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 April 11, 2007 / 23 Nissan, 5767

Anger and appetite in the Big Easy

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | NEW ORLEANS— Only New Orleans knows how to "put the FUN in funeral." It's on a bumper sticker. You can buy your very own jazz funeral, with a brass band to lead the parade taking your coffin to the graveyard, "blowing you home" to the frenzied strains of "When the Saints Go Marching In."

You just lie there undisturbed, giving your friends one last offer of lagniappe, the gift of food and drink included. Death is merely a convenient excuse to let the good times roll.

Errol Laborde, editor of New Orleans magazine, tells of one restored custom. "A longtime tradition among many New Orleanians attending a wake at Schoen's Funeral Home was, after paying proper respects [to the dead], to cross Canal Street in proper respect of a proper poor-boy." A poor-boy is a sandwich laden with ham, roast beef, shrimp or oysters, and a poor-boy at Mandina's restaurant opposite the undertaker was one of the best. The undertaker reopened before Mandina's and that presented a quandary: "Grief without gravy." Now Mandina's is open again, a mile marker on the road back.

The good times nevertheless can't hide the anger that New Orleans was mistreated in the wake of the storm. The exodus of half the city's population, mostly poor blacks who vote only for Democrats, suggests that Louisiana without the New Orleans boxes the Democratic pols regarded as ATMs, dispensing votes not cash, should finally tip permanently Republican.

Maybe it will, but George W. Bush is the face of FEMA, and the feds are the archvillains here, blamed for everything bad despite the fact that Washington has committed $123 billion for Katrina relief, adjusted for inflation about what the United States spent to rebuild Europe after World War II. Mayor Ray Nagin and Gov. Kathleen Blanco, both Democrats, are villains, too, and Democrats want John Breaux, the former senator, to return to keep the statehouse in Democratic hands. But he stayed in Washington to be a lobbyist and registered to vote in Maryland, and may have difficulty establishing Louisiana residence in time. Sen. Mary Landrieu is in the greatest peril of all. She has to run again next year and probably against Woody Jenkins, whom she narrowly defeated in 1996 after a bitterly contested recount. (Fraud in Louisiana? Say it ain't so.)

Destruction and debris still litter many neighborhoods in New Orleans. It's difficult to see how some of them will ever again be what they were. But most of the blue tarps and many of the FEMA trailers are gone. The French Quarter, as brassy and tawdry as ever, was never damaged much, and New Orleans still spreads the table that made it famous. Brennan's, which serves the most sumptuous two-hour brunch in the world (and dinner, too) in an elegant town house on Rue Royal, is open again. So is Commander's Palace in the Garden District, with a spectacular new kitchen. "Everybody wants to know how much water everybody got," says a waiter. "We didn't get any flooding, but the hurricane blew out all the windows and it rained horizontally for three days. Everything you see is new."

A downtown neighborhood of old warehouses has been transformed into a lively arts and crafts district, anchored at one end by the new Museum of World War II, commemorating sacrifice on battlefield and homefront, and at the other by Harrah's, a 26-story hotel with restaurants and casino. The neighborhood abounds in small hotels and restaurants, and visitors are often stopped on the street and thanked just for coming to New Orleans. New Orleans knows who butters the rice. When the visiting restaurant critic for this newspaper dined, as a guest and not a reviewer, the other night at August, the hot new restaurant, the maitre d', recognizing her, followed her into Tchoupitoulas Street to retrieve her to meet the chef. She walked into the kitchen to a round of applause.

"Some of our preachers said Katrina was God's punishment for New Orleans," grumbles one irreverent skeptic. "But why would God punish New Orleans when he could punish Las Vegas?"

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