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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

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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

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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

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review April 4, 2005 / 24 Adar II, 5765

Man of faith's final lesson

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When his place is settled in history's ledgers, the legacy of Pope John Paul will focus on the big picture of his 26-year reign. Front-and-center will be such iconic facts as his being the first non-Italian Pope in 455 years, the way he stood up to Communism in his native Poland, the grueling traveling ministry that took him to 133 countries, the forceful way he advocated traditional church teachings on peace, poverty and protecting the unborn.

Much emphasis, too, will be placed on how he survived serious wounds in an assassination attempt, then went to the cell of his would-be killer to forgive him. And how he visited Israel to apologize for Catholic anti-Semitism and established Vatican diplomatic ties with the Jewish state.

Yet for all those stirring moments, we are witnessing the creation of another important dimension of that legacy. The Pope is teaching the world how to die. Never underestimate the power of an example. And as we watch John Paul alternately resist, navigate and endure the darkness closing in on him, it is impossible not to react in personal terms. And not just for Catholics. Anyone facing death - their own or a loved one's - is getting a dramatic lesson on life's final moments.

Indeed, the timing of the Pope's decline, coming as America is consumed with the legal battle and death of Terri Schiavo, has added an extra dose of poignancy. That the Vatican announced the Pope had been given a feeding tube just as the courts were denying one to Schiavo neatly illustrated the universality of the issue.

And for those who had any doubts, the Pope's treatment showed exactly where he and his Church stand on the emotional question of sustaining human life with new technology.

No surprise there. From the start, John Paul has been a thoroughly modern Pope. His world travels and a savvy use of television and books broadened his message while also making the often-mysterious Vatican seem a more contemporary, open institution. Some of that impulse surely has to do with his age - he was only 58 when he was elected in 1978, a relatively young man for the enormous task of leading the world's 1.1 billion Catholics.

But the incredible openness with which the 84-year-old Pope has chosen to share his decline and even his final moments reflects nothing so much as his desire to lead by example. His wish, he revealed recently, is "to unite my own sufferings with those of Christ."

And so, as he came during Easter week to a window to greet crowds below, his hands noticeably trembled from the Parkinson's disease wrecking his body. His head slumped into his chest and attempts to talk usually led to unintelligible sounds and even drooling. And it was all carried on television around the world.

Even the Vatican tendency toward secrecy gave way to regular public statements chronicling his worsening condition. The announcement that he had received last rites on Thursday was followed by regular updates that, in thinly veiled language, revealed the failure of his organs as death approached.

It's painful to watch, this public dying. The first instinct is to avert the eyes, to turn away, yes, to turn the channel. The urge is to remember the beaming, vigorous man whose first act when visiting a new country was to drop to his knees and kiss the earth.

We'll always have that image of John Paul, and so many others that captured his crusade of faith and compassion. But the images of these last days are compelling, too, and I believe history will ultimately decide they exist in harmony with, not in contrast to, the earlier ones. For taken together, John Paul has left us not only an example of how to live life, but also how to end it.

The picture is now complete.

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