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)

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Is free online education the answer to employers' need for more-skilled labor? With more elite schools jumping on board, it's a good bet. Stanford and Mass. Institute of Technology already offer free graded, but unaccredited, courses. Harvard, Princeton, Univ. of Mich., Univ. of Penn. and others will follow suit.

Look for these online schools to partner with firms to meet training needs and to help students find jobs, likely charging modest fees for placement or certificates of completion and other services to help defray costs. So far, none of the endeavors is self-sustaining, relying on university funding and/or big philanthropic grants.

For now, use caution evaluating job candidates with such schooling because there's no way to vet courses' value or determine who really did the work. But testing and credentialing methods are in the works, plus biometric confirmation that those who take the courses and pass the tests are who they say they are.

Airlines Still Finding New Fees to Charge -- From From The Kiplinger Letter

Think airlines are running out of ideas for fees? You'd better think again. Some U.S. airlines will charge for oversize carry-ons -- the norm in Europe -- or follow Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air's example by charging for all carry-on bags. Some carriers will gamble that passengers will pay more for wider seats, and Delta hopes to convince passengers to pay $12 for in-flight Internet. The airline offers free access to Amazon.comand other sites, getting a cut from sales. But customers who want to browse more broadly will need to pull out their wallets.

Parents Tap Tech to Monitor Kids' Driving -- From From The Kiplinger Letter

Look for parents to use tech to track youngsters who do drive. A device in the works by AT&T will allow monitoring of driving habits in real time, syncing with an app on a teen's smart phone to check speed, steering and other info.

Phone alerts can warn parents about problems, including talking or texting while behind the wheel. The equipment will allow them to disable cell phones remotely.

Other benefits of the system are likely to follow. Lower insurance premiums for drivers who rely on records to show they don't use their phones while they drive, for instance. Or helping to locate and diagnose vehicles when they break down. Traffilog, a start-up based in Israel, is working with AT&T on the project.


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As more and more employers delve into job seekers' social media histories, Web entrepreneurs see a business opportunity.

One new firm, BrandYourself, gives people a way to put their best foot forward by manipulating search engine results through search engine optimization, boosting the best info about them to the top of a search engine's first page of results. The first three links are free. After that, the firm charges a fee for additional links. Any negative info will still appear online but farther down the list, and few employers take the time to comb through every page.

Energy Prices Will Ease Further -- From From The Kiplinger Letter

The price of a barrel of oil may fall into the mid-$70s in coming weeks, vs. today's low-$80s and the high of nearly $109 this past March. Why? Oil output by Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and others is still surging in the face of softening demand. As supply and demand come into better balance this summer, helped by sanctions on oil exports from Iran, the price will stabilize before climbing to $90-$95 by the fall. Of course, any flare-up over Iran's nuclear ambitions would bring a sudden spike.

Gasoline pump prices will ease further this summer. The average price, now at $3.56 per gallon for regular unleaded, could go as low as $3.30 by mid-July.

Diesel, ditto. It'll slide to $3.70 a gallon, on average, from today's $3.85. Natural gas will remain a bargain, struggling to crest $3 per million Btu, even as drillers try to perk up prices by trimming production. The extremely high levels of natural gas in storage will take a while to work off.

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