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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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. 24, 2005 / 23 Mar-Cheshvan, 5766

Some small-ish gift ideas

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | 'Tis the season and all that jazz - as this appears in print (Nov. 22), a little more than one month remains until Christmas Day and the beginning of Hanukkah. Time to get shopping, I'd imagine.


IPOD ACCESSORIES DOMINATE - Or so it seems: the first few pages of the Sharper Image catalog have all sorts of iPod accessories; announcements of new items are a daily feature of my e-mail inbox.


One of the nicest items I've seen - and one that lives up to its billing - is the $80 Boostaroo Revolution from UpBeat (stet) Audio of Grand Haven, Michigan. The device is a pre-amp and three-channel "surround sound" unit that sits between your iPod (or other audio source) and your headphones, if the latter have a greater than 60 ohm impedance.


I tried this out with a pair of Sony MDR-XD200 headphones, rated at 70 ohm impedance, and the result was impressive, just as it also was plugged into the headphone jack of a Hewlett-Packard Media Center PC m7160n. There is a difference, and for the better, when using the Boostaroo Revolution device. The Sony headphones, which retail for between $21 and $30 online, are impressive on their own; add this unit and you've got a great companion for a road trip or an afternoon's reading. The battery-operated Boostaroo has two headphone jacks, so you and a friend can rock out together. More information can be found at http://www.upbeataudio.com/.


Among other good sources for iPod accessories, I've found, are Digital Life Outfitters of Charleston, South Carolina, http://www.dlo.com, and Belkin Corp. of Compton, California, http://www.belkin.com. Both make a wide range of accessories for the iPod, and each firm offers some interesting designs. The same can be said for Griffin Technology of Nashville, http://www.griffintechnology.com, whose RoadTrip device is a personal favorite.


GIVE THE GIFT OF VOIP - The leading Voice-over-Internet-Protocol, or VoIP (stet), telephone service providers will be happy to activate a VoIP-compatible router or phone that you pick up at Best Buy or a similar store and give to someone else - or even yourself, for that matter.


The genius of VoIP is simple: it utilizes your broadband connection to place and receive voice telephone calls, using a regular phone connected to a special router. Recipients can be on a cell phone, another VoIP phone or a regular phone line, here or around the world. I've got an excellent VoIP plan that lets me call the U.S., Canada and Western Europe as much as I want for a reasonable monthly charge under $25; my calls to Australia are super-low priced, too.


Among the providers to check out are Vienna, Virginia-based SunRocket; AOL; McLean, Va.-based Lingo and New Jersey's Vonage. A Google search will provide Web addresses, while a trip to local electronics retailers will point you towards the hardware needed. This is a great gift if you have a teenager - and a broadband Internet connection - at home.


OLDIES, BUT STILL GOODIES - I've mentioned, briefly, the Jabra SP-500 Bluetooth speakerphone before, which will let you speak hands-free on a cell phone. Some hearers may or may not like the audio quality, and this isn't something to use when there are others in the car, unless that's unavoidable. But it's a good device for what it does, and in the District of Columbia, which is one of several locales that mandate hands-free phone calls in vehicles, it's downright essential. You can find it in stores for under $90, and substantially less if you search online.


Apple's Mighty Mouse - their name, not mine - is a $49 wonder that offers great navigational tools and a more sensitive operation to users connecting to an Apple Macintosh, but also to a Windows-based PC. Especially wonderful is the "scroll ball" pointer on the top of the mouse, which is the most responsive such device I've ever used on any system, anywhere.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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