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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: What did William Randolph Hearst call Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif.? -- V.L.M., Roanoke, Va.

A: Hearst called it La Cuesta Encantada -- the Enchanted Hill.

In 1865, George Hearst, a wealthy miner, purchased 40,000 acres of California ranchland. In those days, it was known as Camp Hill and was a place for family and friends to rough it on camping trips. In 1919, Hearst's son, William Randolph Hearst, inherited the land from his mother, Phoebe Apperson Hearst. By this time, the ranch had grown to 250,000 acres. Tired of the camping experience, Hearst instructed San Francisco-based architect Julia Morgan to build a "little something."

By 1947, an estate of 165 rooms -- including 38 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 14 sitting rooms and two libraries -- and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways was completed. Hearst died in 1951, and the Hearst Corp. donated the property to California in 1957.

Q: I know a thespian is one who is involved in the theater. Why the name? -- S.W.N., Brockton, Mass.

A: Thespis was a sixth-century B.C. Greek actor and playwright. He is said to have developed the Greek tragedy, although none of his plays survived.

Q: I remember my dad taking me to a Boston Braves football game when I was a little kid. What happened to them? -- P.G., Ankeny, Iowa

A: The Boston Braves debuted in the NFL in 1932. The team changed its name to the Redskins the following year. In 1937, the team moved to its current home in Washington, D.C.

Q: If someone is fired from his or her job, we know what it means. But what does fire have to do with losing a job? -- Y.N.S., Lakeland, Fla.

A: I found many explanations. Here's one: Many years ago in England, if a village wanted a person or family to leave, the family house would be burned. In other words, they would be fired.

Q: How did the Bartlett pear get its name? -- L.Z., San Jose, Calif.

A: The popular fruit was first grown in America on the farm of Cap. Thomas Brewer. He sold his farm to Enoch Bartlett (1779-1860), who popularized the new strain of pear.

If you go to England and want a Bartlett pear, you'd need to ask for a Williams' pear.

Q: To this day, my grandmother has a doily on the arm of each chair and sofa. How did the delicate mats get their name? -- O.S.D., Hickory, Tenn.

A: They were named after a 17th-century London dry goods dealer whose last name was Doily (or possibly Doyly). At one time, "doily" meant "genteel, affordable woolens."

** Q: I have heard the phrase "holy Toledo" all my life. How did it originate? -- W.F., Flagstaff, Ariz.

A: I came across eight different theories; I'm sure there are more. One version goes that back in the day of vaudeville, performers often complained of poor attendance during Holy Week. Performances in Toledo, Ohio, were always poorly attended, so it was said to be Holy Week all the time there -- which was shortened to holy Toledo. Another explanation is that Toledo, Spain, became one of the great centers of Christian culture after its ninth-century liberation from the Moors. It was holy Toledo.

Q: Other than Audrey Meadows, did anyone else play Alice Kramden on "The Honeymooners"? -- R.T., Waterville, Maine

A: During the original skits of the show, which aired on the DuMont network's "Cavalcade of Stars" from 1951-1955, Pert Kelton played Alice for the first two years. Audrey Meadows was turned down for the role because Jackie Gleason thought she was all wrong for the part -- too young and too pretty. He later changed his mind, and Meadows replaced Kelton in 1952. She remained with the show until 1961.

Jackie Gleason brought "The Honeymooners" back in 1966, with Sheila MacRae as Alice and Jane Kean as Trixie. Art Carney came back to again play the role of Ed.


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