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 10, 2011 / 13 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772

The Other Israel Film Festival; Season 5 of Both Sides of a Complex Coin

By Richard Z. Chesnoff

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sponsors of New York's annual "Other Israel Film Festival" say its purpose is to shed honest cinematic light on the lives of the Jewish state's "marginal minorities" --- especially its growing Israeli Arab population .

Critics of the festival (which opens its 5th season on November 10th), charge that it's all too often a radical angst machine using the guise of cinematic creativity to lambast Israel and its democracy.

In fact, both sides can occasionally be right.

This year's week-long festival, which opens on November 10 at the Jewish Community Center on Manhattan's West Side, is just such a mixed bag. It even offers festival-goers a few distinctively hyper positive notes.

For example: the festival's premier night presentation is the beautiful Dolphin Boy, an Israeli film about Morad, a brutally bullied teen aged boy from an Arab village in the North of Israel who suffers severe post-traumatic shock and is left detached from the world around him. When doctors tell his devoted father that a unique Israeli form of dolphin-assisted therapy may be his son's last treatment option, he moves with Morad to the shores of the Red Sea. There a dedicated Jewish doctor, new friends, an Israeli Jewish girlfriend, and an underwater swarm of dolphins (Arab? Jewish?), give the Israeli-Arab teenager a new lease on life.

Determined Arab-Jewish cooperation is also the subject of Israeli director Danny Verete's inspiring documentary The Human Turbine, the story of a group of Israeli Jewish volunteers, many from a kibbutz in the western Negev, who come to the aid of Susia, an isolated Palestinian Arab village in the Hebron Mountains that subsists on no electricity and little water.

Working together in an unusual but authentically warm partnership these Jews and Arabs harness wind and solar energy to bring electricity and restored well water to the caves and tents that are homes for the people of Susia . In the process, they build a solid friendship between them, belying the idea that such Jewish-Arab co-operation "can't happen here".

On the other hand, there is Israeli Arab film-maker Ibtisam Mara'ana 's 77 Steps, a well produced and finely directed documentary depicting her personal refusal to accept neither the ways of her conservative Arab town in Central Israel nor the Jewish state of which she is a natural born albeit non-Jewish citizen.

Ibtisam moves to Tel Aviv ("It has more life than any other place in Israel" she explains to me by telephone). At first she faces bigoted landlords loathe to rent apartments to Arabs. When she finds one who will, she quickly becomes a part of her new neighborhood, is asked to run for parliament by a left-leaning Israeli political party and soon falls in love with another neighborhood newcomer, a Canadian-Jewish immigrant named Jonathan.

Their budding inter-cultural romance stumbles badly, even angrily on contrasting loyalties and searches for identity: Jonathan is a devoted Zionist who believes in Israel; Ibtisam, sees herself as an angry Palestinian whose people were wronged by the very creation of the Jewish state that she declares she can never feel fully part of.

Sadly, therein lies the root of much Israeli-Arab alienation. Now 20 per cent of Israel's population, Israel Arabs, like minorities everywhere, face occasional discrimination. But they are also arguably the luckiest Arabs in the Middle East. Citizens of the region's only functioning democracy (and beneficiaries of its burgeoning economy), they enjoy the same legal rights as their Jewish compatriots. They vote, have Israeli Arab members of the Israeli parliament, Israeli Arab judges, Israeli Arab diplomats, Israeli Arab writers and film makers, Israeli Arab lawyers, teachers, scientists, industrialists and doctors - notably women as well as men.

Yet rather than celebrating their achievements as Israelis, an increasing number of Israeli Arabs like film-maker Ibtisim prefer to kvetch about their status, to mark Israeli independence day not as a holiday, but as Nakba--- Disaster Day. The sad result is a self-made alienation that becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Yet how many would honestly choose to trade in their Israeli ID cards and become citizens of an independent Palestinian state?

Other fascinating festival offerings: the films David & Kamal, the erotic and surprising Lost Paradise, New Voices, and Israel's version of TV's The Office--- as well as discussions with many of the film makers.

For full details on the Other Israel Film Festival (including trailers and theaters) see: www.otherisrael.org/films

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