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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: Quite a few years ago I read a novel set in England during the 1700s. The story was about the tangled lives of the upper class. At one point, two young men were gushing over a coat one had just obtained. I think it was gaudy. One fella called it "very macaroni." I have never heard macaroni being used to describe a fashion. Can you help with an explanation? -- R.T., Roseburg, Ore.

A: Who knows, that gaudy coat may be the next fashion statement by Lady Gaga.

Let me do some explaining first, and then I'll get to your answer. Starting in the mid- to late-1600s, the young men of upper-class England made an annual educational tour to Italy, the Grand Tour. By the time these men returned home, they had often developed a fondness for exotic foods like pasta. As a way to make fun of their fathers and their stuffy clubs with strict rules, these young men established an informal organization called the Macaroni Club. Again, to ridicule their elders, they began wearing outlandish clothing. What started out as a joke became fashionable and was copied by many. To refer to an article of clothing as being "macaroni" was calling it high fashion.

You might be wondering if this has anything to do with the American song "Yankee Doodle." It does. The line in the song, "stuck a feather in his hat, and called it macaroni" is meant to tease the English for wearing fancy and silly clothes.

Q: I have fond childhood memories of visiting my grandparents on their farm. In the fall, I used to help my grandfather make pear wine. I could be wrong, but I think he called it a different name. I tried looking it up, but I just get homemade pear wine-making recipes. Is there another name for pear wine? -- G.L.N., Elmira, Vt.

A: I'm thinking he could have called it pear cider, but more than likely he called it "perry."

Connoisseurs of perry insist the only way it can be considered perry is if the pears are a certain variety, grown for winemaking. These pears are high in tannin and acid, and although they are not good for eating or cooking, they make wonderful perry. Many perry makers meet strict requirements before the finished product is authentic. Anything short of this, and you have pear cider. Others say that if it's made with pears, it's perry. There is yet another group that will insist if it's not made with grapes, then it's not wine at all. That takes us way beyond the scope of your question, though.

Q: Who is the actor who plays "Mayhem" in the Allstate Corp. TV commercials? -- N.U., Victoria, Texas

A: His name is Dean Winters, and he was born in New York City in 1964. He's appeared in over a dozen movies and nearly two dozen TV shows. He is best known for his role as Ryan O'Reily on HBO's award-winning series "Oz" and as Liz Lemon's boyfriend, Dennis Duffy, on NBC's "30 Rock."

In June 2009, Winters collapsed with a bacterial infection. While being rushed to the hospital by ambulance, his heart stopped beating for 2 1/2 minutes before paramedics revived him. After a month of recuperation, he developed gangrene. Doctors amputated two toes and half of a thumb. In 2010, Winters spent 95 days in hospitals and had 10 operations. He has since recovered and is back to work.

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