we can't be too careful. In the interim, please take immediate steps to delete, burn, and/or destroy any copies or electronic transmittal of my Columbus Day column so my friend the Judge and my nephew the Rabbi do not see it. And please destroy my column in a way that reduces your carbon footprint and is planet friendly so my niece the Environmentalist doesn't object. Thank you once again for your support and help during this crisis. Please let me know what you think I should do.

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JWR contributor Alan Douglas, an author, media executive, speaker, and attorney, lives con brio- except when he is grumpy.


Humphrey Bogart and P. T. Barnum on Fighting with Family and Friends Columbus, Honors and Hound Dogs
The Free Lunch
When your child suffers
Conversational Transmitted Diseases
Conservative, Liberal or American
Paris, Antarctica and Shopping
Personal Protection
Dispute Resolution
Jumped or Pushed?
Friends and Acquaintances
Revenge and Vindication

© 2010 Alan Douglas