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 Apr. 19, 2013/ 9 Iyar, 5773

The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings

By Dave Weinbaum

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As a 45-year-old without any formal writing instruction, I came to a slowly evolving epiphany that is still emerging to this day. It came to me as a result of an old man musing about his life just before the end. Just before my father Mel died of prolonged Prostate cancer, he told me he could have done so much with his life.

After he passed, his revelation stayed with me. I had read many of the letters he wrote back and forth to friends, relatives, bankers and lawyers. These letters were composed of insults, hyperbole and ironic street-wise originality of my father's era. Mainly they were drop-dead funny. The art of the insult was and is hilarious if you don't take it personally.

Plus, he was a great baseball coach, promotional genius and had a keen eye for art.

While he did plenty in his life, coming from total poverty to the American Dream, I began to understand that he felt he had cheated himself and maybe the world of the talents he suspected loomed just beneath the surface. His realization came when it was too late to do anything about them.

As I reached my mid-forties, already a 20-year veteran of owning restaurants, I began to wonder about my legacy. I became cognizant subconsciously after my dad's passing of any new thing I could do that that might be considered as adding to humanity rather than just being the beneficiary of others.


Nineteen years ago at the age of 45, I started publishing a newsletter for my eight restaurants at the suggestion of my director of operations. Always a fan of David Letterman's Top Ten List, I started my own column using inspirational, observational and funny writings of others to fill my assignment. Every once in a while, a thought would intrude that seemed like a quote or joke and I'd include it with all the others.

One day I gathered the original quotes and jokes I had done and, on a lark, dispatched them to the National Enquirer, much to the derisive laughter of any and all I showed them to. Nine weeks later, I was published opposite a story of male strippers and Halle Berry. Mom was proud and my detractors were amazed. Hell, I was astonished!

That impelled my obsessive personality to create more. For a while I was creating 500 to 600 original quotes and jokes a month while maintaining my full time job in restaurant ownership. Soon I was published 16 times in Reader's Digest Quotable Quotes and ten times in Forbes. Because of the widespread circulation of those publications, many newsletters, personal websites, universities, cities, countries, books and magazines began to print my words.

About two years ago, my son and business partner, Aaron told me I ought to get a Twitter account. When I inquired why, he responded that I was already there. People from all over the world in 20+ different languages were Tweeting my quotes every day and night.


In the early 2000s a good friend and banker, Dave O'Reilly got me interested in Yahoo Finance message boards as related to the parent company I am a franchisee of. As I kept up with my company, I began to wander to other business boards. What I found astounded me. There was so much hate, anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism going unanswered, I felt it was my destiny to answer back. I learned how to research for my verbal battles and thought that some of my answers resembled political op-eds.

So, like my quotes, I began sending those out. I've been picked up by some papers and a few websites, but my biggest break was getting published by Binyamin Jolkovsky owner and editor of the Jewish World Review.

JWR has a lineup of killer writers and analysts, including Charles Krauthammer, Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, Michelle Malkin, Larry Elder, Arnold Ahlert and David Limbaugh. I find the pressure of putting out a weekly column and keeping my day job first at hand daunting, yet challenging.

Out of all the people who have discussed, copied my columns (with or without) attribution, I was shocked one night as I was sitting in a grocery store parking lot in Jefferson City, Mo. I was listening to President Obama on the radio, reiterating my column in a speech to the foreign correspondents. The article was published in JWR that morning and was called "Leave it to Uighurs" a phrase that Barack used during the speech.


Having written thousands and thousands of original jokes along with my quotes, I sought to sell some to stand-up comics. Being in a small town, I didn't know many who tickled laughs for a living, so I decided to do my own material. As someone who refused to speak before any crowd above two for 25 years in my life, I found this rather formidable.

For my first open mike, at the Funny Bone in St. Louis, I had my son and a few good friends attend, just in case I collapsed in stage fright as the odds seemed to favor. Well, without a shred of paper, I got through it. I wasn't too funny, mainly because my jokes weren't connecting with the audience and I rushed through the performance because I knew I was being timed.

But I got through it.

So, I developed an act catered to my life experiences and through repetition, timing improvements and other gigs and experiences, I became reasonably funny, to the extent that I was asked to MC for some real pros, like Tom Mabe and David Naster. I was recruited to MC Naster in Jefferson City for a fundraiser. Naster liked my material so much, he paid me $100 for the title of his then upcoming book, IS THERE LAUGH AFTER DEATH?


Always a big fan of news and talk radio, I wondered to myself. I said, "Self, why don't you see if you can get a gig as a radio talk show host?" My answer was to try, just to see if I could do it. I waited about six months for an hour slot to come open in what could be called the vanity (as opposed to Hannity) hour. Usually used by techies, lawyers or doctors, the shows resembled the Prostate Healthy Hour—or How to Prune Your Tomato Plants—or How to Give Home Pedicures for Your Chihuahuas.

My break came about five years ago. I've gone from supporting my show with my restaurant and quarry and asphalt plant commercials to eight other sponsors, a total of ten. My next ploy is to get another hour at this or another station. Wonder if the radio station manager, affectionately known as pig vomit, will be reading this.

We figure we get anywhere from 180,000 to 220,000 listeners and growing--every Friday. With the show being put on podcast every week, I'm sure we get many more than that. People are now volunteering to sponsor the show.


I'm not one of those bucket listers who thinks I ought to become an Iron Man, especially when you can go to the movies and see that. My competitive sporting days are long over, except for golf—and that's highly disputable. I'm sure there will be other things that take my interest in relation to what I'm doing right now.


Even though my father realized too late that he didn't have enough time to explore his hidden talents, he certainly passed the dream on to me. Because of him, when it's my time, my regrets will be limited to the general malaise and suffering of one who is about to die. In my opinion, that's pain enough!

Now it's my turn. It's done wonders for my self-image and happiness. I've even taken to living my quote—when you reach for the stars you have to look up—and that at the seemingly older age of 64.

I believe the wealthiest inheritance you can leave your children is the example you set in life--and if they kvetch too much about it, I'll leave 'em in my won't.

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JWR contributor Dave Weinbaum hosts DaveWeinbaum.com. He is a businessman, writer and part-time stand-up comic and resides in a Midwest red state. Comment by clicking here.


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