In this issue
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 Feb 1, 2012/ 8 Shevat, 5772

Millionaire Fans Watching Millionaire Players

By Dan K. Thomasson

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Just when you think you've heard it all, someone reports that the price of the best seat at the Super Bowl -- row one on the 50-yard line of Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium -- is a cool $17,048. That's about what it would cost you to buy a 50-inch television set for every room in your house, including the bathrooms, where you could watch this struggle between the Giants and Patriots in great comfort.

For a lower-level seat at the 40-yard line, you get a break. The resale price, according to news reports, is $16,480, a trifling amount when you consider the value of telling your grandkids or whomever that you were in this Midwest capital to see a historic rematch between two East Coast teams. That, of course, is if you are from Boston or New York and really care. Otherwise, you can talk about the War Memorial in downtown and certainly basketball.

That, plus other resale costs for this annual example of excess, qualifies it for the profligacy title in the Guinness World Records. Anyone able to pay that much unquestionably is vulnerable for an income tax hike in Barack Obama's scheme to make the rich pay up. Actually, the face value of a ticket ranges from $800 to $1,200. But don't show up in Indianapolis thinking you can buy one for that price, if you could get one at all.

The average price for the ticket sold on site is $4,223, enough to buy only about three good TV sets with some change left over for snacks, confetti and the shirt of your favorite player for a home-staged celebration. You could even afford to throw a beer through one of the sets when the other team scores. Another disparaging factor in the price is that your food and drinks for all those intermissions and half times and time outs will cost somewhat less than it does to reach the moon.

As a native Hoosier, I don't remember anything in "Naptown" quite worth that much. But then I came from the next county down, at a time when movie tickets cost 25 cents and you grew your own popcorn. I would like to think that few who reside in the region are crazy enough to pay those prices, especially since the Colts aren't there and despite the fact that one of the quarterbacks is named Manning. And, oh yeah, this isn't the 500-mile auto race.

This exhibition of indulgence -- the national ticket for Super Bowl Sunday is $11 billion -- seems to disprove statistics showing that while the country is back in a growth pattern, Americans individually still have considerable pocketbook aches from the binge spending we have endured over the last two presidential administrations. Those planning to attend, however, either haven't been touched by the downturn or are willing to hock something just to experience firsthand such a momentous event where they can ogle millionaire players in person and rub up against millionaire fans.

Some of these may be parents whose children have faced a decline in spending on such trivialities as public education. On the other hand, those who could pay for multiple tickets (normally one would be accompanied by a wife, girlfriend or even a child or two) to this bash probably aren't terribly concerned about public schools. Wealthy New Yorkers are willing to pay close to $40,000 a year to private academies for K through 12. That doesn't count outlays for tutors to make certain junior has grades good enough to get into one of those elite ivy covered money pits.

But I digress. The annual spectacular rivals anything the Romans staged and attracts tens of millions of viewers worldwide on sets ranging from 70-inch plasma HD to grainy 19-inch analog. I, for one, will clutch my wallet tightly, prop up my feet, open a diet drink and watch the event on a mid-sized set, napping in between the wonderful commercials and thankful that I am not "Back Home Again in Indiana" for this. Oh, I'll probably do some ogling on my own -- of Madonna.

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11/24/11: Lawmakers should pledge to think on their own

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11/14/11: With Congress, expect more intransigence

11/08/11: Paterno's illustrious career faces tarnished end

10/31/11: The FBI is burned by its Boston informants

10/18//11: President Inexperienced again picked style and enthusiasm over caution. He must pay

10/10/11: Prosecutors routinely abuse plea bargaining

10/04/11: In Christie,shades of William Howard Taft

09/27/11: One word for Obama's prospects --- ‘bleak’

09/26/11: Obama quickly running out of time

09/23/11: Big-time college football is now all about the money

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09/06/11: College rankings a useless exercise

08/31/11: Thankful a mother isn't alive to see this hungry mess

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08/15/11: Pray for miracle from debt committee

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07/29/11: A debt solution: Throw the rascals out, all of them

07/21/11: Campaign finance reform --- you're kidding, right!?

07/08/11: Casey Anthony jury did its job

07/05/11: Nailing a prominent figure or institution should come at a heavy risk — and an even greater price if proven a hoax