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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

8 Things That Will Cost Less in 2014

By The Kiplinger Washington Editors





Complaining about rising prices is an American pastime. You won't hear complaints about these items this year, though, because they'll be cheaper


JewishWorldReview.com | Life may be unfair, even unkind at times. But some things are trending in consumers' favor as 2014 gets underway. Here are eight products that will likely drop in price in 2014, thanks to the law of supply and demand, rapid innovation, changing markets or a bit of all of the above. Take a look:

GASOLINE

Expect calmer energy markets in 2014 as U.S. domestic production continues to rise and tensions in Middle East hot spots simmer down. One of energy's brightest spots will be at the gas pump, where regular unleaded gasoline will cost motorists an average of $3.40 a gallon in 2014, versus $3.50 in 2013, The Kiplinger Letter forecasts. For diesel, expect a slight drop from 2013's $3.92-per-gallon average to $3.90.

USED CARS

After surging because of tight supply in recent years, values of used vehicles are softening as sales of new cars ramp up and more leased autos hit used-car lots.

For the "previously owned" market, Kiplinger expects price drops in the 1% to 2% range in 2014. The models that will see the biggest depreciation this year: used compact SUVs and low-end luxury cars. Supplies of both are rising fast. Ditto for used hybrids. The reason: Better fuel economy in gas models makes hybrids less enticing. Sweeter deals will be found on used commercial vans as more new models hit the market.

GOLD

An improving economy and surging stock market ended a 12-year run of rising prices for the precious metal last year. The price dropped almost 30% in 2013, to $1,200 an ounce. Most analysts expect the slide to continue this year. On January 9, Bank of America Merrill Lynch forecast that prices will drop at least another $50 (4%), to $1,150, by the end of 2014, and they could drop as low as $1,000 an ounce as investors continue to reduce their exposure. Silver prices are in the same boat: BofA Merrill Lynch sees silver prices dropping to about $18 an ounce, down from a $22 to $24 range in 2013.

CHICKEN LEGS AND THIGHS

Time to break out that recipe for coq au vin or beer-marinated smoked chicken leg quarters. While beef will remain pricey this year, dark chicken meat--legs and thighs--will drop in price. Supply is outpacing demand. U.S. packers usually export about 40% of leg quarters, but world demand slipped last summer and fall, sending late-2013 supplies of frozen leg quarters up 60% over late-2012 supplies, according to The Kiplinger Agriculture Letter. You can expect grocers to feature bags of chicken leg quarters for as low as 60 cents a pound through midyear at least, versus the typical range of 70 cents to $1 a pound.

ULTRA-HIGH-DEFINITION COMPUTER MONITORS

Getting crystal-clear images on your desktop machine will be far more affordable this year. Everything from photos to games to Web sites looks amazing on ultra-high-definition computer monitors, dubbed 4K because they pack four times the resolution of standard HD screens. If you dabble in DSLR photography, the new monitors show intricate details and subtle shades of color never before seen on a computer screen. This month, Dell rolls out its new 28-inch ultra-HD monitor for $699, a steep price cut from more than $1,000 in 2013.

3D PRINTERS

MakerBot, which has sold 3D printers to consumers since 2009, will start shipping its brand-new Replicator Mini 3D printer this spring. It's priced at $1,375, which is 40% less than the company's current cheapest printer, the bigger Replicator 2X. The smaller size comes with limitations, such as printing smaller objects, but a lower price tag makes it easier to bring home. Plus, you can save once it's out of the box. One industry study says a 3D printer could save an average household $300 to $2,000 per year compared with buying the same products online. Potential printed creations include an iPhone case, a jewelry organizer, a garlic press, a shower head, a safety razor and a paper-towel holder. More price cuts for 3D printers are on the way; some models will sell for as little as $500. Software will be simpler, too, so you can scan an object and print it on the spot.

COLLEGE TUITION

Each fall, college prices rise. And each fall, families fret over financing a heftier tuition bill. But 2014 will be different at a handful of schools, with at least ten institutions cutting undergraduate tuition by 10% to nearly 50%.


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For example, Alaska Pacific University, in Anchorage, will cut tuition from $29,600 to $19,950, and Converse College, in Spartanburg, S.C., will lower tuition from $29,124 to $16,500. For most enrollees, the financial benefit is minimal. The lower sticker prices match what many students are already paying after aid. One group that could benefit from the change is families that don't meet the definition of financial need and expect to pay full freight. A few law schools will also be cheaper in 2014, including the University of Iowa and Penn State University.

INSURANCE

This one's up to you, dear reader. Most life, disability and long-term-care insurance companies will reduce their rates if you become less risky to them--but only if you ask and usually only if you show proof of a long-term change. Lost weight in 2013? Most insurers will reduce your premiums once you keep the weight off for a full year. Some insurers give you a break if you stop smoking for at least one year.

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