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 3, 2013 / 23 Iyar, 5773

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom

Iron Man's Jewish Connections; Marc Maron's New TV Show; Martin Landau Grows Up with Israel; Shalom, Allan Arbus

JewishWorldReview.com | IRON MAN 3 AND MORE Opening in theaters today is "Iron Man 3." Robert Downey, Jr. returns as Tony Stark/Iron Man. As the film opens, he is in quite a funk and this causes friction with his girlfriend and business associate Pepper Potts (GWYNETH PALTROW, 40). But he snaps out of it when his bodyguard and friend, Happy Hogan (JON FAVREAU, 46), joins many others as a victim of a series of terrorist bombing attacks. These attacks are engineered by the evil "Mandarin" (Sir Ben Kingsley).

Favreau, who also directed the first two "Iron Man" films, did not direct this one, which is in 3-D. "Iron Man" was, of course, originally a Marvel Comic, co-created by STAN LEE, 90. The Mandarin character was created by Lee for a 1964 comic book.

Favreau is the son of a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish father of mostly Italian Catholic background. His mother died when he was 12, and both sides of his family cooperated to make sure that Jon had a bar mitzvah ceremony, as his mother wished. A practicing Jew, Favreau has been married to Dr. JOYA TILLEM, a Jewish physician, since 2000, and the couple have two daughters.

The first "Iron Man" movie, a blockbuster hit in 2008, was the crown jewel in Downey's career resurrection. In 2001, he had hit rock bottom: he was caught using drugs again despite just finishing a year in jail for drug use. But he turned things around by 2004 and he has stayed sober for about a decade now. He gives much of the credit to his wife, producer SUSAN LEVIN, now 39, who he met in 2003 and wed in Jewish ceremony in 2005. Downey's paternal grandfather was Jewish and he's referred to himself as "Jew-Buddhist" since meeting Levin.

I have to believe that MICHAEL DOUGLAS, 68, who co-starred with Downey in "Wonder Boys" (2000), has asked Downey for advice about his son, Cameron Douglas, now 34. Cameron has had a very long-term and severe drug problem.


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I guess Downey had no "magic helpful words"---because Cameron was sent to federal prison in 2010 for dealing heroin and "meth". He was caught using drugs in prison in 2011 and, last January, he again tested positive for in-prison use. On April 15, an appeals court affirmed that his original five-year sentence was properly lengthened to ten years because of his in-prison drug use. He isn't eligible for release, now, until 2018. Cameron, whose only Jewish grandparent is actor KIRK DOUGLAS, 96, co-starred opposite Michael and Kirk in the 2003 movie, "It Runs in the Family."

On a more upbeat note: on April 24, "People" magazine announced that Gwyneth Paltrow was their selection as "the world's most beautiful woman" for 2013.

MARON ON IFC Starting on Friday, May 3, at 10PM, is the new IFC comedy series, "Maron". It stars MARC MARON, 49, and is based on his life as a comedian and as the host of very popular podcast. Each of the ten half-hour episodes show Maron's day-to-day struggle to maintain relationships (other than the ones he has with his cats and podcast audience). JUDD HIRSCH, 78, plays his father, with ANDY KINDLER, 56, as his loyal friend. Kindler, who had a recurring role on "Everybody Loves Raymond," is a real-life friend of Maron and the two have often done Jewish-themed comic bits together.

LANDAU AND ARBUS The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles recently covered the Los Angeles Israeli film festival. Oscar-winning actor MARTIN LANDAU, 85, was awarded the Festival's career achievement award. Here's part of his acceptance speech: "Israel and I grew up together…I was 28 and working in the art department at the New York Daily News when Israel became a state. When I was struggling to make a living, Israel too was struggling to survive… to convert a strip of arid land into a fertile farmland….Israel and I have aged together, witnessed and experienced massive change, but we're still very much alive."

Actor ALLAN ARBUS died on April 19, age 95. He is best known for playing Dr. Sidney Freedman, a psychiatrist, on TV's "MASH." The show's star, Alan Alda, once said that he thought that Arbus must have had some medical training (he didn't) because he was so believable in the role. In 1941, when he was 23, he wed DIANE NEMEROV, 18. He served as an Army photographer during WWII. After the war, he and Diane began a joint career as advertising photographers and they had two daughters. In 1956, they closed their photography studio because Diane Arbus wanted to move into art photography. They separated in 1959 and divorced in 1969. Diane, who died in 1971, went on to become a famous art photographer. Allan, meanwhile, became a full-time actor in 1969 and that same year he got a co-starring role in "Putney Swope," a cult indie film directed by Robert Downey, Sr. He steadily worked, mostly in TV, until 2000.

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

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

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

© 2013, Nate Bloom