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

5 Great Cities for a Cheap Vacation

By Cameron Huddleston

These destinations offer affordable accommodations and an abundance of low- and no-cost things to do

JewishWorldReview.com | If you're looking for an inexpensive getaway before the kids head back to school or simply want to explore locations other than high-priced major metropolitan areas, we've rounded up five destinations that are affordable and fun.

We based our list on discount travel site Hotwire's annual list of the top ten cities that offer the best combination of value and attractions. Hotwire evaluated prices for airfare, hotels and car rentals as well as affordable entertainment options in 75 U.S. leisure markets to generate its top-ten ranking. We narrowed the list down to five cities we've visited to offer first-hand knowledge of low- and no-cost activities that are fun for a variety of travelers.

Atlanta. Although it's among the top ten largest metropolitan areas in the country, Atlanta doesn't have big city prices. In fact, its low prices put it in the number-one spot on the Hotwire value index. A search on travel site Kayak.com turned up several hotels -- including Hilton, Sheraton and Wyndham - with rooms for less than $100 a night. And you don't have to spend a lot on a good meal if you visit one of the city's many food trucks.

While you're there, you can take a free guided art tour of downtown to see historical sites and monuments in addition to 15 public artworks. Centennial Olympic Park, created for the 1996 Olympic Games, hosts frequent concerts and festivals, many of them free. You can visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site for free and learn about the civil rights movement. Hike to the top of Stone Mountain, ride the roller coasters at Six Flags Over Georgia or see the largest collection of aquatic animals at the Georgia Aquariaum.

Albuquerque. New Mexico's largest city has been on Kiplinger's Best Cities list a couple of times because it's a great value. We found several major chain hotels with rooms for about $100 or less a night, and boutique and independent hotels for about $150 a night. For affordable dining, head to an authentic New Mexican restaurant to sample the area's red or green chiles.

For free, you can hike the trails along the Rio Grande or up the Sandia Mountains, stroll through historic Old Town and drive along the Turqoise Trail through old mining towns that are now home to art galleries and museums. Tour one of the area's many wineries and breweries. And visit the ABQ BioPark, which has a zoo, aquarium, botanical garden and fishing lakes, for just $20 per adult, $6 per child for all four facilities.

Nashville. Hotel rates are higher in Music City than in other cities on this list ($200 and up for downtown accommodations), but there's an abundance of free, fun entertainment. You can listen to up-and-coming bands (and occasionally big-name musicians) play seven days a week at the honky-tonks downtown without paying a cover charge. There are several free music festivals throughout the year. The 132-acre Centennial Park has free concerts and a Shakespeare in the Park series in the summer. Galleries stay open late on the first Saturday of every month for art crawls. And children are admitted free to many of the city's museums. Watch out for taxes, though, which can quickly add up if you stay in a hotel, rent a car and dine out (see Tax Heavens and Hells for Travelers). For lower-priced accommodations, check hotels near the airport.


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Orlando. Although the main attraction in this Florida city -- Walt Disney World -- can be pricey, there are plenty of low- and no-cost entertainment options. The 43-acre Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando is a favorite of residents for its free concerts, farmer's market and abundance of swans that you can feed. Many of the city's museums and galleries offer free admission on select days of the week. Or you can visit the Central Florida Zoo for a fraction of the cost of admission to Disney's Animal Kingdom. If you do want to visit Walt Disney World, here are tips to help you save money.

We found resort properties listed on Kayak.com for $100 to $150 and standard hotel rooms for less than $100 a night. Plus, Orlando has one of the lowest tax bills for travelers.

St. Louis. The Gateway City has an abundance of free attractions, including the Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Science Center, the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Anheuser-Busch Brewery tour. And for just $10, you can take a ride to the top of the Gateway Arch. Prices for downtown hotels range from $150 to $200.

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Cameron Huddleston is an online editor at Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

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