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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: How many states did the Pony Express go through? -- G.H., Youngstown, Ohio

A: That's too easy; I suspect a trick question here. The Pony Express mail service operated from April 1860 through October 1861. The route went through the current states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California. At the time, only Missouri and California were states. The others were territories (though Kansas became a state in January 1861).

Q: I was at an art gallery and picked up the business card of an artist whose name is Libena. It's a beautiful name. What is its origin? -- M.J., San Francisco

A: Libena is a Slavic female given name.

Q: Switch hitters are common in baseball. What about switch pitchers? -- W.K., Allentown, Pa.

A: I don't know of any current major league pitchers who can throw with either hand. There is one in the minor leagues: Pat Venditte, who plays for the New York Yankees' farm team.

The only modern-era major-league switch pitcher was Greg Harris. He finished his 15-year career with the Montreal Expos in 1995 with a 74-90 win-loss record, a 3.69 earned run average and 1,141 strikeouts. I know of at least four ambidextrous pitchers who played in the 1800s.

Q: I have two questions about the TV show "Leave It to Beaver." My first question: What was the name of Beaver's elementary school? My second question: If his name was Theodore Cleaver, why was he called Beaver? -- B.L., Naples, Fla.

A: Theodore (Jerry Mathers) attended Grant Avenue Grammar School in the fictitious community of Mayfield. His nickname, "Beaver," came about because his older brother, Wally (Tony Dow), was unable as a youngster to pronounce the name Theodore. Wally's version sounded like Beaver, and thus a nickname was created.

Q: Gen. George Armstrong Custer was killed in June 1876 during the Battle of the Little Bighorn; he was 36. I know he was married, but what became of his wife? -- P.A.C., Dover, Del.

A: In 1864, Custer married Elizabeth "Libbie" Bacon (1842-1933). After the death of her husband, she wrote several books glorifying his memory and became a one-woman advocate for her husband's legacy. Her three books -- "Boots and Saddles" (1885), "Following the Guidon" (1890) and "Tenting on the Plains" (1893) -- are still available in print and electronic editions. Besides her books, she also wrote articles and toured extensively promoting the memory of her husband.

Financially, Elizabeth did quite well for herself. When her husband died, she was faced with a large debt that he had accumulated. But by the time of her death she was a wealthy woman.

Q: What happened to Dave's cigarettes? In the mid-1990s I was given a pack (my name is Dave) as a joke. (I don't smoke.) Included with the smokes were actual ads and parodies of those ads that my girlfriend made up. -- D.H., Woburn, Mass.

A: First, let me tell you a bit about Dave. He is youthful, honest and hardworking. He can be seen in North Carolina driving his yellow 1957 pickup truck that was featured in at least one ad. I suppose you could say he was rebellious. According to an ad, he was fed up with cheaply made, fast-burning cigarettes. He set out to learn about tobacco farming, bought a tractor and some seeds, and cleared some land to work. Come harvest time, his tobacco was handpicked, barn-cured and barrel-aged to achieve rich flavor. From the seeds of a few tobacco plants, a dream grew.

There was only one problem with this: None of it was true. Dave's Tobacco Co. was created and owned by tobacco giant Philip Morris. The brand was introduced in the mid-'90s and disappeared in the mid-'90s as well.

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