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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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. 19, 2007 / 7 Mar-Cheshvan 5768

Fright fest

By Greg Crosby


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last Fourth of July I recommend some great patriotic movies to watch. Now that Halloween is practically upon us, here is my list of scary movies to get you in the proper spirit, so to speak.


Many of them are old classics, but if you or your children have never seen them, then of course for you they are brand new.


I have totally ignored the hatchet, blood and gore flicks because to me, those pictures don't represent Halloween, and personally I don't even find them scary - only violent and repulsive.


For my dough, the best are the classic horror movies that I grew up with - pictures that usually had mad scientists, graveyard monsters, dark alleys, secret rooms in old houses, creaking doors and things that go bump in the night. Here's the list.

Frankenstein The original 1931 version starring Boris Karloff, of course. Following the success of this picture Universal made a gang of sequels, some better than others, but all of them lots of fun. The Bride of Frankenstein came next and some think it is even better than the first film. Watch the original first, and then see the others in the order of when they were released.

The Wolf Man "Even the man who is pure at heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolf bane blooms and the moon is full and bright." Oh man, when I was a kid it didn't get any scarier than this one! Watch out for the old gypsy woman! It's Lon Chaney Jr.'s performance that really makes the picture. He plays it with such sincerity that he makes you truly believe it could happen. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man is a pretty good sequel too.

The Werewolf of London This was the first werewolf picture made in 1935 starring Henry Hull. This got the hair on the back of my neck sticking straight up. Actually most of the werewolf pictures scared me pretty good.

The Mummy Another Universal horror classic starring Boris Karloff made in 1932. There were a bunch of follow-ups made, but this one is the best by far. Just as with the Frankenstein pictures, try to see them in order.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde My favorite is the 1941 Spencer Tracy version, but the 1932 Frederic March film is a good one too. The silent version staring John Barrymore is probably the scariest one.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Not really a Halloween horror movie in the traditional sense, but the 1939 version starring Charles Laughton as Quasimodo is the very essence of a monster movie.

The Beast With Five Fingers They used to show this spooky Peter Lorrie film on TV all the time when I was a kid. I learned the dialogue by heart. You don't see it around much anymore, but it still offers plenty of scary moments. Perfect for late-night viewing on Halloween night.

Dracula This 1931 Bela Lugosi classic never really got to me like the other horror films, and in fact it comes off more funny than scary today. But I include it in the list because it truly started an entire genre of gothic horror film that is still going strong today.

The Invisible Man 1933 Claude Raines version. Still effective!

Freaks Tod Browning's 1932 horror film using real carnival side-show freaks will "creep you out" as they say.

The Uninvited A real old fashioned ghost story in a haunted house. 1944 with Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey.

The Haunting Another classic haunted house story.

Psycho Alfred Hitchcock decided to show the world how to do a horror movie in 1960 and no one has done it better since.

The Exorcist When it comes to pure unadulterated fright, this one wins hands down. See the original 1973 picture and skip the sequels.

The Phantom of the Opera The original silent Lon Chaney classic is still wonderful.

Nosferatu Made in 1922, this is the very first vampire movie and if this doesn't give you nightmares nothing will.

The Old Dark House (1932) and Mad Love (1935) are two obscure little films that are perfect for Halloween night.


The next batch is comedies. Remember, just because a movie is a comedy doesn't mean it can't be frightening or Halloweenish. These will definitely put you in the mood of the season.


Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein - My all-time favorite Halloween comedy. Bud and Lou and Frankenstein's monster, Dracula and the wolf man - all on a spooky remote island at night. What 10 year-old kid could ask for more?

Arsenic and Old Lace Cary Grant goes slapstick in this Broadway hit directed by Frank Capra. Funny stuff.

The Ghost Breakers (1940) Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard romp in a haunted castle. Lots of laughs as well as plenty of scary moments.

Young Frankenstein Probably Mel Brooks' best movie after the original Producers. Not scary in the least, but FUNNY, FUNNY, FUNNY! Everyone in the cast was perfect.


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

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