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FEBRUARY 27 MARCH 20, 2006 5766 -1TN 20 L3IYJd 29


They're Calling t

Your Name

By Josh Kaller

Welcome, welcome to the wide world of worries brought
to you straight from Gainesville. I'd like to take this brief
mental moment between you and me to catch you up on
what's cooking in Bush-town.
Relax, take a seat and enjoy the show. As of late, if you
happened to be a pedestrian walking near the Capitol building,
you might find massive groups of chickens in business suits
randomly clucking into the air spouting, "Buck, Buck. Not
the hands that feed us! Buck, Buck." Most people would
assume this is just a normal day at the Senate. But to you
and me, this has a special significance. From congressmen to
senators, from Dick to Bush, everyone is concerned about the
whistle-blower, Jack Abramoff.
Jacky Boy is now charged with five counts of criminal
felony charges.
What? Where did those come from? Well, it's a long,
complex and sinister story of Indians, Miami Subs, SunCruz,
lobbyists, Delay, politicians, law firms and llamas. Yes, the
llamas were in on it too, according the Associate Spoof
So how deep do you want to dwell? Well, I'll let you in on
a little bit of the buffoonery.
It goes like this: Jack was hired by our tomahawk-touting,
nature-nurturing friends, the Indians, to help propose to the
Senate a lower tax take-back from the government. The
Indians gave Mr. Abramoff and his associates, Greenberg
Traurig, a legal and lobbying firm, nearly $83 million to fight
the boys in Washington. However, this is where the genius
comes in. Jack was paying other associates to counter-battle
the Indians in Washington. He created a lobbying ring where
he was paid to fight for the Indians and paid people to fight
against the Indians, all in a wonderfully successful attempt,
aside from the getting caught part, to make money.
And money he did make. If you happen to collect Time
magazines, you will find a photo of Abramoff's apologetic
face with the caption, ."The man who bought Washington."
Guys, he looks really, really sorry. He is also sorry about the
indirect involvement in the murder ofBoulis, the former Miami
Subs and SunCruz casino owner who was mysteriously found
dead, execution-style, in his car after dealings with Abramoff
and his partners. I'm not saying he had anything to do with it,
just that things happen when Jack is back. But don't worry.
Nobody will get to Jack. They're making sure he's exempt
from any connection.

(Continued on page 4)

News Shorts
Governor Kinky
Dear Rabbi
From the Foreskin
The Whole Shpiel Crossword
Jerusalem Tiles

UF Comes Together to

Discuss Middle East Peace

By Cara Bowen-Goldberg

Campus groups came together last week to
discuss hot-button issues regarding the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict. Three events, each featuring
a range of opinions and involving students from
varying backgrounds and perspectives, were held
at UF on Tuesday and Thursday.
Coming Together for the First Time
Josh Sachs of the Florida Israel Project, an
Israel advocacy group, and David Reznik of Nakba
'48, a Palestinian advocacy group, came together
Tuesday night for a debate sponsored by Model
UN and made UF history by discussing the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict in front of the community.
Model UN, anticipating a large turnout for the
event, reserved a room for 70 people. But the event
drew an even larger crowd, and audience members
found themselves standing in the aisles and spilling
out of the doorways.
Each speaker chose one topic. The discussion
was run in a pro-con-pro format, giving each
speaker the chance to respond to the other's
comments, with the original speaker making
closing comments.
(Contirnued on page 2) Senior Foreign Press Coordinator David Baker spoke at the
UF Hillel on Feb. 20. (See story on page 2)

Irving Sentenced by History

By Kimberly Gouz

In 1989, when many UF undergrads were still in diapers, British historian David Irving gave two
speeches in Austria, for which he was accused of denying the Holocaust a crime punishable by up to 10
years in prison in a country once run by the Nazis.
Irving, 68, returned to Austria in November and was arrested under a 1989 warrant based on charges
of denying the Nazi extermination of 6 million Jews in World War II.
On Feb. 20, he was tried and sentenced to three years imprisonment.
Irving's trial has added fuel to a worldwide debate over freedom of expression, amplified through
violent protests by Muslims worldwide who were outraged by a series of satirical cartoons of the Prophet
Following the verdict's reading, Irving said, "Of course it's a question of freedom of speech. The law
is an ass."
Around Gainesville, opinions are mixed as to whether prison is the best way to punish Irving, whose
trial has pushed him back into the limelight. Irving was labeled a bigot and went bankrupt in 2000 after he
lost a high-profile libel case against Emory professor Deborah Lipstadt.

(Continued on page 2)

What's Happening
The Jewish Calendar
Kabbala Losers
Chillin' with Mani
Book Revievw
Jewish Kid, Jewish Star

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David Irving
(Continued from page 1)
Irving sued Lipstadt for calling him a Holocaust denier,
falsifier and bigot, and for saying in her book, "Denying
the Holocaust," that he manipulated and distorted original
"The Lipstadt trial took away whatever shred of dignity Irving
had; he was a physical, emotional and professional wreck," said
UF history professor Mitchell Hart. "Jailing Irving, rather than
ignoring him, has made him a celebrity."
Irving said during last week's trial that he changed some
of his views and now believed the gas chambers had
existed and that "millions of Jews died."
But Hart isn't fooled.
"Even though Irving admitted to the existence of the
Holocaust, he's just saying what he needs to say to get a
reduced sentence," Hart said. "No one actually thinks he
saw the light and became a changed man."
Hart said the law in Austria and Germany that makes it
a crime to publicly diminish, deny or justify the Holocaust
was "created with the best of intentions to prevent the
reemergence of Nazism." However, he added that, "these laws
don't get rid of admiration of Hitler any more than our laws
here in the U.S. have gotten rid of racism. The issues are simply
sent underground."
Geoffrey Giles, associate professor of German history and
the Holocaust, said he was pleased with the verdict.
"I think someone who has maliciously tried to add fuel to
anti-Semitism in Europe and North America should be made to
pay for these crimes," Giles said.
Ilana Arowitz, a second-year English major agrees with
Giles that Irving's imprisonment serves a purpose.
"Although it seems unreasonable and severe when you first
hear about it, when you look at the fact that he returned to Austria
on his own accord, it seems he received due punishment," she
said. "All I can say is that he sure has a lot of chutzpah."

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Eyr:es on the News

Some Jewish women's activists sent vibrators to Jewish leaders
to create a "buzz" about what they see as the organized Jewish
community's silence on reproductive rights. Jewish Women
Watching said the Jewish community cannot be silent on these
issues in the wake of Judge Samuel Alito joining the Supreme

-Immigration to Israel from France rose in 2005. Israel's Central
Bureau of Statistics reported Wednesday that 27 percent more
French Jews immigrated last year than in 2004. Political analysts
attributed the phenomenon to fears of rising anti-Semitism in
France, home to Western Europe's largest Jewish population.

AnAmerican Jewish Committee delegation visited Denmark on
a solidarity trip in the wake of the Mohammed cartoon controversy.
This week's two-day visit was led by David Harris, the executive
director of the AJCommittee.

Iran offered to fund the Palestinian Authority. "The United
States proved that it would not support democracy after it cut its
aid to the Palestinian government after Hamas won the elections.
We will certainly help the Palestinians," Ali Larijani, secretary of
Iran's Supreme National Security Council, was quoted as saying
Wednesday after meeting. in Tehran with Hamas leader Khaled

Israel's Ehud Olmert called Iranian- President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad an anti-Semite. "The president of Iran, with all of
his statements, is a heinous anti-Semitic phenomenon. He is an
Israel-hater," the interim prime minister told the Knesset Foreign
Affairs and-Defense Committee on Wednesday.

Hamas chose Ismail Haniyeh to be-the next PalestinianAuthority
prime minister. Haniyeh is seen as a relative moderate within
the terrorist group. He headed the group's list in parliamentary
elections last month'in which Hamas scored a surprise triumph.



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UF Comes Together to Discuss Middle East Peace (continued from p.1)

Reznik started the discussion with "The Question of Zionism."
He argued that Israel's treatment of Palestinian Arabs is in conflict with the United Nations Universal
Declaration of Human Rights. He strongly criticized Zionism, the founding ideology of the state of
Israel, and said that the ideology, in its contemporary form, is irreconcilable with the UN declaration.
Sachs chose to speak about "The Two-State Solution as the Way to a Lasting Peace." He asked the
audience to close their eyes and imagine having to call home every time they rode a public bus just to tell
their parents they were still alive, and explained that this is the reality of life in Israel under the threat of
Palestinian terrorism and suicide bombings. Sachs emphasized that in order to ensure a lasting peace, the
Palestinians must choose a government that rejects terrorism and recognizes Israel's right to exist,
as agreed to in the 1993 Oslo Accords, when Israel officially recognized the Palestinian Liberation
\ Organization as the representative of the Palestinian people.
M, w. After the initial discussion, the event was moved to a larger room for a question- and-answer
S session. As the debate intensified, the moderator from Model UN repeatedly banged a gavel
against the podium to keep the crowd in order.
rzij David Reznik and Josh Sachs had different motivations for participating in the event. Sachs'
goal was "to build bridges, to breakdown the separation that's happened due to ideologues on both
sides." Sachs offered a quote from the documentary film "Promises": "If they do not meet with us,
and we do not meet with them, then there will never be peace and understanding."
"The initial goal was to raise awareness about the Palestinian people's struggle against Zionist
occupation and oppression," Reznik said.
But after the event, he was already thinking about new possibilities: "When I was hearing the
concerns of both Josh [Sachs] and of the Jewish people in the audience, I was beginning to see that their
concerns are really not that different from the Palestinian concerns, which are feeling protected, feeling
secure and feeling able to ... be [in the place they consider] home ... without being treated as second-
class citizens."
Although they debated covered many controversial topics, Reznik and Sachs agreed on at least one
thing: neither knew of a previous event at UF where the pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian student lobbies
came together for discussion or debate.
Gathering in the Rain
A more relaxed mood characterized a peace rally held Thursday afternoon in Turlington, despite
pouring rain. The event was organized by representatives of the Jewish-Student Union, Islam on Campus
and the Campus Ministry Cooperative. "I'm here trying to bring together any faith, any ethnic group and
anyone who wants to be here," said Rabbi Siger, one of the organizers of the rally. "We're tired of people
trying to resolve their conflicts through extremist speech or through violent acts," Siger added, "I even
invited the pirate group, the Picaroons."
Those gathered for the rally blew bubbles into the stormy sky and played slippery games of handball.
Plans to make signs and light candles were squashed by the weather, but the message of peace could
still be heard amidst the downpour. David Dean, a campus minister for the Presbyterian and Disciples of
Christ Student Center at UF, came to the rally "because there's not a lot of distance between extremism
and violence, and if one participates in extremist activities, one could more easily be pushed towards
violent behavior."
Also present was Sakil Hossain, a graduate student in psychology and a member of Islam on Campus.
Hossain attended the rally partially because he desires to change the misconceptions Jewish-Americans'
and Muslim-Americans have of each other. "There's a misrepresentation that Muslims hate Jews, and
I'm here to say that I grew up with many Jewish friends. I grew up in Palm Beach which is, you know,
the Jewish capital of America. But at the same time I'm still very caught up in my religion. Being
Muslim doesn't necessarily equate to being anti-Semitic or being anti-Jewish."
(Continued on page 3)

Israel's Foreign Press Coordinator Speaks

David Baker, senior foreign presscoordinator for the Prime Minister of Israel, addressed a crowd
of about 100 people at the University of Florida Hillel on Feb. 20.
Baker, who grew up in New York and moved to Israel 20 years ago, spoke about life in the Prime
Minister's office, where he acts as a government liaison to the foreign press. -
He also shared personal anecdotes about life in Israel.
Baker's speech was off-the-record per his request, but he agreed to field a few questions from The
Shpiel's correspondent Cara Bowen-Goldberg.

Shpiel: When you open the newspaper in the morning, what's your favorite section to read?

DB: I like the op-eds, even the ones that aren't so favorable to Israel. And I mean the editorials,
not the letters to the editor.

Shpiel: How did you end up living in Israel?

DB: I'm a Zionist, and I think the ultimate realization of Zionism is moving to Israel.

Shpiel: In your opinion, does a Jewish newspaper have any obligation to report on Israel in a
certain way?

DB: Israel doesn't actively seek out cheerleaders. What we care about is objective and accurate "


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Three Religions and Zionism
Not long after the rally, students gathered once
again Thursday evening for an event entitled "The
Three Religions and Zionism," which was organized
by Nakba '48 as part of Palestinian Awareness Week
and co-sponsored by Islam on Campus. The event
started late, with many chairs still -empty, but students
continued to trickle in throughout the evening. The three
guest speakers included Pastor Glenn Dickson of the
Presbyterian Westminster Church in Gainesville, Rabbi
Yisroel Weiss of the ultra-Orthodox anti-Zionist group
Neturei Karta, and Imam Mohammed Abdul Malik, who
ministers to the United Nations.
Dickson recently spearheaded a successful campaign
that led to the divestment of the Presbyterian Church
(USA) from Israel. During his speech, the pastor described
his travels in 2003 to Israel and the territories and stated
his opinion on the situation. "We hope that divestment
and our repudiation of Christian Zionism would call
other churches not only to move towards divestment, but
also to see the truth about Israel-Palestine."
Rabbi Yisroel Weiss is a spokesman for Neturei
Karta, a religious extremist group widely perceived of
as the outermost fringe of the Jewish community due to
their support for Palestinian terrorist groups, including
the PLO and Hamas. Weiss began his presentation with
a prayer, after which he outlined the differences between
the Zionist movement and strict-traditional Jewish
observance. "Judaism is a religion of thousands of years
and Zionism is a movement that was fathered basically
a hundred years ago." Weiss later added that Zionists
"were heretics."
He also stressed the differences between secular
Zionism and strict Torah Judaism and that "bur hopes are
not for a piece ofland, our hopes are,not for a Maccabee
to win a gold medal, our hopes are for one thing: the
revelation of God."
Imam Abdul Malik spoke last and, like Weiss,
proceeded his remarks with a prayer. He then opened
with a disclaimer of sorts. "I believe that whenever you
touch upon Jewish and Muslim and Arab issues, it's
very, very sensitive. And I think it is important that all
of us acknowledge that the Jewish people have suffered,
and continue to suffer throughout the world." But Malik
encouraged Jewish people to consider how the positions
of victim and victimizer may change. He urged both
the pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian sides to approach the
conflict by looking forward rather than backward.
"We can get trapped in the past, and keep talking
about what was, as opposed to what is," Malik said, "but
the child is thirsty right now, the child is hungry right
now. Telling the child how great it was in the days of
old does not satisfy the hunger of the child at the present
The Imam concluded his speech by turning
from theoretical .and 'theological issues to the current
realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"I respect the fact that Jewish people have
a right to self-defense and self-determination. What I
question today is the process."

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Q. W hat is this whole thing
about keeping Kosher?
A. \e don't eat bugs, crabs,
cro%% s, canines or crickets.
Judaism cares what we put in
our mouths and, ultimately,
our bodies. There are the classic categories of foods
that are kosher and then there are those that aren't. A
big myth out there is that you get the old holy rabbi
armed with a blessing and poof...Kosher! That would
be convenient, feel really religious and just be wrong.
Yes, the Kosher craze is complicated and one can be
crushed by its confusion. There are too many Halachic
(Jewish law) principles to list in one column without
boring myself (and you), although I will throw out a
few basic ones to stimulate growth.
No eating milk products with meat products.
That's right; no more Beef Jerky dipped in Velveta
for breakfast. Then there is the question of what meat
is kosher. Not all meat is created equal. Kosher land
animals, in general, are the ones that chew their cud
(regurgitated food and bile...yummy) and have split
hooves. Pigs wear the right hooves but disappoint
in their .cud performance. Cows have wonderful
hooves and chew on their bile and food beautifully!
That makes them kosher. With regards to our flying
friends, the birds, we have a list pfnon-kosher species
that generally rules out birds of prey. In fact, there is
a common thread in animals that are deemed kosher;

these animals can be loosely classified as 'domestic
or docile'. We don't eat lions and tigers and bears...
we run away.
Bugs are out for the late afternoon snack option,
although there is a species of locust that is kosher.
But one should steer clear of these critters, as they are
generally understood to taste nasty. If you're hungry
and visiting the aquarium, don't even think about it,
unless it's gotfins and scales. That rules out lobster,
crabs, shrimp, scallops and oysters: the crustaceans.
If I have succeeded in dropping these food
categories down on you like an unwanted houseguest
or rash, this is good. Like all issues in the Jewish
world, the laws of Kashrut aim to sensitize human
beings to what lies in front of them. Ideally, we will
take a moment to gaze at that which we habitually
pass over or consume. Whether it is Szechwan chicken
or a sticky moral dilemma, Judaism looks to inspire
and deepen our everyday decisions. The Jewish path
encourages us to ask "why?" before we say "why
not?" More important than the conclusion we come
to, is the process we pursue. The backbone of keeping
kosher is developing an allergy to stagnation and self-
satisfaction. When your vision and dreams begin to
collect dust, you know you are not keeping' it kosher.
Shalom Y'all
Rabbi Yonah
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Eat, Drink and Act Jewish
B) Will Pafford

L ast week, my bank demoted me from shopping-
cart pusher to little plastic basket-carrier at
Publix. Well, Wachovia, here's my statement to you:
from now on I eat kosher, and I do it for free. If you
ever want to reminisce about the good old days of
deposits, we can do it over dinner on Friday nights
at Hillel.
It's important to be inconspicuous when you're
experiencing a new culture. When I first entered
Hillel, I picked up a yarmulke and observed it had
some pink on it, so I quickly put it back, relieved
that I had noticed. It was obviously a girl one, and I
would have felt pretty silly wearing a lady-yarmulke
the whole night. Now that I was incognito, it was
time to sneak into a service.
My favorite part of the night was the music.
Even though I couldn't understand the words, the
rhythms were so hooky that I kept trying to sing
along, but it came out as mostly mumbling. Luckily,
I get practice at this type of garbled lip-synching
anytime a 50-Cent song comes on the radio.
Up until dinner, I was fairly smug in my abilities
to blend in as the blond-haired-blue-eyed new Jew.
We all sang a song, with which I clapped along, then
we drank little Nyquil shot glasses of grape juice,
which inappropriately enough, reminded me of
communion. I was feeling comfortable in my fairly
masculine yarmulke. Then, as the rabbi was making
a speech about Hanukkah, he called me out in a
reference to Christmas. The silver cup was out of
the grain sack. They were on to me. Fortunately, this
was a good segue for the gentile to be enlightened
by his table.
The great thing about girls, across cultures, is
they love to talk. The Jewesses at my table treated me
to all sorts of information, like how much hooking
up there is at these Jewish summer camps. They
attributed this sexy phenomenon to the Holocaust,
which has created some pressure to "meet a nice
Jewish boy" and, presumably, make some babies.
The only part that was a little frustrating was the
no-writing-during-Shabbat zone, which isn't a big
deal unless you're trying to take notes for an article
about your new experiences at Shabbat or trying to
remember how many people are at your table when
asked by the girl doling out the meatballs.
Shabbat was like a weekend away from the kids
for me. With their various forms of dinnertime balls
and their clever little puns (one event at Hillel is
yoga with a Jewish twist), the Jews are going to
be seeing a lot more of my face on Friday nights.
Groceries be damned!

Did You Know...

When David Ben-Gurion declared
Israel a state, the room used was
so tiny that the orchestra played
the national anthem on the roof.

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Fool Facts

Bar Nlitz-ah For a 13-year-old boy, this
celebration marks the first taste of manhood,
partying, and lots and lots of Benjamins in
Hallmark cards.

Kosher-The keeping it real" for Jet ish dielarn
law 5: now also translates as "is it suitable" ("Was
that stock bond kosher for mi trade flo\ -'"

Shabbat- The Se\ enth da\: Je\\s tt to attune to
a kind of peace that doesn't include traffic lams
and the Maiur Po\ ich sho%\.

Purim Joyful Halloween-esque Jewish
holiday that teaches the miniing-up of friends -
and enemies (it takes some pra% ing and a lot of

Yarmulke Ya know, those line hats Je\\ ish
fellas kippa on their heads

Seder A time for the joys of parsleN
representation and history. as \ou course
through Je" ish holiday dinners.

- Arieh Alkali

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67 Changes
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70 Known by different names

2 A kind of snake
3 A another I
:4 This card com es after th.c king
5 A. facial feature
6 A dit h
7 Jew ish religious sym bol
8 A: short laugh

9 Som eonewho is only in the past
1 0 Liq u id su stonance
SI A good place to stop w hen you're traveling
I 2 S m all m am m a Is w ith a b ad reputation
15 Ev n if it floats, it's best not to rock th is
16 Sings Jew ish reg ga or escaped from the G ree ks
20 W hat com es after Pepsi
22 A bb revival ed day of th w ce k
23 "You ca0 n call mI e -. sings Paul Sim on.
24 For m ost people, an inedible part of the fruit
2 8 That is (A bb r.)
29 A H im alayan beast, probably m ythical
31 A m urderous cnom puter from the beginning of the
n illennium
3.2 -A pes.t of-a plant, very com m on in the so u th ast
34 A ustra lia 's big bird
38 .To watch, espec ially a suspect
40 M usionl instrum ent
42 Rob c rt Redford in baseball
43 This kind on boat doesn't need an engine
44 P ay a ttn tio n, fo u n d at the end of a note (A bbr.)
48 A sho rt l month, in m ore w ays than one
50 Record label
5 1 Com m on natural features in Florida
53 To restrain, yo ur enthusiasm for exam p Ie
54 I rel' s m i jor ,irline
55 A c celebration
58 M u s les feel like this after a hard w workout
59 A snake -like sound
60 Tibetan beast of burden
62 G ath erers of inte llig ence (A b b r.)
64 F am ous boxer's fa. m ily nam
66 Disease of the lungs, now m costly rare (A bbr.)
68 W hat graduate student ts do for m oney ,(A bbr.)

Scrabble Babble

Cara Bowen-Goldberg

T uesday night. It is July in Jerusalem. On Bezalel Street, at one
of the long tables in the Gerard Behar Library, my opponent and
I are deep in thought. Alice
lays her tiles, hits the clock
Sand announces her score:
':.' "28, for 173." I record her
score in a hurry then eagerly
--" i" ''' make my play: "P-L-U-N-
L,. --' G-E-R-S" across the triple-
word score. A 50-point bonus
-. for using all my tiles brings
me to 92 points from the turn,
giving me a comfortable lead.
I select seven more tiles.
S"Hey, nice rack!" an
older man calls from behind
me. Smiling sheepishly, I
turn to acknowledge David, my eyes drawn to the knitted skullcap
hovering precariously on his head. The Jerusalem Scrabble Club is
one of the few places a religious man will tell a young woman that
he admires her rack her rack of Scrabble tiles, that is.
Alice, David and I are among over 50 Scrabble players in the
library that hosts the Jerusalem Scrabble Club. Out of about 1,000
Scrabble clubs across the globe, the Jerusalem club is the world's
largest. It is now named after the late Sam Orbaum, an American
immigrant and former columnist for The Jerusalem Post, who
established the club in 1983. Since then, both native and non-native
English speakers have gathered to play in Jerusalem.
Despite the political turmoil that has plagued Jerusalem for
decades, it is nearly impossible to deter the club from meeting.
During the Gulf War, the members disregarded curfews to get their-
fix, playing in gas masks.
As an Israeli public space, the club is a rarity: Scrabble players
are asked to leave their politics at the door. The summer of the
Gaza disengagement was a doubly-hot time in the Holy City; in the
humid air, my hair stuck to the back of my neck like the political
Yesha decals stuck to almost every surface in Jerusalem. The city
was all in knots with blue and orange ties. No, the Israelis aren't
Gator fans orange represented those against the disengagement,
and blue represented those in favor. But no ribbons, orange or blue,
were allowed in the library on Bezalel Street, and so I found each
week doubly-refreshing: no ribbons but plenty of air-conditioning.
You see, in Scrabble, even in Israel and especially in Jerusalem,
orange and blue have a very different meaning: triple-word score
and triple-letter score. Nothing more. After all, the Jerusalem Club is
nothing more than a close-knit bunch whose love for words matters
most. The words "Sephardi" and "Ashkenazi," for instance, which
characterize a primary ethnic rift in Israeli society, have no place in
Scrabble literally. They are, as we say in Scrabble, unacceptable


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Feb 27
-Hillel's Monday Night Meditation at 6:30 p.m.
-JAM Kick-Off events: Maccabi Games/Jeopardy Co-
Sponsored by College Bowl at Hillel 8 p.m.

Feb 28
-GFI Pro Israel Walk at Turlington 11 a.m.
-Learning Series: Jewish in the Capitol with Guest
Speaker Rabbi Levi Shemtov at Chabad 8 p.m. 10 p.m.
-Rosh Chodesh Celebrations: Adar at the home ofAllison
Schiller 8 p.m.
-Sigma Alpha Mu General Meeting at Hillel
9 p.m. 10 p.m.
-Talmud Class at Rabbi Yonah's 9 p.m. contact R.
Yonah at ravyonah@ufhillel.org
-JAM Swamp Social at the Swamp 11 p.m.

March: JAM

March 1
-Adam V'Adama Sunset Yoga with Priel at Hillel
5:30 p.m.
-Noam and ISO Caf6 B'Ivrit at Orange and Brew 6 p.m.
-Speaker Dr. Mike Cohen Co-Sponsored by Hasbara at
Hillel 7:30 p.m.
-Chick Flicks at Hillel 8 p.m.
-Israeli Dancing with ISO at Hillel 7 p.m. -9:00 p.m.

March 2
-Matza Ball at the Reitz Union Lawn 11 a.m.
-ReJewvenate at Hillel in the Library 6:30 p.m.
-Knitting at Hillel in the Living Room with Allison
8 p.m.
-Live Jazz and Fondu: 8 p.m. in the Living Room at
-Koach vs Kesher Kook-Off at Hillel

March 3
-Shabbat Services at Hillel 6:30 p.m.
-Torah Class: Soul Strings with Rabbi Berl at Chabad
6:30-7:30 p.m.
-PSU Holocaust Event at the Reitz Union room 287
7 p.m.
-TGI Shabbat Friday Night Live at Chabad 7:30 p.m.
-Shabbat Dinner at Hillel 8 p.m.
-Improv Theatre Company at Hillel 9:30 p.m.

March 4
-Shabbat Morning Services at Chabad 10:15 a.m.
-"Lookin at the Torah" with Rabbi Schiller at Hillel in the
Library 3 p.m.
-Chai Black Tie and Havdalah: Cocktails and Mocktails
at the Venue 10 p.m.

March 5
-Meditation on Mondays with Rabbi Siger at Hillel in the
Library 6:30 p.m.
-Learning Series: Dina's Decision 330 NW 20" Street at
7:30 p.m.
-Adam V'Adama Learning with Allison at Hillel
7:30 p.m.
-Sports Program with Bennie at Hillel in the Sports
Lounge 8 p.m.
-Adam V'Adama Yoga with Asaf at Hillel 8:30 p.m.
JIGLO Speed Dating at the Melting Pot 10:15 p.m.

March 6
-Speaker Elie Weisel at the Phillips Center Co-Sponsored
by Accent 8 p.m.

The Lunar Calendar

"When Adar enters, we increase in joy."
The Jewish month of Adar is here! Hooray! What's that, not
feeling it? Wondering where that promised Joy is? Well, Adar
is also the month of Purim, so maybe the Joy is hidden behind
a mask. Perhaps said Joy is in a costume, pretending t. be
stress or loneliness or insecurity. After all, we are also entering
Pisces, the month of the fish, and fish live in the hidden deep
of the sea. It also seems troublesome that the Hebrew word for
fish is dag, a word that is very similar to the Hebrew word for
worry, da 'ag...sounds like a tough month. Yet, we learn that
with the coming of Purim in the middle of this month, we will
convert all the worry in our hearts to the ultimate Joy. So irlax,
take a swim and uncover the fish. Or better yet, dress up like a
fish and hide, someone is sure to find you.
By Mazal

March 7
-Harlem Globetrotters at the O Dome 7 p.m.
-Torah Class: The Commandments with Rabbi Berl at
Chabad from 8 p.m. 9 p.m.
-Talmud Class at Rabbi Yonah's home at 9 p.m. contact
R. Yonah at ravyonah@ufhillel.org

March 8
-Torah Class: Law N' Lunch with Rabbi Berl at the Levin
School of Law Bailey Court Room from 12 p.m. 1 p.m.
-Adam V'Adama Sunset Yoga with Priel at.Hillel 5 p.m.
-Noam and ISO Cafe B'Ivrit at Orange and Brew
7:30 p.m.
-Chick Flicks at Hillel 8 p.m.

March 9
-Torah Class: Med N' Munch at Shands Medical
Complex Lecture Hall from 12 1 p.m.
-ReJewvenate at Hillel in the Library 6:30 p.m.
-JSU Purim Carnival at Hillel at 7:30 p.m.
-Live Music with The Moshav Band 8 p.m. at Hillel

March 10
-Shabbat Services at Hillel 6:30 p.m. -
-Torah Class: Soul Strings with Rabbi Berl at Chabad
6:30 7:30 p.m.
-TGI Shabbat Friday Night Live at Chabad 7:30 p.m.
-Shabbat Dinner at Hillel 8 p.m.
-Improv Theatre Company at Hillel 9:30 p.m.

March 14
-Mexican Purim Fiesta at Chabad $10 for students 5 p.m.
-Noam and ISO Caf6 B'Ivrit at Orange and Brew
7:30 p.m.

March 20
-Meditation on Mondays with Rabbi Siger at Hillel in the
Library 6:30 p.m.
-Adan V'Adama Learning with Allison at Hillel 7:30 p.m.
-Bubbie and Zadie's Kitchen at Hillel 7:30 p.m.
-Sports Program with Bennie at Hillel in the Sports
Lounge 8 p.m.
-Adam V'Adaia Yoga with Asasf at Hillel 8:30 p.m.
-Israeli Film Festival Co-Sponsored by ISO

March 21
-Ruach Chaim Weekend: Harold Kushner at Hillel
-Talmud Class at Rabbi Yonah's 9 p.m. contact R.
Yonah at ravyonah@ufhillel.org
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Chabad from 8 9 p.m.
-Noam and ISO Caf6 B'Ivrit at Orange and Brew
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Kabbala Losers Star Risin

By Leo Stein

N ow it's your turn Madonna.
Oh, how I have been waiting to
"Express Myself."
Youusedtobe socool;I remember
how dirty it felt to be a preteen
id. lhiin your "Erotic" video.
Sl\ Honestly now, weren't'you Hindu
Sfor a while, with your little tikah on
your head and your henna tattoos?
Oh wait, I forgot, you were British.
That's right; you said words like
"tele" and married an Friglikhnmn
OK Britney, I mean, oh shoot.
Ahem... Madonna, I would like to
discuss a quote you said in the Kabbala
t spirit, "Everything physical is an illusion."
S Wow, thanks Madonna. But wait, what's
2 that I see? Is that a Mercedes-Benz your
Driving, and a mansion, personal hair and
makeup stylists, and servants for your children?
Are those part of the illusion too, or do they get Kabbalah-deductible
benefits? How quickly you supposedly matured from "Material Girl"
to she who is alienated from all things materialistic.
So Madonna, although you might not want this papa to preach, I've
opened my heart to you, and along that mystical path, I get to look into
your heart too (we're all connected, you know). And you know what I
see in that little, blue heart of yours? A middle-aged bimbo looking for
the Jewish "Ray of Light" to make up for her past-its-prime career.

The Sweet S ru

By Elisa Negrin
FT or the Jew on a Friday-night
I mission, stepping intoABC Liquor
is a triumph of Tradition over Reason.
While non-Jewish friends choose from
row after row of $18-a-bottle wines,
this Kosher connoisseur is prepared
to shelve out as much as $7.50 for the
sickeningly-sweet, tear-inducingly
fruity taste of Manischewitz that only
a cough-syrup addict would stomach.
Although Manischewitz is geared
toward the 21-and-over crowd,
enthusiasts range from pre-pubescent
boys who sneak shots of the sugary
beverage during Bar-Mitzvahs and
weddings, to Hillel regulars who
cop a taste on Friday nights during
.Shabbat dinners. First-timers should
chug with caution, since a glass of Manischewitz has a higher alcohol
content than antifreeze.
But this wine is not just for drinking. Use the white Cream Blush
Concord as a substitute for those tough-to-remove stains on your carpet or
tile grout and use the classic red Concorde to both dye and perfume your
'hair. For creative cooks, use it to add a fruity flavor to Ramen noodles.
Those of you who sat at the kids' table drinking Welch's grape juice
at your Hebrew school Seders, I bet you wish for the days of grape juice
noythat Manischewitz has crossed your palate.
The next time you find yourself browsing the wine bottles at
your local liquor store, save yourself some time and grab a bottle of
Manishewitz. You will gag, you will fall asleep and your wallet will
thank you in the morning.
(Surgeon General's Warning: Consumption will cause discomfort
and low-grade headaches.)

By Elisa Negrin

F rom Stahrto Star, the Jewish kid from Long Island,
New York who taught himself to play piano and
guitar may just turn out to be a Diamond. The 27-year
old-rocker-frontman-turned-indie-solo artist has been
called "The next Neil Diamond," by ABC News for
his performance on his debut solo album, "Songs From
the Eye of an Elephant." UF fans can catch him at the
SideBar on March 4.
Growing up, Ryan Stahr passed through the
typical childhood fantasies: at two years old, a bird;
at four, a firefighter;.at six, a doctor; and then, finally,
a performer. "There was no defining moment; I just
knew I wanted to perform after watching my sister at
a summer theater camp," says R. Star, who played the
saxophone growing up. "I would come home and do
my own little performances. I can't believe I turned ou
heterosexual after all of that!"
With the full support of his "musical, yet not
hippie," family (who nicknamed him "Star"), Ryan set out to fulfill his dream. At 14, the determined
teenager became the lead singer in Stage, a rock band started by Ryan and a classmate. Over the next
12 years, Stage played such notable venues as CBGB's and Mercury Lounge in New York City. After
building a following, getting signed by Madoima's label Maverick Records and beginning work on
Stage's sophomore album, Ryan decided to move on to a new stage, and make music on his own.
Ryan transformed himself into R. Star, formed his own "more real, tangible and concrete label"
(Stone Crow Records) and began writing his own music, either sitting at the piano or lying with
his guitar. "I've been able to break the boundaries with my new music because I have a wider
demographic from hip hop to indie kids," says R. Star. "I am trying to have both worlds represented."
The singer also proudly identifies himself as a Jew. "I feel like I'm just a Jewish advocate," says
R. Star. "Judaism is the one religion that lets you be what you want and lets you question things. I
love its structure and spirituality."
Some other Jewish facts: growing up, Ryan was called "Kvetch" by his parents, and he still
regrets not being able to dance at his bar mitzvah with the then love of his life. His take on Jewish
cuisine: "I'm a modem day Jew and so my favorite Jewish food is sushi. I think eventually we are
going to take over that food!"
So where can you find out more about the man whom Newsday hailed as possessing "a gift for
cavernous melodies and haunting choruses?" Read all about him at www.rstar.net/main.php.

Bees that SpelT a Dif erence
By Drew Harwell

Sliza Naumann dreams in letters. Vowels wisp along gentle winds, lowercase letters dance and
sparkle, and consonants splash through multicolored waves. In Myla Goldberg's Bee Season, the
art of spelling pushes past tedium and into a mystical energy which empowers the young Eliza, but does
it have the power to save her broken family?
The Naumanns in Bee Season seem like a typical Jewish family: the father Saul, whose children
revered his private study as holy ground; the mother Miriam, whose introversion distances her from
the people she loves; the son Aaron, whose delight in playing guitar with his dad overwrites his anxiety
over bullies and puberty; and the daughter Eliza, whose grades and appearance seem to doom her for
mediocrity. This all changes when Eliza unexpectedly wins in her school's spelling bee. And keeps
Bee Season touches on topics like the uncertainty of youth and the desire for spiritual fulfillment
as Eliza and her father spend more and more time training for the next bee. Miriam becomes obsessed
with stealing small objects, and Aaron, feeling replaced, seeks enlightenment through his secret belief in
Hare Krishna. Each character pursues the impossibility of perfection embodied by the spelling bee; where
failure or success is determined by each tiny letter.
But what makes Bee Season special is that it excels past being just the portrait of a dysfunctional
family. The spelling bee, with its hopeful parents, dorky schoolchildren and overenthusiastic Comfort
Counselors is vividly depicted with all the discomfort and lameness of its real life counterpart. Jewish
and Krishna customs are explained with beauty and intimacy. The ancient writings of Abraham Abulafia,
which convince Saul that Eliza's gift with letters allows her a direct line of communication to God, depict
a mysterious and fascinating side of Kabbala.
Nevertheless, Bee Season is the story of Eliza, a girl so relatable as "a consonant, slow and
unsurprising" who grows eagerly into "vowelhood." Her character beams humility, innocence, and a
familiarity which makes us cheer her on.as she hovers over a dictionary or fishes the right letter out of her
mind's alphabetic sea. We see pieces of our childhood in the fragile frame of Eliza, whose bashfulness and
timidity form a little girl all too worthy of apotheosis.
Bee Season illustrates that letters are more powerful than they seem: they are perfect in their simplicity,
like Eliza, and achieve a wholeness which she reflects while her family fails to. The book serves as a
constant reminder that we are surrounded by the very same letters and, with them, hopes of transcendence.

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