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December 2, 2014

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 8, 2013 / 26 Adar, 5773

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom






The Land of Oz's Many Hebrews; Mila Kunis & a "Menschy" Company; Aly Raisman Dances & Jewish Figure Skaters at World Championship

JewishWorldReview.com | ANOTHER OZ TALE Opening on Friday, Mar. 8, is "Oz The Great and Powerful." Inspired by the "Oz" stories written by L. Frank Baum**, it imagines the origins of the Wizard character. JAMES FRANCO, 34, plays Oscar Diggs, a shady circus magician who is magically transported from Kansas to the Land of Oz. The people of Oz think he is the great wizard they were expecting and shower him with honors and riches. But three witches, played by MILA KUNIS, 29, RACHEL WEISZ, 42, and Michelle Williams, aren't taken-in by Diggs. Things come to a head when Diggs must save the people of Oz via any tricks he can conjure-up and prove that he's really a Wiz.

The film is directed by SAM RAIMI, 53. He previously directed Franco, whose mother is Jewish, in the "Spider-Man" movies.

ZACH BRAFF, 37, does the voice of Diggs' flying monkey assistant (the monkey you actually see on the screen is computer created).

Williams, by the way, just broke-up with actor JASON SEGEL, 33. They had been living together in Brooklyn for about a year. "Sources" have told "People" magazine says that "geography" was a major factor in the break-up: Segel has to be in Los Angeles much of the time to make movies and film "How I Met Your Mother."

Meanwhile, Kunis has just signed to be a spokesperson for Gemfields, a UK-based luxury jewelry company with a good ethical reputation. Before she would agree to be their spokesperson, Kunis insisted on touring the company's African mines and meeting with company's on-site staff.


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She told "Entertainment Tonight": "They [Gemfields] take so much pride in their work and they take such good care of their employees…They take care of their community, they put up schools, and they teach the people how to farm vegetables. They really do what they say they do."

MAYBE WORTH A LOOK The new ABC series, "Red Widow," started last Sunday, Mar. 3, at 9PM (You can catch the pilot episode on-line). It was created by, and is mostly written by MELISSA ROSENBERG, 50 (who wrote the screenplays for the "Twilight" films). The series stars Radha Mitchell as a California woman whose late husband was in the Russian Mafia. After he is murdered, she has to agree to work for the Mob to save her life and the lives of her children.

Pretty redhead JAMIE RAY NEWMAN, 34, who went to a Detroit-area Hillel Day School for her primary school education, and has been in several short-lived TV shows, has a supporting role ("Katrina").

REALLY GRACEFUL JEWS As you might have already heard, ALY RAISMAN, 18, who won two gold medals and a bronze medal in gymnastics at the 2012 Olympic Games, will be one of the celebrities competing on the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars." The 16th season begins on March 18 on ABC. Raisman competed (in the floor exercise) to the music of "Hava Nagila." Can the music of Hava Nagila be adapted to a couple's dance? Maybe-and I wouldn't be surprised to see them try.

Meanwhile, professional dancer and audience favorite MAXIM CHMERKOVSKIY, 33, says he will not return this season. The "hunky" Ukraine native, who is the secular son of a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother, joined "DWTS" in its second season. He has a lot of other interests, including running four dance studios he owns in the NY metro area.

The World Figure Skating Championship takes place this year (Mar. 11-18) in Ontario, Canada. Sadly, it won't be televised in the United States. Two members of the U.S. team are Jewish. Look for their names (below) in news reports/short video reports on the World Championships through March 16 (the finals in their events are held on the 15th). It's likely that they will be at the 2014 Olympics Games and, quite possibly, medal. (If you live in Canada, or otherwise can view the CBC, the World Championships are being televised on the CBC).


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MAX AARON, 20, an Arizona native, won the U. S. Men's Individual Championship last month. Aaron, who was raised in a Conservative Jewish home, recently told the Jewish Telegraph Agency that he was inspired by Jewish athletes growing-up. Aly Raisman, he added, was a recent role model.

Also on the American team is pairs' skater SIMON SHNAPIR, 25. He was born in Moscow and moved, with his parents, to the States when he was 16 months old. Shnapir, an Emerson (Mass.) college student, stands 6'4 and towers over his five-foot partner, Marissa Castelli, 22. Even so, they "make it work" and last month the duo won their first United States Pairs National Championship.


**A lot of people assume that Baum was Jewish because Baum is often a Jewish surname. He was not Jewish. The continued popularity of the "Oz" characters is largely based on the incredible success of the 1939 movie, "The Wizard of Oz." That movie did have many Jewish connections: a Jewish producer (MERVIN LEROY); a Jewish co-star (BERT LAHR as the Cowardly Lion); a Jewish costume designer (ADRIAN GREENBERG, who created the famous ruby red slippers); and last, but not least, great songs by two famous Jewish composers (E.Y. YARBURG, who wrote the lyrics; and HAROLD ARLEN, who wrote the music).

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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Previously:


New on the Big Screen, Tube

The Oscars: The Jewish Connection

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



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