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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

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 May 16, 2008 / 11 Iyar 5768

Feline visitor is feral, fearless and fancy-free

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We have been feeding a feral cat for two years now. For a relationship built on mutual hostility, we have made remarkable progress.

Some people have said that she is a cat with an attitude - capital A — but I think they are simply dog people who don't understand that her aloofness is not attitude, merely personality. She's a fine looking feline, a tuxedo, all black with a white bib and white feet. We call her Socks. I know, what a pathetic name coming from a writer.

She is a thoughtful animal in that she drops by every morning when I am at the computer. She presses her little nose against the glass door, and looks inside, just to say "hello." (Cynical family members say she is a stalker, sneering at me, saying, "Food, woman! NOW!")

Of course, she'd like some food, but I'm not the kind of person that lets a stray animal dictate my every move. Which is why I often wait one second - maybe even two — before flying off my chair, sprinting to the garage and bounding outside to give her cat food.

"What's wrong kitty, you don't like the chicken-flavored? Well, let me run back and get some of the fish-flavored. Maybe the special urinary-tract blend?" Some have said I am pampering the cat, but I think I am just demonstrating the "Do unto others as you would have cats do unto you" principle.

I also reject the charge that she is high voltage. She simply has the inclinations of a gymnast. If you get too close to her, she shoots straight up like a helicopter, then rockets 15 yards, completely airborne, before hitting the ground.

There are other times when she lounges on the patio and slowly blinks her eyes. I told one of the kids that this is a cat's equivalent to blowing a kiss, to which the kid responded the cat is planning to get me. Probably at night. Claws in my back. When I am winding up the garden hose and least expect it. What do you expect from a kid who watches "Law and Order"?

I'm not denying the cat has some aggression issues. We have seen her take down rabbits and go for squirrels, and she may have her eye on a neighbor's St. Bernard, but I have been working with her.

I've talked with her, reasoned with her, and I do believe she's developing a social conscience. She now practices catch and release. She catches shrews and chipmunks and releases them on the patio. They are dead, but she does release them.

I have also had some success in teaching her math tricks. "Socks, if the square root of 9 is 3, don't move, just sit there and ignore me." She so gets it. And people think dogs are smart?

Our son dropped by with his street-wise city dog and the cat circled in closer to introduce herself. "Oh, she wants to make friends," I said. "Friends?" he yelled. "She wants to rip him like a paper shredder. Look at her!"

The dog went crazy, lunging against his leash, barking, growling, and the cat just sat there smiling as sweet as you please. Nice kitty.

Yes, she's making a lot of progress. Some day we may even stop using the buddy system when walking from the house to the car.

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