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

Best Cars for Young Drivers, 2014

By Jessica L. Anderson

JewishWorldReview.com | If you're buying a car for a high schooler, college student or recent grad -- or you are the family automotive consultant -- take a look at our list of best new and used vehicles for young drivers. The vehicles we spotlight won't bust your (or their) budget, and they get high marks for safety and reliability.

All of these vehicles received a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (its crash tests are more extensive than government tests). And all of our picks have stability control and at least six airbags. We used Consumer Reports' used-car verdicts to help choose used vehicles with above-average reliability. We also looked for the technology that millennials want (and because that tech reduces distractions while driving, you want them to have): Bluetooth and USB or iPod hookups that allow you to select songs on an in-dash screen.

Be sure to read our tips for buying a new car and getting a deal on a used car in today's market before you head to the lot.

Sticker price: $23,490 (i Sport model)

Invoice price: $22,341

KBB Fair Purchase Price: $22,077

5-year service costs: $5,640

MPG (city/hwy): 26/38

The sharply carved exterior of the Mazda6 beckons you inside, where you'll find premium materials and features. USB is standard, and the i Sport model comes with Bluetooth, a rearview camera, Pandora Internet radio, and SMS text messaging that can read texts aloud and allow you to reply with preset messages. Sporty handling accompanies ample power and a thrifty 30 mpg in combined city and highway driving.

Sticker price: $25,645 (Touring model)

Invoice price: $24,933

KBB Fair Purchase Price: $24,494

5-year service costs: $5,578

MPG (city/hwy): 25/32

Mazda was firing on all cylinders when it introduced the CX-5 last year. Resale values are strong across the board, and while the CX-5 provides the view of an SUV, it drives like a sport sedan. The base model has class-leading highway mileage of 35 mpg; we chose the Touring model for its tech features -- it adds Bluetooth, Pandora Internet radio, a rearview camera and a blind-spot monitor, plus it will read SMS texts aloud and allow you to reply with preset messages.

Sticker price: $22,300 (LX model)

Invoice price: $21,379

KBB Fair Purchase Price: $20,976

5-year service costs: $4,346

MPG (city/hwy): 23/34

Sporty styling keeps the Optima looking cool, and the car provides for all your young driver's needs. The base engine is powerful but efficient, and a hybrid model is available for those who want to boost the green factor. Bluetooth, USB and a cooling glove box (road snacks, anyone?) are standard, and 2014 brings an optional blind-spot detection system for upper trim levels (it's included in the $2,300 technology package with navigation and rear camera).

Sticker price: $15,820 (1LT model)

Invoice price: $15,220

KBB Fair Purchase Price: $15,136

5-year service costs: $4,016

MPG (city/hwy): 30/39

Chevy's first minicar might be small, but it's packed with features. Ten airbags come standard, including knee airbags for front passengers and side airbags for the rear seats. On LT models and above, the MyLink connectivity system allows you to connect smart phones via USB or Bluetooth for calls and music. The Siri Eyes Free mode lets iPhone users listen to and compose texts, select songs from iTunes and make calls via voice command.

Sticker price: $21,520 (ES model)

Invoice price: $20,647

KBB Fair Purchase Price: $20,167

5-year service costs: $5,470

MPG (city/hwy): 24/31


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Mitsubishi's small SUV has scored high for reliability for years. Plus, it's fun to drive, seats five comfortably and has copious cargo space -- 22 cubic feet behind the second row and nearly 50 if you put the rear seats down. Bluetooth and USB are standard; upgrade to the SE model for a rearview camera.

Sticker price: $23,650 (S FWD)

Invoice price: $22,273

KBB Fair Purchase Price: $22,616

5-year service costs: $5,880

MPG (city/hwy): 26/33

Redesigned for 2014, Nissan's best-selling crossover seats up to seven, has a comfortable and spacious cabin and keeps annual fuel costs to just $1,800. Bluetooth and USB are standard, and available technology includes Nissan's Around View Monitor, which gives you a bird's-eye view of the vehicle and makes parking a snap.

Dealer price: $17,245 (EX-L with Nav model)

Private-party price: $15,245

Certified price: $17,820

5-year service costs: $6,531

MPG (city/hwy): 25/36

Known for reliability, Honda's Civic is a perennial pick for good value. To get the tech and safety features we wanted, we chose the top-of-the-line EX-L with Navigation. The good news is that the three-year-old Civic costs about one-third less than the new version. Besides navigation, Bluetooth and a USB port are standard.

Dealer price: $14,107 (+ model)

Private-party price: $12,307

Certified price: $14,707

5-year service costs: $6,825

MPG (city/hwy): 26/31

With its plethora of amenities, such as standard Bluetooth and USB, the Soul + offers a lot of bang for the buck. The funky-looking hatch handles like a go-kart but doesn't have too much power. There's plenty of room in the back -- the Soul has 39 inches of rear legroom and 19 cubic feet of cargo space -- to give the 'rents a ride or pack up for the drive to college.

Dealer price: $14,662 (base)

Private-party price: $13,062

Certified price: $15,312

5-year service costs: $7,010

MPG (city/hwy): 22/28

This boxy hatch, along with the rest of Scion's lineup, was created with younger drivers in mind. Made by Toyota, the xB features the parent company's quality at a lower price -- with looks only a millennial could love. It has oodles of space inside: 38 inches of rear legroom and nearly 22 cubic feet of cargo space. The roomy interior is complemented by a peppy engine that puts out 158 horses. Look for a model with the optional Blu Logic hands-free system -- an iPod input is included.

Dealer price: $13,882 (2.5L 4dr model)

Private-party price: $12,432

Certified price: $14,657

5-year service costs: $7,308

MPG (city/hwy): 24/31

Volkswagen's versatile Golf hatchback is more than meets the eye. Available in both gas and diesel configurations, it's frugal on fuel (diesel models get a combined 34 mpg) and doesn't skimp on power. German-engineered handling gives it a nimble feel on the road, and it's deceptively spacious as well. The rear cargo area is bigger than most midsize-car trunks, and with the seats down you can fit 46 cubic feet of luggage. Diesel models (dealer price for a four-door automatic: $19,129) come with Bluetooth and an iPod connector; look for a sunroof on gas models to find these features.

2010 Honda Civic
2010 Kia Soul
2010 Lincoln MKZ
2010 Scion xB
2010 Subaru Legacy
2013 Kia Sportage
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
2013 Nissan Altima
2013 Subaru Impreza
2013 Toyota Prius

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Jessica L. Anderson is Associate Editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance.

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