In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 Nov. 17, 2005 / 15 Mar-Cheshvan, 5766

DidJew Know?

By Marnie Winston-Macauley

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The first silent screen cowboy star was a Jew! Max Aronson (also known as Gilbert M. Anderson) from Louisiana, started as a screenwriter and director, then starred in hundreds of westerns from 1910 to 1915, as "Bronco Billy!" Aronson often wrote the scripts for these early short films. He retired in 1920, but was honored with a special Academy Award in 1958. He also made a cameo appearance in The Bounty Killer in 1965.

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We've all heard of Sandy Koufax and Mark Spitz. But there have been Jews who favored exotic fare. The first featherweight to lift over 800 pounds and press double his body weight was a cantor and rabbi's son! Jerusalem-born (1936) Isaac "Ike" Berger, who came to America in 1955, took Olympic Gold in 1956 with a lift of 776.5 pounds, and the silver in 1960 and 1964. In 1964, he set a record of 336 pounds in the jerk at a body weight of 130 making him the strongest man in the world. His record held for nine years.

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Little Sun Bordeaux, direct descendant Chief Crazy Horse, is son of Jewish mama, Armalona Santos, who raised him as a Jew. Little Sun attended classes at the religious school of Temple Shalom in Spokane, Washington. The Sioux believed he was reincarnation of Crazy Horse. In a grand marketing coups, the Israeli airline El Al, in the mid-1980's, looked into the story, found the boy was indeed circumcised by a Denver mohel, and invited the Little Sun to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah in Israel. From the moment he landed, he was a PR hit and spurred Israeli Bar Mitzvah celebrations by Americans!

DidJew Know?

Yiddish is not:

  • Hebrew, but a separate language.

  • A synonym for "Jewish," any more than Baptists speak "Babtish."

Yiddish is:

70% German, 16% Hebrew, 12% Slavic, the balance is English and Romance languages. Yiddish began when Jews from the North of France settled along the Rhine, adding Germanic dialects to their Hebrew and Old French. The language flourished, beginning in 1179, as Jews, driven by pogroms into a variety of countries, brought their languages along.


Initial Yiddish 1000-1250 CE
Old Yiddish 1250-1500 CE
Medieval Yiddish 1500-1750 CE
Modern Yiddish 1750- on

(No, I don't know the difference, but ... DidJew Know?)

There are Jewish craters on the Moon. Or more precisely, there are craters named for rabbis. One, "Rabbi Levi," was no doubt dubbed so to honor the fourteenth-century Rabbi Levi ben Gershom known for his important contributions in mathematics, astronomy and navigation (Jacob's Staff). But crater-Levi is not a lone Moon Jew! Another crater was also named for a Jewish sage, twelfth-century Rabbi Abraham Ibn Ezra. The Spanish scholar was known for his astrological explanations for Scriptural passages.

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  • The longest name is in the eighth chapter of Isaiah. It is that of his second son, Maher-shalal-hash-baz.

  • The longest verse is the ninth verse of the eighth chapter of Esther. It is ninety words describing the Persian Empire.

  • And speaking of the Book of Esther, the name of G-d is not mentioned, but knowledge, wisdom, holiness, and love, are.

  • The twenty-first verse of the seventh chapter of Ezra contains all the letters in the English alphabet, except "J."

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One of the strangest alliances may be that of a London charlatan and SunYat-sen! Born to poor Polish Jewish emigres in 1887, Morris Cohen, a wastrel, connected to revolutionary China when, in a gambling den in Saskatoon, Canada he defended the Chinese owner during a robbery. Cohen went to China in 1922, where he became bodyguard for Sun Yat-sen and a "General" in the Army - all without knowing Chinese. Whether his exploits as tycoon, arms dealer, and adventurer made him a visionary, a hustler (or both), Two-Gun Cohen (who packed two pistols) was a character!

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In 1922, Jack Benny and the Marx Brothers were performing in Vancouver. A prominent businessman, David Marks (no relation) invited the Marx Brothers to dinner during Passover. Zeppo showed with pal Benny. Bored, Jack told Zeppo, "Let's get out of here right after dinner." David's daughter, twelve-year-old Sadie Marks, thought the twenty-eight-year-old comic rude. Four years later Sadie and Jack met again and Sadie went on to become his advisor, co-star - and wife (1927), under the name Mary Livingston! A romantic ending for Benny, born on Valentine's Day in 1894.

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Alice Heine, born on February 10, 1858 in New Orleans to the son of a Jewish European banking family, Michel Heine (nephew to Heinrich Heine), made a lovely footnote in history with not one, but two noble marriages. Her first, was to the 7th Duke of Richelieu. Following his death, the now-Catholic convert, known for her grace and culture, became the second wife of Prince Albert I of Monaco on October 30, 1889 and, until their divorce in June of 1902, shared the throne with Albert, great-grandad of Prince Rainier.

DidJew Know?

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"DidJEW Know?" is written by Marnie Winston-Macauley, author of the best-selling calendars (and book) "A Little Joy, A Little Oy". She's also the advice maven, "Ask Sadie", which was syndicated by Tribune Media. A former television writer, Emmy and Writers Guild nominee, Marnie is currently working on two projects on Jewish Mothers. She also serves on the Board of the Las Vegas Jewish Center for Education, Media, & the Arts.

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