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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 March 1, 2007 / 11 Adar 5767

Farrakhan's apparent farewell

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | His speech in Detroit last weekend was billed as his last major public address, but associates of Minister Louis Farrakhan won't say the ailing Nation of Islam leader is retiring. I understand their disbelief. Farrakhan has been written off before. He's also managed to stage enough encores to rival the late James Brown.


Nevertheless, this time I take him at his word. "My time is up," he declared. "The final call can't last forever."


I agree. I thought Farrakhan's time was up in 1975 after the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Nation of Islam's co-founding leader, died. His son, Minister W.D. Muhammad, an orthodox Muslim, disbanded the organization. He also announced that the Nation's seemingly prosperous business empire was almost $10 million in debt and its claims of 100,000 members actually amounted to 5,000 to 10,000, if that.


"New members would just come and go, come and go," he told me in an interview at the time. Orthodox Islam, many of his followers found, offered a more lasting and universal peace across lines of race and class.


But, while Muhammad turned to Orthodox Islam on Chicago's South Side, Farrakhan decided the old Nation's time was not up. He broke away and revived the old Nation. In 1981, he held the Nation's first annual Saviour's Day convention in Chicago since the elder Muhammad's death.


Farrakhan burst into mainstream media in 1984 while providing Muslim security escorts for the Rev. Jesse Jackson's first presidential campaign. Remarks viewed as anti-Semitic brought understandable condemnation from the Anti-Defamation League. The controversy also triggered a classic black reaction, the circle-the-wagons syndrome that boosts the credibility among blacks of any black leader who is criticized by whites, whether it is deserved or not.


In an interview back in the 1980s, Farrakhan told me how his personal call to Islam came in 1955. While others were launching a civil rights movement down South, Louis Eugene Walcott was a 22-year-old violinist and calypso singer billed as "The Charmer." While performing in the old Mister Kelly's nightclub in Chicago's Rush Street district, a friend took Walcott to hear the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, co-founder of the Nation of Islam. It changed the young Charmer's life.


Now it looks as though Farrakhan's era ended in many ways with his greatest achievement, his historic Million Man March in 1995.


He took a big risk in summoning a million black men to the Washington Mall in a big day of solidarity and "atonement," whatever that was going to mean. What if no one showed up? As it turned out, Farrakhan understood something that the sight lines of national news media missed: an urgent frustration bubbling in black American men about the state of black America.


I was there. I only had to walk a few blocks from the news bureau where I work. Hundreds of thousands of other black men came from across the continent, many of them on buses sponsored by Christian churches.


But, long-range results from the march are hard to find, except for a few heartwarming stories about positive local actions in neighborhoods here and there. Instead of building a national network of follow-up actions, Farrakhan focused on other priorities, including the building of his reputation in Sudan and elsewhere as an international figure.


At age 73, Farrakhan turned over day-do-day leadership duties last fall to fight medical problems related to his battle with prostate cancer with which he was diagnosed in 1991. His latest announcement raises questions about who will follow him. The charismatic skills of "The Charmer" will not be easily replaced. But that doesn't mean the demand for someone like him will go away.


More than other conventional black community organizations, the Nation of Islam is known for effective outreach to prison inmates and others who are the most alienated from mainstream society.


That's why the Nation of Islam resisted being merged into conventional Islam in the mid-1970s. Instead, it fragmented into several different local mosques under several different leaders across the country. I expect the Nation and other organizations like it to go on as long as there is a demand among frustrated black Americans for a voice that speaks directly to their pain, fears, resentments and suspicions. Were organizations like the Nation not around, somebody would find it necessary to invent them.

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