JWR Schticks and groans

In this issue
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)


When Time Shut Down

By Mordechai Schiller

Maybe instead of debating who's to blame for the government shutdown, we should be looking for whom to credit. We finally achieved Thoreau's motto: "That government is best which governs not at all."

In Israel, non-governing is an art form. One afternoon, legendary philanthropist Bernard Hochstein walked into a government office in Israel. He saw the cleaning lady putting the chairs onto the tables and doing sponga (mopping the floor).

In the best Hebrew he could muster, he asked, "Lo ovdim hayom? — They're not working today?"

The woman went about her mopping and said, "Baboker lo ovdim; b'tzaharayim lo nimtza'im — In the morning they don't work; in the afternoon they're not around."

I keep my own governmental contact to a minimum, but, during the shutdown, I got a sign from on high (or wherever) of the power of government.

Years ago, I read an article from Wired, reporting on how the International Bureau of Weights and Measures was having conniptions. It seems that the Earth's rotation was slowing and their standard of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) was losing its vaunted precision.

Atomic time was no longer in synch with World time. So, while we weren't looking, for decades, scientists have been sweeping "leap seconds" under the UTC rug.

"People say it's a wreck waiting to happen," the article quotes Dennis McCarthy, former Director of Time at the United States Naval Observatory.


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During the recent shutdown, I made an amazing discovery. When I checked the time on Time.gov (my system clock at work is a minute or two fast), I got the following message:

NIST Closed, NIST and Affiliated Web Sites Not Available Due to a lapse in government funding, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is closed and most NIST and affiliated web sites are unavailable until further notice. We sincerely regret the inconvenience.

Whatever other "divine right" our leaders in Washington may claim, I now know that the government is able to make time stand still.

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Mordechai Schiller is a copyeditor at Hamodia, the Daily Newspaper of Torah Jewry.

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