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 July 17, 2013 / 10 Menachem-Av, 5773

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom

New Adam Sandler Movie Ties Record for Most Jewish Actors; Silverstone Shares Milk; Hebrews Vie for Mets' First Base spot --- Other Baseball News

JewishWorldReview.com | TRIBE RECORD HOLDER "Grown-Ups" (2010) was killed by critics. But it made big bucks, so now there's a sequel ("Grownups 2") to the original about five guys on a junior high team who, some 30 years later, go on vacation with their romantic partners and kids.

The sequel stars (again) ADAM SANDLER, 48, as Lenny Feder, a high-powered Hollywood agent. It opens with Feder moving back to his sleepy hometown with his wife and kids. There's a huge cast, with many "names" playing cameo parts (including Sandler's real-life wife, JACKIE, 38, and their daughters SUNNY, 5, and SADIE, 7).

This film may hold the record for famous Jews in one movie that does not have a Jewish theme.

Here they are, in role size order: JAKE GOLDBERG, 17, and CAMERON BOYCE, 14, as Lenny's sons, Greg and Kethie; MAYA RUDOLPH, 40, as Deanne, the wife of one of Lenny's buddies; ROB SCHNEIDER, 49, as Rob, Lenny's buddy; JON LOVITZ, 55, as a janitor; HALSTON SAGE, 20, (the star of Nickelodeon's "How to Rock"), as "love interest" Nancy; OLIVER HUDSON (GOLDIE HAWN's son), 36, as Kyle; ALLEN COVERT, 48, as a hippie; ANDY SAMBERG, 34, and AKIVA SCHAFFER, 35, as cheerleaders; NORM CROSBY, 85, as a K-Mart shopper; Victoria's Secret model ERIN HEATHERTON, 24, as Ginger, a head cheerleader; GREG GRUNBERG, 46, mailman; and as a "party band"; there's most of the members of the famous J. Geils rock band, including: frontman PETER WOLF, 67; bassist DANNY KLEIN, 68; and harmonica player RICHARD "Magic Dick" SALWITZ, 68. (Opened Friday, July 12).**

GOT MILK? Actress ALICIA SILVERSTONE, 36, a big supporter of breastfeeding, has announced a new program that urges mothers to share their milk. The program was announced on her blog and it's called "Kind Mama Milk Share." She touts it as a community service to "support mamas and babies" and tells blog readers: "If you have milk to share-post it."

Silverstone says that she was inspired by a friend who couldn't produce enough milk. The friend had trouble finding local donors and trouble figuring-out what kind of "lifestyle choices the donor had made." Many women responded to the blog posting with requests for milk or offers to donate and many noted whether they were vegan or not.

However, as doctors point out, there is risk with sharing breast milk: the milk can carry HIV and other viruses. There are an increasing number of professionally run breast milk banks. These banks test donated milk for safety. But an informal sharing program, such as Silverstone has launched, offers milk that is not so tested and carries a risk.

SOME BASEBALL NOTES It's very rare when two Jewish major leaguers players are vying for the same position. But, as I write this, that's the NY Mets situation:

IKE DAVIS, 28, a good defensive player, was brought-up in 2010 and, while his batting average has never been high, he made up for that with power hitting (32 homers in 2012). However, very anemic hitting got him sent down to the minors on June 9th to "find his swing."

He was replaced at first base by JOSH SATIN, 28. Satin is pretty close friends with Davis and he told the press that when he got the call to come up for the minors to replace Davis, he was happy for himself-but disappointed for Davis.

Satin didn't shine in two previous short stints with the Mets (2011-12). During the last three weeks of June, however, he finally got a lot of major league playing time and he responded with an incredible hitting tear that moved the Mets manager to say that Satin "has to be included in our future plans."

Davis hit well in the minors and was recalled to the Mets on July 5. He and Satin have been sharing duties at first base since his recall. However, as I write this, it looks like Satin, who has continued to hit well, has the inside track to be the Mets' permanent first baseman. Davis, who has not hit well since returning on July 5, is now the subject of daily media speculation about whether he will be traded. Elsewhere: the Oakland A's rookie first baseman, NATE FRIEMAN, 26, was named AL rookie-of-the-month, for the month of May, 2013 (.351 BA; 9 RBIs, in 14 games).

Also happy is pitcher ROBERT KAMINSKY, 18, who grew up and lives in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. A high school phenom, he was a St. Louis Cardinals first round (2013) draft pick and recently got a $1,785, 000 signing bonus. Here's an excerpt from a NY Daily News profile: [He's] a high-school lefthander who has a 94 MPH fastball and a hammer of a curveball…a Jewish kid whose prized possession is a SANDY KOUFAX baseball card that he keeps in an acrylic case on his bedroom shelf. 'Sandy Koufax was a Jewish guy playing baseball, and so am I, and that's rare,' Kaminsky says. 'Even being in the same sentence with him would be an incredible honor.'" (By the way, Kaminsky's bar mitzvah had a baseball theme, of course).

**Post-Script: A friend who read this item wondered if the 1963 hit comedy, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World," which also had a huge cast, had as many Jewish actors. I checked. It's a tie: if you count Jews in big and small parts (including cameos)---both films count is 19.


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Here are the Jewish actors in that movie:

Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Ben Blue, Selma Diamond, Peter Falk, Norman Fell, Leo Gorcey (Jewish father), Marvin Kaplan, Carl Reiner, Arnold Stang, Jesse White, Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Jack Benny, Howard DaSilva, Jerry Lewis

Out of this 19; three are still alive: Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, and Jerry Lewis.

Info Note: Persons in capital letters, above, are deemed Jewish for the purpose of this column. For the purpose of the column, the person has to have at least one Jewish parent, be raised Jewish or secular, and not identify with a religion other than Judaism as an adult. Converts to Judaism are also, of course, considered Jewish, even if they don't have a Jewish parent.

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Actress Ginnifer Goodwin re-discovers her faith: makes speech at synagogue; Humorous web series on re-discovering Judaism; new projects for Liev Schreiber and Zach Braff

Rick Moranis' Jewish Album; A Gandolfini Jewish Connection; Michael Rapaport in New Comedy; Selma Blair Rubs Sheen Wrong; Liev Schreiber on Showtime

'The Voice' Singer's Karaite Background; Brad Pitt Battles Zombies in Israel w/help of Israeli actress; Rachelle Lefevre in Big Movie/Big Mini-Series

Jewish Contestant on 'The Voice'; Will Smith's 'Jewish movie family'; Bravo Gives Long Island Jews the Jersey Shore Treatment; Magicians and More

Memorial Day: Jews Serving and KIA in War on Terror; Liberace Bio-Pic; Jew Wins "Survivor"; Shalom, Dr. Brothers; More

Jews Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame; Anton Yelchin co-stars in New "Trek" film; Kutcher (but not Kunis) visits Israel; Jewish TV Star Praises Jewish Rap Star

The Great Gatsby's Jewish Ties; Jews in the "Time 100 list" List; People's Most Beautiful Women

Iron Man's Jewish Connections; Marc Maron's New TV Show; Martin Landau Grows Up with Israel; Shalom, Allan Arbus

Jewish Major Leaguers, 2013; New Movies and Comedy Show; Shalom, 'Lumpy' (Leave it to Beaver)

Teen actor Jonah Bobo in New Flick: Hunky James Wolk on Mad Men; Erich Segal's Daughter Writes Prize-Winning Jewish Novel

Jackie Robinson's Friend, Hank Greenberg; CNN's Jake Tapper; Texas County in the News is named for 19thC. Jewish soldier and Congressman

The Back Story of the Ten Commandments (the film)--including Funny Stuff; Brit TV Dramas with a Jewish Connection

Paul Rudd and Nat Wolff co-star in New Comedy; Al Pacino Plays Phil Spector; Tribe Heavy "Girls"; An Oscar Winner's Orthodox Son

Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Harper; LA mayor's race; Albert Brooks on going to Shul

The Land of Oz's Many Hebrews; Mila Kunis & a "Menschy" Company; Aly Raisman Dances & Jewish Figure Skaters at World Championship

New on the Big Screen, Tube

The Oscars: The Jewish Connection

Jews in the National Hockey League; Possible Start of a Blockbuster Film Series; Star Wars Keep on Comin', Special TV Showing of Schindler's List

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