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. 29, 2010 / 22 Teves, 5771

The 10 biggest celebrity missteps of 2010

By Barry Koltnow

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I am second to none in my respect for celebrities, and everything they contribute to our culture.

On occasion, however, celebrities do not earn that respect.

There are times when celebrities say or do silly things. Oh, who am I kidding? Sometimes, they say and do really stupid things.

The year 2010 was no exception. There was a lot of stupidity going on in Hollywood, and this might be the perfect time to point out a few examples.

And let's not limit this list to just the people on magazine covers. There are a lot of people — some you might even recognize — who did stupid things behind the scenes. I would hate to let them escape our notice.

Therefore, in the spirit of holiday giving, allow me to give you the 10 biggest celebrity missteps of 2010.

1. All things Heidi: It almost seems like piling on, or picking on a helpless, morally-challenged idiot, but how could I compile a list of stupid things without mentioning Heidi Montag or her equally challenged husband Spencer Pratt? It would be stupid of me to omit them. I won't even mention the 10 plastic surgeries in one day because that bit of stupidity occurred in 2009. But she was determined to continue where she left off, and she accomplished her goal by publicly renouncing her surgeries, filing divorce papers on her husband and then immediately reconciling with Spencer and renewing her wedding vows. We're sure that none of her actions in 2010 were motivated by an insatiable appetite for publicity.

2. Mark Wahlberg, Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter, Tim Van Patten and Stephen Levinson: You might recognize a couple of those names. They were all executive producers on the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire," and apparently were responsible for casting the quirky character actor Steve Buscemi in the lead of the 12-part series. We love Buscemi normally, but he was horribly miscast as the political kingpin Nucky Thompson. And shame on those TV critics who kept telling us that his casting would grow on us in later episodes. There was no growth.

3. Kanye West: Who could make a list of people who say stupid things without mentioning this guy? Although Mr. West has an album out that many critics are calling the album of the year, I think he's such a jerk that I refuse to listen to it. When he declared that Ray Charles didn't deserve his last Grammy, I knew Kanye belonged on this list. I'm sure he will say something stupid enough in 2011 to make next year's list.

4. The unnamed studio executive who thought that putting Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in the same movie was a slam dunk, and the script didn't matter. The public is not as stupid as you think.

5. Jesse James: Do I really need to explain?

6. The Golden Globes: Actually, my beef is with the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which runs the Globes. They always nominate 10 films as best motion picture — drama and musical/comedy — which gives them twice the opportunity not to do something stupid. Still, they omitted "True Grit" this year. I have no problem with their choices in the drama category, so they could have given a nod to "True Grit" in the comedy category, or break with tradition and add a sixth nominee in drama. I suppose the "True Grit" people didn't order a big enough buffet for the foreign "journalists."

7. Lady Gaga: She had such a tremendous year that I had to ponder her inclusion for a few moments. Then I remembered the meat dress she wore to that awards show. Why was it stupid? Everybody knows that you never wear meat to an awards show. Fashion icons are adamant that such an occasion calls for seafood.

8. Paris Hilton: Accused of marijuana possession twice and possession of cocaine once, the hotel heiress once again proved that she's not always the smartest person in the room. If I were a hotel heiress, I would never be picked up on a DUI because I would always travel in a chauffeur-driven limousine, and I would never be caught with illegal drugs because that's what personal assistants are for. Wealth is wasted on the rich.

9. Charlie Sheen: One dumb move after another.

10. Tony Parker, Ryan Reynolds, Jim Carrey, Stuart Townsend, Darren Aronofsky and Gabriel Aubry, with a special shout-out to George Lopez: These guys split from Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johansson, Jenny McCarthy, Charlize Theron, Rachel Weisz and Halle Berry. Pretty stupid, if you ask me. As for Lopez, the comedian and talk-show host, receives a special mention for leaving his wife of 17 years just five years after she donated one of her kidneys to him. Maybe not a stupid move, but certainly rude.

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