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 May 4, 2012/ 12 Iyar, 5772

Lindsay, Ashton, Kim --- are they kidding?

By Barry Koltnow

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Tell the truth — what was your first reaction when you heard that Lindsay Lohan was going to play Elizabeth Taylor in a TV movie?

That's what I thought.

Was it more or less of a reaction than when you heard that Ashton Kutcher is set to play Steve Jobs in a movie?

Don't you wish that there was a quick and simple way to describe how you feel without going into a lengthy explanation?

For instance, when you heard that the Kardashian family had just signed a $40 million contract to continue their impossibly lame reality show for another three years, don't you wish there was a glossary of terms that you could refer to that would express the level of your reaction?

It doesn't even have to be a negative reaction. Some entertainment news might make you happy, and there should be an uncomplicated way to express how you feel about that as well.

Why should you have to search for the proper way to express yourself? You're busy people. You don't have the time to waste on this silly stuff.

The denizens of Barrywood are nothing if not helpful, so here is our guide to reacting to entertainment news.

Use this shorthand when you read your daily newspaper, peruse your weekly entertainment magazine or watch your nightly entertainment news programs. Use it when you're hanging around the water cooler, or reading tweets from your friends. In fact, this guide will help you on Twitter because you don't want to waste precious characters.

On a scale from good to bad:

1. I CAN SEE IT — This reaction is usually accompanied by a nodding of the head, which might be difficult in a text. But that's why we have provided this guide. If you text "I can see it," the head nod is understood.

Example: Jennifer Lawrence's casting at Katniss in "The Hunger Games." While teen lovers of the book were outraged (see "Are they kidding?"), most adults familiar with her Oscar-nominated work in "Winter's Bone" recognized her acting skills, and knew she could pull off playing a 16-year-old. No one doubts her now.

Another example is Julia Roberts' casting as the Evil Queen in "Mirror Mirror." Although the actress presents a cheery image to the public, most industry insiders greeted the news of her casting with: "I can see it."

2. IT MAKES SENSE — This is more vague than it sounds. It seems as if you approve of the news, but you're holding back final judgment. You're just not sure that this is a good idea.

Example: Josh Brolin stars in the new "Men in Black" sequel as Tommy Lee Jones as a young man. Hmmm, we're torn between "I can see it" and "Interesting." The more you think about it, the more "It makes sense."

3. INTERESTING — You're not fooling anyone. You don't really get it, but you're not ready to go public with your negativity.

Example: Amanda Seyfried as the late porn star Linda Lovelace. This could easily have been a "Huh?" because of her sweet "Mamma Mia!" role, but she's pretty sexy in real life and the more you see her looking sexy on the red carpet, the more interesting the idea becomes.

4. HUH? — Genuine bewilderment. You honestly don't believe what you've heard. You know it's true because why would anyone lie about something like that, but it's still hard to believe.

Example: When Andrew Garfield (he played the tall, dark and handsome Eduardo in "The Social Network") was picked to reprise the Spider-Man franchise, collective heads were scratched. Forget the casting; you couldn't believe they were re-making the whole Spidey movie series. Once you got over that news, then you started thinking about the casting and thought "Huh?"

Another example is Johnny Depp's casting as gothic vampire Barnabas Collins in "Dark Shadows." This news elicited a "Huh?" until you realized that Depp and director Tim Burton could pull it off.

5. ARE THEY KIDDING? — This is your way to express total outrage. To you, this is further proof of the deterioration of society. The world is coming to an end.

This is easily the most popular reaction of all because people who follow the entertainment industry are constantly stunned by the ignorance that seems to drive most decisions.

Example: Let's start with Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor. It's only a Lifetime movie, but what were they thinking? We're all growing tired of hearing how talented she is, but when was the last time she proved that — when she was 11? It is an insult to Elizabeth Taylor's memory to allow this troubled young actress to portray her, particularly as a ratings stunt.

Another example: Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs? Based on what? His millions of Twitter followers? How does that qualify him to portray anyone on the big screen? Are they kidding?

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