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 March 27, 2012/ 4 Nissan, 5772

Steve Jobs: To Infinity and Beyond!

By Dave Weinbaum

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Steve Jobs, American businessman, artist and fabricator (he patented 317 inventions) died last year at the age of 56. His life was a roller coaster ride. Jobs was full of paradox. He was adopted yet favored abortion, a college dropout perfectionist who was the essence of persistence, druggy, Zen Buddhist, a liberal who demanded his own private jet, an Obama supporter who balled him out for his business policies.

Steve was a tyrant who would cry when attacked. He was a leader who bludgeoned his own troops. The last 12 years of his life, he made a comeback for the ages, rising like the mythical phoenix from the ashes.

Walter Isaacson's book about Jobs is a classic bio of an American icon. Isaacson was given a free hand when Steve realized he was dying.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a different angle than business as a crass dollar and cent enterprise mired deep in a short-term balance sheet or P&L statements. Jobs combined the arts; eastern religion, product uniqueness and timing to create a company -- watch it self-destruct and resurrect it as his last act of life.

I've been a customer of Kreis's restaurant, for six decades. It's one of the best known and busiest steak houses in St. Louis. One waiter continued to impress on every single visit. His forte was in his timing. The food, always great, was complimented by Len's ability to have a the next course laid in front of you as he was removing the empty plate as you were raising the fork to your mouth from the last bit of food.

I asked him, "Len, how do you get the food out of the kitchen with such precision?" He answered, "In most restaurants the cooks run the place: Here, we run the cooks ."

That was pretty much Steve Jobs' mantra. He ran the engineers, marketing and sales to meet and exceed the customers' needs.

But Jobs went further.

Not a believer in market research, Steve figured out what people wanted before they wanted it. Jobs got the product in the hands of those customers just as they realized, like petulant three-year-olds they had to have it!

In Jobs' second coming at Apple, he took a clueless disenchanted company that was six months from bankruptcy and used all his experience and intuition to cajole Apple to become the most valuable company on earth.

At $500 billion, Apple is worth more than Poland! Apple's board just designated a dividend to enrich its stockholders by $100 billion. At one point in 1997, Apple's stock sold for a little over three dollars. As of a few days ago, Apple topped $609 per share. And for the last eight years Steve toiled while under excruciating pain from cancer.

The best story about Jobs was what happened after he was ousted by John Scully in 1985. Steve had brought John in to run the company he and Wozniak founded in his garage.

A Window of opportunity won't open itself

Steve licked his wounds by forming a new company called NeXt. He developed computers for the high-end business and the medical education market.

He was failing, losing half his $100 million fortune in the process. But along the way and completely by chance, Jobs became familiar with the graphics department for George Lucas of Star Wars fame. Lucas, going thru a messy divorce, put the department up for sale. Jobs, intrigued by their talent, bought them for ten million dollars. It would prove to be the best investment of his life.

This company had a shaky start as well. Jobs sold off part of it and laid off even more. Almost in desperation this outfit began making commercials and movie shorts. Still not making money, but winning some awards for its short films, Steve suggested they do some full-length animated films. Jobs had Pixar for sale cheap, right up to the opening of its first feature film, Toy Story. The rest is history. Jobs sold Pixar to Disney for 7.4 billion dollars -- and a seat on Disney's board.

While products are cool, they all become obsolete. But movies are forever. Jobs' legacy will live thru the ages as much or more from the flicks he made possible via his gamble on Pixar more than anything else he did.

Steve did this all while simultaneously being wooed back to run a flailing Apple when in 1996, Apple bought NeXt for $429 million and 1.5 million in Apple stock.

Jobs' success puts him in league with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Eli Whitney, Da Vinci, and any number of other artists who crossed boundaries to improve the world.

Steve Jobs put a dent in the universe.

As a famous toy astronaut once said, "To infinity and beyond!"

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