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

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April 18, 2014

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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April 4, 2014

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

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Jewish World Review Nov. 29, 2005 / 27 Mar-Cheshvan, 5766

DidJew Know?

By Marnie Winston-Macauley


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THIS LAND IS MADE FOR YOU AND ME:
PONTIAC SAVES A CRAFTY MESHUGGENAH

While working his territory in the Great Lakes area in 1763, Chapman Abram, a Jewish trader was captured during Chief Pontiac's (Chief of the Ottawas) siege of Detroit. He was condemned to death. When tied to the stake, a thirsty Abram begged for a drink. When one of his captors offered a scalding hot broth he threw it into the man's face. Awestruck, his captors saw this action is a sign of insanity, marking Abram as a special favorite of their Great Spirit. They released him immediately — and — returned his merchandise.

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FOR YOU SPORTS FANS: QUICKIE FACTS

  • The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters was founded in Chicago by London-born Jew, Abe Saperstein in 1927.

  • The first All-Jewish basketball team was founded by Eddie Gottlieb in 1918. The South Philadelphia Hebrew Association (American Basketball League) and "SPHAS" was written in Hebrew on their uniforms. The team bit the dust in 1949.

  • Sidney Franklin, a Jewish boy from Brooklyn, did something no other Jewish boy from Brooklyn (or probably anywhere) ever did. In fact only a handful of U.S. citizens ever did. He went to Mexico and Spain and became a successful bullfighter, rising from novillero (apprentice) tomatador de toros, in 1932. Ernest Hemingway was a huge fan!

  • The next time you hit a strike, think of John M. Brunswick — his name is all over his bowling and billiard equipment. The entrepreneur founded the Brunswick Corporation. And yes, he was a Jew.

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BY AN EMPEROR, HE'S NO EMPEROR
Most people know we have a President, but for a brief shining 20 years, we also had an Emperor. A Jewish one, yet: Norton the First. Joshua Abraham Norton, a London-born Jew (1819) arrived in San Francisco in 1849, and did very well selling mining supplies. Alas, after failing to corner the rice market, he lost everything, disappeared, then reappeared — at the offices of the San Francisco Bulletin — in seedy navy regalia and beaver hat, proclaiming himself "Emperor of these United States." The amused editor published this proclamation in 1859, and so began the reign of Norton. A beloved figure over the years, San Franciscans, bowed and curtsied as Norton sailed through the streets to keep "order." A welcome guest at every public function, his "endorsements" gave him free entree to restaurants and the City paid for his lodging and uniforms. More, his "edicts" sparked a slow news day, for example:

December 2, 1859 — Norton 1 dismissed Governor Wise of Virginia for hanging John Brown.

October 1, 1860 — Norton 1 barred Congress from meeting in Washington D.C.

July 16, 1860 — Norton 1 dissolved the United States of America altogether!

In 1880, he died of apoplexy. The headline the next day in the Morning Call, read: "Norton the First, by the grace of G-d Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, departed this life."

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THE PROPER MAKING OF AN EGG CREAM ...
Much controversy has surrounded the origin of the Yiddishe delight, but the sooo good drink can only be made one way, Stan Zimmerman, owner of the famed Sammy's Roumanian Restaurant on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, told the author. And he should know. For, it's Sammy's where: JFK Jr. went to fill up with pals after he passed his bar exam, Roseanne can sing — and be appreciated, and where John Glenn quipped "I had more room in the space capsule!"

INGREDIENTS: Seltzer (from bottle only, green or clear), Fox's U-Bet chocolate syrup (1954 was a good year), whole milk.

1) Put milk in first! (An inch ).

2) Shpritz seltzer almost to the top.

3) Let sit 3 seconds ... add a little more

4) Pour syrup down center of glass ... to taste (about 3/4 ounce).

5) Stir right, then left.

6) It's done after homogenizing then separating into clear, snow white head.

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MASTER-MOUTH TRICKS MASTER-MAGICIAN
Seventy years ago at a charity event, Houdini, announced a new trick.

"I shall place in my mouth," he said, "a dozen needles and a loose piece of thread. Without using my hands, and in less than one second, I will thread all the needles." Looking over the audience for a volunteer to testify nothing was hidden, he rejected the celebs, choosing a small man in an aisle seat.

"Do you see any needles or thread hidden under my tongue?" Houdini asked the man.

The man looked into Houdini's mouth but said not a word.

"Speak right up," Houdini said. "Tell the audience what you see."

"Pyorrhea!" said the little man.

In an crowd of 1,600, Houdini had the misfortune of choosing — Groucho Marx — who he didn't recognize without the greasepaint mustache! The audience laughed for two whole minutes.

DidJew Know?

THIS LAND IS MADE FOR YOU AND ME:
LINCOLN & THE JEWISH FEAT OF FEET

When the greatest chiropodist in America meets the biggest, most important feet in America, what do you get? A perfect fit! Which was the case between President Lincoln and Isachar Zacharie, a Jew who worked his way up, toe-by-toe, through Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Secretary of War, Stanton (who didn't buy his idea of chiropodists for each army regiment, but did let him treat his feet). When Zacharie hit the top tootsies, the Prez's praises made it into the New York Herald. The two became friends, and Zacharie took on other roles — as an undercover agent for Lincoln and peacemaker between North and South. Unfortunately, he supposedly designed a weird plan to conquer Mexico — which sent him back to feet. But, his was an important "step" in establishing close ties between American leaders and Jews.

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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Previously:

Yippie-ai-oy; for you sports fan; So Sioux me; Yiddish facts; Go figure! Vital Hebrew Bible stats; Have an eggroll, Mr. Two-Gun; Marx hits mark with Marks and Benny; A Mezuzah in Monaco? A real Jewish princess; Jews out of this world!


© 2005, Marnie Winston-Macauley