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

‘Elusive planet’ can be viewed clearly from Earth with the naked eye

By Randy A. Salas

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Have you seen Mercury lately? It's right there, clear as night, in the predawn sky. We're in the middle of a roughly three-week span in which the "elusive planet" can be viewed clearly from Earth with the naked eye -- something that's usually difficult to do because of Mercury's proximity to the sun in our sky. Let's take a look online.


Space.com's Joe Rao, an instructor and guest lecturer at New York's Hayden Planetarium, offers an excellent guide to spotting Mercury, one of the brightest objects in the night sky. (Use www.startribune.com/a2001 to go straight to his write-up.) "Mercury should ... be relatively easy to find, low in the east-southeast sky about 45 minutes to an hour before sunrise," he says. His guide includes an illustration showing where to look for Mercury in relation to the horizon, as well as links to learn more about our first planet. The view gets better soon, too: Mars and Jupiter are joining Mercury in the predawn sky, culminating in the most compelling sight on Dec. 10, when they will be unusually close to one another from our perspective. Space.com says it will post a guide to viewing the planetary trio today.


It's 1.4 billion miles and counting for MESSENGER -- or MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, Geochemistry and Ranging spacecraft. NASA's unmanned mission to conduct the first orbital study of Mercury started on Aug. 3, 2004, and will begin orbiting the innermost planet on March 18, 2011. The space agency's fantastic website for the project has countdown clocks for it all, including MESSENGER'S closest fly-by of Venus on June 5. "Understanding this 'end member' among the terrestrial planets is crucial to developing a better understanding of how our own Earth formed, how it evolved, and how it interacts with the Sun," the site explains about why NASA is going to Mercury. The site is filled with information about the planet, as well as activities for students and teachers.


You don't need to wait for MESSENGER's 2011 arrival to see Mercury up close. Go there now using "Celestia," a captivating -- and free -- computer program developed by Minnesotan Chris Laurels that offers vivid views of the solar system and beyond. Download "Celestia" at his site, and then head over to the Celestia Motherlode (www.celestiamotherlode.net) to get free add-ons that make the most of the software. Among them is Bob Hegwood's nifty "Tour of Mercury" (download it using www.startribune.com/a2002), which explores the planet using the path of and images from the Mariner 10 spacecraft, which mapped about 45 percent of Mercury's surface during three fly-bys in the mid-'70s. The read-me file in his add-on explains how to configure "Celestia" to use it.


Outside of television and cinema, few artistic works have glorified our solar system as magnificently as Gustav Holst's seminal orchestral work "The Planets." Listen to a performance of the four-minute third movement, "Mercury" -- with Colin Matthews conducting the Hallé Orchestra -- at the British classical label Hyperion's website. (Scroll down to find the link for the Real Audio file on the left side of the page.) That movement is particularly fitting at this time of year, because the melodies and instrumentation recall traditional Christmas music. If you want to download a truly great performance of the work at iTunes (www.itunes.com) or buy one in stores, look for versions conducted by Adrian Boult, William Steinberg, John Eliot Gardiner or, arguably the best, Charles Dutoit.


Wikipedia's listing of the more than 200 named craters on Mercury notes that they all have been labeled after famous artists and writers, including composers Beethoven, Bach and Wagner. Sadly, none is named after Holst. Maybe that will change when MESSENGER maps the remaining 55 percent of the planet starting in 2011.

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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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