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 July 25, 2014 / 27 Tammuz, 5774

A Couple of Cowboy Characters

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Seen the news lately? War wages on in the Middle East, terrorists in Africa, a Malaysian passenger jet is shot down by Russian separatists, Iran is on its merry way toward becoming a nuclear threat to the world, ISIS, the Islamic terrorist group is purging the region of all Christianity, tens of thousands of illegal immigrants continue streaming in across our southern boarder flooding our towns and cities from coast to coast, the IRS, the DOJ, and the Department of Veteran Affairs continue their deceit and cover-ups, and meanwhile President Obama continues golfing, hanging out at burger joints, and attending political fund raisers.

None of those things will be covered in this week's column.

When we heard the news of James Garner's death, my wife and I decided to watch one of our favorite Garner films, "Support Your Local Sheriff!" which also happens to feature two of my favorite western supporting players, Walter Brennan and Jack Elam. Plenty has been written on Garner's life and career this week, as well it should, so I'd like to devote a little space to the character guys. Let's start with Walter Brennan.

Brennan is the first actor ever to win three acting Oscars, having won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1936, 1938 and 1940. He began in the late twenties and early thirties taking extra parts and then bit parts in as many films as he could as well as working as a stunt man.

By the mid 1930s, he began appearing in higher-quality films and getting better parts which culminated with his receiving the very first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the period film "Come and Get It" (1936). He won his second Oscar in 1938 for his role in "Kentucky."

It seems Walter Brennan always played old characters, even when he was relatively young, but no matter his age, he was always believable. His range was great, his talent for comedy every bit as wonderful as his dramatic roles. His performances were a highlight of many pictures whether it was "Northwest Passage," "Sergeant York," "Pride of the Yankees," or "To Have or Have Not."

His performance as Judge Roy Bean in "The Westerner" (1940) with Gary Cooper, is a classic, and won him his third best supporting actor Academy Award. Another great role of his was of 'Old Man' Clanton in John Ford's "My Darling Clementine" (1946) opposite Henry Fonda. Much later Brennan would spoof that role in the 1968 comedy, "Support Your Local Sheriff" with James Garner.

Brennan's roles in two Howard Hawks Western pictures, "Red River" and "Rio Bravo" are terrific, especially his part as Stumpy, an extremely cantankerous (and funny) crippled and toothless sidekick to John Wayne in "Rio Bravo." That should have been Oscar number four, as far as I'm concerned.

In later years he did a lot of television while continuing his work in feature films, including three pictures for Disney. From 1957-1963, he starred in the popular television series "The Real McCoys," a sit com about a poor West Virginia family that relocates to a farm in southern California. When the McCoys ended, he did a couple of other short-lived series "The Tycoon," and "The Guns of Will Sonnet." Film historians and critics have long regarded Brennan as one of the finest character actors in motion picture history and I couldn't agree more.

But we shouldn't forget another western character, wonderful Jack Elam. Elam started in parts as a straight heavy but wound up as one of the best comedy western character actors in the business. His most distinguishing physical quality was the iris of his left eye, which was skewed to the outside, making him look unnaturally "wide eyed" (the opposite of cross-eyed). He lost the sight in that eye during a boyhood accident when he was stabbed with a pencil at a Boy Scout meeting.

He started acting in the late 40's, appearing mostly in westerns and gangster films playing villains. Elam made multiple guest star appearances in many popular Western television series in the 1950s and 1960s, including "Gunsmoke", "The Rifleman", "Lawman", "Bonanza", "Cheyenne", "Have Gun Will Travel", "Zorro", "The Lone Ranger" and "Rawhide."

Jack Elam was terrific in his first comedy role in "Support Your Local Sheriff!" (1968) playing opposite James Garner (with Walter Brennan). A few years later he did the follow-up, "Support Your Local Gunfighter." He also played an eccentric sidekick to John Wayne in Howard Hawks' "Rio Lobo" (1970). In 1994, Elam was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Elam once spoke of the five stages in a moderately successful actor's life, as defined by the way a film director refers to the actor suggested for a part.

Stage 1: "Who is Jack Elam?"

Stage 2: "Get me Jack Elam."

Stage 3: "I want a Jack Elam type."

Stage 4: "I want a younger Jack Elam."

Stage 5: "Who is Jack Elam?"

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