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 Feb. 15, 2013 / 5 Adar, 5773

Jews in the National Hockey League; Possible Start of a Blockbuster Film Series; Star Wars Keep on Comin', Special TV Showing of Schindler's List

By Nate Bloom

THE Starz of David maven is back!

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | JEWS ON ICE The 113-day lockout of National Hockey League (NHL) players by the owners ended in early January.

Here are the four Jews playing NHL hockey as the delayed season began: MIKE BROWN, 27, right wing, Toronto Maple Leafs; MICHAEL CAMMALLERI, 30, left wing, Calgary Flames; JEFF HALPERN, 36, center, NY Rangers; and ERIC NYSTROM, 29, left wing, Dallas Stars. Halpern and Brown are the sons of two Jewish parents. Nystrom, who was raised Jewish and had a bar mitzvah, is the son of a non-Jewish father (hockey great Bobby Nystrom) and a Jewish mother. Cammalleri, who is also the son of a Jewish mother/non-Jewish father, was raised secular, but has no problem being identified as a "Jewish athlete."

Jewish Sports Review magazine says that 10 Jewish players are now playing in the highest minor league, the AHL. Several have a good chance of being called up to the NHL this season or next.

NEW TWILIGHT? Opening on Thursday, Feb. 14, is the supernatural film, "Beautiful Creatures." It's based on a best-selling young adult novel of the same name. If this film does well, it likely will be the start of a film series, as with the "Twilight" books and films. Already, three hot selling book sequels have followed the first "Creatures" book.


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The film opens with teenager Lena (Alice Engelbert) arriving in the small town. Lena is a "Caster," and like the rest of her extended family, has strong supernatural powers. When she turns 16, she will be required to decide whether she will follow a "light" (good) or "dark" (evil) path. Lena quickly bonds with Ethan, a local teen who is bored with his hometown. Playing Ethan is the very handsome ALDEN EHRENREICH, 23. He was discovered by STEVEN SPIELBERG when he was 14. Spielberg chanced to see a funny video that Ehrenreich starred-in while attending a bat mitzvah. He contacted Ehrenreich and helped him get some TV guest roles. In 2007, Francis Ford Coppola picked Ehrenreich to star in his film "Tetro." It didn't do well when it opened in 2009. (I recently spoke to a source very close to Ehrenreich and she told me he is very proud of being Jewish.)

EMMY ROSSUM, 26 ("Shameless"), whose mother is Jewish, has a big supporting role as Lena's cousin Ridley, who has chosen the "dark" path. ZOEY DEUTCH, 18, has another large supporting role as Emily, a former girlfriend of Ethan who now hates Ethan and Lena and leads a group opposed to any Caster.

This is Deutch's first big film role. In the last three years, she's had a large recurring roles on "Suite Life on Deck," a Disney Channel series, and on the CW series, "Ringer." Her father is HOWARD DEUTCH, 63, a film director whose credits include "Pretty in Pink" and "Some Kind of Wonderful." While making the latter film, he met his wife, actress Lea Thompson, who is also Zoey's mother. In a recent interview, and twitter tweet, Zoey described herself as "Jewish." I don't believe Thompson, now 51, has converted to Judaism--but its possible. She recently did a public service ad urging couples to test for genetic diseases that disproportionately affect Jews.

MAY THE JEWS BE WITH YOU Last last month, came the news that Disney (which bought Lucas films last year) planned to make three new sequential films in the "Star Wars" saga and that they had hired J.J. ABRAMS, 46, to direct the first one, "Star Wars: Episode VII." The three films will be made over a six-year period, starting in 2015. Abrams' many stellar credits include directing the successful re-launch of the Star Trek movie series with his 2009 film, "Star Trek." Another Abrams' directed "Trek" film opens in May.

Disney head BOB IGER, 61, surprised many last week when he said that Disney had engaged LAWRENCE KASDAN, 64, and SIMON KINBERG, 39, "to work on" separate films that will serve as "stand-alone" spinoffs of the main new trilogy. Iger told CNBC that their films are "derived from great 'Star Wars' characters that are not part of the overall saga."

Kinberg is a top screenwriter ("Mr. and Mrs. Smith;" "X-Men"). Kasdan's notable credits include the screenplays for two of the best Star Wars pics: "The Empire Strikes Back" and "The Return of the Jedi." He's also well known for directing and writing a number of dramatic hits, including "The Big Chill" and "Body Heat."

TV NEWS: SCHINDLER'S LIST AND OSCARS SPECIAL On Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8PM, USA network will present a special, commercial free presentation of "Schindler's List." Director STEVEN SPIELBERG will provide a special introduction to his great Holocaust film, which was released twenty years ago. USA will offer additional information and resources at charactersunite.com and through the interactive second screen experience app, Zeebox, in partnership with the USC Shoah Foundation.

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 10PM, ABC will air an Oscars special hosted by Katie Couric. It includes tons of celebs, including BILLY CRYSTAL; lots of clips from past Oscars shows; behind the scenes footage, and some celeb home movies.

Next Week: Oscars Round-Up

Info Note:

Persons in capital letters, above, are deemed Jewish for the purpose of this column. For the purpose of the column, the person has to have at least one Jewish parent, be raised Jewish or secular, and not identify with a religion other than Judaism as an adult. Converts to Judaism are also, of course, considered Jewish, even if they don't have a Jewish parent.


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