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 August 9, 2013 / 3 Elul, 5773

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom

Logan Lerman Battles Monsters Directed by a Jewish Guy Named Thor; Portman to Co-Star In; Direct Film About Israel; Dustin Hoffman Cancer Scare and New Role; Hunky Jewish Guy in New Reality Show; More

JewishWorldReview.com | NEW AT THE CINEPLEX "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" is a sequel to "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Bolt", a 2010 fantasy box-office smash. (This film opened on Wednesday, August 7). Once again, the handsome LOGAN LERMAN, 21, plays the title character: a modern teen boy who is the son of an ancient Greek god and a human mother. In "Monsters", Jackson is seeking the Golden Fleece and, along the way, he and his buddies battle monsters and an army of zombies.

The background of the film's director, THOR FREUDENTHAL, 40, came as a big surprise to me. Who would expect that a filmmaker, who was born and raised in post-war Germany, with the first name "Thor," would be Jewish? But he is.

On August 2, the LA Daily News gave the first details about his Jewish background. He told the paper: "A lot of people think I was named after a Germanic-Nordic god, but there's a story behind it,' says the filmmaker. 'My parents are Jewish-Israeli and they took the name from the Torah.'"

The News went on to explain: "A 'tor' is a bird in the sacred text, but his parents weren't sure how to spell it in German. Some German official, says Freudenthal, thought they should insert an 'H' between the 'T' and the 'O' to make it sound more like the word. Thus, Thor."

VINEYARD TALES The original HBO film, "Clear History," premieres on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 9PM. LARRY DAVID, 63, stars as Nathan Flomm, a character who leaves the company he works for, and moves to Martha's Vineyard, following a dispute with his boss (Jon Hamm). Floom gives up his shares in the company right before they hit it big with a new electric car. KATE HUDSON, 34, co-stars as his boss' wife, with LIEV SCHREIBER in a large, but not credited role as a Russian gangster (Schreiber is currently starring in a Showtime series "Ray Donovan" and Showtime insisted he not be credited).

Martha's Vineyard is also the setting "The Vineyard", a new ABC Family reality show (first of eight episodes started on July 23. New shows air Tuesdays, 10PM). It's about 12 real-life young adults who share a house and work at a restaurant on the island. One is DANIEL LIPSCHUTZ, 20, a hunky Univ. of Wisconsin student, who is a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, the Jewish frat, and also works as a personal trainer. The official show website describes says: "Outgoing and upbeat with a great sense of humor, Daniel loves throwing parties and hopes to turn his passion into a career. He's great at bringing people together and making connections but when it comes to his own love life, Daniel just can't seem to find the right girl."

OTHER MOVIE-ISH NEWS Israeli author AMOS OZ, 74, recently told Reuters that NATALIE PORTMAN, 32, will direct and co-star in a feature film adaptation of his memoir, "A Tale of Love and Darkness." The memoir recounts Oz's childhood in war-torn Jerusalem in the 1940s and 1950s; his mother's suicide; and his time on a kibbutz. Oz is helping with the script and agreed, some years back, to allow the Jerusalem-born Portman to make the film because she "is an excellent actor." Filming will begin later this year and Portman will play Oz's mother.


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On Aug. 6, a publicist for actor DUSTIN HOFFMAN, 75, confirmed that the actor had been diagnosed with cancer, but was "feeling great". This followed a "People" magazine report in which the same publicist said that the cancer had been "detected early and he has been surgically cured." The publicist declined to say what type of cancer Hoffman had been treated for or when it had been diagnosed.

Meanwhile, Hoffman has just finished filming the indie film, "Chef." Directed, written, and starring JON FAVREAU, 46, it represents Favreau's return to the smallish budget, personal film that first gained him notice ("Swingers", 1996). Favreau had a big critical and box office hit with the mega-budget "Iron Man," (2008). However, two of his other directing gigs didn't do as well and he reportedly blames studio script interference for the lukewarm reviews for "Iron Man 2" (though it made mucho gelt) and the box office and critical failure of "Cowboys and Aliens" (2011).

Favreau plays the title role in "Chef"---playing a guy who loses his prestigious chef job—which leads him to set up his own food truck—so he can regain his artistic promise and repair ties with his estranged family. SCARLETT JOHANSSON, 28, plays a restaurant manager who is a sometimes love interest of the chef. Robert Downey, Jr. is also co-starring, but, as with Hoffman, his character's backstory has not been disclosed.

Johansson, meanwhile, is the subject of a pretty stunning, high fashion photograph in the September issue of Harper's Bizarre. She is the "lead woman" in a photographic portfolio entitled "Singular Beauties." It features 20 quite diverse looking women. The text describes Johannson as "the modern Marilyn." (Johansson's mother is Jewish and she identifies as Jewish).

ESPN GOES FOR THE SILVER NATE SILVER, 35, will join ESPN later this year. Silver is now most famous for his FiveThirtyEight blog on the NY Times, where he correctly predicted the winner of every state in the last presidential election. But his "roots" go back to statistical analysis of sports. The newly expanded FiveThirtyEight.com, which ESPN will own, will cover politics, sports, culture, and technology. Silver, ESPN says, will be the site's editor-in-chief and he'll pick his own website journalism team. Silver says: "This is a dream job for me. I'm excited to expand FiveThirtyEight's data-driven approach into new areas, while also reuniting with my love of sports."

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New Adam Sandler Movie Ties Record for Most Jewish Actors; Silverstone Shares Milk; Hebrews Vie for Mets' First Base spot --- Other Baseball News

Actress Ginnifer Goodwin re-discovers her faith: makes speech at synagogue; Humorous web series on re-discovering Judaism; new projects for Liev Schreiber and Zach Braff

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

'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

Brad Garrett's New Sit-Com; Soviet Spies; Bar Mitzvah Video Deluxe; Three Guys Who Will be Missed

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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