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

Let's all take the new SATs! --- or not!

By Gina Barreca

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) The new SAT exam has parents and students attempting to master the almost impossibly rigorous demands of, umm, the multiple choice question. Want to know how you would score?

Read the following passages carefully. Decide on the best answer to each question.

1. In 1908, Mark Twain wrote that "All schools, all colleges, have two great functions: to confer, and to conceal, valuable knowledge." Twain went on to explain: "What's not divulged is as crucial as what's shown up front. That is, when a man is buying a basket of strawberries it can profit him to know that the bottom half of it is rotten."

What is most important about this statement?

a. Great American writers know that everyone must eat five helpings of fruits and/or vegetables every day in order to remain healthy.

b. Mark Twain was actually born Samantha Clemens and wrote "Little House on the Prairie," which helped to bring on the Civil War thereby dividing forever the U.S. and Canada into the North and the South (except at the passport tollbooth things where The Wall Between the States was abolished).

c. These lines are analogous (you should pardon the expression) to Twain's more famous dictum that "We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it — and stop there; lest we be like that cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again — and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore." The need for education in no way vitiates the need for judgment; caveat emptor applies to the consumer of pre-packed ideas as well as the buyer of pre-packaged produce.

2. "I can't give you a brain, but I can give you a diploma" is a line from what famous piece of American literature?

a. The Bill of Rights. We are guaranteed the right to graduate with a diploma, if our parents have reminded us to wake up, do homework and study hard; if our parents have paid for prep courses, prep seminars and personal tutors; if our parents have written, revised and submitted all our paperwork up to and including our personal essays; if our parents have enough dough to get us into and out of an institution of higher learning the way hostages are smuggled into and out of small dwellings in rebel territories. The diplomatic right is as American as the right to remain silent, which is also guaranteed for those who don't keep up with course work.

b. It is from Frank L. Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," a novel about a backwoods girl who kills the first woman she meets after a psychological break and goes on to be the leader of a group of misfits who kill again; these are incidents the protagonist recalls as only "a dream."

c. It is not from a piece of American literature. It is from a college catalog I just received. Here is my application.

3. What is an education?

a. An "education" is like a "staycation" except in student housing.

b. Education is word originating either from the Latin "e duco"("I lead") or, as some indefatigably ornery scholars would have it, from the slightly different "educatio" ("the act of breeding, fostering, training") which is a bit of etymological forensics that, while appearing minor to some, might yet point to dramatically different interpretation of the educator's axiological mission. For illustration, see "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" on the subject; a narcissist enthralled by Fascist dictators and the sound of her own voice, she pronounces herself the gatekeeper of the best that is thought and said in the world (in the Arnold Ian sense) and might be an intriguing figure to use as a literary embodiment of the College Board which is, after all, in the business of deciding which students are "la creme de la creme."

c. Pencils down. Yes, you in the back? You didn't have time to finish? It seems as if we just started? You just now thought of what you really wanted to offer as a response, which is indeed so succinct and precise a definition of the entire modus operandi of education that it will reconfigure the practice of teaching as we know it? Too bad. Pass the papers forward.

Gina Barreca is a columnist for The Hartford Courant.

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