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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. 22, 2013 / 19 Kislev, 5774

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom






Hunger Games: Jewish Connections; A 'Minyan'of Jewish Celebs Recite the Gettysburg Address On-line; Walter Matthau's Reaction to JFK's Death

JewishWorldReview.com | AT THE MOVIES: HUNGER GAMES REDUX The 2012 film, "Hunger Games," the first in a planned trilogy of films from the best-selling novels of the same name, was a mega box-office hit and critical success. The sequel, "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opens on Friday, Nov. 22. Again the setting is a dystopian future where a small elite rule over a wrecked North America and force young people to fight for their lives in arena games.

Lead character Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), barely survived the arena in the first film. This time she fights in a match rigged by the elite to end her life. ELIZABETH BANKS, 39, returns as Katniss's chaperone, Elsie; with LYNN COHEN, 69, playing Mags, a new ally of Katniss.

Cohen, who played Magda, Miranda's nanny on "Sex and the City," and GOLDA MEIR in STEVEN SPIELBERG's film, "Munich," lived in St. Louis for many years, where she directed plays at the city's JCC.

KENNEDY AND LINCOLN

Lincoln: It seems as though these two "martyr" Presidents will always be linked in many ways, even if some linkages are just coincidental. Nov. 19, 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of Lincoln giving his Gettysburg Address. Nov. 22 is the 50th anniversary of JFK's death.

Famous documentary maker Ken Burns ("The Civil War") asked a number of celebrities to recite the Gettysburg Address on video and posted those videos on Learntheaddress. org, a new website. 53 famous person recitations are on the site, including all the living American Presidents**, and a "minyan of sorts" of tribe members: CNN anchor WOLF BLITZER, 65; Civil War-era historian ERIC FONER, 70; former Congresswoman GABBIE GIFFORDS, 43; "Meet the Press" host DAVID GREGORY, 43; Lincoln scholar HAROLD HOLZER, 64; PETER J. RUBINSTEIN, 79, the Senior Rabbi at Manhattan's Central Synagogue; JERRY SEINFELD, 59; STEVEN SPIELBERG, 66; Florida Congresswoman DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, 47; and NPR legal correspondent NINA TOTENBERG, 69.

Holzer, a major credited source for Spielberg's film "Lincoln," has often given a great lecture at synagogues and universities about Lincoln's relationship to Jews. A short essay version of that lecture ("Lincoln and the Jews") can be found on a comprehensive website called "Jewish Life in Mr. Lincoln's City: 1861-65" (i.e. Washington, D.C.).


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Here is one touching excerpt about the Jewish reaction to Lincoln's death: "At Congregation Shearith Israel in Manhattan the mourners' Kaddish was recited for the first time in memory of a non-Jew, inspiring a protest from some outraged Orthodox Jews but praise from most congregants. If Lincoln could break precedent by opening up the army to Jewish chaplaincy, then synagogues could say Kaddish for their gentile champion. Even in the South, Jewish leaders acknowledged a special bond between Lincoln and the Jews and a special sorrow at his loss. It was attributable mainly to Lincoln's acts of compassion and justice, but perhaps, also, to the fact that his religious beliefs seemed so universal."

The whole essay can be found here.

Please note:

Early this week, some news outlets said that President Obama omitted the words "under G0D" from his recitation of the Gettysburg Address on the Burns' website and they implied this was an expression of the President's lack of religious belief. Most such outlets retracted their criticism of Obama when it was pointed out that Burns had the famous people recite one or another of the five known alternate versions of the Address. One of these alternate versions is, in effect, Lincoln's first draft and it has come to be known as the Nicolay version. It is named after one of Lincoln's private secretaries. The Nicolay version, which Obama recited, does not include the words "under G0D."

Kennedy: Decades ago, author Jodie Elliott Hansen started asking famous people and regular folk to send her a letter about their whereabouts when JFK was killed and their immediate reaction. A selection of those letters has just been published under the title, "November 22, 1963." A number of the responses came from Jewish celebs, including one from the late, great actor WALTER MATTHAU, which encapsulated, for me, the shock and despair JFK's death provoked. Matthau wrote: "A friend of mine called with the news that President Kennedy had been shot. I turned on the TV set and just stared at it until the news came that he was dead. A friend showed up at the house and we drank 3 quarts of 100 proof vodka in the next six hours and I don't drink."

A photo of Matthau's original letter can be found on the Vanity Fair magazine website.

Info Note:

Persons in capital letters, above, are deemed Jewish for the purpose of this column. For the purpose of the column, the person has to have at least one Jewish parent, be raised Jewish or secular, and not identify with a religion other than Judaism as an adult. Converts to Judaism are also, of course, considered Jewish, even if they don't have a Jewish parent.

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Previously:


JFK/Thor/Portman on Being Jewish; Berkely Hoofs on 'DWTS'

JFK/Thor/Portman on Being Jewish; Berkely Hoofs on 'DWTS'

Woody Allen Defends Israel; Steinfeld Defends Earth --- Voices Anne Frank; Oprah Finds Out What Happened to Jewish Celebs

Natalie Portman & Jennifer Grey Go to Synagogue Together; Tracing Sephardi Roots; Johansson is Both Sexy & Smart

More Tribe Members Join Cast of New Shows; Josh Charles Gets Married; Movie News

New TV Season: The Jewish Co-stars; Two Really Good New Flicks By Jewish Filmmakers: Don Jon and Enough Said

Emmy Time for MOTs; Oldies that will Make You Smile Again Released!

James Franco Roasted on Comedy Central; Huge Number of Jewish Comedians Featured in NBC Special; Rosanna Arquette Marries a Mensch: Really a Mentch!

Marty Glickman Documentary: Great Jewish Athlete/Sportscaster; Tony Bennett's Daughter Chooses Judaism; The Monaco Royal Family Circus

Liev Schreiber Plays LBJ; Steve Jobs Bio-Pic; Dr. Evil's Son Gets Mean; Pressel Plays Golf for the United States

A Surprise Summer Hit; Natasha Lyonne's Comeback: Does It Mean There's Hope for Amanda Bynes?; Much Sympathy for actress Lea Michele, girlfriend of the late Cory Monteith. But She Isn't Jewish as Many Say

New Adam Sandler Movie Ties Record for Most Jewish Actors; Silverstone Shares Milk; Hebrews Vie for Mets' First Base spot --- Other Baseball News

Actress Ginnifer Goodwin re-discovers her faith: makes speech at synagogue; Humorous web series on re-discovering Judaism; new projects for Liev Schreiber and Zach Braff

Rick Moranis' Jewish Album; A Gandolfini Jewish Connection; Michael Rapaport in New Comedy; Selma Blair Rubs Sheen Wrong; Liev Schreiber on Showtime

'The Voice' Singer's Karaite Background; Brad Pitt Battles Zombies in Israel w/help of Israeli actress; Rachelle Lefevre in Big Movie/Big Mini-Series

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

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

Brad Garrett's New Sit-Com; Soviet Spies; Bar Mitzvah Video Deluxe; Three Guys Who Will be Missed

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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