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

Stump Mr. Know-It-All

By Gary Lee Clothier

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Q: In the beginning of the 2014 movie "Pompeii," there is a statement by someone named Pliny who describes the horrific events of the eruption that wiped out the town of Pompeii. Did a Hollywood writer make up the words? -- W.R.L., Martinsville, Illinois

A: A screenwriter did not make up the words; they are the chilling description of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius from a letter by Pliny the Younger to his friend, Cornelius Tacitus:

"You could hear the shrieks of women, the wailing of infants, and the shouting of men; some were calling their parents, others their children or their wives, trying to recognize them by their voices. People bewailed their own fate or that of their relatives, and there were some who prayed for death in their terror of dying. Many besought the aid of the gods, but still more imagined there were no gods left, and that the universe was plunged into eternal darkness for evermore."

At the time, Pliny was 18 and living at his uncle's villa in the town of Misenum, northwest of Vesuvius. The city of Pompeii was much closer and south of the volcano. Many of Pompeii's neighboring communities, most famously Herculaneum, also suffered damage or destruction from the blast. The eruption occurred on August 24, 79, just one day after Vulcanalia, the festival of the Roman god of fire. Pliny the Younger's uncle, Pliny the Elder, died in the aftermath of the eruption.

DID YOU KNOW? During Gregory Peck's early days, he worked as a Radio City Music Hall usher and as a catalog model for Montgomery Ward.

Q: When I measure soil or water to determine how alkaline or acidic they are, I read the results as pH. What do the letters P and H mean? Why is the H capitalized? -- K.L., Phoenix. Arizona

A: According to the Carlsberg Foundation, a Danish group that manages the Carlsberg beer laboratories where the concept of pH was first introduced, the letters stand for "power of hydrogen." The H is capitalized because it is standard to capitalize elemental symbols.

Q: As I write this, I am looking at a VHS sleeve of the 1937 movie "Born to the West." Alan Ladd is listed on the credits. I've watched this movie dozens of times looking for my favorite actor, but I don't see him. In which scene or scenes is he? -- B.K., San Angelo, Texas

A: None! There was a clerical error that incorrectly listed his name on the credits. To this day, there are many Alan Ladd filmography lists that include this movie.

Q: Not too long ago, I stayed at a hotel on a lake in Switzerland. The rooms were on stilts over the water. The hotel had an unusual name; I was told it meant "buildings on stilts." Do you know the word? -- Gatlinburg, Tennessee

A: According to the my Merriam-Webster dictionary, a "palafitte" is "an ancient dwelling built on piles over a lake; specifically: a Neolithic lake dwelling in Switzerland or northern Italy." I suspect you were staying at the Hotel Palafitte on Neuchatel Lake.

Palafitte, or stilt houses, are built over land or water. They are primarily for the protection against flooding and also keep unwanted critters out of your home.

Q: When we think of a harem, we think of one male and a group of females. What if it's reversed and there is one female and a group of males? -- M.W., Gonzalez, Lousiana

A: I could not find a definite word for the collection of males lead by a woman. Some sources suggest "stable," "reverse harem" or "male harem." Take your pick or use your imagination and come with your own name.

The word "harem" comes from the Arabic "haram," meaning "forbidden because sacred."

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