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 Nov. 23, 2010/ 16 Kislev, 5771

Best-ever Turkey Day

By Tom Purcell

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I was in no mood to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. We were struggling financially and the wife was driving me nuts trying to cut down on costs.

With the bad economy, many are looking for ways to save money.

You have no idea. See, the wife read some article and decided we could save money by preparing a meal just like the first Thanksgiving dinner.

What did they eat?

What didn't they eat? They had no mashed potatoes because potatoes weren't grown in America yet. They had no butter. They didn't even have pies, as they had no ovens.

Then how did they bake their turkey?

They had no turkey! They ate other fowl, deer and seafood cooked over a spit -- all of which they trapped, shot or caught themselves at very little cost.

I'm afraid I see where this is going.

The wife thought it would be fun if I learned to hunt, trap and fish. She figured I could catch the food on weekends, then freeze it until the big day. And I thought we invented the suburbs so people wouldn't have to do such things anymore.

How did it go?

I was well into the end of summer without having shot, trapped or caught anything. The wife gave up on me. She said we better shift back to more traditional money-saving tactics.

Traditional money-saving tactics?

She had me subscribe to every coupon service known to man. I was soon spending every spare moment looking for bargains on canned cranberries, pumpkin filling and so on.

That doesn't sound fun.

It wasn't. Nor was I very good at it. The wife was so unhappy with my progress, she finally decided to give me a ridiculously small stipend to buy everything we'd need for dinner. She said I'd learn how to figure out the cost-saving coupons if I was forced to.

That went better?

Nope. The most basic elements -- cranberries, pumpkin pie filling, rolls and so on -- ate up my entire budget. I didn't panic though. One grocery store had a promotion in which the first 20 customers on Thanksgiving morning would get free turkeys.


That's what I thought. I slept in front of the store all night. There were a couple dozen people, but I snagged the 20th spot. But wouldn't you know they ran out of turkeys by the time they got to 15! I was in trouble now, so I grabbed my credit card and went to every grocery store in town -- not one of them had a turkey!

You had no turkey on Thanksgiving Day!

The wife was going to brain me good! I was mighty down. As I said, we'd been struggling financially all year. The unemployment rate looked like it would never go down. Our country is broke and getting broker. Our competitors, such as China, are rising. All I could think about were negative things.

It's understandable.

Then, as I was driving home, I saw a van with a flat tire blocking the road. My first impulse was to honk and curse, but then I saw an old man behind the wheel. It was freezing cold. Instead, I got out and pushed his van off the road and changed his tire. It made me forget my woes. It made me feel pretty good.

That's why it was the best Thanksgiving ever?

Sort of. See, the old man said he'd been sitting there for hours waiting for help. His cell phone died. The tow truck never came. Then he told me he owns a grocery store and was in a panic to get to the store with five turkeys for a free giveaway when ...

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