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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 Nov. 5, 2008 / 7 Mar-Cheshvan 5769

A Revised Investment Strategy

By Tom Purcell

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Sure, I lost a pile in my 401(k) — I was unable to sleep for weeks. But now I have the perfect investment strategy."

"Please explain."

"I never had much luck investing my dough. During the Clinton years I thought I'd made a fortune in technology stocks — until the bubble burst."

"Those are the breaks."

"After the tech-stock bubble burst and 9/11 hit, I figured I'd get rich in the housing market. Everybody else was."

"But of course."

"I don't mean to brag, but I became so respected as an investor, mortgage brokers stopped asking me if I had an income or decent credit. They didn't even send out appraisers to look over the properties I wanted to buy."

"There were millions of respected investors just like you."

"Well, I was riding high once again. My investments were booming. I was just getting ready to sell off all my properties and cash in when —"

"The housing bubble burst."

"How'd you guess? Everything flipped around. I ended up owing way more on my properties than I could sell them for."

"So you stopped paying the mortgage payments."

"You're good, pal. Well, after I went belly up on my properties, I was pretty down. At least I still had my job and my 401(k) was hanging in there. And then —"

"The stock market crashed."

"That's right. My 401(k) tanked and my company laid me off. Things were looking dire. That is when I latched on to the perfect investment strategy. I took my last few dollars and invested in an oil company."

"An interesting investment strategy. Oil is down for the moment but its long-term prospects are solid. How much did you invest?"

"About a half of a tank. My next investment was in another commodity: aluminum."

"Excellent strategy. Aluminum is trading low at the moment, but it will recover over the long term. How many shares did you buy?"

"I bought one aluminum bat. I then decided to move into agricultural products: pork, dairy and so on."

"Very good choice. Even if our downturn is severe, people still need to eat. How many stocks did you buy?"

"I bought a pound of ham, a half-pound of Swiss, a loaf of rye and a couple of tomatoes. I did so just in time, too — the prices soared just after I made my purchase."

"Timing is everything in the investment business."

"I next decided to invest in the spirits industry. I invested in a fine cognac producer."

"I like it a lot. I'm willing to bet that dire economic circumstances will cause more people to consume alcoholic beverages. But why cognac?"

"Well, cognac is produced in France. Who knows more about big governments, dire economic conditions and high unemployment than the French?"

"Ingenious. So how are your investments working out?"

"Not bad. I analyze them carefully every night. I use my agricultural investments to make a nice fat ham, Swiss and tomato sandwich — I enjoy it like it's my last meal, and it may be. I down it with several gulps of my investment in the spirits industry."

"You gulp cognac!"

"It helps me forget about the government morons who kicked off the housing bubble by lowering lending standards; the greedy Wall Street morons who overexposed their now-defunct firms for millions in short-term bonuses; and the dumb investors like me who thought the boom times would never end."

"What about your investment in aluminum?"

"I use my bat to crush every television set I come across. I've had enough of the yapper class complaining about how bad things are. Can you imagine how much worse the Depression would have been if these birds had been on the air 24/7?"

"I must admit there are many sound fundamentals in your new investment strategy."

"You got that right. I've been sleeping like a baby for weeks!"

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