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

10 Great Work-at-Home Jobs

By Cameron Huddleston & Caitlin Dewey

JewishWorldReview.com | Work-at-home jobs promise big benefits: extra income, flexible hours and the enviable dress code of slippers and sweatpants. The trick, of course, is finding legitimate, well-paid positions because work-at-home scams abound.

To assemble our list of top work-at-home jobs, we combed U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data for occupations with good hourly wages and promising growth prospects. We then identified actual companies that hire home-based workers in these fields, and scrutinized their benefits and schedules.

To weed out scammers, we checked out companies with the Better Business Bureau. Every work-at-home company we mention is highly rated by the BBB (or, if it's not in the BBB's database, we've vetted it through other sources). While we can't guarantee that you'll get hired for one of these work-at-home jobs, at least you can have confidence that none of these employment opportunities is too good to be true.

Pay: $13-$15/hour (Glassdoor.com data)

Preferred Education Level: Bachelor's degree

Essential Skill: Going gaga for Google

When you type a search term into Google or Bing, an algorithm determines what the best results will be. But that algorithm doesn't operate alone: Many large search engines rely on home-based evaluators to test the accuracy of online search results, examining different search terms and the Web sites they turn up. You'll need a computer and fast Internet connection. The job involves a lot of analytical thinking, so applicants must pass a test before companies such as Appen, Leapforce and Lionbridge will hire them as independent contractors. These firms post openings on their sites, and FlexJobs.com also lists work-at-home positions for Web search evaluators. Evaluators generally choose their own hours.

Pay: $9/hour (average at Alpine Access, plus benefits)

Preferred Education Level: High school

Essential Skill: The gift of gab

When you dial a company's help line, the call typically goes to a mega call center in the U.S. or abroad. But increasingly, customer service calls also route to home-based agents, who answer questions, complete forms and log complaints through their computers. Hours are flexible and few firms require specific education or experience. Training (usually paid) is provided, and you will be expected to have phone and Internet service that meet minimum standards. Also expect to undergo a credit of background check. SYKES Home Powered by Alpine Access, Convergys and West Corporation rank among the major employers. All three are highly rated by the Better Business Bureau, usually hire agents as employees rather than contractors, and offer benefits such as paid vacation and medical insurance to full-time workers.

Pay: $17-$29/hour (BLS data)

Preferred Education Level: Associate or bachelor's degree

Essential Skill: Fluency in geek-speak


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Computer nerds and A-V types can make solid salaries in tech support, where demand is high and hours flexible. Working out of home offices, such techs generally serve as the first point of contact for customers troubleshooting everything from laptops to televisions to MySQL servers. Some work directly for major brands and retailers, such as Apple and Best Buy. Apple's at-home workers are hired as employees, not contractors, and receive perks such as iMacs for business use and about $600 a year in reimbursement for Internet service. But job seekers should also consider third-party support providers, including PlumChoice, which handles tech support for a number of Fortune 500 companies.

Pay: $10-$12/hour (at Zirtual)

Preferred Education Level: High school

Essential Skill: Ability to juggle calls and clients

A virtual assistant does everything a traditional assistant might do, from scheduling appointments and maintaining records to preparing memos and reports. Most VAs are contractors, not employees, and they operate out of their homes as independent businesses with multiple clients. Newcomers can market themselves to potential clients through local business groups, Web sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and the International Virtual Assistants Assocation jobs board. Zirtual, a Las Vegas-based company that provides virtual assistants for busy professionals nationwide, hires full-time and part-time assistants who must be able to work specific hours each weekday. Full-time Zirtual assistants qualify for benefits.

Pay: $800-$1,600/month (at Tutor.com)

Preferred Education Level: Bachelor's degree

Essential Skill: Knowledge is power

A college degree, a computer and a bit of patience are all it takes to break into online tutoring, a field that can be both personally and financially rewarding. Sites such as Tutor.com match teachers and students in "online classrooms," where they use live chats to teach lessons and help with homework. And while Tutor.com only requires BAs from its applicants, other online opportunities exist for people with advanced degrees. GetEducated.com, for example, lists remote job postings at community colleges, libraries and online universities. Most of these teachers are hired and paid as part-time employees; Tutor.com and similar sites hire on a freelance basis only. But that doesn't mean teachers can't make a comfortable wage. On top of hourly earnings, Tutor.com pays bonuses for "exceptional work."

Pay: $14-$20/hour (BLS data)

Preferred Education Level: Associate's degree or one-year certification program

Essential Skill: Willingness to follow doctors' orders

Home-based transcription predates the Internet, making it, in some ways, the quintessential work-at-home job. Medical transcriptionists type doctors' dictated notes and use them to prepare memos and reports. A good transcriptionist is more than a typist. Increasingly, medical firms want their employees to have associate's degrees or vocational certificates, as well as an advanced understanding of medical terminology. Companies such as Amphion Medical Solutions requires a minimum of two years' experience but promise flexible hours and a full range of benefits. Precyse, a large medical firm, also hires home-based transcriptionists.

Pay: $12-$21/hour (BLS data)

Preferred Education Level: Bachelor's degree

Essential Skill: Two eyes for detail

It can be hard to hack it as a freelance writer or full-time blogger, and both fields are already crowded. But if you have some writing or editing experience under your belt, you may find steady work as a proofreader, especially for academic or foreign firms. Cactus Communications, an Indian editing and translation company with offices in Philadelphia, hires proofreaders to check academic papers and medical documents written by non-native speakers. Cactus says its freelance specialist editors including copy editors can earn between $1,200 and $4,000 per month. U.S.-based FirstEditing employs proofreaders to work on manuscripts, theses and business documents. While neither company requires a specific academic background, advanced degrees and editing experience help.

Pay: $11-$17/hour (BLS data)

Preferred Education Level: High school

Essential Skill: No reservations about making reservations

Concierges used to be the highly primped men and women who gave restaurant suggestions at the counters of hotels. Thanks to the Internet, however, they can now work anywhere, providing travel assistance, making reservations and answering questions by phone, e-mail, text message or chat. VIPdesk.com, the foremost employer in this field, hires home-based concierges for a variety of companies including Skullcandy, the maker of headphones and related music gear. Employees can earn full benefits, including insurance and paid vacation, and can set their own full- or part-time schedules. Other companies, such as Virtual Concierge, act as go-betweens for home-based concierges and clients such as UBS, the financial-services firm.

Pay: $15-$28/hour (BLS data)

Preferred Education Level: Bachelor's degree

Essential Skill: A way with words

If you speak at least two languages and have an Internet connection, you're well on your way to becoming a home-based translator. A number of firms hire multilingual people to freelance translations of business documents, consumer Web sites, computer software and academic papers. Preference often goes to applicants who speak in-demand languages, such as Chinese or Japanese, and have backgrounds that would help in translating technical material. Mega-translation firm SDL hires freelancers for brands such as HP and LG. Cactus Communications employs freelance translators with advanced degrees to work on academic manuscripts.

Pay: $21 - $41/hour (BLS data)

Preferred Education Level: Associate's degree

Essential Skill: Cuckoo for computer code

The growing popularity of e-commerce and mobile devices is fueling demand for people who can design and maintain Web sites. While many companies have full-time web developers on staff, plenty of businesses and even individuals hire freelance developers for both one-off projects and ongoing support. In fact, about 25% of web developers are self-employed, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Web developers can find thousands of projects listed on freelance job site oDesk.com. And FlexJobs.com lists telecommuting jobs with companies.

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Cameron Huddleston is an online editor at Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. Caitlin Dewey is its online Associate Editor.

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