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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 April 11, 2008 / 6 Nissan 5768

Which is true?

By Greg Crosby

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | For me, this was a week of browsing the internet, checking out news sites and other such places looking for interesting stories. It is truly amazing what you can find out there in cyber land. The odd stuff that goes on in the world that I would never know anything about if it weren't for the international news sources, can make you shake your head and say "Huh?" Truth can certainly be stranger than fiction - but then again, it might actually just be fiction after all. Sometimes you really can't tell.

I thought it might be fun to tell you a few stories and see if you, dear reader, can tell me which are true? Okay? On your marks, get set, ready …GO!


Down in Orange County, Florida a husband and wife sat down for dinner. The wife, 28 year old Alfreda Van Bladel, apparently had prepared a dinner for her husband that consisted of hot dogs. Evidently the man wasn't in the mood for weenies and at some point he snatched the plate of hot dogs from his wife's hands, the sheriff's report said.

The action then prompted the woman to stab her husband in the shoulder with a steak knife, according to authorities. The husband, Anton Van Bladel, then grabbed a handgun and pointed it at the woman's head and said he was going to kill her. Both a knife and a handgun were recovered from the couple's home.

The husband and wife were arrested and face several charges in connection with the incident, including aggravated battery and aggravated assault. Hot dogs, knives, and guns. What an unforgettable meal!


Way down in Ardmore, Oklahoma the local Pizza Hut restaurant has been hit. No, they didn't take any cash; they took …all the pizza pans. Every one. Police said that when workers at the pizzeria arrived for work on Thursday they discovered every single pizza pan was missing from the joint.

While workers borrowed pans to prepare pizzas for the day, the cops checked out a local scrap metal shop and found out that one business paid about $17 for 30 aluminum pans. The sale led police to arrest Jody Wayne Guinn, 34, who was being held Friday at the County Detention Center on complaints of embezzlement and disposing of stolen property. Steal a pizza pan, go to jail.

On a happy note, Police Capt. Tony Trudell said the pans were all recovered undamaged and returned to the restaurant. Okay, so who ordered the pepperoni? Who had the deluxe with everything? Come and get it!!


We all know that weird stuff happens in the San Francisco area, but here's a new one on me. It seems the cops up in Palo Alto are searching for a bank robber who made his getaway in a rather unorthodox vehicle - an electric wheelchair. Police said a man in his 60s with gray hair and a beard held up the Wachovia Bank branch at the Stanford Shopping Center late this afternoon with a black handgun. After the stickup, he left in his wheelchair and was last seen motoring down a nearby street toward El Camino Real, a major thoroughfare.

Witnesses say the man's legs were wrapped in bandages and his right leg was sticking straight out while he zoomed away. The police are looking for a white Ford van that the suspect may have been hoisted into after the bank robbery. I have this mental image of Monty Woolley from "The Man Who Came to Dinner" making his getaway in the wheelchair, wearing his robe, with a bag of money on his lap.


Did you hear the one about the 15 year-old Indian girl who weighs 11 pounds and stands just 1 foot 11 inches? She may be a dwarf, but she is not exactly unhappy about it. As a matter of fact, she says she really enjoys her celebrity status. "I am proud of being small. I love the attention I get," she told a local newspaper.

She attends regular high school and studies alongside classmates her own age, but she sits at a specially made midget desk. Like all teenagers everywhere in the world, she loves listening to pop music and watching DVDs and even hopes to become a Bollywood actress. She has recently recorded an album with her favorite Indian pop star, Mika Singh.

Okay. Now that you've read all the stories, can you tell which was true? If you said all of them, you were right! Every one of the above stories was found on legitimate news service web sites last week. Just when you've thought you've heard it all, it seems that there's always something else. Nothing surprises me anymore. Not even wheelchair-bound senior citizen bank robbers.

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