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

Best Stocks of the Nasdaq 100 in 2013

By Carolyn Bigda

JewishWorldReview.com | It has been a very good year for the Nasdaq 100. The index, which consists of the Nasdaq Stock Market's 100 largest non-financial companies by market capitalization, has gained 33.7% in 2013. That beats Standard & Poor's 500-stock index, up 29.6%, and the Dow Jones industrial average, up 26.2%.

Unlike the Dow and S&P 500, the Nasdaq 100 didn't surpass its record high during 2013, but the index is still home to highfliers. The main difference now compared with 2000, when the Nasdaq 100 peaked during the dot-com boom, is that not all of the fastest growers are pure tech plays.

Case in point: The index's best performer in 2013 was Tesla Motors (symbol TSLA), which soared an eye-popping 336.9%. At $148, it trades at nearly 100 times 2014 estimated earnings, compared with 19 for the Nasdaq 100. (All prices and returns are as of December 18.)

There's a lot to like about the Palo Alto, Cal., company. Tesla is the only automaker that produces electric cars exclusively. Founded in 2003, it struggled much of the past decade with product delays and management change. Then, in 2012, the company introduced the Model S. The car was a slam dunk, winning numerous industry awards and rave reviews from Kiplinger's car writer, Jessica Anderson. Tesla's stock skyrocketed from $28 at the start of 2012 to an all-time high of $193 by the fall of 2013.

The company, which has a market capitalization of $18.1 billion, is still up against challenges. In the fall, two Model S cars in the U.S. caught fire when their undercarriage struck highway debris. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a formal investigation. Because the shares are "priced for a perfect future," as we wrote recently when we named Tesla one of five stocks to consider selling, such setbacks hit shareholders hard. Between the beginning of October and the end of November, as news of the fires and resulting federal probe spread, Tesla's stock lost one-third of its value.

But if those fire worries are put to rest - as many analysts believe they will be - demand for Tesla vehicles could grow. The company is due to roll out the Model X crossover in 2014. As a result, analysts expect Tesla's earnings to increase by more than 150% in 2014. "We continue to believe that Tesla shares will approach $300 in several years," wrote analysts in a Deutsche Bank report.

The second-best stock of the Nasdaq 100 in 2013 may feel closer to home - literally. Netflix (NFLX ), the video-streaming and DVD-by-mail service, is on the rebound, up 306.4% for the year.


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Back in 2011, Netflix's stock was approaching $300 when the company, based in Los Gatos, Cal., announced a plan to raise subscription prices and split its business in two. Angry at the changes, some 800,000 customers dropped their service. Netflix abandoned the plan, but the damage was done: The stock dropped to $64 within the year.

Since then, Netflix shares have been on an up-and-down ride. But over the past year, the company surprised analysts and increased its subscriber base from fewer than 30 million worldwide to more than 40 million. As a result, the stock was not only 2013's second-best performer of the Nasdaq 100 index but also the top-performing component of the S&P 500 index. Netflix's market cap is now up to $22 billion.

Uncertainty remains about whether Netflix can continue to attract new customers and fend off competitors. But Tony Wible, an analyst at Janney Montgomery Scott, believes so. He says Netflix's large media library and focus on creating original content, including hit series such as "Orange Is the New Black" and "House of Cards," is a big advantage. "The barriers to entry to compete with Netflix just continue to grow," says Wible, who believes the stock could exceed $400 in the next year, up from about $375 today. Overall, analysts expect Netflix's earnings to more than double in 2014, giving the stock a forward P/E of 93.

Other top performers in the Nasdaq 100 trade at a fraction of that amount, including Micron Technology (MU), a semiconductor maker, which climbed 244.0% in 2013. It's valued at 10 times estimated earnings for the fiscal year that ends in August. Facebook (FB ), up 108.8% for the year, has a P/E of 49 for the same period. But both companies are expected to grow more slowly than a company like Tesla or Netflix. "If you want to buy growth, there are going to be aspects of the stock that will make you uncomfortable, like the valuation and volatility," says Kevin Landis, chief investment officer of Firsthand Capital Management.

As for the worst Nasdaq 100 stock of 2013, the dubious distinction goes to Nuance Communications (NUAN). Shares of the maker of speech-recognition software lost 33.6% for the year. Nuance is one of five stocks being replaced in the index, effective December 23.

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