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

10 Best Values in Used Cars, 2014

By Jessica L. Anderson

JewishWorldReview.com | Good news for used-car buyers: Desirable trade-ins and vehicles at the end of their lease--especially luxury models--are streaming onto the used-car market, and that means more choices at lower prices.

We picked ten three- and four-year-old vehicles that not only were tops in Kiplinger's rankings for performance, value and safety when they were new, but also get good marks for reliability. (See How to Get Sweet Deals on Used Cars for strategies on how to get the best bargain.)

Vehicles have automatic transmissions, unless noted otherwise, and all have standard stability control and front, front-side and head-protecting airbags. Dealer, private-party and certified prices are averages based on actual transactions reported by Kelley Blue Book for previously owned vehicles with 12,000 miles per year.

2011 Honda Civic

Price when new: $22,765 (EX-L)

Certified used price: $17,867

Dealer used price: $17,292

Private-party price: : $14,792

MPG (city/hwy): 25/36

"Compact" stopped meaning "cheap" years ago, and that's especially true for Honda's reliable Civic. We picked the top trim level, because with its standard stability control, it won a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The EX-L model comes with heated leather seats and heated door mirrors. Models with navigation include Bluetooth for hands-free phone calls.

2011 Toyota Prius

Price when new: $23,810 (II)

Certified used price: $18,272

Dealer used price: $17,172

Private-party price: $14,972

MPG (city/hwy): 51/48

The Prius landed on our Best New Model list after its 2010 redesign, and we named the 2011 Prius Best in Class for its fuel economy (50 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving) and loads of cargo space. Look for models with a remote-control air conditioning system that draws power from the battery, so you can cool the car before getting in without turning the car on.

2010 Subaru Legacy

Price when new: $20,690 (2.5i, manual)

Certified used price: $15,683

Dealer used price: $14,533

Private-party price: $12,833

MPG (city/hwy): 19/27

Standard all-wheel drive with surefooted handling has always been the Subaru hook, but the Legacy, which got a redesign for 2010, proved Subarus could be sexy, too. With sleek exterior lines, high-quality materials grace the interior, and a choice of engines gives you latitude on the power versus fuel economy spectrum. Choose the base 2.5-liter, four-cylinder with 170 horsepower (2.5i models), the six-cylinder with 256 horses (3.6R models) or the turbocharged four-cylinder with 265 horses (2.5GT models).

2011 Toyota Camry

Price when new: $22,985 (LE, automatic)

Certified used price: $16,345

Dealer used price: $14,995

Private-party price: $13,395

MPG (city/hwy): 22/32

Toyotas have a longstanding reputation for reliability and, true-to-form, the three-year-old Camry earned the highest ranking in J.D. Power's Vehicle Dependability Study. Choose among four-cylinder, V6 and hybrid trims (Camry hybrids get 35 miles per gallon on the highway) and look for models with Bluetooth, USB connection for music, moon roof and reclining rear seats.

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan

Price when new: $50,275 (E350)

Certified used price: $34,167

Dealer used price: $32,367

Private-party price: $29,267

MPG (city/hwy): 17/25

Among German luxury cars, Mercedes-Benz is the cream of the crop when it comes to safety. The 2010 E-Class redesign brought to the lineup standard Attention Assist, which monitors the driver via steering inputs for signs of drowsiness and alerts you if you need a rest. Other features in the 2011 models include lane-departure warning, blind-spot assist and a collision-warning system that will brake automatically if the warnings are not heeded. Nine airbags come standard, and some models have rear-seat side airbags to bring the total to 11. If the 268 horses on the V6 E350 aren't enough, check out the E550 (382 hp), the E63 AMG (518) or the efficient E350 BlueTec diesel.

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander

Price when new: $22,805 (ES)

Certified used price: $15,509

Dealer used price: $14,009

Private-party price: $12,459

MPG (city/hwy): 23/28

The Outlander is an affordable but sporty crossover, with nimble handling and stop-on-a-dime brakes. The base 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine (168 hp) can be upgraded to a V6 (230hp), but fuel economy is lower and premium gas is recommended. Need to seat seven? It's a tight squeeze, but some Outlander models come with a third row.

2010 Lexus RX 350

Price when new: $38,500 (base model)

Certified used price: $31,195

Dealer used price: $29,095

Private-party price: $25,995

MPG (city/hwy): 18/25

Looking for luxury plus utility? The Lexus RX gives you a sleek package with a silky smooth ride, plus ample options. Ten airbags, Bluetooth and a nine-speaker sound system are standard. You'll find models with smart headlights (adaptive front headlights that let you see around curves, plus automatic high beams), collision-warning systems with adaptive cruise control, and head-up display (to see your speed and other data without looking down at the dash). Lexus also sells a hybrid version, the RX 450h. The 2010 RX was the highest-ranked midsize premium crossover/SUV in J.D. Power's Vehicle Dependability Study.

2010 Mazda CX-9

Price when new: $29,555 (Sport)

Certified used price: $19,383

Dealer used price: $18,183

Private-party price: $15,983

MPG (city/hwy): 16/22


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Designed for families, the CX-9 crossover's second row slides fore and aft and reclines for maximum comfort. You can unlatch the seat and move it forward for access to the third row with a single motion. Bluetooth comes standard on the base model; the Touring model adds leather, and the Grand Touring includes a blind-spot monitoring system. When the car was new, options included such desirable features as a power lift gate, rear-seat entertainment system and navigation with a rearview camera.

2011 Acura MDX

Price when new: $43,815 (base model)

Certified used price: $30,782

Dealer used price: $29,182

Private-party price: $26,682

MPG (city/hwy): 16/21

Acura's big crossover has seating for seven, a standard rearview camera and tri-zone climate control. Standard all-wheel drive provides enhanced driver control no matter what the road conditions, and the 3.7-liter V6 has plenty of power, with 300 horses. Built-in convenience features include under-floor storage, a power tailgate and Bluetooth. Look for models with adaptive cruise control, a collision warning system and blind-spot monitoring.

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

Price when new: $38,520 (LS)

Certified used price: $27,799

Dealer used price: $26,399

Private-party price: $23,899

MPG (city/hwy): 15/21

If hauling the soccer team around or a trip to the lake with the boat is on your list of activities, Chevy's Tahoe can do the job. It seats up to nine (with the optional front-row bench), has 60 cubic feet of cargo space when you remove the third row, and can tow up to 8,500 pounds. All models come with Bluetooth. Look for family-friendly features such as the power fold-and-tumble second row, rear park assist, rearview camera and blind-spot monitoring system. A hybrid is available, but you only get a smidge better mileage and it'll cost you at least $10,000 more.

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Jessica L. Anderson is Associate Editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance.

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