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. 7, 2007 / 27 Kislev 5768

More gifting ideas

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Oh the weather outside is frightful, compared, at least, with what we had in the Washington, D.C., area about five weeks ago. And the presence of Salvation Army bell-ringers tells what time of year this is! More gift ideas are in order, I believe:

DESKTOP COMPUTER CHOICES: Apple Inc.'s IMac desktops, the new, sleek, shiny ones, are excellent gifts. I'm used the next-latest version at home, but the more recent versions, out several months without reports of major hassles, are slimmer, more powerful, and feature a very nice, compact keyboard and the Apple mouse. Starting at $1,199 for a 20-inch display-sized model, 1 Gigabyte of RAM and a 250 GB hard disk drive, even the "low-end" model might be all some users need.

And, of course, the IMac now comes with the Mac OS X Leopard operating system, and is built on an Intel Corp. processor. That means you can, if you want or need to, run Microsoft's Windows using Apple's Boot Camp software. In other words, it's like getting two computers for the price of one.

If you must get a Windows-based PC, there are some excellent models from Hewlett-Packard Co. at area stores such as Costco. The models I've seen tend towards nice-sized screens (19- and 20-inch LCD displays) included in the package. Frankly, HP is my preferred brand for desktop computers these days. (Dell, after more than a year of promises, hasn't delivered anything to review, which makes me wonder, to say the least.)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC has rarely been easier to attain, either on your computer or via Apple's super-popular IPod. Two products from Bose Corporation will come in handy. The Bose Computer MusicMonitor speakers, for example, will connect to either an IPod's headphone jack or a computer's sound output jack. The music you'll hear is nothing short of astonishing. The sound, as mentioned here not too long ago, is full and vibrant. I'm thrilled with it.

Equally impressive, and connectable to both a computer and an IPod, is the Bose SoundDock , a portable speaker system that boasts a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Its main purpose is to both connect and charge an IPod, through a docking station, which flips out from the SoundDock's base. Room-filling sound is the result, with enough power to handle a small party, if needed. The handy remote control handles the basic functions of moving through an IPod's playlist, but it would be better to create and download such a list to an IPod before putting it on the SoundDock unit, since the remote's doesn't duplicate every IPod directory function. Overall these Bose products, each list-priced at $399, are wonderful gift items for a highly deserving soul.

IPOD-PEDIA is the title of a very useful book by tech writer Michael Miller from Que Publishing. For a list price just under $30, you'll learn more than most people know about IPods, Apple's ITunes software and online music service, as well as more bling and accessories to trick out your 'Pod than you ever imagined. No, not every item that exists is in the book, and, no, it doesn't cover the released-this-fall range of IPods. But Mr. Miller does a superb job of covering the basics, and then some, of Apples' portable music players and the world they've spawned. If you need to get educated on these devices, this is, without a doubt, your book.

SKINNING A COMPACT DISC might sound like a form of torture, but according to Norazza Inc. of West Seneca, N.Y., D_SKIN is a product that'll help protect the "read" side of a CD or DVD from scratches and other damage. The snap-on "skin" will still let the disc be used in a computer or CD/DVD player, the firm claims. Price is $12.95 for a five-pack, which would suggest that such items are best used on highly valued discs.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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