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

5 Stock Picks for Romantics

By Carolyn Bigda

These companies will warm your heart and enrich your portfolio

JewishWorldReview.com | One of the cardinal rules of investing is that you should never fall in love with a stock. But we've found five romantically inspired companies that deserve some affection. These stocks aren't just for flings. Look at them as candidates for long-term relationships.

You may not be familiar with L Brands (symbol LB, $65), but you've probably heard of two of its sensual subsidiaries: Victoria's Secret, the lingerie chain, and Bath & Body Works, which sells soaps, lotions and other spa-like products. Both retailers garner more than one-fourth of all sales in their markets, and both have room to grow. Analysts see L Brands, which does about $11 billion in sales annually, boosting earnings by 12% in the fiscal year that ends January 2015. At 18 times estimated earnings for that year, the shares are a bit more expensive than the overall market, but the price is fair given L Brands' growth potential.

For something with a little more bling, consider Signet Jewelers (SIG, $77). The Akron company owns the Jared and Kay Jewelers chains. And in 2012, Signet bought Ultra Stores, an outlet-mall franchise. Signet now has more than 1,400 stores in the U.S. and should be able to generate annual sales growth of at least 6% for the next few years, says Gregory Herr, co-manager of FPA Perennial Fund. The firm's aggressive advertising--you've no doubt heard that "Every kiss begins with Kay"--will also help. The stock trades at 14 times projected earnings for the year that ends January 2015.

For still more sparkle, indulge in Tiffany (TIF, $89). U.S. sales have lagged recently, so the 176-year-old company has been expanding its lower-priced sterling-silver collection to appeal to a broader customer base. "That end of the business is more profitable than $15,000 rings," says Brian Yarbrough, an analyst at Edward Jones. In addition, the New York City company continues to expand overseas. Sales in Asia, excluding Japan, grew by a whopping 22% during the quarter that ended October 31. The stock jumped 9% on the day the earnings report was released, and now sells for 21 times projected earnings for the year that ends January 2015. That's not a bargain price, but it's reasonable given the strength of Tiffany's iconic blue-box brand.

The business of turning the byproducts of beef and chicken into biodiesel fuel and animal feed may not strike you as romantic. But although its business may be gross, Darling International (DAR, $21) is a company with a sweet name. Prices for corn have come down lately, and a proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency that would freeze mandates for biofuel supplies at 2013 levels could limit demand. All of that could cause headwinds for Darling in 2014. But the Irving, Tex., firm has started to expand internationally through recent acquisitions in Canada and the Netherlands--moves analysts think will help generate 35% earnings growth in 2014. Any turnaround in corn and fuel prices would further boost earnings.


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Finally, it's hard not to fall for Southwest Airlines (LUV, $19), the company with the market's most heart-warming stock symbol. Like other airlines, Southwest shares have been on a tear--they've nearly doubled over the past year. A rebound in business travel has helped. But perhaps the best thing the industry has going for it is the recent spate of airline mergers. "Consolidation is healthy for all the airlines because they won't have to continually lower fares to compete," says Andrew Davis, associate director of stock research at T. Rowe Price. Moreover, Southwest's CEO recently suggested that the airline may start charging for checked baggage. Imposition of those fees wouldn't be good news for budget-minded fliers, but it would likely endear the company to investors.

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Carolyn Bigda is a Contributing Writer for Kiplinger's Personal Finance.

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