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)

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A newsletter for personal and spiritual growth gleaned from classic biblical and other sources that will help you enhance your day to day life. Likely the most constructive three minutes you will spend today

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A museum curator procured a bar of raw iron for $5. This, he placed into a glass case with the following sign: "This raw iron was purchased for $5. If you make a horseshoe from it, the value increases to $10. If you refine it more, you can make $355 worth of sewing needles from it. If you shape it differently, you can make $2,000 worth of razor blades. But if you hone it to its maximum potential, you can derive balances and springs for Swiss watches from it. The value of those delicate springs is $250,000."

And that's just a piece of iron. Imagine applying this logic to the "raw iron" situations of everyday life. How many ordinary tasks could be polished into their finest form and emerge as something greater? You're unhappy with an employee's work. You can insult him, or maybe by bending and working the situation, you can help him learn something.

You've been waiting an hour for the dentist. You can fume at the receptionist, or teach yourself patience. You need to get the baby dressed. You can make a perfunctory rush job of it, or you can coo and smile and make the baby feel loved.

Take the theory one step further. What could possibly harbor more potential than a human being invested with a holy neshamah (soul)? If we concentrate our efforts on bringing out that Divine spark in those around us — with praise, interest in their ideas, help and support — the potential is truly unlimited.

— Adapted from an article in Yated Ne'eman

Better Relationships


When someone irritates or injures us in some way, the natural reaction is to want revenge.

In the rest of the world, revenge is considered sweet. But a member of Klal Yisrael (Jewry) cannot harm another without harming himself.

In the Midrash (Vayikra Rabbah 4:6), Rabbi Yishmael illustrates the folly of revenge:

"This can be likened to a group of travelers aboard a ship. One of the travelers begins to drill a hole in the floor beneath him. His companions cry out 'What are you doing?' 'What do you care?' he responds. 'I'm drilling only beneath my seat.' 'But the boat will be flooded and all of us will drown!' the others answer."

The injunction against revenge does not mean we can't try to redress a wrong or correct a flaw. It means that we have to accept that the troubles, which have come our way, have arrived by Divine decree; the perpetrator is simply the agent. When we accept this, we grow from it. When we seek revenge, we sink the ship.

— Adapted from "Chofetz Chaim: A Lesson a Day," Rabbi Shimon Finkelman and Rabbi Yitzchok Berkowitz, with permission from Mesorah Publications

Personal growth


Inevitably, the agenda of a child and that of the parent will clash. The child wants to take it easy; the parent teaches responsibility. The child acts on impulse; the parent patiently insists on restraint.

The tension that results often frays the loving family bond.

But there is a way to restore it to full strength, even in the midst of the Terrible Twos or the Turbulent Teens. That is the blessing of children on Friday night. This sweet, rich moment, played out against the aromas of Sabbath food, the sight of the set table, the sense of tranquility, assures the child that he is a beloved member of his family.

As his father's hands rest on the child's head and the words of the blessing are recited, the loving link between parent and child is affirmed.

Conflicts and hurt feelings are soothed, anger dissipates, and shalom bayis (family tranquility), the secret ingredient of Jewish family life, reigns.

To Do:
Use the Friday night blessing as a time to rekindle the warmth of parents and children toward each other.

Adapted from "Dear Daughter," by Rabbi Eliyahu Goldschmidt, with permission from Mesorah Publications

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