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 18, 2013/ 11 Teves, 5774

Lifelong supports I learned from jazz masters beyond music

By Nat Hentoff

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Two of my main passions -- in work as well as in the rest of my life -- are jazz and the Constitution, which interact. Jazz, banned by Hitler and Stalin, is America's great contribution of free expression globally, and, as Supreme Court Justice William Brennan once told me, "The First Amendment's freedom of speech protects all the rest of our liberties."

I've been writing about jazz for more than 60 years, while getting to know many of the musicians personally. One of them, Ben Webster, was Duke Ellington's powerfully swinging tenor saxophonist and also a romantically tender balladeer. After he left Duke to become a leader, Ben worked the nation with his own rhythm section. But when club owners wouldn't pay for extra personnel, Ben had to depend on local swingers -- if they knew how to groove.

One night in Boston, when I was 19 and just starting to write on jazz, I was sitting next to Ben at the bar in a club between sets; the local players he had hired couldn't match his deep, infectious swing.

"Listen, kid," Ben suddenly said to me, "when the rhythm section ain't making it, go for yourself!"

That has stayed with me all these years -- whether I'm arguing with one of my editors, or with a federal official threatening to get the FBI after me if I keep trying to pierce government secrecy.

So I break free and do what I have to do.

I also learned a valuable life lesson from Charlie Parker, a key icon of "modern jazz," although all jazz that lasts is permanently contemporary.

I was interviewing Bird, as he was called, on the radio when the conversation turned to Bela Bartok. I'd recently been excited by a concerto of his, based in part on the Hungarian folk music of his youth. As I told Bird this, he started to lecture me.

"Listen," he said. "The first time I heard a Bartok concerto, I didn't dig it at all. Couldn't stand it. It said nothing to me. But a couple of months later, I heard the same Bartok concerto, and it got way inside me. That's what got me started on writing a jazz concerto.

"So don't be misled by first impressions," Bird warned. "Whatever it is, open up to it again. Otherwise, you could be missing a lot."

I took Bird seriously, not only when it came to music, but across the board. Like, I'd be interviewing somebody on a very serious issue, and he wouldn't open up to me. He was new to me, so I figured he was hiding something. But then I remembered what Bird said, so I did some more research on the issue, went back to my source with more knowledgeable questions and learned enough from him to file a story.

And now that I'm 88 1/2, I've learned something else that is very important. As my jazz articles and books make clear, I knew Duke Ellington for years, and became concerned as he was getting older and he and his orchestra were playing a lot of one-nighters, covering long distances each year.

On one of his few days off in New York, he looked very beat, and I presumptuously said to him, "Duke, you don't have to keep going through this. You've written a lot of classics. You can retire on your ASCAP income."

Duke looked hard at me, then looked again. His tone suggested I had lost all my marbles as he shouted at me, "Retire? To what?"

During my octogenarian years since then, I've become familiar with different prescriptions for pain relievers and other medications provided by doctors I go to. But I research and write continuously and, very fortunately, I greatly enjoy my work, tough as it often is. I can attest to the conclusion by some medical specialists that one of the best therapies for the problems of aging is the satisfaction of working at a vocation that keeps absorbing and invigorating you.

The late, controversial reporter Christopher Hitchens, whom I knew and respected, was writing his challenging columns amid considerable pain until the week he died. As he liked to say, "I live to work, and I work to live."

Me too. Were I ever to falter, I'm sure I'd hear Duke Ellington saying resoundingly, "Retire to what?"

One of the closest friends I've had, in or out of jazz, was Charles Mingus, the nonpareil bassist and the most original multidimensional jazz composer since Duke Ellington.

He didn't call his music "jazz." Too limiting. It was "Mingus music."

"People are getting so fragmented," Mingus once told me, "and part of that is that fewer and fewer people are making a real effort anymore to find out who they are. Most people are forced to do things they don't want to most of the time, and so they get to the point where they no longer have any choice about anything important, including who they are.

"But I'm going to keep getting through and finding out the kind of man I am through my music."

And though he and Duke and Bird and Ben Webster are no longer here, Mingus keeps helping me answer Duke Ellington's song -- performed far less often than his other classics -- "What am I Here for?"

I'm here to keep finding out who I am -- and to act on that. Presently, that includes trying to take the Constitution back and encouraging a still insufficient number of students who are also doing this in their classes. I will also continue to encourage these kids to be involved in how their schools, neighborhoods, states and nation are being governed.

Their individual liberties don't need the jazz pulse to keep swinging, but I do in order to get their attention.

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Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of several books, including his current work, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance". Comment by clicking here.

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