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 26, 2013 / 16 Iyar, 5773

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom

Jewish Major Leaguers, 2013; New Movies and Comedy Show; Shalom, 'Lumpy' (Leave it to Beaver)

JewishWorldReview.com | MAJOR LEAGUE HEBREWS The following players are on a big league roster (active or disabled) as of April 16. All have at least one Jewish parent and were raised secular or Jewish: RYAN BRAUN, 29, outfielder, Milwaukee; CRAIG BRESLOW, 32, pitcher, Boston; IKE DAVIS, first base, NY Mets; SCOTT FELDMAN, pitcher, Chicago Cubs; NATE FREIMAN, 26, first base, Oakland; SAM FULD, 31, outfielder, Tampa Bay; IAN KINSLER, 30, second base, Texas; JASON MARQUIS, 34, pitcher, San Diego; MICHAEL SCHWIMER, 27, pitcher, Toronto; KEVIN YOUKILIS, 34, third and first base, NY Yankees.

Freiman, who is 6'8", is the only rookie this season. He played for Israel (2012) in the World Baseball Classic qualifier and his mother is on the faculty of Hebrew College, a Boston-area, Reform-affiliated school.

In addition to the players, above, Jewish Sports Review magazine also lists Ryan Kalish, 25, outfielder, Boston, as Jewish. Kalish's father is Jewish, but he was raised in his mother's Catholic faith. The Review lists him because, about two years ago, Kalish said he is no longer a religious believer and was okay with being identified as a Jewish athlete. I leave his "status" up to you, the reader.

AT THE MOVIES MICHAEL BAY ("Transformers"), 48, is the director of "Pain and Gain", a new action comedy. Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson play personal trainers who get caught up in a criminal enterprise. (Opens Friday, April 26). Bay, by the way, is a cousin of SUSAN BAY, 70, the wife of "Star Trek" icon LEONARD NIMOY, 82.


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Opening the same day is "Big Wedding," a romantic comedy about nuptial tensions that threaten to spin out of control. It's directed and written by JUSTIN ZACKHAM, 42, who is best known for writing "The Bucket List" (Zackham actually coined the term "bucket list"). The all-star cast includes Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton, and Amanda Seyfried.

The groom is played by Brit actor BEN BARNES, 31, the son of a non-Jewish English father and an English, South African-born Jewish mother. He's best known for playing Prince Caspian in the last two "Chronicles of Narnia" films.

TV-ISH ITEMS Comedian AMY SCHUMER, 31, a cousin of NY Senator CHUCK SCHUMER, stars in the new Comedy Central series, "Inside Amy Schumer." (Starts Tuesday, April 30, at 10:30PM). Schumer provocatively explores topics, like sex and relationships, through scripted vignettes, stand-up bits, and street interviews. (Schumer was previously mis-identified as the Senator's niece in on-line sources and in this column.)

The episode of the hit CBS comedy, "How I Met Your Mother," that airs on Monday, April 29, at 8PM, is entitled "The Bro Mitzvah." Whether it has any Jewish content, beyond the title, is not known to me. What I do know that it features Barney's bachelor party (he is engaged to marry Robin, another lead character).


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PAUL REISER, 56, who starred in the NBC hit comedy "Mad About You," began doing stand-up gigs again last fall. He told the Suburban, a Montreal Jewish newspaper: "I am developing two new projects for television right now. It is a long process, so we will see what happens… I always wanted to get back to performing, but I kept putting it off. The thing is, I wanted to write fresh material. It has been 20 years since I last did this, so I need to go forward from the jokes of being newly married or having little kids. One night about a year ago I was performing at a charity event and it was just an electric and fun night. So I said to my wife, 'why don't I go perform for real?"

Reiser added that he, and his wife, PAULA RAVETS, and their two teenage sons celebrate all the major Jewish holidays. Their older son, EZRA, was born premature and has been in a wheelchair since birth. Ezra's bar mitzvah, Reiser said, inspired some guests to pursue their own belated bar mitzvah.

SHALOM, LUMPY FRANK BANK, who died on April 13, age 71, wasn't exactly a household name. But virtually everyone over 40 will remember him as teenager Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford on the hit sit-com "Leave it To Beaver." Lumpy, who was more than a bit of a dolt, was a close friend of Wally Cleaver, Beaver Cleaver's older brother.

The son of a Los Angeles butcher, Bank went on to a career as a highly successful financial advisor and helped some "Beaver" cast members with their investments. A close colleague reports that he was very proud of being Jewish and had memorized the names of virtually every Jewish baseball player and film star.

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Jackie Robinson's Friend, Hank Greenberg; CNN's Jake Tapper; Texas County in the News is named for 19thC. Jewish soldier and Congressman

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

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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