Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Kislev 25, 5775

Your house value may depend on the guy next door and his overgrown jungle of a lawn
By:
Frank Rosci, JE Feature
As the mortgage mess continues, with more foreclosures expected in 2008, another factor -- while usually not nearly as dramatic and tragic as losing one's home, but one that affects a homeowner's wallet nonetheless -- is living either next door to bad neighbors or within very close proximity to them. Bad neighbors are like perpetual doses of bad karma because...
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By:
Michael L. Schwartz, JE Feature
Careful estate planning is important for so many reasons. The fact is that leaving a legacy is about much more than just figuring out a way to avoid taxes. First, you need to start by avoiding some common pitfalls. After more than two decades in this practice, I have yet to work with a client who had all his beneficiary...
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More students may be turning to the physical sciences
By:
Ben G. Frank, JE Feature
More young American Jews may be returning to the physical and biological sciences; they are doing this, according to experts, not just as a desired path to medical school, but because they want to pursue a career in the traditional sciences, such as physics, chemistry and biology. The consensus in Jewish scientific circles these days seems to be that the...
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By:
Aaron Dalton, JE Feature
On my first trip to Tucson, Ariz., I discovered that the desert is actually green. It turns out that Tucson rests in the northern section of the Sonoran Desert, one of the wettest deserts in the world. Some sections can get an average of 16 inches of rainfall per year. All that water supports millions of cacti, including the majestic...
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New toy figures are bouncing into customers' heads
By:
Diana Aydin, JE Feature
For the holidays two years ago, Alicia Arinella and her sister put their father, Dennis Arinella, in a box that was approximately "1 foot by 6 inches and 3 inches thick." Inside the box was an ophthalmologist, geared to represent their dad's career; strawberry-rhubarb pie, his favorite dessert; and a shovel, because he does a lot of yard work. But...
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