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Si Give & Thank
By Josh Kaller
't was gravy, stuffing, turkey, cranberries,
and calculus that warmed the deep entrance
of my thoughts driving down 1-75 this past
break. While learning what in tarnation
Newton meant behind derivatives, I began -
probing for my own answers behind the day
when the masses migrate, marshmallows
melt on sweet potatoes, and meetings matter
amongst old friends.
:. I received an early holiday lesson. I
thought the theme of'thanks' would have
played itself out by now; however, the universe
.' I deemed fit to teach me lessons of thankfulness
nonetheless, whether I liked it or not.
Lesson 1: Be thankful for friendships.
Driving down, watching the clam of the
sky close in colors on the road, I received a phone call from a friend.
The premise: a Gershwin 'Porgy and Bess' CD that had been in my
possession two days too long. I thought it was foolish. It was just a
CD. But that was not exactly the issue; it wasn't just about the CD,
was it? Behind the CD were burnt data and days of neglect, disregard,
and insensitivity. As humans on this planet, we have to give ear
to our friends who are willing to let us know that we invoke these
emotions in them. It truly lets us gauge who we are in a world where
we are always told we are too perfect and never perfect enough. I
realized that I was not grateful for being a friend to this person. I
just didn't appreciate it. Something clicked later that drive. I didn't
appreciate anyone, not even myself. As I was going 80 miles/hr down
the highway, I knew that my life speed was at light speed. We have
lost the ability to focus on the moment, sense by sense. Then on
Thanksgiving the plate was filled with Glatt Kosher Turkey, green
beans with red peppers, hearty smash of mash, and gravy to boot.
The glass plate bent in the center. As one bite escalated into three,
four, eight...the plate was done in less than 3 minutes. I felt as if I
had'rushed a lover. I had waited one year for this, my last migration
as a college student back South. And in the company of just family,
the gravy-thick feeling of untenable joy was eaten up as easily as the
pumpkin pie. Friends, never forget there's always whipped cream
around the kitchen.
Lesson 2: Be sincere when you say 'thank you'. I learned this
lesson from my best friend. It seems that a lot of the lessons I learn are
on the highway. It must go back to my nomadic roots as a wandering
Jew. This lesson was learned at a toll plaza. I was on the phone when
I had approached the plaza. It had always been in my thoughts,
especially this holiday, how these individuals are caged, taking dollars
while many are roaming freely about in the fun. I gave the toll worker
the dollar, smiled, and said 'Thank you very much, happy holidays.'
As I drove away, my friend-on-the-phone scoffed. He said to me that
you can't be very thankful to the toll worker for taking your money.
He understood the 'thank you', just not the 'very much' part. I realized
then that I did over-thank. It made me question how many thank you's
have passed from my lips with the weight of sincerity. We do it all the
time: when we are at the register, when someone holds a door open,
when we get back our Gator-1 cards from the front desk. We throw the
t-word around flagrantly, like elbows at a hockey match.
The day is Thanksgiving Day, not give-thanks day. It's about
recognizing all the things and people who you are thankful for, and
giving to them. A thank you is great, but sometimes not enough. It's
an obligation to return the blessings and burdens we have been borne
to carry with friends, life, and society.
On this holiday season, Gershwin or Newton led me to recognize
where I let the dust accumulate. I now give this to you: Don't think,
don't thank, just give.
UF on Drugs: Get High for Grades?
By Brittney Davidson
f you build it, they will come.
To Starbucks, that is.
The opening of the Starbucks at Library West sent hordes of UF students to line up for their caffein-
ated beverage of choice.
"During exam week, they're having us stay open 24 hours!" says Starbucks employee, Kaitlin LaBu-
da about the Library West branch. And judging by the,long lines already filling the coffee shop within
its first few weeks of business, this doesn't seem like a half bad idea. We are college students, after all.
When we want our foam-filled, caramel drizzled, price-inflated caffeine fix, we'd better get it. Or else.
Particularly during exam week, students confess to relying on that extra "kick" to get them through the
long, late hours of studying.
Yet caffeine is not the only kick around. With exams looming, students are now searching for more
potent alternatives to espressos and macchiatos.
Lauren* has ADHD. She is prescribed Concerta, a drug that, like Ritalin and Aderal, helps with her
condition. She does not always use all her medication.
"Some days I just don't take it," she says, "I know a lot of kids who don't like taking it all the time.
because it mellows them out so much, and they don't feel like themselves...they get depressed."
Those extra pills fill a demand on campus. In order to get the grade, students without ADD or ADHD
are forking over the cash and buying the drugs. Especially during exam weeks, Lauren will sell her extra
pills, making a profit of around $60: $10 for her 18mg doses and $15 for her 36mg doses.
"Kids take it to study. It heightens all your senses, it's a quick fix if you're really tired, or you like,
just took a test and you need the energy to study for-another one," says Lauren. "It does work, it's not
some rumor; you take a (red)bull, you're going to crash in an hour these (Concerta pills) last about five
Ryan* uses the drugs to make the grade.
"I started out my freshman year," says Ryan, "I spent a lot of time out partying, and when I had to
study at the last minute, I used Aderal."
Ryan even went on to make his own profit from the drugs, buying them in bulk for $3 a pill for the
10mg dose of Aderal, then selling them for $5 each.
Yet both Ryan.and Lauren have mixed feelings about their customers' actions, if not their own.
"It (the drug) does kind of give kids an unfair advantage on the test," says Ryan. "You can have one
kid take Aderal and study at the last minute and do as well as the kid who studied longer without the
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Volume 2 Issue 7 -
Table of Contents
The Here and Now:
More About Drugs, and the Gainesville Daily Statement.
Eyes on the News:
Plus, same-sex marriage creating controversy again.
Arts and Entertainment:
Edible celebrities and life with a black hat.
Meet Y-Love and see scenes from the Jewce.
Hearing from You:
The Rabbi speaks about stress and a letter to our editors.
Not All Those Who Wander are Lost:
Pimpin' and drunken debauchery version.
Bored of Borat?
Get out; there's more to life than Christmas shopping.
Arts and Sports:
Gator Nation, Priel does it again and more Y-Lovin'.
Special thanks to Hillel at the University of Florida
The SHPiEL Players
First Mate Executive Advisor
Captain News Editor
Chancellor Executive Managing Editor
Commanding Columns Editor
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Chief Executive Photographer
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Executive Art Design/Layout Specialists
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Ori Zalman Lubotsky
Correction: The Shpiel, edition 6, ran a story entitled "Faith with a
New Face." The writer of the piece was actually Drew Schwartz.
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"I sell it," Lauren shrugs, "but I wouldn't recommend it."
And for good reasons. Many students who take the various drugs remain unaware
of the differences between them. Concerta, Lauren's prescription, is the strongest, fol-
lowed by Aderal, then Ritalin.
taineesiffe aify ta
Hurricane Survey Results
A s this year's hurricane season draws to a close, we are presented with a mystery.
IILAfter last year's record-breaking season of hurricanes strikingall up and down the
southeastern seaboard, Why did we not receive even a single serious tropical storm this
year? Also, while we were enjoying our storm-free season, why was Mexico hit by an
unprecedented three Pacific hurricanes? The Gainesville Daily Statement posed these
questions to a number of notable Gainesvillains for their thoughts.
Gainesville Militia leader Mike Hanson: "Hurricane forecasts are a government
conspiracy aimed at helping the bottled water companies, and I think everyone knows
that by now. What they don't know is that the Pentagon's secret HARP program on
"weather as a force multiplier" can create and aim hurricanes. Why they chose these
targets rather than others? That's anybody's guess."
Hillel Rabbi Jonathan Seiger: "This brings up the age-old question of why do bad
things happen to good people. There's a very good book on the subject, by the way.
But the basic answer is that nobody knows the answer. Perhaps when the Messiah
comes, he will enlighten us."
Friedrich Neitzsche: "The profound injustice of it all proves once again that G-d
Pastor Phelps: "It was because we voted against gay marriage every time we had
a chance, while Mexico permits unchecked debauchery in its many resort towns, like
Acapulco, which was hit directly by one of the hurricanes. As it says in 1 Corinthi-
ans 22:48 'And I will smite your cities with great wind storms and rain and winged
beasts if ye shall go astray and fornicate with promiscuity and uncover the naked-
ness of your comrades."'
Third grade student Amanda Robitaille: "It was because I was a good girl and did all
my homework. The little girls in Mexico must have been very bad. Santa Clause isn't
gonna bring them any presents either."
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"A lot of kids like to crush up the pills and take them with a drink, and you can do
that with Ritalin. I take Concerta and kids will come up to me and be like, 'So I can
crush this up and put it in a drink, right?' That's a definite 'No.' You crush that up and
you could O.D...your heart could stop, you'd have to go to a hospital," Lauren says.
Even if students take the pill in the recommended way, other risks may make it less
"They have an effect on appetite, but then if you're not sleeping and not eating, I've
Sheared of kids who just end up passing
out during the exam." Lauren says.
Once she claims she sold to a girl
who did end up falling asleep from
exhaustion during her exam. Yet that
buyer continues to come to Lauren
for pills. In fact, the risks don't seem
,.,. to intimidate many students. "I'd
estimate that about half the kids at UF
have at least tried it," Lauren contin-
ues. "This might sound crazy, but I
know there are kids who say using pot
"I got into other drugs too," Ryan
says, "Pot, cocaine...not necessarily
for studying, but I used them." He no
longer takes these drugs. "There's a
certain lifestyle that went with it. I
,. ended up getting arrested; it wasn't
-, related to drugs, more to the kind of
lifestyle surrounding it, and I decided
to change that lifestyle. I study for my
L t ..,,.: .~ .- '1--:[:J exams now, without Aderal."
Starbucks opened and students
r came running. Prescription medica-
tions became available, and students
If you build it, they will come.
If you sell it, apparently, they will
How far are we really willing to
go to get the grade?
Names have been changed
t e-- ent t Brought to you by Michael Adler
UF meteorology professor Joe Pedant: "We had a slight El Nino this year which
confounded the predictions of an active hurricane season by shifting the direction of
winds in the Eastern Tropical Pacific (ETP), which lead to a reduction of the Humboldt
Current and consequent warming of the near-shore waters that spawned the unusually
active ETP storm season while causing the Bermuda high pressure system to move
inland causing the dry summer and which should precipitate a harsh winter; bringing
many extreme downward fluctuations of the jet stream in our area, preceded by extreme
upward fluctuations, which will have the effect of........"
Governor Bush: "I think it was because we were ready for it. The citizens and gov-
ernment were about as prepared as we could be, with plans in place to move quickly as
soon as a hurricane were to strike, and you know, G-d helps those who help themselves.
And Mexico? well, you know they've got that insurrection going on there."
House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi: "I think G-d knew that we were going to
vote the Republicans out of office this time. For the last two years, he's been punish-
ing us for the 2004 election, as well as using Katrina to prove the incompetence of the
administration. I think he's also punishing Mexico for having elected the conserva-
tive Felipe Calderon."
President Bush: "The answer is clear. We're the good guys, and Mexico has been
letting the terrorists across our border. I see this as a mandate from G-d to stay the
course in Iraq."
UF President Bernie Mach: "I see this as confirmation of my plan to stick it to
CLAS. I didn't know Mexico had any hurricanes this year."
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejackass: "This is a sign that the Jihadist
movements in Iraq, Lebanon, and Afghanistan have grown strong enough to bring down
the Great Jewish Satan without Allah having to lend a hand in the form of hurricanes.
Israel and the United States are about to be obliterated by an Islamic nuclear bomb that
Iran is not in the process of building."
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Eyes3' tte News
Iran was denied funds to build a nuclear reactor. The Associated Press reported
Wednesday that the International Atomic Energy Agency decision on Iran was taken
following three days of discussions on hundreds of requests from member countries.
Posters advertising "Borat" in Israel reportedly were rejected as too racy. Ha'aretz
reported Tuesday that film censors nixed images showing Jewish comedian Sacha -
Baron Cohen's Kazakh alter-ego wearing only a G-string:
Israel and the Palestinian Authority began their truce. The Palestinian Authority on
Sunday deployed 13,000 members of its security force to prevent Kassam rocket fire
from Gaza into Israel.
A group of 51 immigrants from India who claim descent from one of the biblical lost
tribes immigrated to Israel. The Bnei Menashe group arrived Tuesday.
A new oral treatment for cystic fibrosis has yielded positive results at Hadassah Uni-
versity Hospital-Mt. Scopus in Jerusalem. Hadassah reported that studies have found
that some 60 percent of people suffering from the disease carry a genetic mutation that-
Israel and the Palestinian Authority began their truce. The Palestinian Authority on
Sunday deployed 13,000 members of its security force to prevent Kassam rocket fire
from Gaza into Israel.
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Secular, Orthodox Clash
Over Same-Sex Marriage
A Comentary by Josh !
t is not constitution,
but conscience, that
backs a recent Israeli
Supreme Court decision "y -
ordering the government
there to recognize same-
sex marriages performed
abroad. As angry words
and violence will likely
spread through ultra-
Orthodox strongholds, it is
obvious this mandate will
also be contested within I lie
larger Israeli community.
Meanwhile, religious anc r ..
secular Jews in Israel, ...
America and across the
world will be uttering "ox c .
vey!" as the whole scene
Israel does not
have a constitution. Its .
government does not A g.-a couple :te.. ut.l rtll d R r 1o t -rou o' r Sai Francisco
actually hve to listen to Photo courtesy of the Associated Press.
actually have to listen to
what the Supreme Court says. If there is consensus among legislators in the Knesset that
the Court is wrong, then the ruling is merely and weakly symbolic.
Conversely, the heated debate surrounding the issue of same-sex marriage is strongly
representative of the broader cultural clashes between the-equally vocal secular left
and religious right-that underlie every aspect of Israeli life. This month has already
seen violent protestsand rioting frori the ultra religious community in Jerusalem over a
g.i pride parade planned to take place in the Holy City's streets. Violence and threats
from such zealots, coupled with memories of stabbings during last year's parade, pushed
the event to take place in an enclosed stadium rather than in the open streets, as a rally
instead of a parade.
Israel has a relatively large gay population, despite the even larger ultra-Orthodox
community which, like outspoken Christian conservatives here in America, vehemently
opposes their flamboyance, if not their very existence.
So, while it is hard to imagine these two polar entities ever existing harmoniously,
given ultra-Orthodox Judaism's propensity for narrow-mindedness and their recent
outbursts, it is even harder to anticipate this issue sinking back into the calm waters of
mutual ignorance. The gay population will likely clamor to obtain the equal rights and
opportunities the Supreme Court says it should be afforded, just as the vocal Orthodox
population will move quickly to reject the ruling as blasphemous and sinful. But as
Israel burns away like a modem Sodom and Gomorrah, the Court's ruling won't change
too much in Israeli society.
Israel does not perform civil marriages and will not begin doing so now. Thus, any
couple wishing to get married in the state must still do so through a religious ceremony.
This religious monopoly over marriage, as Steve Weizman of the Associated Press
correctly identified it, creates an obvious Catch-22 in which Israeli society will only
liberalize policies relevant to this issue if Israel ceases to exist as a decidedly Jewish
state. This won't happen, and so, neither will gay marriage ever truly be established as a
legitimate institution in this country of opposites.
Gay couples are already afforded many of the same rights as straight couples, but
will now be able to receive the same tax breaks. The only major change is that couples
married in Canada or nearby Cyprus, where such civil unions are allowed and legal, will
now be allowed to adopt children. So, perhaps this ruling will act as a loophole to the
Catch-22 previously identified. In providing this loophole though, the Supreme Court is
directly challenging the ingrained status quo.
If Israel has in fact destroyed the family unit and turned into a country doomed
for fiery destruction, as one ultra-Orthodox lawmaker put it, then real change must
have occurred with this court ruling. Yet, the state of Israel still does not consider gay
couples as being legally equal to straight ones, and the black-hatted ultra-Orthodox only
seem black hearted with their assured archaic temper tantrums. Indeed, cultural norms
remain intact, but this small milestone foreshadows great societal change looming in the
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By Leo Stein
It's disgusting how obese we've become from indulging in the celebrity
junk-food of our culture. Hey, did you hear that Britney got rid of her boy-
toy; but isn't her new look so much better than that dirty-mom phase? Oh j
man, what about TomKat's marriage in Italy. Do you think they'll be together 44
longer than Courtney Love's amount of time out of rehab? And damn, Kramer -
is a screaming racist, but at least he apologized to Al Sharpton.
These details of Hollywood life are so focused on the media only because 4z
of our obsession for them. They're in our culture because for some r..v.- a .
we have a profound infatuation with Lindsay Lohan's anorexia, or lad oAe-L .
African child. Speaking of which, what's this crap about taking home .\ti ica.l .
children as if they were Louis Vuitton handbags? Do people believe the
masquerade of compensating excessive wealth frivolously spent on pet-dog
hotels and spiritual advisors by owning some disparaged children? Apparently, i -
they do. Why are we so obsessed about the newest piece of white trash coming
on to the mainstream? Why do we buy records of artists who don't write their
own songs, play instruments, and use their sex-appeal to whore themselves
into the limelight?
I've been trying to figure why we, the public that sustains talentless singers/ -..
actors/celebutantes, obsess about their well-being. Somehow, it's as if these
people are more important than everyone else, that we actually inquire about
their latest status through blogs, premiers, and inane entertainment-weekly
shows. That, my-friends, is called Idolatry with a capital "I". If you strip them
of the grandeur we're hypnotized to believe they have, we would see they're
just sons of daughters of rich people, or striving artists willing to sell anything
to become known. They don't affect us in any healthy way, but drive our low-
attention spans by manifesting the very image-based entertainment we wish .'
was our own.
Back in the days of...well, I can't even remember, but at some point
the mainstream of entertainment was derived from the merit people put on
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art of genuine messages, and are replaced by the flavor of the week? When
was the last time you thought of Ricky Martin? When was the last timine you
thought of Sidney Poitier? Sadly, they've fallen into the same expendable
category of pass.
By Kim Gouz
Staggering number of Chabad rabbis and com-
Imunal leaders (3,000 to be exact) converged
on Brooklyn for an annual conference. Chabad is
defined by Wikipedia as "one of the largest branches
of Hasidic Judaism and one of the largest Jewish
Orthodox movements worldwide, especially in the
The group is also known as the Lubavich move-
ment, of Eastern European descent and originally stu-
dents of the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneer-
/ ,4I h i i son (1902-1994) who many followers believe to be
Im"' the Messiah. The International Conference of Chabad
Lubavitch Emissaries, colloquially known as the
.-kch ".. "Shluchim" conference, began Thursday, November
16, and ended Monday the 20th.
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Heeb Hop Hooray
By Giselle Mazur
At the age of seven, Sean Jordan saw a Passover commercial on television and
decided to turn Jewish. In sixth grade, Yitzchak Moshe Jordan, a.k.a. Y-Love,
found his other passion when he first heard "Rapper's Delight."
Now a prominent hip-hop artist with a flow to match LL Cool J and beats
comparable to Dr. Dre, Y-love spreads the words of the Torah through his rhymes in
English, Aramaic, Yiddish and Hebrew.
Born Sean Jordan, he changed his name once he converted to Orthodox Judaism.
Sparked by watching the television commercial, the idea took hold and he promptly
informed his Baptist mother that he was compelled to practice Judaism (though he
didn't know what that meant). Y-love began to explore religion, borrowing books from
the library and attending his first Seder that year.
At 14 he began to wear a skullcap and asked a local rabbi to help him convert. The
rabbi informed him that while he had to be 18 to officially convert, he could begin
studying the Torah. And study he did. Y-love spent hours taking classes and reading.
At 21 he moved to New York to convert fully to Orthodox Judaism, and then
took on the traditions ofAshkenazi Jews from northern and eastern Europe. He faced
unusual hardships, feeling the heat both from racial prejudice and from the fact that he
practiced a more mystical rather than mainstream branch of Judaism.
"It was like being in backwoods Alabama without the violence," Y-love says. "No
one would rent to me. Doors were literally slammed in my face. No one would talk to
me or treat me as an equal."
Once Y-love attended a yeshiva in Jerusalem, night turned to day. Suddenly he met
people who accepted him. Difference became less of a problem. He eased out of the
Brooklyn Ashkenazi scene and explored new ways of being Jewish. He met Jews from
all over the world, including Korea and other traditionally unJewish countries. He was
no longer an oddity or an outsider.
"I am never going to be like everyone else," he says. "I'm me. I had to go through a
lot to get to this point."
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only these two could recite and understand everything they had been taught.
Back in America, the two performed as Y-Love and Cels-1, experimenting with
Aramaic and keeping all their rhymes clean and true to their readings. In 2003, when
they went their separate ways, Y-love flourished. His music was inspired by Israeli and
Palestinian hip hop, as well as the artistic styling of Busta Rhymes and Ludacris.
SAt a show in Montreal, Y-Love met his biggest fan a Rasta guy in his thirties who
made Y-love a personalized silk-screened scarf. For Y-love the experience was surreal.
"The man sang along to every word and danced right up front; he wasn't even someone
I would have thought would be listening," he says.
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mind/body disciplines: yoga, meditation, silent re-
treats and "stress-reducing" weekend workshops.
We've got to be careful, they say, stress can kill.
All of this stress is understandable considering the
increased pressure for success: personal, professional and
academic. Each day-presents us with unique moments
for stressing out. In general, our saturated stress intake
far exceeds our daily recommended dosage. Whether it
comes from difficult family-interactions, an unhinging
of a social contract with a friend or gearing up for a test,
stress is an enemy we must annihilate.
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So when you sit down to take that test, or when stay-
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this is just one moment of many. When we string those
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Today your "newspaper" was handed to me as I walked
to class, and
I perused it with some interest. As a proud South
Floridian, I have long been involved with Jewish cul-
ture, and I was glad to see the "only student-run Jewish
campus newspaper in the country" on our campus.
After reading Mr. Bernstein's article on the Uni-
versity of Miami and its football team, my jaw liter-
ally dropped. I could not believe this specific quote: "I
believe [the UM football program's] lack of class comes
from the area of recruiting that while very plentiful in
talent, lacks moral background. This area I speak of is
Miami-Dade County. Now, I'm not saying that every
football player in Miami-Dade is a moral-less thug. But
if you look back on the history of Miami football and
see where their players come from, it's no surprise."
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i stood in the stands,
my heart beating so
Sr fast I thought it would
jump out of my chest.
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blocked two," I said to
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With one mammoth leap 6"6 defensive end Jarvis Moss
saved the Gators football season. A 40 inch vertical jump
sent Moss sailing into the heavens to pull back the Gators'
saving grace. And boy I couldn't be happier. Unless of
course I had a pitcher of beer in each hand and the university
cheerleaders were actually Victoria's Secret Models.
Now, by this time you are asking yourself, "what's next?"
Well, I'll tell you.
Besides having to walk past the pathetic Seminoles- a
bigger guarantee than the offensive line leaving room
for dessert on Thanksgiving- there is one big hurdle the
Gators must jump to make a serious push for the National
Title. One team that until this year hasn't shown itself to
be much of a threat. None other than the University of
Arkansas Razorbacks. Behind the hot hand of true freshman
phenom Mitch Mustain and the pounding running of Darren
Nl.i adden, the Razorbacks are probably the best team the
Gators will face this year. So let's break down how the
Gators can make sure they're eating Bacon.
First is the D Line. Without perennial pot smoker Marcus
Thomas the Gators seemed very weak up front against
the Gamecocks. In order to keep the Razorbacks a
one dimensional team, the Florida D Line must keep
Mustain more confused than a 10-year-old in organic
On the offensive side it all rests on the fragile
shoulders of Chris Leak. If Leak plays like his
professional career depends on it (because it does) he
will be fine. But if Leak chooses to run out of bounds
on third down and 1's and keeps chucking beach balls
up for the defense, then the Gators are going to be in a
world of hurt.
Meyer said, "Le'ak played his best game of his
college career," referring to USC. But if he repeats that
performance, buy your tickets to the Capitol One Bowl
where the loser of the SEC Championship plays every
year, because the Gators will be there in January.
Lastly, and probably most importantly for the Gators,
is special teams. If the Gators would stop holding on
Brandon James returns, buy Eric Wilbur some receiver
gloves for Christmas to hold onto punts, and keep
alleying Moss to do his thing, the Gators will crush the
If they do all of this, who knows? We could be eating
salsa and chips in Arizona come Jan. 8 for the National
Championship game. But with the BCS still at large
anything can happen. The only way the Gators have a
chance is to put a hurting on them Backs. Maybe the ol'
ball coach was right when after the USC game he said
thi*'Could be the year of the Gator."
Through his music Yzlove aims
to expose young people to the many
possibilities of Judaism. He wants to show
that not all Orthodox Jews dress in black H_-
and sit straight faced that you can still NsPA-
be the same person, with slightly different
"I'd like more young people to see the
Torah as a valid option," Y-love says.
Despite his lenient views on old
traditions, don't be fooled into thinking
he is lax in his beliefs. As an Orthodox
performer, he faces unusual issues.
Aside from the more usual problems
of not'scheduling performances on the
Sabbath or holidays, Y-love has dealt with
inflatable girls and wannabe groupies.
He once arrived at Happy Valley to play
a show for Heat magazine, only to find
inflatable women that were, shall we
say, anatomically correct, and draped
in Hasidic garb. Heat claimed it was to
represent Jews and sexuality in a positive
light, but Y-love, offended and disgusted,
refused to perform. Last New Year's Eve,
he performed an entire show with his eyes
closed because a girl in the front row was being overtly sexual to get his attention.
For Y-love, every moment brings a new opportunity. From moment to moment, he says, each of us becomes
a new person. Everything is new again, and we are new creations with each new day. It is not about being perfect
- no one is; it is about bettering oneself.
"Being religious is walking with God," he explains. "Not insisting on Godliness."
Rapping religion, Y-love wants to show God need not be dry and dusty, and maybe open some doors for others.
Matisyahu was the first, Y-love says, as the Rasta religion and Judaism have many similarities. But there is no
Latin Jewish music, no other kinds of crossover Jewish music. He fears that many young Jews see their religion as
a burden. If only there was as much Jewish music-on the radio as there is hip-hop or rock or even Christian, then
maybe such people wouldn't feel so isolated, he believes. Instead of agonizing over Judaism, they would find a
way of embracing it.
"I know that when I was converting, I looked at Judaism like a credit card with no expiration date," Y-love
says, inspired. "It was access to an elite club and I wanted to be a part of it. Don't let that credit card expire. Max
it out. Max out the connections to God, to the Torah. Max out the connections to the heritage, because it's all
beautiful. It is a very big privilege to be a Jew."
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