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 Apr 22, 2013 / 12 Iyar, 5773

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom

Teen actor Jonah Bobo in New Flick: Hunky James Wolk on Mad Men; Erich Segal's Daughter Writes Prize-Winning Jewish Novel

JewishWorldReview.com | BOBO IS BULLIED "Disconnect," which opens in some theaters April 19, tells three mostly separate stories which ultimately "connect up." All the characters' lives are heavily influenced by the internet. The first story focuses on a teenage boy (JONAH BOBO, 16) who is being cyberbullied. His parents are played by Hope Davis and Jason Bateman. Bobo, who most recently co-starred in the 2011 comedy hit, "Crazy, Stupid, Love," was raised in an Orthodox home in New York. His "funny" last name is Egyptian/Syrian Jewish.

The other stories concern a couple whose identity is stolen and a young man who makes his living by taking his clothes off on-line. Early reviews of this film are quite positive.

WOLKMANIA The premiere (Apr. 7) episode of the hit AMC cable show "Mad Men" introduced a new character, Bob Benson, played by the very handsome JAMES WOLK, 28. Here are excerpts from an April 8 Hollywood Reporter piece that explains all: "Benson, a hyper-enthusiastic, brown-nosing accounts employee at Sterling Draper Cooper…attempts to get into the good graces of Don Draper (Jon Hamm), the superstar adman he's always wanted to meet…And there's something about Wolk -- an intelligence and intensity -- that makes him more than just a pretty face.

The 28-year-old actor has racked up a host of TV credits with a leading role on the short-lived Fox series "Lone Star" and recurring parts on Showtime's "Shameless" and "Happy Endings."… Besides "Mad Men", Wolk is part of a buzzy new comedy project also focused on an ad agency. Called "The Crazy Ones" and produced by David E. Kelley, the CBS pilot -- which could be greenlit for next season -- touts Robin Williams and SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR, 35, as father-and-daughter co-owners of a firm…Seems like Wolk could balance playing [both roles] simultaneously."


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ANOTHER LOVE STORY On April 9, The Jewish Book Council named FRANCESCA SEGAL, 33, the winner of the $100,000 2013 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature in fiction for her debut novel, "The Innocents." The UK paper, "The Guardian," said in their recent review: "Part ambiguous morality tale, part guidebook on north London Jewish community culture, this is a hugely enjoyable first novel. With a nod to Edith Wharton's "The Age of Innocence," it has already won the 2012 Costa First Novel award and the 2012 National Jewish Book award for fiction. It's another sort of coming of age too: the author is the daughter of ERICH SEGAL [1937-2010], who wrote 'Love Story.'"

Erich Segal, the son of a Brooklyn rabbi, only married once. He met his wife (now his widow), KAREN JAMES, who is British, on a plane returning from Tel Aviv. They married in 1975 and had two daughters (Francesca, and MIRANDA, now 23.) In the late '70s, Segal moved to London. His children were born in London and raised in London and in New York.


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Segal was 'more' than "Love Story": he was a professor of Latin and Greek literature at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton and guest taught at Oxford and in Tel Aviv. He penned the screenplay for the Beatles' film, "Yellow Submarine." He was an early and avid marathon runner who did TV color commentary on the event.

Francesca recently told the Connecticut Jewish Ledger that: "We had Shabbat dinner every week as a family, and went to shul almost every Friday night - but then also gathered to watch "Friends" on TV after Shabbat dinner was finished; it was part of our family tradition. Judaism and my Jewish identity were a central part of my family life, growing up, and have remained extremely important to me."

Francesca's novel, which is often a comedy of manners, centers on Rachel, a young British Jewish woman who has three "beaus": one is a nice Jewish guy who was a childhood sweetheart. He's already viewed by her family as their son-in-law; another beau is a very handsome cousin whom she has long been very fond of; and then there's a married American rich businessman with whom she has a furtive relationship.

As the "Guardian" puts it: "Rachel oscillates between saint and witch, sometimes coming across as the innocent victim, sometimes the unbearable limpet."

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The Back Story of the Ten Commandments (the film)--including Funny Stuff; Brit TV Dramas with a Jewish Connection

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

Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Harper; LA mayor's race; Albert Brooks on going to Shul

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

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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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