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 22, 2013 / 11 Nissan, 5773

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom

Paul Rudd and Nat Wolff co-star in New Comedy; Al Pacino Plays Phil Spector; Tribe Heavy "Girls"; An Oscar Winner's Orthodox Son

JewishWorldReview.com | ADMISSION "Admission", a comedy/drama which opens in theaters on Friday, March 22, is based on the acclaimed 2009 novel of the same name by JEAN HANFF KORELIK, 51. Korelik, a well-respected writer, has lived in Princeton, N.J. since 1990 and her husband, a poet, teaches creative writing at Princeton Univ.

The plot: Straitlaced Princeton Univ. admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school run by John Pressman, a former college classmate (PAUL RUDD, 43). Pressman has guessed that Jeremiah, a gifted student of his, might be the son that Nathan secretly gave up for adoption while she was in college.

Nathan finds herself putting her career at risk to help Jeremiah get into Princeton. Meanwhile, she finds herself falling for Pressman. WALLACE SHAWN, 69, who can be quite funny, has a supporting role as Nathan's stiff colleague. Lily Tomlin reportedly almost steals the film with her slightly over-the-top performance as Portia Nathan's fierce feminist mother.

NAT WOLFF, 18, the former co-star of the hit Nickelodeon kids' show, "The Naked Brothers Band," plays Jeremiah. The film is directed by PAUL WEITZ, 47 ("About a Boy").

By the way, since I am mentioning the fictional film, "Inglorious Basterds," below---let me tell you about Paul Weitz's late father,JOHN WEITZ (1923-2202), who was a real-life "Inglorious Basterd." As most people know, "Inglorious Basterds" centers around a small US Army commando company. Its made-up of Jewish Americans who are "itchin'" to fight the Nazis. While a company of European refugee Jewish commandos existed in the United States, and there was a counterpart in England, the exploits of the commandos in "Inglorious Basterds" were entirely fictional.John Weitz, however, was "the real deal."

A refugee from Nazi Germany, the debonair and amazingly handsome Weitz served as an espionage agent in the OSS, the forerunner of the CIA. He worked undercover, infiltrated enemy lines in France and worked with the German Resistance, including the officers who plotted the unsuccessful 1944 assassination attempt on Hitler. After leaving the OSS, Weitz was among the troops who liberated the concentration camp at Dachau.

Weitz was such an amazing figure that his résumé reads like fiction. He was a secret agent, soldier, top auto racer, top men's fashion designer and the author of two major scholarly biographies on important figures in the Nazi regime.

PREMIUM CABLE CORNER In the early-to-mid 1960s, there was no hotter rock music writer and producer than PHIL SPECTOR, now 73. He had an incredible sting of hits with such groups as the Ronettes and The Righteous Brothers. But by the late '60s, he went from being often annoying and neurotic to downright spooky weird. Spector virtually stopped working after 1980, but he had tons of royalties still coming-in. Then, in 2003, he was accused of murdering actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion. His first trial, in 2007, ended in a mistrial. He was convicted in 2009 and isn't eligible for parole until he's 88.


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The original HBO film, "The Bottom Line," premieres on Sunday Mar., 24, at 9PM. Directed and written by famous playwright DAVID MAMET, 65, the film got an advance rave in the usually reliable Hollywood Reporter. The Reporter's only caveat is that Mamet has an agenda: to plant a reasonable doubt in the mind of viewers as to Spector's guilt or innocence. Al Pacino plays Spector, with Helen Mirren co-starring as Spector's defense attorney.

ZOSIA MAMET, 24, David's daughter, is one three Jewish actresses playing three of the four leads on HBO's "Girls." As I write this, the 2nd season finale (Mar. 17) hasn't yet aired-but the Mar. 10 episode was more "tribe-heavy" than a Brooklyn bris. Guest stars included SHIRI APPLEBY, 34, as the new girlfriend of Hannah's ex-boyfriend; CAROL KANE, 60, as Appleby's mother; BOB BALABAN, 67, as a therapist treating Hannah (star LENA DUNHAM, 26); and AMY SCHUMER, 31, as a guest at a party.


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Schumer, a rising comedian, is the niece of Sen. CHUCK SCHUMER, 62, of New York. Early this month, Amy was the headliner of a Showtime special, "Woman Who Kill," featuring four female stand-ups. It is in "heavy" re-run play until the end of March. Meanwhile, many of Chuck's former constituents are featured in "Kings Point," an Oscar-nominated documentary about (mostly) Jewish seniors in a Del Ray Beach, FL, retirement community that airs all this month on HBO.

ONE LAST WALTZ (UPDATE) Last week, the Jerusalem Post reported that Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, 55, who just won his second best supporting actor Oscar, was going to be in Israel the next week to attend the wedding of his daughter, MIRIAM, 30. The Post also reported that "Waltz's son is a rabbi in Israel." Back in 2009, director Quentin Tarantino surprised everyone when he mentioned that Walz's son "was a rabbi in Israel."

Not long after, actor/director ELI ROTH said that the son was "studying to be a rabbi in Israel." I just came across a recent Austrian news report that clarified matters. Walz's ex-wife, JACKIE, is an American Jewish psychotherapist. They had three kids: Miriam, RACHEL, now 25, and LEON, 27. The Austrian magazine spoke to the chief rabbi of Vienna, who knows Leon very well (Leon is often in Austria to visit his paternal grandmother). The rabbi said that Leon did finish a several-year course of study at a Jerusalem yeshiva. But his studies didn't have to end in rabbinic ordination and Leon chose not to be ordained. Leon, an Orthodox Jew, now works as a scientist in London. He is also working on writing Jewish historical studies. The rabbi added that Leon and his father are close--and maybe because they are so close, Leon couldn't bear to watch his father act in an SS uniform in Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds."

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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