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 July 1, 2013 / 23 Tamuz, 5773

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom

Rick Moranis' Jewish Album; A Gandolfini Jewish Connection; Michael Rapaport in New Comedy; Selma Blair Rubs Sheen Wrong; Liev Schreiber on Showtime

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MORANIS' MOTHER'S BRISKET In 1991, ANN BELSKY, the wife of actor RICK MORANIS, and the mother of his then two young children, died of breast cancer. Moranis began winding-down his busy film career and chose to be a full-time dad. When the kids were old enough for him to return to work, he said he no longer felt a desire to act and has been essentially retired since 1997. He has released two music CDs of original songs.

The second, entitled "My Mother's Brisket and Other Love Songs," has just hit the stores.

Moranis, 60, told the NY Times that his return to his hometown of Toronto to raise his kids brought him back into "more of a practicing Jewish culture. Many of my friends and family were more involved with the faith, with their temple, with the practice of rituals, so day to day it was back in the orbit I was in, which it hadn't been for a long time. As I was thinking of things, these ideas for these songs were coming up, and I started writing them."

The CD includes songs about serving his (still-living) mother's brisket on Shabbat; a bris; and an encounter between an older man and an interested younger woman ("I'm Old Enough to Be Your Zaide").

ON JAMES GANDOLFINI Like everyone else, I was shocked when the very talented James Gandolfini died on June 19, age 51. He was born and raised in an Italian Catholic family in Park Ridge, but he had Jewish connections. Here's one: He was introduced to acting when his college friend, Tony-winning actor ROGER BART (who grew up in Bernardsville), finally convinced Gandolfini (who was running a bar) to accompany him to a NYC acting class. Gandolfini later recalled that he was "scared to death" at the first class.

GO FOR SOME LAUGHS, DON'T EXPECT GREATNESS Opening in theaters on June 28 was "The Heat," a comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as, respectively, a by-the-book, prim FBI agent and a break-the-rules, slobby Boston detective. They team-up to take down a drug lord. Veteran MICHAEL RAPAPORT, 43, has a juicy supporting role as McCarthy's wacky brother, who is just out of prison and has ties to the drug lord. Advance reviews say that the plot isn't all that great, but that McCarthy's character's crazy family members, including her brother, are often laugh-out-loud funny. The director is Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids").

UNHAPPY CAMPERS On June 18, SELMA BLAIR, 41, was dropped from the cast of the FX comedy, "Anger Management." The series stars Charlie Sheen as "Charlie Goodson," an anger management therapist. Blair co-starred as Goodson's colleague, personal therapist, and friend ("with benefits"). Blair reportedly complained to management that Sheen's work ethic and other quirks made him impossible to work with. Sheen demanded "her head," and got it. Obviously, Sheen is "the marketable star" and FX has given him a license to be a horse's rear end. I hope that CHUCK LORRE, 60, who was willing to take a financial loss when he fired Sheen from "Two and Half Men" for similar behavior, will offer Blair some work.


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This isn't to say that Jews don't ever behave badly: on June 15, JEFF GARLIN, 51, ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), was arrested for allegedly smashing the windows of another motorist's car after a dispute about a parking space.

ON THE TUBE: GOLDBERG, LANDAU, SCHREIBER ADAM GOLDBERG, 42, is interesting to watch act, so the Lifetime original bio-pic about the late model Anna Nicole Smith, who died in 2007, age 39, of a drug overdose, may rise above the so/so quality of most Lifetime flicks and be a guilty pleasure. Goldberg plays HOWARD K. STERN, now 44, who was Smith's lawyer and boyfriend. In 2010, a jury found him guilty of helping to illegally supply her with prescription drugs. The judge threw out the jury's verdict, but last October an appeals court re-instated the jury's verdict and the complicated case is now pending again. The cast includes Agnes Bruckner as Smith, with MARTIN LANDAU, 85, as J. Howard Marshall, the billionaire who wed Smith (then a stripper) in 1994, when he was 89, and died 18 months later. (Airs Saturday, June 29, at 8PM)

LIEV SCHREIBER, 45, has the title role in the new Showtime series "Ray Donovan" (started Sunday, June 30, at 10PM. Many encore showings). Donovan is LA's best professional "fixer": when a celebrity or business mogul gets in trouble, he makes the trouble "go away." Donovan's life is shaken when his father, played by "friend-of-the-tribe" Jon Voight, is unexpectedly released from prison.

Info Note: Persons in capital letters, above, are deemed Jewish for the purpose of this column. For the purpose of the column, the person has to have at least one Jewish parent, be raised Jewish or secular, and not identify with a religion other than Judaism as an adult. Converts to Judaism are also, of course, considered Jewish, even if they don't have a Jewish parent.

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'The Voice' Singer's Karaite Background; Brad Pitt Battles Zombies in Israel w/help of Israeli actress; Rachelle Lefevre in Big Movie/Big Mini-Series

Jewish Contestant on 'The Voice'; Will Smith's 'Jewish movie family'; Bravo Gives Long Island Jews the Jersey Shore Treatment; Magicians and More

Memorial Day: Jews Serving and KIA in War on Terror; Liberace Bio-Pic; Jew Wins "Survivor"; Shalom, Dr. Brothers; More

Jews Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame; Anton Yelchin co-stars in New "Trek" film; Kutcher (but not Kunis) visits Israel; Jewish TV Star Praises Jewish Rap Star

The Great Gatsby's Jewish Ties; Jews in the "Time 100 list" List; People's Most Beautiful Women

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

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

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