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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

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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

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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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

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review Feb. 16, 2007 / 28 Shevat 5767

Mystery theater

By Greg Crosby

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Concerning the apparent drug overdosed death of Anna Nicole Smith, the talking heads and many others this past week have been saying something along these lines: "Anna Nicole was a talentless, morally-challenged, hedonistic bimbo whose only claim to fame was that she posed nude in Playboy, married an old billionaire and essentially would stop at nothing to gain riches, publicity and fame. On the scale of important people who die, she would not be rated very high." So far I can't take issue with any of that.

Then it's asked, "So why is there such a big interest in her death?" The answer to that question is obvious to me - it's a soap opera in the extreme. This is the story that newspapers and television wait for, hope for, pray for. The story that people love to follow and try to solve. A mystery story with all the classic elements; sex, fame, fortune, drugs, sudden unexplained deaths, conspiracy theories, and unanswered questions. Who could ask for anything more in a suspense story? The Anna Nicole Smith story is a crackling good yarn.

And not only does it have all the right ingredients, but it really happened. This aint' fiction, folks. This is real life - the reality show that really, truly is a reality show. With a climax that beats them all - suspicious deaths and unanswered questions - How did she die? Did her boyfriend/husband have anything to do with it? What was behind the death of her first son? Who is the real father of Anna Nicole's baby? Who will finally get all those millions of dollars?

You couldn't make up a story like this. Movie producers would laugh you out of Musso & Frank's. Book editors would reject your manuscript in a New York minute. Your artistic license would be revoked. The story is too preposterous, totally unbelievable. And yet it all really took place with real people and real money and real children and real death. This is live theater at its most grotesque.

In truth, no one really cares about Anna Nicole Smith the person. It is the public spectacle that people are fascinated with - the "story," the myth. The big blonde sexpot who is bigger than life, who flaunts it all and gold digs her way to the top. She didn't have much, but she used what she had, and she achieved "celebrity." And, for better or worse, celebrity in our times has become the be all and end all of the American dream. And she got there. She got there first by gaining notoriety as a result of taking off her clothes in a magazine, then by marrying a super-rich, super-old Texas billionaire.

And the story kept building, and building. Billionaire dies. Billionaire leaves estate to Anna Nicole. Billionaire's relative contests the will. Goes to the Supreme Court. Anna Nicole gets her own television reality show. Gains weight - Loses weight. Moves to the Bahamas. Has baby. Teenage son dies under mysterious circumstances. Drugs? Boyfriend/ husband suspected of foul play. Photos of dead son sold to tabloids. Who is the real father of baby? Anna Nicole dies under mysterious circumstances. More drugs? Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband claims he is the real father of the baby - oops! - now he claims he's not. Odd, overly chummy photos appear depicting Anna Nicole and high ranking Bahamas government official in bed together fully dressed. Where is the baby now? Who is the father? Who will Larry King have on to talk about this? What does Geraldo think? Will Greta get to the bottom of this?

Tune in tomorrow, same time, same channel, for the next thrilling installment. Like it or not folks, for the next several weeks at least, Anna Nicole Smith will be filling up "the days of our lives."

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