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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

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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

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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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

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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

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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

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Jewish World Review December 3, 2012/ 19 Kislev 5773

Actor rips his show --- with good reason

By Mitch Albom

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Unlike some people, I wasn't bothered when "Two and a Half Men" star Angus T. Jones told the world his show was "filth."

Let's face it. He's got a point.

Sure, he's part of the show -- and it's one of the most popular on TV. Sure, he reportedly makes $350,000 an episode, which is a lot of money, considering one of his lines last week was, "She gave me the clap."

But people have been attacking Jones for days, calling him a hypocrite, mocking him in videos and, of course, shouting the kind of thing you always hear when a celebrity speaks out on something:

"If it's so bad, why don't you quit and give ME your money?"

What's strange is that this anger boils hotter than any directed at the makers of shows like "Two and a Half Men," which truly do pander to the lowest common denominator. (Sample line: "Mom's been on more hotel pillows than a chocolate mint.")

Yet when Jones appeared in a video for a religious site last week and said, "You cannot be a true G0D-fearing person and be on a television show like that. I know I can't. I'm not OK with what I'm learning, what the Bible says and being on that television show" -- he was ripped to shreds.

Here's a question: Is it better if he thinks the show is dirty, lewd, poison for young minds, but keeps his mouth shut about it?

Why? Because he's getting paid?

If that were all that mattered, then anyone employed by a tobacco company -- even a factory worker -- should never say that smoking is a bad habit. And anyone working for Anheuser-Busch should never rail against drunken driving.

Either you're part of the problem, or you're part of the solution, right?

Except no one would argue that. The tobacco worker would be sympathetic, especially if he or she needed the job to support the family. And drunken driving should be railed against no matter who you are or where you work.

So it's more likely the vitriol toward Jones is rooted partly in envy: He makes a ton of money, his critics don't. Understandable. But not a reason to ignore what he's saying.

Listen, I agree that it is hypocritical to tell people not to watch a show that you are on, but you know who else thinks that? Angus T. Jones. He called himself a "paid hypocrite." From what I've read, he also planned to leave the show next year, after recently beginning his religious exploration, following his parents' divorce and a sidetrack into drugs.

Perhaps his contract doesn't allow him to leave mid-season without serious penalties. Perhaps there are other reasons. Who knows? The kid is 19 and has been on TV since he was 9. I seriously doubt he has thought this out.

Besides, in a lesser reported quote, he also said, "I don't think I would be on the show this year if G0D hadn't kind of pushed me into it. ... I am there for a reason."

If he believes his star status helps him spread his religious message, how is he different than countless admired athletes and actors who do the same?

George Clooney once called his Batman movie "a waste of money." Bob Hoskins called "Super Mario Bros." the worst thing he ever did. Nobody demanded they return a paycheck.

Besides, if you're looking for hypocrites, why stop at the actors? How about writers who won't let their own kids watch their shows? How about advertisers who run from a whiff of controversy but regularly underwrite the decay of decency?

Yes, Jones said of his show, "Please stop watching it and filling your head with filth." But throwing darts at him is missing the bigger -- and more threatening -- target. These "sitcoms" themselves. The level of raunchiness now boggles the mind.

I watched an episode last week of "The Office," a show known for its clever writing. The last minute was a stunningly lurid conversation with Rainn Wilson (Dwight) and Angela Kinsey (Angela) who pondered how gay men had sex. It included a question from Angela about how men's privates tangled around one another and a remark from Dwight about where gay men had their vaginas.

This is a 9 p.m. show. On NBC.

If you want to get angry, you might start with stuff like that.

And you know who you'd be agreeing with?

Angus T. Jones.

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