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 June 14, 2013 / 6 Tammuz, 5773

Summer '13 offers rays of sunshine for Americans

By Ann McFeatters

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Amid all the gloom and doom of late, there really are some pockets of good news, folks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the teenage birth rate has plummeted and that nearly every state is reporting lower births to unwed teens. After earlier reporting a record low of 31 births per 1,000 teens ages 15 to 19 from 2007 to 2011 (compared with 42 births per 1,000 for the previous five years), the CDC says the Mountain States of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Utah saw rates fall by at least 30 percent.

Even more interesting, the CDC says, the teen birth rate among Hispanics, the fastest-growing segment of the population, fell at least 40 percent in 22 states.

The federal government also is reporting another promising trend among young Americans: more of them are getting college degrees. The National Center for Education Statistics notes that one out of three Americans ages 25 to 29 have college degrees. That's 33.6 percent, up from 24.7 percent in 1995 and 21.9 percent in 1975. Researchers hope this will halt a trend that put America behind many other countries in percent of adults with college educations.

While the search for new forms of energy will continue and increase, the rise in U.S. oil production has hit a record -- an increase last year of more than 1 million barrels a day, or 14 percent. This has helped keep oil prices from sharply escalating, as had been feared.

On the science front, the ongoing battle against cancer is scoring more victories. Researchers have found that new ways of using the body's immune system against cancer cells are working on such aggressive forms of cancer as late-stage melanoma. The treatment is beginning to be used on other forms of the disease, including cancers of the lungs, kidneys and colon.

And there is new evidence that antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV are also successful in preventing AIDS in groups at high risk of getting the disease.

Despite continuing worries about job creation and the overall condition of the economy, the number of houses repossessed by banks in May was 29 percent lower than a year ago, according to RealtyTrac Inc. Despite an uptick in foreclosures as banks try to sell houses as the market improves, the nation is on track to see 500,000 completed foreclosures this year compared with 670,000 last year. The average price of a foreclosed house is $182,136, up almost 8 percent in May from April.

Former President Bill Clinton is telling local and state politicians as well Americans in general that the federal government can't do everything. On issues from infrastructure to health care to global warming, he says we have to stop thinking the federal government is the answer to all problems and to take on more of the burdens ourselves for what we need to achieve. One perfect example is Oprah Winfrey, who is donating another $12 million to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture, in addition to the $1 million she previously provided. The museum is expected to open in Washington in 2015.

While there are still some science-deniers among us who refuse to believe that the outbreak of extreme weather and changing climatic patterns around the globe do not portend climate change, fewer governments are among them. China and the United States have a lot of issues, but for the first time they have agreed to work together to find substitutes for man-made hydrofluorocarbons used in refrigeration and air conditioning, which deplete the ozone layer. About 100 countries now are on board on this initiative.

Finally, if you still aren't cheered up a bit, head to the local cinemaplex or drive-in. This summer, Hollywood is bringing out a Lone Ranger movie -- with the always-entertaining Johnny Depp as Tonto -- and another Superman flick. Can truth, justice and the American Way really be in that much danger?

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