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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: In a list of items for sale at an estate auction, there was a 1792 half disme. Is there such a coin as a disme, or was it misspelled? -- J.K.K., McFarland, Wisc.

A: The 1792 half disme (or half dime) was an American silver coin with a face value of five cents. The coin holds a very special place in numismatics as it may be the most historic coin: George Washington encouraged its production. Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson handled the delivery of 1,500 struck coins. It is commonly believed that the coins were made from Martha Washington's personal silver setting. There are also some who claim that the first lady was the model for the portrait of Liberty on the obverse side of the coin. "DISME" appears on the reverse of the coin, and the word was probably pronounced "deem," with a silent S. This early spelling was used in the Mint's internal bookkeeping for several years.

It is believed fewer than 400 of the coins survive today, but the vast majority are worn and damaged. In 2006, a half disme in near-mint condition sold for $1.5 million. I have not seen any prices for the worn coins.

DID YOU KNOW? Michelle Pfeiffer was offered the role of Clarice Starling in the movie "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991). The role eventually went to Jodie Foster.

Q: I had a cousin who was told by his mother that he was born with a "veil" over his face. I never understood what that meant. It is said that people born with the veil have extra powers. Is this true? -- E.P.S., Hellam, Pa.

A: The veil is more accurately called a "caul." Such people are often referred to as being "born behind the veil." A caul is a piece of the birth membrane that can cover a newborn's head and face immediately after birth. It is harmless.

In medieval times, the appearance of a caul on a newborn baby was seen as a sign of good luck and that the child was destined for greatness. The silky membrane was often pressed onto a piece of paper and presented to the mother as a good-luck charm. Later, the actual caul might be sold to others for the same purpose. To this day, many continue to believe in mystic powers of those "born behind the veil."

Q: My husband and I enjoy watching the Ma and Pa Kettle films. How old were the main stars when they passed away? What can you tell us about the series? -- J.K., Greenville, Pa.

A: Ma and Pa Kettle were created by Betty MacDonald in her 1945 best-selling novel "The Egg and I." Two years later, a film with the same name was released starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray and co-starring Marjorie Main (1890-1964) and Percy Kilbride (1888-1964) as Ma and Pa Kettle. Main was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film. "The Egg and I" was such a success that Universal Studios produced a total of seven films with Main and Kilbride as the main characters.

Phoebe "Ma" Kettle is a robust farm wife. She is happy with her role as mother to 15 rambunctious, wild children on a ramshackle farm in rural Cape Flattery, Wash.

Franklin "Pa" Kettle is a gentle, slow-witted, lazy man. He wins contests to get by. The last film with Kilbride, "Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki," was released in 1955. There were two more films with Main; the last was released in 1957.

UPDATE: I said "86'd" meant refusing service (as in the food service) or getting rid of something, and that the origin of the phrase could have been from Gore Vidal's comedy play "Visit to a Small Planet," in which a main character uses the command number "86" several times to destroy things. A reader says it could be from the Uniform Code of Military Justice, in which Article 86 deals with soldiers who are AWOL.

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