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 15, 2013 / 10 Elul, 5773

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom

Liev Schreiber Plays LBJ; Steve Jobs Bio-Pic; Dr. Evil's Son Gets Mean; Pressel Plays Golf for the United States

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MOVIE-ISH NEWS The following movies open "wide" on Friday, August 16:

Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland" about Idi Amin) stars in "The Butler" as Cecil Gaines, a real-life African American who served as the White House butler from 1952-1986. LIEV SCHREIBER, 45, is one of many big-name actors/actresses who play a President/First Lady (he plays LBJ). Interestingly, former leftist radical Jane Fonda plays Nancy Reagan and Fonda recently said that she heard, through a third party, that Mrs. Reagan was happy with this casting choice.

"Butler" is directed by African-American Lee Gaines, with the script by Gaines and DANNY STRONG, 39. Strong, who began his career as an actor ("Buffy: the Vampire Slayer"), has made his mark as a top-notch political drama writer: Emmy-nominated for writing "Recount" (2008); he won a screenplay Emmy for writing "Game Change" (2012).

Billed as a "high stakes thriller", "Paranoia" stars Liam Hemsworth as Adam Cassidy, a regular guy who makes a costly mistake and is forced by his company's ruthless CEO to spy on company's corporate rival, Jock Goddard (HARRISON FORD, 71). Cassidy is well-paid for spying on Goddard, his former mentor. However, he comes to realize that his boss will stop at nothing, even murder, to get his way and he has to find a way to stop him.

Ashton Kutcher has the title role in "Jobs," about the late Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs. It begins with Jobs in college and ends with his return to head Apple in 1997 and the launch of the first of the "I" products. JOSH GAD, 32, co-stars as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, with LESLEY ANN WARREN, 66, appearing as Jobs' mother, Clara. (No, Steve Jobs wasn't Jewish. Steve Wozniak isn't Jewish, either).

Last week, I noted that THOR FREUDENTHAL, 40, the director of the new film, "Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters," was born in Germany to Jewish Israeli parents. I also wrote that he had just told the LA Daily News that his first name originated when a German bureaucrat turned his Hebrew birth name, "Tor," into Thor.

Well, Freudenthal talked to the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles in the past week and added many interesting details.

Perhaps the most interesting is that his maternal grandmother was a person on the famous "Schindler's List" and was rescued from death by Oksar Schindler. His grandparents actually appear in the last scene of "Schindler's List." You can read the whole interesting story in the Journal:

Reel Z, a cable channel that now can be found on most cable and satellite providers, picked-up for broadcast three original films which all have an "end-of-the-world" scenario. "Delete", which will be shown on Monday, Aug, 19, at 8PM, stars SETH GREEN, 39, as a guy battling self-aware computers who are trying to destroy mankind. Green is probably best known for playing the nebbishy son of Dr. Evil in the "Austin Powers" movies. He actually looks pretty tough in this flick: he has a full beard and runs around carrying and using a high powered assault rifle.

Monday, August 19 at 8pm

PLAYING FOR THE UNITED STATES: MORGAN PRESSEL The biennial Solheim Cup competition pits the best American woman golfers in team play versus the best European woman golfers. MORGAN PRESSEL, 25, made the team when she soared in the rankings following her 4th place finish at the 2013 British Women's Open Championship.


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Pressel has won over five million dollars since joining the LPGA tour at age 17. She was hobbled by injuries in 2012, but has come back strong this year. In 2011, Pressel toured Israel and gave many clinics. She wed last January in what one newspaper called "a traditional Jewish ceremony."

Pressel, by the way, is the niece of former top-ten pro tennis player AARON KRICKSTEIN, 48. He was a top touring pro in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Here's the play/ TV schedule for the Solheim Cup:

Friday, August 16
Morning Drive: 7AM ET
Golf Central: 9AM ET
Solheim Cup Day 1 Morning Matches: 9:30AM ET
Solheim Cup Day 1 Afternoon Matches: 5PM ET

Saturday, August 17
Morning Drive: 7AM ET
Golf Central: 9AM ET
Solheim Cup Day 2 Matches: 9:30AM ET

Sunday, August 18
Morning Drive: 7AM ET
Golf Central: 11AM ET
Solheim Cup Final Day Matches: 2:30PM ET
Golf Central (incl. Solheim Cup Closing Ceremony): 8:30PM ET

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A Surprise Summer Hit; Natasha Lyonne's Comeback: Does It Mean There's Hope for Amanda Bynes?; Much Sympathy for actress Lea Michele, girlfriend of the late Cory Monteith. But She Isn't Jewish as Many Say

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

JStreisand and Alicia Keys in Israel; "Girls" Stuff; Mel Brooks, Another TV special; Superman (who is Jewish) returns --- Israeli plays his mom

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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