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 March 4, 2013/ 22 Adar, 5773

Treasure hunt is one man's legacy

By Mitch Albom

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When was the last time you went treasure hunting? At summer camp? Digging through a Cracker Jack box?

This past week, thousands of budding treasure seekers were so inspired, they crashed the website of a multimillionaire art dealer from New Mexico. His name is Forrest Fenn. He is 82. And he claims to have hidden a chest filled with millions of dollars worth of gold coins and gems.

The chest is buried somewhere in New Mexico. The clues are in a poem. The poem can be found in Fenn's self-published book. The book is available primarily through one New Mexico bookstore. And -- thanks to an appearance on the "Today" show -- that book was in the top 100 on Amazon.com last week.

Which may be the first time a treasure map made more money than the treasure.

"If I have a motive in this," Fenn told me Friday, "it's ... to get kids off the couch and away from their game machines and to smell the sun and have a little fun out in the trees."

He doesn't want fame. He has no plans to reclaim the chest. He simply wants Americans moving, exploring, seeing the beauty of the environment.

And maybe digging it up.

More than words for Fenn

I think Fenn is fascinating. A self-admitted thrill seeker, he joined the Air Force, flew missions in Vietnam, stayed in the service for 20 years and later became a successful art dealer. He also survived a cancer scare. They gave him a 20% chance to live.

"After that, I thought, I've had so much fun in the last 75 years finding things, if I've got to go, let me leave a heritage for other people to do as I did," he said.

And so Fenn, a lifelong collector of things -- precious and quirky -- said he stuffed a chest with gold and jewels, carried it to a secret destination and hid it forever. He hopes others have as much fun searching the land as he has had.

Now. I can hear you screaming. GIVE US SOME CLUES! Well, first of all, I have read Fenn's poem, and if you think, based on that, you can spot a location in the fifth biggest state in the country (nearly 122,000 square miles) good luck. Here's a sample:

Begin it where warm waters halt

And take it in the canyon down,

Not far, but too far to walk.

Put in below the home of Brown.

From there it's no place for the meek,

The end is ever drawing nigh;

There'll be no paddle up your creek,

Just heavy loads and water high.

Got that?

See you there tomorrow!

"I've gotten 8,300 e-mails," Fenn said.

What do most of them want? I asked.

"More clues."

The real thrill of the chase

It's funny. Most people hide treasure to keep it from someone. Fenn really wants someone to find his -- but only after many have trekked to look for it.

"They didn't find the Rosetta Stone for 2,000 years," he pointed out.

Admittedly, this is a unique way to motivate outdoor living. On the one hand, you get all these people in the mountains and streams. On the other hand, as soon as they find the treasure, they might buy a mansion and never come out -- except to adjust the satellite TV.

But Fenn calls his book "The Thrill of the Chase" and to me, that's where the real value of a hidden treasure lies.

Think about the word "search." What's the first thing that comes to mind today? Google, right? A computer screen. A keyboard.

But once upon a time, "search" was a loftier word. It implied going somewhere, making an effort or a journey. You know. Like "Lord of the Rings." They didn't commence their epic quest by punching in keywords.

Some think Fenn is making this whole thing up. I don't. But I can tell you this: If the worst that happens is a few thousand people traipse around the natural splendor of New Mexico, it's not so bad. They might even find that the hunt for one thing led them to something else.

A pretty famous Christian Bible quote suggests "for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." My guess is that Fenn is hoping the seekers of his treasure have their hearts distracted by something else, the joy of the pursuit and the beauty of the landscape. That's worth its weight in gold.

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