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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Sep 23, 2013 / 19 Tishrei, 5774

She's Come a Long way, Baby

By Suzanne Fields




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Miss America is back in town. After being exiled to Las Vegas for seven years, the pageant moved home to its birthplace for an end-of-summer carnival of kitsch and kicks, beautiful women romping in the sand and dipping toes in the sea, and showing their gams to the boardwalk empire. That's entertainment — and it's big business.

The founders in 1921 were the Atlantic City Businessmen's League, eager to keep tourists in town for one final week after Labor Day, a fall frolic before cool weather closed the beach and the boardwalk. Newspapers in those days often ran beauty contests to promote circulation, and Atlantic City set out to find "the most beautiful bathing girl in America." Casinos are the investors today and bathing beauty is still good business. This year's show was estimated to bring in $30 million for a city getting over last year's Hurricane Sandy.

Some feminists still complain that Miss America deserves to go the way of corsets, girdles and sturdy cotton underwear, as if they've never heard of Spanx, part of the big business of body-shaping undergarments. Victoria's Secret hasn't kept one for years, and the cosmetics industry is more or less recession-proof. Pretty girls and looking good continue to be as American as tacos and pizza.

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, of course, but the modern Miss America combines smarts with sexiness, and the pageant has awarded $45 million in scholarships to young women. (The first Miss America got $100.) Many contestants have worn caps and gowns as well as bikinis in heels, and evening gowns with naughty decolletage. Miss California, this year's runner-up, earned bachelor's and master's degrees in four years at Stanford.

Nina Davuluri, the new Miss America from New York, has a degree in brain behavior and cognitive science from the University of Michigan, where she made the dean's list and intends to spend her $50,000 scholarship on medical school. For the year of her "reign," her "support project" is STEM education, STEM for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Men far outnumber women with college majors in these fields and despite Larry Summers' suggestion that nature intended it that way, Miss America wants to encourage young women to prove him wrong. She flashed a bit of provocative political humor as Miss New York, introducing herself with a warning to the audience to "be careful of the pictures you tweet in my state."

Some of the talent lent itself to satire, such as Miss Florida twirling a baton with a sequined leg brace after she tore two ligaments in her knee during rehearsal. But she dazzled the judges with three batons in the air at once and won the talent contest because she was flawlessly good.



Like a night at the Academy Awards, the interview segments are usually less inspiring than the fresh good looks of the young women. Topics ranged from when and whether to have cosmetic surgery to whether Barack Obama should bomb Syria. Fortunately, the answers were only worth 5 percent of a contestant's total score.

This year, the beauty, like just about everything else, was polarized by politics. Miss Kansas, a tattooed, gun-totin' Army National Guard sergeant, was the call-in choice of viewers. They elected her to the semi-finals, and her fans were angry when she didn't win the whole thing. Several fans blamed her loss on "liberal judges," but her partisans didn't notice that her rendition of a Puccini aria needed work. She wanted to show off her skill in archery like an Amazon woman, but the judges wouldn't allow arrows flying across the stage.

In an age with no scarcity of women letting it all hang out on the Internet, there's considerably less criticism than there used to be that a beauty contest exploits women. But the Internet gives every yahoo with a laptop the idea that he has something important to say and the opportunity to parade ignorance and bigotry. The website BuzzFeed gathered the worst examples of the name-calling of Davuluri, most of them that because she's dark and of East Indian ancestry she's somehow not eligible to be the American girl next door. Tweeters called her a "terrorist," a "foreigner" (she was born in Syracuse) and a "slap in the face to the people of 9/11." One tweeter asked, "When will a white woman win Miss America?" (Black women were barred until 1970; there have been seven black Miss Americas since.)

The talented Davuluri has a gift for dealing with hecklers, too. When a reporter asked her at her first press conference what she thought of the Internet intolerance, she replied: "I have to rise above that. "I always viewed myself as first and foremost American." To reprise slang for a beauty from the past, it was a knockout from a knockout.

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