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

E-mail @ 35

By Randy A. Salas

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) E-mail recently turned 35. You might have thought you were at the forefront of technology when you were sending electronic mail in the early '90s, but East Coast computer pioneer Ray Tomlinson created e-mail as we know it today in 1971, when he used the @ symbol in the address to separate the user from the computer and sent the message from one system to another. I didn't even bake a cake for e-mail's 35th anniversary. But if I had, I would have taken a photo of it and e-mailed it to as many people as I know — who would have then forwarded it to their friends.


Brian Larson's Email Forwards collects cool and funny things — some of it adult humor — that the iTunes production manager has received in forwarded e-mails. Entries range from everything written on the chalkboard by Bart in the opening of "The Simpsons" to several dozen "Yo Mama" jokes ("Yo momma so fat, when she gets on the scale it says, 'To be continued.'  ") I liked "M&M Duels," in which the writer recounts squeezing two M&M's together to see which one remains uncrushed; the survivor is pitted against another candy until one True Champion emerges from the bag.

Internet Bumper Stickers provides free sayings, with designs to look like car bumper stickers, that you can paste into your e-mails. (Click on the links under "How to ..." in the More Stuff menu to find out how to save and add a sticker to your e-mails.) More than 2,800 stickers are available.


MailFool is a rather devious service that lets you e-mail anyone but make it look as if the message was sent by someone else. To a casual observer, the message looks authentic, with the fake sender's name and e-mail address in the proper fields. But the website warns against using the service for fraud. Senders must provide a real e-mail address, which is sent a confirmation number that has to be entered at the site before the fake message can be sent. A tag at the end of the fake e-mail notes that it was sent using MailFool and gives an ID number so that the recipient can see who really sent it. Still, MailFool is fun for a prank.


Several online services help you send coded and encrypted e-mails to friends, but Spam Mimic does it more covertly by making your message look like junk mail. Just enter the text you want to encode, and the site will turn it into spam prose ("Dear E-Commerce professional , Especially for you — this breath-taking news ... ") that you can paste into your e-mail program. The recipient then copies and pastes the spam text at the site to decode it. Cool — as long as the recipient's e-mail service doesn't filter out the encoded message as spam.

How is your e-mail etiquette, or Netiquette? NetManners will fill you in on "10 Little Common Courtesies" that everyone should practice when sending e-mail, such as knowing basic rules (don't leave the subject field blank, for instance) and spell-checking.

Forwarded e-mails — we all get them. But, jokes aside, which ones can you believe? Is Applebee's giving away free gift certificates? No. Did Starbucks refuse to send free stuff to soldiers in Iraq? No. Do popular lipsticks contain dangerous amounts of lead? No. Sixteen of the 25 Hottest Urban Legends at Snopes deal with e-mail claims. Next time someone forwards an e-mail to you, visit Snopes to check its veracity.

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Randy A. Salas is a columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Do you have a favorite Web site or a question about how to find something on the Internet? Send a note by clicking here.


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