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December 2, 2014

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 May 28, 2014 / 28 Iyar, 5774

Jesse Jackson: I Did Not Expect to Live This Long

By Roger Simon



JewishWorldReview.com |

CHICAGO — The lion in winter walks into the room. His sideburns and mustache have gone gray. There is a little excess baggage beneath his chin. But Jesse Jackson's stride is still firm, and his handshake firmer.

His voice is quieter now, but the rhythms are the same, the hint of his South Carolina birthplace still an undertone in his speech.

He is 72. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at 39; Robert Kennedy at 42; John F. Kennedy at 46.

I ask Jackson whether he expected to live this long.

"I did not," he says. "We had the most death threats of any (presidential) candidate ever."

When he ran for president in 1988, New York City resembled a war zone. Memories that are distant now were fresh then: the Howard Beach incident, the Bernhard Goetz incident, the Tawana Brawley incident.

Ed Koch, the voluble mayor of the city, was relentless in his attacks on Jackson. One day during the New York primary campaign, I see Jackson wearing an ill-fitting raincoat lined with body armor. I ask him why he is wearing it.

"Because this is the only place in the country where a major political leader, the mayor, has created a climate of violence," Jackson says.

But Jackson does not cut down his public appearances. If anything, he seems to increase them. He leads marches of people over the bridges and through the streets of New York. He is always at the forefront, always at the point.

The Secret Service has begun urging reporters to group around him closely, especially those reporters tall enough to block a sniper's view. It has become, to say the least, a unique campaign.

Today, Jackson looks back on it with something like resignation. He says he has no death wish, no desire to be a martyr.

"A coward dies a thousand times before his death," he says. "Courage is acquired."

In the main lobby of the Chicago office of the Rainbow/PUSH coalition, which he founded, there is a disconcerting display. It is a life-size re-creation — a diorama — of the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where King was shot to death April 4, 1968.

On the balcony are life-size cutouts of four men. From left to right, they are Hosea Williams, one of King's chief lieutenants, Jackson, King and Ralph Abernathy, whom King called his best friend in the world. It is the day before King is assassinated on almost exactly the spot he stands in the diorama.

The diorama is placed so that every visitor must see it. Even though the real Lorraine Motel is now part of the National Civil Rights Museum, I find the diorama disturbing. Why re-create an assassination site in the entrance to your office?



Others, however, find it an appropriate honor not just to King but to his disciples. Many come to the office and pose for pictures in front of the diorama, sometimes with Jackson himself. Jackson was only 26 at the time King was killed. But Jackson was already a veteran, having led his first sit-in at the segregated library of his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina, when he was 18.

It was a peaceful and ultimately successful sit-in — the library was desegregated — though Jackson and seven others were arrested, handcuffed and jailed. Some published accounts are murky as to how long the "Greenville 8" spent in jail, with one saying it was for 45 minutes.

So I ask Jackson how long he was jailed. "Forever," he responds dryly.

The civil rights movement would split between those who insisted that nonviolence was the only realistic and moral solution in the struggle against white racism and those who thought violence a proper response to the violence being done to them.

I ask Jackson whether he ever considered taking the violent path, especially after King's assassination and the nationwide riots that followed.

"As a practical matter, no," Jackson replies. "The violent ones were the segregationists, and they hurt all in the line of fire. We expressed our anger differently. We chose not armed struggle but to get the attention of the oppressor.

"Malcolm (X) said, 'Liberation by any means.' But the only means available to us was mass demonstration, economic leverage and our votes. The white people of the South got freed by black people and the civil rights marches."

I ask Jackson about the future.

"Leadership at some point must be bold," he says. "Vanity asks: 'Is it popular?' Politics asks: 'Will it work?' But there is another question: 'Is it right?'"

What about the current cynicism toward government and politics?

"I have seen enough progress to not have my spirit broken," he says. "I have come too far in my lifetime to despair now."

The lion's roar is somewhat muted; the tenor and tone are softer. But it endures.

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