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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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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

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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

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review Jan. 26, 2007 / 7 Shevat 5767

Various and Sundry Dept.

By Greg Crosby

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last week, if you were paying attention, you know that my column was about the rain and how we, in L.A., don't get much of it anymore. I lamented (which I sometimes will do - that is, when I'm not bemoaning) how there seemed to be more rainy days when I was a kid then there are now. That column stirred a reader to write (an interesting turn of phrase). I found the letter interesting and thought-provoking so I'd like to share it with you here:

"You must have grown up before the late 60s, when the weather changed.

We were going through a slight cold-spell, planet wise, then. In the South the rain came like clock-work during the summer: 4:00pm...30min rain followed by steaming streets and rainbows. But it was the South, just like any tropical landscape, 4o'clock rain was the rule. That hasn't happened in the South since the 70s. Along with the Chesapeake Bay freezing up, the Hudson Bay freezing up, and the Great Lakes icing over. Used to be the freezing of the Chesapeake was announced each year by the national evening news anchors, like the swallows coming to Capistrano.

We grew up in the last burst of cold of the Little Ice Age. Now we are re-entering the climate that dominates between real Ice Ages. England will grow competitive wines again, Greenland will be green again. Weather will be very different around the globe, and 100 years from now our grandkids will be wondering what all the fuss was about with the "global warming"..."Didn't they want it to be warm, Daddy? Did they really LIKE it cold?"

Rain will fall, in different places.

Snow will fall, in different places.

Life will adapt, grow, thrive.

New nations will become economic powerhouses in new ways, old nations will find other ways to live.

The Sahara was once moist.

The Asian highlands were once forested.

Antarctica was once tropical, and only a few centuries ago was livable in the coastal areas.

Our Living Planet is always changing. And now you have SNOW in LA.

Enjoy.... Lee Bailey, in Iowa"

On another subject completely, at first I thought that I was about the only one in the world who didn't care about the Rosie O'Donnell and Donald Trump "feud," but now I think that most people are probably with me and it's only the MEDIA that really cares about it. The media obsess over certain things; things they THINK people care about. Things like Paris Hilton. In fact, I've yet to meet anyone, at any age that has anything positive to say about this over-hyped, talent-challenged girl. No one I've talked to has any interest in her whatsoever. It's purely a media thing, I'm convinced of it.

It seems that the people who work in the press, in television and radio and magazines and other forms of news/entertainment, feed off each others shallow, simplistic interests and regurgitate it back out to the masses, framing the information in such a way so as to tell the public who and what they should "care" about. Most people don't buy into it, but the young na´ve ones unfortunately will.

There is a segment of the population that will buy into almost anything. When something like 12 percent of all Americans actually believes that Elvis is still alive, is it any wonder that there might be millions who swallow the hype that Paris Hilton is worth focusing one's attention on for more than three seconds?

And by the way, what is this media obsession with celebrity babies now? As my sister said, "I don't remember the press making a big deal over Liz Taylor's children when she was the hottest celebrity around. Or any of the other big stars years ago, for that matter." The media didn't focus on it back then. This is a relatively new thing, and once again I must say that my interest in what a movie star's baby looks like is about as much as my interest in what a Guatemalan roofer's baby looks like - maybe even less.

And furthermore, my interest in Brad and Angelina, their children, their aunts and uncles, their cousins, nephews, nieces, grandparents, and house pets is totally nonexistent. Why anyone, who actually has their own life, would care is beyond my comprehension. So there.

But for those of you who do have a life but might be interested in seeing who has a much richer one, take a gander at the list of top twenty richest women in entertainment according to Forbes Magazine last week. They are (in order of net worth):

1. Oprah Winfrey $1.5 billion
2. J.K. Rowling $1 billion
3. Martha Stewart $650 million
4. Madonna $325 million
5. Celine Dion $250 million
6. Mariah Carey $225 million
7. Janet Jackson 150 million
8. Julia Roberts $140 million
9. Jennifer Lopez $110 million
10. Jennifer Aniston $110 million
11. The Olsen Twins $100 million
12. Britney Spears $100 million
13. Judge Judy $95 million
14. Sandra Bullock $85 million
15. Cameron Diaz $75 million
16. Gisele Bundchen $70 million
17. Ellen DeGeneres $65 million
18. Nicole Kidman $60 million
19. Christina Aguilera $60 million
20. Renee Zellweger $45 million

The huge paydays of these gals proves that in the entertainment industry, at least, the old "glass ceiling" has done been broken. By the way, mull this one over - Judge Judy makes more than all 9 of the Supreme Court Justices combined, and probably more than all the Supreme Court Justices that ever existed in the entire history of our country, combined. As the title of that song goes, "That's Entertainment."

I will say this; most of the women listed are hard working, smart and talented. But I still don't care what their babies look like. And here's something to be eminently thankful for - Paris Hilton hasn't made the list. At least not this year, anyway.

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