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 7, 2014 / 7 Adar I, 5774

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom

Winter olympics----Jewish athletes; Portman's husband and Monuments Men

JewishWorldReview.com | WINTER OLYMPICS-JEWISH ATHLETES The Winter Olympics will be held from Feb. 6 until Feb. 23. Israel is sending a five-member team, none of whom are expected to medal. Information on the Israeli athletes can be found in many Jewish and general media sources, so I am not covering them in this column.

I know of two Jewish athletes on the American team and one on the Canadian team. If I learn of more, I will alert you next week.

A relative unknown, American JASON BROWN, 19, earned a spot on the United States Men's figure skating team with an upset performance at the Olympic trials, where he finished second. He will skate in individual events.

Brown celebrated his bar mitzvah in 2007 and grew up in Highland Park, a Chicago suburb.

The other American is figure skater SIMON SHNAPIR, 26, who has competed in pairs skating with his (non-Jewish) dance partner, Marissa Casteilli, 26, since 2006. The duo won the 2013 and the 2014 U.S. championship in their event. Shnapir was born in Moscow, but immigrated to the States, with his parents, when he was 16 months old.

The Canadian is figure skater DYLAN MOSKOVITCH, 29, a native of Toronto, who competes in pairs with his (non-Jewish) partner, Kirsten Moore-Towers, 21. The duo has won several international competitions.

While the opening ceremonies are on Feb. 7---figure skating, including pairs skating, got an early start---on Feb. 6. This year, for the first time, the scores in figure skating events, including pairs, will be used to determine a national team skating medal winner(s).

In case you're wondering: American Gracie Gold, top figure skater, isn't Jewish. Also, top American Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin has one Jewish grandparent (her paternal grandpa)-but she doesn't identify as Jewish.

Also: back in 2010, I reported that American pairs' figure skater Charlie White, an Olympics participant, was the son of a Jewish mother. I based my report on what seemed to be a very reliable source-- who had spoken with their hometown Jewish newspaper. That source, I learned after the 2010 Games, was in error. White is competing at the 2014 Games.

MOVIE NEWS: PORTMAN'S HUSBAND AND MONUMENTS MEN Last week, French choreographer Benjamin Millepied, 36, told an Israeli newspaper that he is converting to Judaism and is about halfway through the process. "Becoming Jewish is very important to me," he told the paper. Millepied wed actress NATALIE PORTMAN, 32, last year in a Jewish ceremony and the couple have a young son.

The actress met the very handsome Millepied when he choreographed the dances for "Black Swan" (2010). Portman went on to win the best actress Oscar for her role in that film. Millepied is set to take the post of Director of the Paris Opera ballet this September and Portman says that the whole family will primarily reside in Paris starting in the near future.

By the way, Millepied's name, which isn't a stage name, roughly translates to "a thousand feet." One couldn't ask for a better name for a choreographer.

Opening on Friday, Feb. 7, is "Monuments Men," an action film which is based on the exploits of a real-life American army unit which was tasked with finding and rescuing the works of art which the Nazis had looted from all across Europe (a large percentage of the art was stolen from Jews). "Men" was directed and co-written by George Clooney. It was co-written by GRANT HESLOV, 50. Heslov has been Clooney's writing and business partner for decades and the pair have shared two best screenplay Oscar nominations.


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The real names of many unit members are used in the film and Clooney stars as George L. Stout, the name of the real-life unit head.

About half the real-life members of the unit were Jewish and Clooney said in an interview that two of the unit members will be identified as Jewish in the film.

It looked like one of the "identified Jews" would be JAMES RORIMER (1905-1960), a top Metropolitan Museum curator who became Stout's right hand man (played by Matt Damon). However, Damon's character's name was changed at the last minute for unclear reasons and his character, while based on Rorimer, is not explicitly identified as Jewish in the movie.

The real-life Rorimer worked very closely with the 'real-life' Rose Valland (played by Cate Blanchett), a French art curator who compiled, at some risk to herself, an amazingly complete list of Nazi-plundered art and the locations were it was stored. She turned this list over to the 'Monuments Men'.

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