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 December 27, 2013 / 24 Teves, 5774

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom

New Christmas Hit-Jewish Songwriter: Kennedy Center Honors (Billy Joel, more); and New Movies-Videos!

JewishWorldReview.com | CHRISTMAS MUSICAL SIDELIGHT---JEWISH FUNNY TWIST Underneath the Tree", co-written by GREG KURSTIN, 44, and singer Kelly Clarkson, is the biggest (new song) Christmas hit of 2013.

Kurstin is a top producer and Clarkson recently told Jay Leno she waited to do her first Christmas album until he was available.

She added, "He's Jewish, so he didn't know any of the songs. We were in the studio and I was like 'Rudolph'? No. 'White Christmas?' No. But he's so talented."

Ironically, "Rudolph" and "White Christmas" were also written by Jewish songwriters. The former by the late JOHNNY MARKS and the latter, of course, by the late IRVING BERLIN.

Underneath the Tree Video:

KENNEDY CENTER HONORS The Gala celebrating the 2013 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, for lifetime achievement in the arts, was held on Dec. 8. The 2013 honorees were: opera singer Martina Arroyo, jazz musician/composer Herbie Hancock, actress Shirley MacLaine, musician Carlos Santana, and singer/songwriter BILLY JOEL, 64.

On Sunday, December 29, a film of the Gala will be shown on CBS (9PM). ADVICE: Record/'DVR' Gala; CBS never repeats it.

MacLaine, who isn't Jewish, played a loveable Jewish Bronx beatnik in "Two For The Seesaw" (1962) and a dignified Jewish grandma in "In Her Shoes" (2005). In a "Shoes" interview, she noted that she always admired the way Jewish women spoke up for themselves.

Santana's path to stardom was much aided by his late, great friend, music impresario BILL GRAHAM. Graham was the founder of the Fillmore West and East arenas and a top music act manager. He was also a Holocaust survivor and a recipient of the Bronze Medal for his combat heroism during the Korean War.

Graham did much for the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish community, like leading the ultimately successful campaign to erect a giant Chanukah menorah in the center of San Francisco. Santana would sometimes assist such efforts.

However, the warm feelings most Bay Area Jews felt for Santana cooled in 2010 when he caved-to anti-Israel boycott groups and suddenly canceled an Israel concert.

Joel is so famous that I need not recite his hits. Always secular, he's the son of a German Jewish refugee father and an American Jewish mother. Among those performing Joel songs at the Gala were Don Henley of the Eagles, Country singer Garth Brooks, and art rocker Rufus Wainwright. Joel, by the way, will perform a concert a month at Madison Square Garden next year. WOLF AND WALTER AT THE MOVIES The Wolf of Wall Street" opened on Wednesday, Dec. 25. It's based on a best-selling memoir by Wall St. penny stock manipulator JORDAN BELFORT, now 51. Directed by Martin Scorsese, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort.

The Jewish cast members include ROB REINER, 66, as Belfort's father; JONAH HILL, 30, as Belfort's top aide, and JON FAVREAU, 47, as IRA LEE SORKIN, now 70, Belfort's (real-life) defense attorney.


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Opening today is "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," directed by BEN STILLER, 48, and starring Stiller in the title role. It's a new take on the famous comedic character who was introduced in a 1939 short story of the same name by James Thurber.

The Mitty character has come to define almost a whole genre of related films and stories in which an ineffectual person has heroic daydreams starring himself or herself.

A 1947 film called "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" starred the late DANNY KAYE. It differed a lot from the original Thurber story and Thurber didn't like it. Much more successful was the truly hilarious Mitty-inspired stage play and film "The Seven Year Itch" by the late (Jewish) playwright GEORGE AXELROD. The 1955 film version starred Tom Ewell as an average, married guy who daydreams a love affair with his neighbor, played by Marilyn Monroe.

Stiller's film finds Mitty working for Life magazine, which is just about to cease publication. Mitty can't locate a negative slide sent to him by a top Life photographer and he goes on an adventure to find it. The photographer says his misplaced pic captures the essence of the magazine and would be perfect for the final cover.

Official Trailer; Stiller's Mitty:

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Gal Gadot: Israeli army vet is Wonder Woman; actress Eleanor Parker---Jewish; Billy Crystal's show on HBO (Plus Videos!)

Vanessa Bayer & Jacob, the Bar Mitzvah Boy; Adam Levine, nickname "the Bear Jew," is People's Sexiest; Eastwoods Need to Say "Kinehora!"

Hunger Games: Jewish Connections; A 'Minyan'of Jewish Celebs Recite the Gettysburg Address On-line; Walter Matthau's Reaction to JFK's Death

JFK/Thor/Portman on Being Jewish; Berkely Hoofs on 'DWTS'

Woody Allen Defends Israel; Steinfeld Defends Earth --- Voices Anne Frank; Oprah Finds Out What Happened to Jewish Celebs

Natalie Portman & Jennifer Grey Go to Synagogue Together; Tracing Sephardi Roots; Johansson is Both Sexy & Smart

More Tribe Members Join Cast of New Shows; Josh Charles Gets Married; Movie News

New TV Season: The Jewish Co-stars; Two Really Good New Flicks By Jewish Filmmakers: Don Jon and Enough Said

Emmy Time for MOTs; Oldies that will Make You Smile Again Released!

James Franco Roasted on Comedy Central; Huge Number of Jewish Comedians Featured in NBC Special; Rosanna Arquette Marries a Mensch: Really a Mentch!

Marty Glickman Documentary: Great Jewish Athlete/Sportscaster; Tony Bennett's Daughter Chooses Judaism; The Monaco Royal Family Circus

Liev Schreiber Plays LBJ; Steve Jobs Bio-Pic; Dr. Evil's Son Gets Mean; Pressel Plays Golf for the United States

A Surprise Summer Hit; Natasha Lyonne's Comeback: Does It Mean There's Hope for Amanda Bynes?; Much Sympathy for actress Lea Michele, girlfriend of the late Cory Monteith. But She Isn't Jewish as Many Say

New Adam Sandler Movie Ties Record for Most Jewish Actors; Silverstone Shares Milk; Hebrews Vie for Mets' First Base spot --- Other Baseball News

Actress Ginnifer Goodwin re-discovers her faith: makes speech at synagogue; Humorous web series on re-discovering Judaism; new projects for Liev Schreiber and Zach Braff

Rick Moranis' Jewish Album; A Gandolfini Jewish Connection; Michael Rapaport in New Comedy; Selma Blair Rubs Sheen Wrong; Liev Schreiber on Showtime

'The Voice' Singer's Karaite Background; Brad Pitt Battles Zombies in Israel w/help of Israeli actress; Rachelle Lefevre in Big Movie/Big Mini-Series

JStreisand and Alicia Keys in Israel; "Girls" Stuff; Mel Brooks, Another TV special; Superman (who is Jewish) returns --- Israeli plays his mom

Jewish Contestant on 'The Voice'; Will Smith's 'Jewish movie family'; Bravo Gives Long Island Jews the Jersey Shore Treatment; Magicians and More

Memorial Day: Jews Serving and KIA in War on Terror; Liberace Bio-Pic; Jew Wins "Survivor"; Shalom, Dr. Brothers; More

Jews Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame; Anton Yelchin co-stars in New "Trek" film; Kutcher (but not Kunis) visits Israel; Jewish TV Star Praises Jewish Rap Star

The Great Gatsby's Jewish Ties; Jews in the "Time 100 list" List; People's Most Beautiful Women

Iron Man's Jewish Connections; Marc Maron's New TV Show; Martin Landau Grows Up with Israel; Shalom, Allan Arbus

Jewish Major Leaguers, 2013; New Movies and Comedy Show; Shalom, 'Lumpy' (Leave it to Beaver)

Teen actor Jonah Bobo in New Flick: Hunky James Wolk on Mad Men; Erich Segal's Daughter Writes Prize-Winning Jewish Novel

Jackie Robinson's Friend, Hank Greenberg; CNN's Jake Tapper; Texas County in the News is named for 19thC. Jewish soldier and Congressman

Brad Garrett's New Sit-Com; Soviet Spies; Bar Mitzvah Video Deluxe; Three Guys Who Will be Missed

The Back Story of the Ten Commandments (the film)--including Funny Stuff; Brit TV Dramas with a Jewish Connection

Paul Rudd and Nat Wolff co-star in New Comedy; Al Pacino Plays Phil Spector; Tribe Heavy "Girls"; An Oscar Winner's Orthodox Son

Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Harper; LA mayor's race; Albert Brooks on going to Shul

The Land of Oz's Many Hebrews; Mila Kunis & a "Menschy" Company; Aly Raisman Dances & Jewish Figure Skaters at World Championship

New on the Big Screen, Tube

The Oscars: The Jewish Connection

Jews in the National Hockey League; Possible Start of a Blockbuster Film Series; Star Wars Keep on Comin', Special TV Showing of Schindler's List

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