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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

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. 24, 2013/ 21 Teves, 5774

Zeitgeist-o-meter, 2013

By Meghan Daum



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) End-of-year wrap-ups are as mandatory as piped-in Christmas music at the dentist's office. Therefore I would be remiss if I did not offer up my list of notable phenomena of 2013, the overrated and the underrated. These opinions do not necessarily reflect the positions of this newspaper — or even mine, the day after writing them.

Sports

Overrated: Lance Armstrong

He finally confessed to doping. A damning documentary film, "The Armstrong Lie," came out, and now we're hearing from a retired Italian cyclist who alleges that Armstrong bribed him with $100,000 in a cake box to throw a race in 1993. But unless Armstrong can solve healthcare or slow down climate change, he needs to go away and stay away. He really belongs to 2012. That was the year the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency nailed him. In 2013, he was merely scolded by Oprah — which is to say, 2013 was the year he became James Frey with better bone structure.

Underrated: Jason Collins

Yes, he lied about his height (he's just 6' 8", not 7'). Yes, he deceived his girlfriend. And no, he's never been the biggest star in the NBA. But when Jason Collins announced last April that he was gay, he changed the game for good — not to mention for the good. "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport," Collins wrote in Sports Illustrated. "But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation." That conversation quickly included fellow player Kobe Bryant as well as President Obama and countless fans and fellow athletes.

Babies

Overrated: Prince George of Cambridge

If only Kate and Will had pulled a Beyonce and said nothing about their impending royal addition until suddenly, like the singer's surprise album release last Friday, he was just here. Alas, no. Royal baby mania dominated 2013's headlines until Prince George's birth on July 22, at which point public interest immediately shifted to the state of his mother's abs. Now, just in time for the holidays, those not fortunate enough to have their own heir to the throne can buy a porcelain doll version for $149.99. Pricier than Big Hugs Elmo, but worth every penny.

Underrated: North West

Astonishingly, the American royal baby — otherwise known as the Kim Kardashian/Kanye West dividend named North — has kept a relatively low profile since her arrival on June 15. Besides a smattering of paparazzi shots and a few photos that Kardashian selected and shared with only her 11 million Instagram followers, the new parents appear to be making good on their pledge to keep their daughter out of the spotlight. In fact, North is so reclusive, she hasn't yet acquired a suitable winter wardrobe. The Huffington Post had to issue the following correction: "An earlier version of this post referred to North West's neck accessory as a scarf. It's more likely the item is a bib."



Entertainment

Overrated: "Orange Is the New Black"

The critics gushed, the viewers tuned in (or downloaded, streamed, whatever) the recappers recapped and the commentariat commented. The takeaway: This Netflix drama about life inside a minimum security women's prison is provocative, radical and, with its ethnically diverse cast and frank exploration of female sexuality, real. But it's mostly only real because not all of the actresses look like starlets. As for lesbian sex, "Orange Is the New Black" doesn't have half the heat of the Palme D'or-winning, male fantasia French film "Blue Is the Warmest Color." So Blue may be the new Orange — though if you're looking for something really overrated, try Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."

Underrated: "Getting On"

On Nov. 24, HBO premiered "Getting On," a dryer-than-dry half-hour comedy set in an extended-care ward of a blighted Long Beach hospital. It hasn't yet elbowed its way into the cultural conversation, but it deserves a place there. The show is hilarious, poignant and truly radical, in that it deals with the stuff even the "rawest," most "real" entertainment won't touch: aging and death, loneliness and loss, people who simply don't know how to dress. What's more, there's no stage lighting or professional makeup, leaving the actors looking shockingly ordinary. In a year in which the scourge of Photoshopping and distorted images of models was a trending topic, "Getting On" walks the walk. Time to start talking it up.

Feminists

Overrated: Sheryl Sandberg

Does the phrase "having it all" sound perfectly reasonable to you? Do you believe running a Fortune 500 company is inherently more self-validating and/or impressive to others than being a teacher, scientist, artist, civil servant or anything else that doesn't necessarily require putting on a power suit every morning? If so, Sheryl Sandberg's manifesto-turned-movement "Lean In" is for you. If not, you might want to add some spice and imagination to the Facebook exec's recipe for success. It's as bland as the frozen chicken noodle casserole you'd probably be forced to feed your family if you tried to follow it.

Underrated: Ryan Gosling, the Internet meme

OK, technically the tumblr started in 2011, the book came out in 2012, and 2013 was the year it all ended, but that's what happens with underrated things: You don't notice them until they're gone. So, for those who missed the photos of emo-hunk actor Ryan Gosling accompanied by quotes (supposedly his, but not) that are essentially sweet nothings for the thinking woman's ear, I'd suggest you type "Ryan Gosling feminist" into your search engine right now. The enterprise is in no way connected to the real Gosling. It was a pastime for a Wisconsin graduate student in women's studies named Danielle Henderson, who is funny enough to single-handedly debunk the myth that Wisconsinites have no sense of humor.

Food

Overrated: Kale

When the supermarket in your gentrifying neighborhood opens a produce section called "Kale Korner," you know the end is nigh.

Underrated: Kale

The end may be nigh, but it's rich in antioxidants.


Previously:

The Oxford English Dictionary's literal problem

Inglorious Twitter hoax should impart lesson

A chilling lack of grown-ups

The danger of banning laptops or iPads during takeoff and landing

Real beauty, Dove, really?

I 'like' me, I really 'like' me

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Meghan Daum is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times.


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