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 Dec. 22, 2006 / 1 Teves, 5767

Last-minute Gift Ideas

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Need some last-minute computer gift ideas? How about these:

DESKTOP SYSTEMS - Hewlett Packard seems to have obliterated the Compaq name from desktop PCs, at least from their Web site. The $550 Compaq multimedia desktop I liked over the summer is nowhere to be found. Instead, try the HP Pavilion a1650e series (www.shopping.hp.com), which starts at $589 and, well customized, will set you back about $1100. Add to a decent LCD display in your home office, or a large LCD TV in a living room, and you get both a multimedia powerhouse and a useful working-at-home tool.

If the Apple Mac is your preference, the new-and-very-much-improved Mac mini (stet) is a great living room addition. They start at $599 (www.apple.com/macmini), but a well-equipped model, with enough RAM, hard drive capacity and other features to make computing useful, will push the price to just under $1,000. Even then, it's still a remarkable product with a great size and wonderful features.

NOTEBOOK SYSTEMS - Here, the Compaq name remains, and the Compaq Presario V3000z remains an excellent value. Starting at under $400, it offers a nice widescreen display, plenty of options, and, when outfitted with enough RAM and processor power, enough muscle to handle Windows Vista. A well-equipped model will cost you $930 after discounts and a mail-in rebate, and that's a good buy in anyone's book. Be warned, though: high demand may delay shipping of your computer until after New Year's Day. It's worth the wait, however.

Apple Computer's enhanced MacBook, which starts at $1099, is a delightful portable that gives so much for so little: built-in video camera, a widescreen display, and multimedia features (including a remote). If I were shopping, I'd go for at least the $1299 model which includes more RAM, a larger hard drive and slightly faster processor.

GLOBAL POSITIONING - A needed accessory for the car, but the price can be shocking. A much better option, for your wallet and your sanity, might be the Mio C310X, available at some online sellers for under $200, and at stores such as Circuit City and Best Buy for around $250; the latter two being a good option if you don't trust the caprice of online delivery. The C310X boasts maps, directions, a choice of voices and languages, and even MP3 playback, though I've not tested the latter yet.

You'll stay for the performance, though: this little wonder is exceptionally user friendly, has a brilliant display, is easy to operate and features a "night lighting scheme" for easy viewing after sunset. There's no easy way to go wrong with this amazing product.

COOL SOFTWARE - I like both Adobe's Photoshop Elements 5, for Windows, which lists for $99 and is available for much less in many retail stores (www.adobe.com), and Corel's PaintShop Pro XI, which goes for $79 at www.corel.com. These are excellent Windows-based programs that deliver a lot of value for money when it comes to working with photos. On the Mac side, iPhoto 6, part of the $79 iLife package is still the best thing going for the dedicated amateur.

HUGE STORAGE - SanDisk's $109, 2 Gigabyte Cruzer Titanium USB drive (www.sandisk.com) is a marvel for the amount of data it can store, let alone the free programs usable on any Windows PC. The capacity is 200 times that of my first 10 Mbyte hard disc drive; what that means is you can pack a lot - a whole lot - of information into this device. Because it stores that data on flash memory chips, there are no moving parts to break or wear out. The benefits should be obvious.

Happy shopping, then, and happy holidays!

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