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

Every Monday Matters: Support Neighborhood Watch

By Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) More than 3.4 million burglaries occur annually.

60 percent or more of residential burglaries occur during daylight hours.

Every 14.6 seconds, a burglary takes place.

More than 60 percent of all burglaries are by forcible entry.

The average loss per residential burglary is $1,725.

Only 17 percent, or one in six people, volunteer in a crime-prevention program.


1. Get to know your neighbors.

2. Organize a community watch program to protect your neighborhood. Obtain training and necessary information from your local law enforcement agency.

3. Post a Neighborhood Watch sign in a visible window of your home and encourage your neighbors to do the same.

4. Ask neighbors to be observant and report suspicious or unusual activities.

5. Let your neighbors know when you'll be out of town and leave a contact number.

6. Make your home safer by installing an alarm system, placing rods in window frames, adopting a dog and setting indoor lamps (using CFLs) with timers.

A safe neighborhood is created when the people who live in it look out for one another and their property. Especially during the holiday season, when people are traveling and homes are left empty, we need to pay extra attention. Keeping a watchful eye, noticing and reporting unusual activities, and talking with neighbors to make them aware of neighborhood happenings all help to create a crime watch program and a safe community. Let's make it more difficult for burglars to do their job.


Unfortunately, like many big cities, Los Angeles has its fair share of burglaries. The sound of helicopters circling the night sky and the flashing lights of police cars are so common that they become something people no longer even notice. They just blend into the soundtrack of big-city living. But the big city is made up of smaller communities, blocks, houses and apartment buildings. Fortunately for Mark Johnson, he lives in a community that cares.

"I live on a street that is lined with duplexes. It is a quiet area, but pretty nice," Mark said. "But I must admit that all of us neighbors didn't really know each other that well ... until now."

Two months ago, Mark was relaxing at home when a neighbor knocked on his door. This was a rare occurrence, but a welcomed one. "Ryan was watching the local news and it said that there had been a slew of break-ins in our community over the past few weeks and he just wanted to make sure I kept my doors and windows locked," Mark said.

Grateful, for the tip, Mark checked all of this windows, locked his front and back doors (which he never used to do), and started to keep more of a lookout for anything suspicious.

Two weeks later, as Mark was lying in bed, he once again heard a knock at his front door. As he made his way to the front door, the knock turned into an aggressive wrestling of the doorknob, and it became clear that someone was trying to break in.

"I immediately grabbed my phone and called 911. Then I peeked through the window next to the front door and saw a man I had never seen before. He was clearly trying to break into my home," Mark said. "I didn't want to scare him, because I wanted to police to catch him, but I also didn't want him to successfully get inside my place, so I yelled at him and told him the police were on their way." The burglar quickly fled.

Five minutes later, Mark heard the familiar sound of a police helicopter and saw the familiar sight of the flashing lights. "It sounded like the helicopter was going to land on my roof, it was so close." As he looked out the window, he was amazed to see that the police had apprehended the suspect. Once the police car had driven away with the burglar in custody, the neighborhood started to convene in the street to speak with the remaining police officers. It turns out they had been staking out the area, so they were not far away when Mark placed the call.

It was a job well done - community members at work to protect one another and a bonding experience for a small street in the middle of a big city.

"It's funny, now we even call each other to remind one another to move their car on street cleaning days," shared Mark. "I'm not sure that the parking-ticket people like us too much anymore, but we sure appreciate each other a lot more."

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