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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: Our family has long used the phrase "The sky is falling!" We wonder who is credited with the authorship of the old "Chicken Little" story. -- J.L.

A: "Chicken Little" is a folktale, and it has no known author. The story dates to the 19th century. Over the years, many versions have emerged.

The original story is about Henny Penny -- also known as Chicken Little or Chicken Licken. An acorn falls on her head one day, and she is convinced that the sky is falling. She warns all of the other barnyard animals of the impending doom. In some versions, there is an unscrupulous fox (Foxy Loxy). The moral of the story varies depending on which version you read.

Q: Are the words "blond" and "blonde" interchangeable? I never know which way to spell it. -- E.Q., Medford, Ore.

A: "Blond" and "blonde" are not interchangeable. The word has French origins. When referring to a woman with yellow hair, use the feminine spelling: blonde. When referring to a male with yellow hair, use the masculine spelling: blond. Some consider "blonde" a sexist term and have dropped the "e" in all uses.

The word "brunet" shares the same distinction. The spelling is "brunet" when referring to a man's hair and "brunette" when referring to a woman's hair. However, the masculine is seldom used -- "brown-haired" is a good alternative.

Then there is "fiance" vs. "fiancee." The former is a male engaged to be married; the latter, with the extra "e," is a woman engaged to be married.

Q: I have a silly question for you: My lunch group is wondering why there are holes in saltine crackers. Is there a reason, or is it just decorative? -- S.M., Binghamton, N.Y.

A: This is not a silly question; I found it interesting. There is a definite reason for the holes in the crackers: Without them, crackers wouldn't bake correctly. The holes allow steam to escape during cooking, which keeps the cracker flat instead of rising as the steam tries to escape. The holes also help the cracker stay crisp.

After the dough is rolled flat, a mechanism puts the holes in the dough. If the holes are too large or placed too close together, the cracker will end up extra dry and hard. If the holes are too small or far apart, air bubbles will form on the surface of the cracker.

Q: I watched the movie "The Grey," starring Liam Neeson, recently. It's about a team of oil workers from Alaska who are flying home. They are caught in a storm, and the plane crashes. The survivors are forced to live in the wilderness during a blizzard. Where was the movie filmed? Was this an actual snowstorm, or was it cinematic illusion? -- S.B., Lynn, Mass.

A: The movie was shot in Smithers, British Columbia, where the temperature dropped to as low as minus 40 degrees. The snowstorms were not the result of movie magic -- those were the actual weather conditions. According to Neeson, the cast wore thermal underwear under their costumes for added protection from the elements.

Q: Is R. Lee Ermey, the drill sergeant in "Full Metal Jacket," an actor who played a drill sergeant or a drill sergeant who became an actor? -- N.L, Reading, Pa.

A: Ronald Lee Ermey (born 1944) is a retired U.S. Marine Corps gunnery sergeant and drill instructor. He is now an actor. He is frequently cast in authoritative roles. Ermey hosted two programs on the History Channel -- "Mail Call" and "Lock n' Load With R. Lee Ermey" -- and is a board member for the National Rifle Association.

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