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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 April 28, 2014 / 28 Nissan, 5774

Self-described class clown becomes cause celeb

By Mitch Albom




JewishWorldReview.com | It's prom season, and that means one thing: finding a hot celebrity to go with you.

No longer is it enough to ask the cute girl you have been looking at in chemistry class, or the boy who smiles at you every day in homeroom.

Now it's Kate Upton. Or Justin Bieber. Or Miss America.

No, really. Miss America. An 18-year-old Pennsylvania senior recently asked her to the prom during a visit to his high school. Such bravado might be the stuff of fairy tales — or at least a movie of the week — were it not so darned clichéd.

So many kids have now asked famous strangers to be their prom dates, you expect a form letter response.

("Thank you for your recent inquiry into Brad Pitt's availability for your Spring Spectacular. Unfortunately, Mr. Pitt is booked at that time . Also, he is married.")

Not only did this Pennsylvania kid, Patrick Farves, tell friends he planned to pop the question to Miss America, Nina Davuluri, but his school warned him NOT to do it just minutes before the assembly.

"By that time, my mind was already set," he told Reuters. "I was already in the zone."

He then went to a different zone. The school suspended him for three days for breaking the rules.

Oh. And Miss America said sorry, but she couldn't make it.

In other words, Patrick had just joined the same club he was trying to avoid: a dateless loser.

Or had he?

A LEGEND IN HIS OWN MIND

His prank quickly got national attention. (Shocking!) Next thing you know, he's sitting in New York, on the "Today" show, where Matt Lauer praised his courage, and Tamron Hall did an interview at least as long as a Pulitzer Prize winner or a civil rights activist would get.

"You're a living legend at the school now," Hall concluded.

"Yeah, I am," Patrick said.

And naturally, he tweeted his new media status the moment he could get his fingers on a device.

"MATT CALLED ME A HERO AND TAMRON CALLED ME A LEGEND #TODAYSHOW #FREEPATTY"

Oh, yeah. It also became a campaign. "Free Patty." Students around the world rallied to his side, demanding his in-school suspension be lifted.

And they say kids are apathetic. Come on. You just have to give them an important cause.

Sadly, this self-described class clown joins a trend of turning once original behavior into calculated efforts to get as much media attention as possible.

The fact that the "Today" show (and Fox News and "Good Morning America") raced to include this story ensures others will do the same.

Here in our own backyard, a Fenton teenager named Justin Hang recently made a YouTube "promposal" to Disney Channel actress Allie DeBerry. In his video, he alternately brags "I got game!" then admits, "I don't have game." He shakes his butt. He sings badly. He says he loves her. He admits he's never gone to a prom.

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The actress, apparently no dummy when it comes to the value of social media, told Hang if he got 1,500 retweets, she'd go with him. (And to think, girls used to ask for a nice corsage and a clean car.)

No problem. Once Hang's video got enough attention, Ryan Seacrest, another arbiter of great taste in America, invited Hang on his national radio show, which got him even more attention, and which ultimately got him enough retweets.

And ta-da! DeBerry is picking out a dress.

LIFE IN THE VIRTUAL REAL WORLD

Never mind that these kids likely will have little to talk about and will barely stay in touch after the media circus is over. What matters in America is Web hits, fame, how much people are talking about you. Hang actually said to mlive.com after hearing from Seacrest, "I was like, 'Is this real life right now?' "

No, Justin, it's not. And that's the problem. Living through videos isn't real life. Publicity-driven dates are not real life. Hashtags in front of words are not real life.

But right now, some other kid is filming himself or composing a tweet in a desperate attempt to be accepted by befriending a famous person. And these famous people are employing publicists to politely refuse without losing fans.

All because we've become a world with one driving goal: capture others' attention.

After he asked Miss America for the date, Patrick Farves turned to his schoolmates and did a solo dance as they whooped and cheered. That's all that matters, right? Keep us entertained.

In the old days, men did that for the king.

They were called "fools."

Now they're high school legends.

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