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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

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

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John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

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Jewish World Review April 18, 2008 / 13 Nissan 5768

In other words . . . do your own work

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In terms of embarrassment, drafting a university honor code that discourages plagiarism, and then finding out the code itself had been plagiarized, would be right up there with walking across a commencement stage with toilet paper stuck to the heel of your shoe.

Note the red faces on students at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Oh, well, at least their shoes look clean.

Students tried to draft an honor code, and, mistakenly, carelessly or lazily (depends on which version of the story you read), used the exact wording from another school's honor code.

Let he who has never borrowed a phrase, cast the first paper wad.

It is time to admit that nearly all of us have at some time, some place, during the educational process, probably committed a small act of plagiarism. Perhaps a sentence, a phrase, a line may have slipped from a book to your paper, from a periodical to your notes, from copy to paste, as you toiled through the night on a dreaded research paper.

The problem, as I see it, was always in the instructions, which, if I recall correctly, were routinely: "Do your research and then put it in your own words."

Personally, I may have committed some acts of plagiarism in writing a fifth-grade paper on South America. (If you're still around Mrs. Higgins, it was unintentional, just as it was with the students in Texas.) It was a time when my own words often bore an uncanny resemblance to the words in World Book Encyclopedia.

Seriously, how many ways are there to say, "Lima is the capital of Peru"? And if the World Book said it first and you repeated it, were you plagiarizing the encyclopedia?

So then the scholar's task is to say the same boring thing in a creative manner to make the words your own: "In Peru, many citizens regard Lima as the capital."

"Lima! The capital of Peru."

And what about that gray zone of switching the subject and the predicate, inserting a clause, then splicing it all together with atrocious punctuation, to render it your own words?

"Lima: a city with high elevation, fresh coffee beans and home to many llamas, is the capital of Peru."

The purists simply put their entire paper in quotes.

I'm the last one to give a pass on plagiarizing. Ten years ago, I wrote an essay on "The Death of Common Sense." That piece has been copied, stolen, plagiarized and sent to me at least five times a year every year since then in e-mail forwards with the essay attributed to Anonymous. Anonymous — he gets all the credit.

The worst renditions change a few lines here and there, then tack on a closer saying, "If you love G-d, you'll send this to 10 people in the next 10 minutes."

Just once, I'd like G-d to smite a computer.

No doubt the Texas students have learned their lesson, and in the future they will be meticulous about noting every source. And if they can't do that, they could at least work harder at putting the same ol' same ol' into their "own words."

Here's a start: Thinking of plagiarizing? Thinking of stealing, cheating, ripping someone off? We may not catch it today, we may not catch it tomorrow, but we have large search engines and cheating software and we will catch you someday. You can run and you can hide, but we will find you — even if you flee to Lima, the capital of Peru.

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