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 December 21, 2012/ 8 Teves, 5773

Farewell to 2012

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Goodbye, farewell, and good riddance to 2012. What a year it was! A presidential election year that will rank as one of the all-time dirtiest, negative campaigns this country has ever gone through. Did you ever think you'd actually see a presidential campaign where the President of the United States accused his opponent of being responsible for murder, not to mention felonious tax evasion? Personal attacks, lies, and false accusations were the strategy for the Obama campaign this time around. Let's just hope that in four years the next presidential campaign can clean up its act and take a higher tone. Americans deserve better.

And speaking of ugly attacks, this year saw the terror group, al-Qaeda back in business in a big way. Libya's interim president, Mohammed Al-Megarif, said that al-Qaeda was behind a deadly assault as heavily armed Islamic terrorists stormed the American consulate in Benghazi and shot and killed U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other embassy officials on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Stevens is the first U.S. ambassador to be killed in the line of duty since 1979.

And good riddance to a year that saw a deranged maniac wipe out 20 children and 6 adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. As to be expected the media played it up and dragged it on much longer than it needed to be, with photos of the poor kids plastered all over the TV and papers for days on end and giving us more information than necessary on the killer. No, its not about too many guns, its about too few insane people being locked up as they should be and as they once were before the ACLU made institutionalizing crazy people a breech of their "civil rights."

Nature threw a couple of fits in the U.S. this past year. Hurricane Isaac hits the gulf coast in August causing an evacuation of 3,000 people with another 600,000 residents losing power. But the worst was yet to come when Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast in October and caused $30 billion in damage to New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. Over 100 died and 8 million people lost power.

Goodbye to those notables in entertainment, sports, politics, journalism, the arts, and others who left us this year: Larry Hagman, Deborah Raffin, Lucille Bliss, Lee McPhail, Carmen Basilio, Darrell Royal, George McGovern, Arlen Specter, Gary Collins, Alex Karras, Turhan Bey, Andrew Breitbart, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Michael O'Hare, Herbert Lom, Andy Williams, Dorothy McGuire, Art Modell, Sun Myung Moon, Hal David, Neil Armstrong, Phyllis Diller, Tony Scott, William Windom, Phyllis Thaxter, Helen Gurley Brown, Judith Crist, Marvin Hamlisch, Gore Vidal, Tony Martin, Chad Everett, Sherman Hemsley, Sally Ride, Kitty Wells, Celeste Holm, Ernest Borgnine, Andy Griffith, Don Grady, Doris Singleton, Nora Ephron, Leroy Neiman, Ray Bradbury, Richard Dawson, Doc Watson, Robin Gibb, Donna Summer, Vidal Sassoon, George Lindsay, Dick Clark, Mike Wallace, Earl Scruggs, Davy Jones, Gary Carter, Whitney Houston, James Farentino, Joe Paterno, Etta James, Dave Brubeck, and Ravi Shankar.

Thanks to the bakers union we said goodbye to Hostess Twinkies, Sno-balls, Ho-Ho's, Ding Dongs, and cream filled devils food cupcakes with that distinctive squiggle on top this year. And no one mentions it, but Hostess also made my favorite white bread, Wonder Bread, the bread of my childhood with the red, yellow, and blue balloons printed right on the wrapper, as Buffalo Bob used to say. Hostess sponsored the Howdy Doody show in the early fifties. Only a child of the fifties could get teary eyed over the demise of a bakery company. Sniff!

Say goodbye to lower taxes. Beginning in January 2013, taxes will go up for everyone. Surprise! And you thought it was only going up for the millionaires and billionaires? Sucker! Your taxes will go up by 2% of your gross annual income up to a maximum of $2,202 for those who make $110,100 and up. Single workers making $50,000 will take home $83 less each month. Unless politicians can pull off a miracle every working American will be hit with a marginal tax rate increase of 5% on average, according to the Tax Policy Center. What this will mean for the economy is slower growth and higher unemployment - throwing the economy back into recession and likely driving unemployment above 9%.

So say bye-bye to 2012 and hang on 'cause 2013 is right around the corner and gaining on us fast! But, hey, who knows? Maybe the economy will pick up. Maybe our national debt will shrink. Maybe America will gain more respect in the world. Maybe "the rise of the oceans will begin to slow and our planet will begin to heal," as Obama promised us over four years ago. Who knows? Maybe Twinkies and Ding Dongs will make a come back. Maybe Dick Clark isn't really dead. Maybe it will be a hell of a good year. Check back with me in twelve months and we'll take a look.

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