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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

Ask Mr. Know-It-All

By Gary Lee Clothier




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Q: The modern Olympics were first held in 1896 in Athens, Greece. My question is about the original, ancient Olympic Games: Who was the first champion? -- H.L., Chandler, Ariz.

A: The first Olympic champion in recorded history was a naked runner, Coroebus of Elis. Coroebus was a baker who won the sole event at the Olympics, the stadion, a sprint the length of the stadium.

DID YOU KNOW? After the Olympic Games of 2012, London will be the first city to host the games three times: 1908, 1948 and 2012.

Q: What was the first event of the modern Olympic Games? -- J.D., Newton, Iowa

A: The very first event in the modern Olympics was the first heat of the 100-meter race, held on April 6, 1896. The 100-meter race final took place on April 10.

The first Olympic champion was American James Connolly, who won the triple jump later on April 6.

Q: Have any Summer Olympians died as a direct result of participating in their event? -- T.L., Russellville, Ky.

A: In 1912, during the games held in Stockholm, Portuguese runner Francisco Lazaro, suffering from sunstroke and heart problems, collapsed and died the day following the marathon. He was 21. At least two other athletes died while participating in their sport -- Romanian Nicolae Berechet in 1936 and Knud Jensen of Denmark in 1960.

During the 1972 Munich Olympics, 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team were killed in a terrorist attack by Palestinian extremists.

Q: Johnny Weissmuller, who is famous for his role as Tarzan, was an excellent swimmer. I was told he competed in the Olympics. Did he win any medals? -- G.R.T., Deltona, Fla.

A: Johnny Weissmuller (1904-1984) won five Olympic gold medals and one bronze in the 1924 and 1928 games.

DID YOU KNOW? The fastest human footspeed (or sprint speed) on record is 27.79 mph, seen during a 100-meter sprint by Usain Bolt. Look for him in London.

Q: What are the dates of the original, as in ancient, Olympic Games? In my limited research, I have come across several dates. -- S.T., Hamilton, Ohio

A: There is no consensus on when the games officially began or ended.

According to Greek myth, Heracles and his father, Zeus, were the founders of the games. Heracles named them "Olympic," and he created the custom of holding the games every four years. Again, according to myth, Heracles built the first Olympic stadium in honor of Zeus. The two most common dates for when the games ended are 393 or 426. The first date (393) is commonly accepted because Theodosius I declared that all pagan cults and practices be eliminated. Many also accept the second date (426) because it was then that Theodosius II ordered the destruction of all Greek temples.

Q: I think the Olympic flag with its five interconnected rings is a wonderful representation of the games. When was it created? -- E.L.D., Williamsport, Pa.

A: The official Olympic symbol was created by Pierre, baron de Coubertin, who was considered the father of the modern Olympic Games, in 1914. A flag with the symbol was first flown at the Antwerp Olympic stadium in 1920. The original flag was retired after the 1984 games at Los Angeles; a new flag was flown at the 1988 Seoul games.

The colors are (from left to right): blue, yellow, black, green and red. The five rings represent the five major regions of the world -- Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania; they are interconnected to symbolize the friendship created by the competition. Each of the rings' colors represents at least one color of the flag of every country in the world.

DID YOU KNOW? Misty May-Treanor is an American professional beach volleyball player and actress. She has won more tournaments than any other female player, with 110 career wins. Look for her in London.

Q: What happened to Nadia Comaneci, the Romanian gymnast who stole the hearts of the world in the 1970s? -- J.T.L., Salem, Mass.

A: It's hard to believe that little Nadia will be 51 this November. She is the winner of three gold medals at the 1976 Montreal Olympics and the winner of two gold medals at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. She is married to former American Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Bart Conner. The two run a gymnasium empire, which includes a gymnastics academy, a production company, a magazine and several sports equipment shops. They have one son, Dylan, who was born in June 2006.

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