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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 Oct. 9, 2008 / 10 Tishrei 5769

Gwyneth P. needs big ol' reality check

By Celia Rivenbark

Celia Rivenbark
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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Oh, poor little ol' Gwyneth Paltrow, she of the porcelain skin, pale blond hair and lithe body that, while envied by some, only inspires Uncle Snook to point out that "she doesn't have enough butt to make a poor man a pot of soup."


Gwyneth's snooty new lifestyle Web site "Goop.com" shows a lapse of good judgment we haven't seen since a certain cruise ship made its maiden voyage straight into an iceberg. We know what she was thinking: "If Oprah can make a fortune showing people how to live their lives, why can't I?"


Oh, Gwynnie, where to begin?


For starters, you can't tell people how to live when you're married to a ROCK STAR. It is, well, unseemly. Oprah's never quite gotten it right in the romance department so we can't hate on her for that. But you? Oh, with your adorable ROCK STAR spouse and your curiously named but nonetheless precious children, you just can't. Again: unseemly.


The earlier "Titanic" metaphor is appropriate because Gwyneth is the first-class passenger wearing furs and a brooch the size of Kansas and the rest of us are gnawing turkey legs down in steerage.


Gwynnie's Web site shares her "life changing" advice to (gag, barf) "pause before reacting," "nourish what's real," "go to a city you've never been to" and, get this, "don't be lazy."


Oh heavenly pearls of wisdom from someone who grew up in privilege and private schools and dated Brad Pitt for three years. We wish we could pause before reacting to the insane high-handedness of Goop.com. I've read better advice in the headlines of Cosmo, which at least includes useful information like "1001 Erogenous Zones (That You Didn't Know You Had) but (He - wink! - Wishes You Did!!")


On Goop, Gwyneth tells us to "Cook a Meal For Someone You Love." Hey, Rapunzel, it's called dinner and we do it seven nights a week without, I must add, the assistance of nannies, butlers and assorted cooks and pot-scrubbers.


Gwyneth says that she has a great life because she is "not passive about it," which implies that we are. Guilty as charged, I suppose. I was going to be less passive about life and schedule my own tour of lesser-known Tuscan vineyards but it was my night to bring snacks to children's choir. My freakin' bad.


Could I be wrong about this? Could Goop.com be the answer to our nation's collective angst? Will Gwyneth save us with advice such as telling us to "Clean Out Your Space"? Maybe. I think I'll start by taking my "Shallow Hal" DVD to Goodwill. There. I feel better already!


Sure, Gwyneth could be the next Martha. No, really. After all, anything is possible when you live in a world where there are still some people who claim to have been shocked that Clay Aiken is gay. I mean anything.

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Celia Rivenbark is an award-winning news reporter and freelance columnist for The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Comment by clicking here.


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