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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 17, 2014 / 19 Tammuz, 5774

Even some billionaires don't make the cut

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Forbes released their first-ever list of the 185 richest families in America. I couldn't help but wonder who the 186th family was and how they took the news about not making the cut.

"That's got to be tough no matter who you are," I said to the husband.

"They'll get over it," he said.

I don't mean to say the husband is hard-hearted sometimes, but . . .

I imagine Mr. and Mrs. 186th brooding over lattes and nursing their hurt in the back of a stretch limo all the way to their weekend place in the Hamptons.

"We were so close," Mr. 186th says, despondent.

"I told you Facebook was a bad investment," Mrs.186th snaps, texting her plastic surgeon for another round of Botox.

Perhaps they can fight their way out of the doldrums by buying a little treat to lift their spirits-say a bag of Hershey kisses, a new yacht or maybe a chain of islands somewhere.

No. 19 on the list is the Mellon family, the great-great-great-grandson of Thomas Mellon. Their money is 175 years old. That's not just old money, it's ancient. The Mellons are billionaires, quite naturally. Millionaires are so last century.

A stunning photograph shows four of the Mellons, a sleek Mr. and Mrs. Mellon standing on either side of a sleek dining room table with the two adorable little Mellons playing on the table. Every detail is perfect-designer clothes, designer shoes, designer furniture, designer picture frames and designer artwork on the walls, not the knockoff prints you buy already framed. Even the children look like designer children.

It is all so perfect that it is painful.

Where are the Legos scattered on the floor, a juice box tipped over and spilling off a chair, and junk mail piled on a shelf? Even a simple water ring on the dining room table would bring it all so much closer to reality. But that's what billions do, allow you to escape reality. Or at least try.

"It must be boring to be that rich," I muse to the husband.

"Try me," he says.

I wouldn't mind being bored a week or two myself, yet it all looks so Downton Abbey. "Weekend? What's a weekend?"

"I wonder if any of these rich people know how to download online coupons?" I ask out loud.

"These families own Mars candy, grocery store chains, plastic storage bag empires, household cleaner kingdoms and cosmetic domains," the husband says. "They don't coupon."

"Poor souls," I sigh. "To think they have never known the thrill of a Kohl's 30 percent off.

"I wonder if they hunt for cheap gasoline? Do they know how to use a major credit card until they acquire the maximum dividends allowed for the year and then switch credit cards?

"Do they ever find their grocery budget stretched tight and play 'Let's Eat Out of the Freezer'?"

The husband says not to worry about billionaires. He's probably right. I just don't like to see anyone without survival skills they might need one day.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to exercise my middle-class creativity by heading to the freezer to see what's for dinner.

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