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Pitching a 'Tent of Hope" for Darfur

SHPiEL staff writer

A small white tent sat alone on a
lawn, waiting for people to draw near.
Beginning April 15, Hillel at the
University of Florida united with the
global Darfur movement Tents of Hope,
to show their support for the people who
are currently suffering from genocide.
Tents of Hope is an initiative in
response to the crisis in Darfur that
builds refugee tents and makes them
pieces of art and expression; makes
them a symbol of hope and change
for the millions of Darfurian refugees
forced away from their homes.
Together, Hillel, the Black Student
Union, Islam on Campus, the Hispanic
Student Association and the Jewish
Student Union created the first
tent installation ever at any Florida
university, conveying a message of

hope and solidarity.
"Through creative expression we can
raise awareness about global issues and
work toward bringing our communities
together for a common good," Hillel
Adviser Casey Topol said.
"I think that everyone has dealt with
issues of prejudice and we are living
amongst a generation that is truly
concerned for our future and about
others around the world."
Across the country multi-colored
hearts and gigantic peace signs have
covered these temporary homes. With
Tents of Hope, any student can have
the opportunity to have their words
literally change lives.
"There is no time like the present
to educate people about global issues,"
Topol said. "We need to stand together
and fight for our basic human rights."
It has been five years since the
thousands of children in Darfur have

seen peace in their nation. For some,
children have spent their entire lives
in oppression. In the displaced persons
and refugee camps, children struggle
with the distress and barbarity of
the situation. With a lack of basic
necessities, brutal domestic violence
and a lack of decent education, the
futures of these children are at risk -
that is if they escape the violence.
"I think it's a great program. It gives
you an aspect of UF that otherwise you
wouldn't have the chance to see," said
Naadira Renfoe, a representative for
BSU. "I think that with the program,
even though you may come from
different denominations, ethnicities or
minorities... it shows that we are all so
The Tents of Hope campaign is found
in over 60 cities across the United States


Dwell on them for

too long, and these

punch lines will hurt

SHPiEL staff writer

Jamsheed al-Jamsheedi of Mideast
Minute is the onjy news anchor who
Middle Easterners can trust in the thick
of war, oppression and the ever-bright
American news spin. But al-Jamsheedi
doesn't actually exist.
The man who invented and plays
al-Jamsheedi on the Webcasted short,
Pardis Parker, would like' it if his
imagination hadn't ever cooked up such
an absurd character.
But for him, the creation of al-
Jamsheedi and the mock Middle Eastern
news program he hosts was a necessary
response to an absurd reality.


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The SHPiEL: Volume 5, Issue 8

Shorts Briefs

(Ex-Vermont prisoner wins $25K settlement)
A former V4rmont prison inmate has settled his lawsuit against the state Corrections
Department for i25,000. The prisoner, Gordon Bock, was jailed from Oct. 2004 to May 2005
on charges including domestic assault and attempted unlawful trespass. Bock filed suit
against the state in 2005, charging that the ,ermont had discriminated against him because
of his Jewish faith.
Bock claimed prison officials stopped him from receiving kosher-ior-Passover stood from
an organization that provided it at no charge. He also said in court filings that he was only
allowed to use a Hanukkah menorah with electric bulbs, and onlb during a rabbi's isit,.
although other inmates were permitted Christmas lights continuously.
The settlement came after the federal magistrate judge in the case, Jerome Niedermeier,
ruled in No\ember that Bock had produced enough evidence to make a "reasonable inference
of malice.'
(Al-Qaeda leader targets Jews!
A top ai-Qaeda leader vowed to launch attacks on JeSs in Israel and the Diaspora April
2. Top Osama bin Laden lieutenant A, man ai-Zaiahiri, appearing in a video posted on the
Internet, said chat We promise our Muslim brothers that we will do our utmost to strike
Jews in Israel and abroad with help and guidance front God."
Al-Zawahiri. 56, is an Eg) ptian surgeon and the former leader of the militant group Egyptian
Islamic Jihad, which he merged into al.Qaeda in 1998 Sentenced to death in absentia the did
not appear at the trial by an Egyptian tribunal and wanted in the United States, al-Zawabiri's
remarks were part of a 90-minute tape of answers to o\er 900 questions-from supporters.
opponents, and the media-solicited in December from radical websites.
(London art museum may have Nazi loot}
A 15th-century painting ow ned by the National Gallery in London and once part of Hitler's
private collection may have been stolen by the Nazis.
Art historian Birgit Schwartz has identified Cupid Comp.lainiin to \ enus, by the medieval
German painter and printmaker Lucas Cranach the Elder, as appearing in a photo of Hitler's
gallery. The National Gallery is calling on anyone with information about the painting's
history before the end of World War [1 to come forward.
The painting was bought by the National Gallery in 1963. from the New York-based E&A
Sidbermann. That art dealer had claimed it had acquired the painting at a Berlin auction of the
collection of Emil Goldschmidt in April 1909. The Silbermanns had said Cupid Complaninig
to leinus was purchased at the auction from "family descendants of the buyer. Yet reports
indicate that the painting had been bought by American war correspondent Patricia Hariwell
in 1945.
(Pope meets with Jewish leaders during U.S. trip)
Pope Benedict XV1 met twice with lewish leaders during his United States tour. Benedict.
the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, made 13 public meetings on his journey.
One of the stops was a brief stay at Neow York's Park East Synagogue on April 13-the
first visit of a pope to an merican sy nagogue and just the third visit of a pope to an\
synagogue. The other stop was April 12, when Benedict arttnded an interfaith meeting with
150 religious leaders at John Paul Ii Cultural Center in Washington and met with about 50
jewish leaders at the esent afterwards. The director of media relations for the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops told The Neit Yorl: Times the evended Passover greetings.
The pope's trip came amidst controversy o\er a Good Friday prayer in Latin calling for
the conversion of the Jews.

Giselle Mazur

Managing Editor
Josh Fleet

News Editor
Ben Cavataro

Scene Editor
Douglas Sharf

Arts & Entertainment -Editor
Zahara Zahav

Executive Advisor/Mentor
Rabbi Yonah Schiller

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Dear SHPiELers,

Imagine a place where rainbows are a mode of transportation;
where every little girl lives in a pretty pink house and keeps safe
a color of the rainbow. A place where boys don't pull hair and
dreams travel on the backs on magical horses.
During the show's years of popularity on television, "Rainbow
Bright" was a way to take to the stars. A bit fantastical, yes, but
when I was still carrying a "My Little Pony" lunchbox and wearing
"Lion King" sneakers, "Rainbow Bright" left me with the message
that I too had the power to create rainbows.
The main character, Rainbow Bright, along with her horse
Starlight and whichever new friends they met along the way,
taught about acceptance and forgiveness through tales of
heroism and defeat. From saving the world from a fate of total
darkness, to teaching her best friend those new glasses weren't
so bad, I felt safe knowing Rainbow Bright was on my side. She
understood that everyone faces different hardships, but no matter
what the challenge, running away is never an option.
With cool actions sequences and scary evil villains, the show
taught viewers that anyone could be a hero-especially because
Rainbow Bright was a "she." For me, that was most inspiring. She
was strong and beautiful and never backed down when someone
said, "But you're just a little girl."
Wouldn't that be something if all my feminist ideals turned out
to be the result of Saturday morning cartoons?
I have not forgotten what Rainbow Bright gave me: a pure
and untainted belief in myself. As this year comes to a close and
graduation no longer looms in the deep recesses of my fantasies
but in the very real here-and-now, I am proud to look back at my
time with The SHPiEL family.
I hope that the new year and the new staff will flourish and
grow without losing that sense of wonderment and humor, and
I commend the entire SHPiEL family for an unprecedented
semester of work. Congratulations to Josh Fleet, the new editor-
in-chief, and Zahara Zahav, the new managing editor. May you be
as honored to work with the staff as I have been.
As for my future, I am about to take that next big stein my life
and enter what some call'the real world,' and I could never do it
without my Rainbow Belt and a little bit of faith in imagine tion-
faith that I still have the power to create my own rain .


Giselle Mazur
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The SHPiEL: Volume 5, Issue 8


news show mocks coverage of Mid East crisis


"Mideast Minute was born of a
need to satirize the way that negative
events are being spun and fed back
to Middle Easterners," Parker said in
an e-mail interview.
The show, which finished its first
season last November and will begin its
second season as soon as Jamsheed's
beard grows back, gives comedic life
to stories that are buried or dismissed
too quickly by the mainstream news
media. The Blackwater scandal in Iraq,
for example, is a common topic.
Al-Jamsheedi easily dismisses
the story just as any freedom-loving
news anchor would.
"You know, maybe you had to
identify their remains by their sneakers
and maybe you didn't. I don't know,
I wasn't there," al-Jamsheedi said in
reference to an actual news story, in
which a man's children were killed by
Blackwater personnel and the only way
he could identify their remains was by
recognizing their shoes.
He said, "But it's important that
everyone in your village understand
that these people willingly gave their
lives for a cause, for something they
believed in, for liberation, democracy,
freedom capitalism. If you can't respect
and value that, if you can't celebrate
that, then maybe you don't know
what the peace keepers are trying to
accomplish in the Middle East."
Mideast Minute stops being funny
when the viewer sees in al-Jamsheedi a
little bit of every commentator, pundit
or anchor whose words are streamed

live to millions of people
every second on Fox News,
CNN and others.
"When we allude to those
stories in our show, it's not
to make light of them. It's to
illustrate-in that instance, for
example-how absurd it is to
sweep these stories aside and
to attempt to undermine the 'q
emotional impact that they -''
should have," Parker said.
If the "misfirings" of a
private military contractor like
Blackwater are unavoidable
or perhaps necessary side
effects of 21st-century war,
then Parker, his alter-ego and
the crew he works with, are
living pillars of dissent from
a culture that allows such a
tragedy to become merely
an opportunity cost.
Because "gee, if this is what
war looks like, then, please,
don't let me stop you. I feel
silly for interrupting," Parker
said. "In fact, let me give you
a hand...should I only target
bystanders with easily identifiable
sneakers? Yay, correct-looking war!"
The show relies heavily on the
euphemisms and ,embarrassing
ignorance that have become standard-
fare in military and media speech.
Each Mideast Minute is brought to
the viewer by American "Peacekeepers"
(read: soldier) in various global
outposts and al-Jamsheedi manages
to grossly mispronounce every Arabic
name or word that come across the

teleprompter, despite his seemingly
Arabic background.
Parker, who has just completed
shooting "Afghan," "a short film about
two roommates and the way that they
respond to racism," said that comedy
was a way to identify and respond to
the absurdities of a hyper-sensitive
culture of current events.
Though the issues dealt with in
Mideast Minute are serious, and not
always matters deserving laughter,

the new season will not be devoid
of its usual humor.
"We are looking forward to sprinkling
some boob jokes into the second season.
Also some penis jokes," Parker said.
"There's been a dearth of high-quality.
penis jokes."

To watch episodes of Mideast Minute
with Jamsheed al-Jamsheedi and to
get news updates about the show, visit


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The SHPiEL: Volume 5, Issue 8

Harry Potter sports hit College Campuses

SHPiEL staff

has come to America.
Hashem as my witness, I'm telling
you the truth. There are 12 actual
Quidditch leagues in the United
States. Hundreds of schools have
their own teams. The Intercollegiate
Quidditch Association includes 105
schools. It has been featured in the
Wall Street Journal, and one game
was recently shown on CBS.
Some teams fashion their
own names, such. as the West
Chester Whomping Willows and the
Temple Thestrals (both of the South
Eastern Pennsylvania Quidditch

Other teams name themselves
after Hogwarts houses or actual
Quidditch teams such as the Chudley
Cannons (of Camp Wanocksett in
New Hampshire).
So how does it work? Broomsticks
can't fly. Neither
can little gold balls. Quidditc
Well, some Muggles come to
have found out
how to fix those problems.
The players on each team are all
the same-three Chasers, two Beaters,
one Keeper, and one Seeker-but the
broomsticks they "ride" on are really
more for show rather than for flying.
Some teams even ride around on
bikes or roller-skates. Ugh, Muggles.
The Quaffle-the ball the Chasers
use to score-is usually a soccer ball,
rugby ball, or Frisbee.
The Beaters use tennis rackets
or baseball bats to try and knock
the dodgeballs or Nerf balls that are
acting as Bludgers. Now, a Beater
cannot hold the Bludger for more
than three' seconds, and when a


player is hit, he has to leave the
game for a certain amount of time
(because after you're hit with a real
bludger, you don't bounce right up
and keep going). But the Snitch?
How are we supposed to mimic
a little gold ball
has with wings that
anmerica, flies around of its
own accord? Quite
simply. Some leagues have crowd
members pass a small beanbag or
golf ball around to each another
constantly.- Others use a remote
control airplane controlled by an
impartial crowd member during the
Probably the best Snitch imitation
is an actual person, dressed in all
yellow and running around like crazy
wherever they want during the game.
They can run all around campus and
not even come back to the field until
they feel like it.
So let's say the University of
Florida had a Quidditch team, instead
of a football team. Obviously, Tim

Tebow would be captain, and of
course a Chaser. He could plow
through the other team, and he'd
probably think a Nerf ball hitting
him was really a fly.
Cornelius Ingram and Brandon
James could fly/run right alongside
him. Being an offensive lineman is
basically the same as being a Beater;
the Pouncey twins would fit in nicely
with that (and they're just like the
Weasley twins too!)
UF and Hogwarts are a' perfect
match. We're a little short on in the
safety position, but I think Major
Wright has proven himself enough to
serve as our Keeper.
Percy Harvin would of course be
a superb Seeker. He's got the perfect
build: small and speedy.
Wow. This is almost too good
to be true. Maybe enough schools
will get on board, and someday one
school will form a real Hogwarts and
Ministry of Magic-but without the
magic bit, I guess.
Ah, well.

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The SHPiEL:Volume 5, Issue 8


Dancing for Peace on Earth

SHPiEL staff writer

Earth day followers are anxiously
anticipating the annual, day- that
transcends all national borders and
unites humans in harmony with their
global home. The day is Earth Day and
one of the ways this solidarity can be
expressed is through dance, which
has been the mission of Dances for
Universal Peace.
DUP is built upon the evidence that
dance has functioned as a sacred ritual
in ceremony, celebration and meditation
throughout history.
P'nai Or of Gainesville, a Jewish
Renewal Community that promotes
an egalitarian exploration of mystical
Judaism, is co-sponsoring an event with
DUP in honor of Earth Day. "Jew-fi,"
which will be held on Friday, May 9, is
intended to bring together the traditions
of Judaism and Sufism, the mystical
branch of Islam, to the celebrate Shabbat,
the planet and universal fellowship.
No expertise or prior experience is
required. What is necessary is a desire
to promote peace, healing and unity.

Mary Fukuyama, a coordinator of the
event and a leader of DUP in Gainesville,
explained that the dances are based on
simple folk circle dance movements
and the singing of sacred phrases. It is
a "moving meditation" through which
human energies are refined.
The congregational dancing is
intended to promote peace and respect
for all world religions and is a way to
connect with people to generate energy
that is mending for the world and for
the spirit. -
Earth Day is the only globally
celebrated event by_ people from all
cultures, faiths and nationalities, and it
promotes sustainability and awareness
for the environment. -
Jew-fi is one of many events like
it that will be taking place around the
world in honor of diversity and unity.
The event will run from 7:30-9:30
p.m. at The United Church of Gainesville
Fellowship Hall, West Wing, located at
1624 NW 5th Ave and will be followed
by a dessert potluck. Any interested
Earth-lovers should put on their dancing
shoes and peace signs and join in the

Multicultural 'save Darfur' event


and Canada. Currently, communities in,
various countries such as Sweden, New
Zealand and Bahrain have joined forces
with the Tents of Hope drive.
"Personally, I love that we are
juxtaposing our current freedom
with the violence in Darfur," JSU
Representative Ilana Seff said. "I think
if people learn to appreciate their
freedom, while also learning about the
tragic situation in Darfur, they will be
more inclined to help others acquire
freedom as well."
As a part of the Tents of Hope week,
the organizations involved will host a
"Freedom Feast" loosely based off the

Jewish holiday of Passover, the week
after the tent is on display.
"The idea of the Freedom Feast is
an opportunity for various cultural,
religious and ethnic groups to come
together in an effort to commemorate
our-shared experiences of oppression,
exile, slavery and redemption, while
also addressing the need for the unity
and liberation of all people," Topol
"We can't be divided when trying
to be at the forefront of the world's
The feast is April 23, with a location
to be announced soon. The festivities
begin at 6 p.m. with live entertainment
and multi-cultural cuisine.

Your Gainesville Passover Seder Guide

Hillel at the University of Florida
First Seder Night: Saturday, April 19 8:30 p.m.
1. Seders for Dummies hit all the highlights at a fast pace
2. Gator Seder an inspiring blend of singing, schmoozing & interacting
3. Traditional Seder halachic and sephardic-style meal

Second Seder Night: Sunday, April 20 8:30 p.m.
Join us for an exciting and dynamic Traditional Seder

Lubavitch-Chabad Jewish Student & Community Center
First Seder Night: Saturday, April 19 8:45 p.m.
Second Seder Night: Sunday, April 20 8:45 p.m.

Both locations will be serving kosher-for-Passover meals all week long!

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Orthodox Yeshiva student

arrested for false identity

SHPiEL contributing writer

Theodore Riley Floyd took
someone's life.
Growing up in a Christian home
in Wichita, Kansas, Theodore Floyd
converted to Judaism and then stole
someone else's identity running away
to a traditional Jewish community.
He climbed to the top of one of
the most prestigious Yeshivas in
America, and then got caught.
He and his wife had always strived
to be Jewish, and in 2000, were finally
converted as Orthodox Jews by Rabbi
Pinchas Aloof of the Ahavath Achim
Hebrew Congregation in Kansas.
It was then that he and his wife
decided to live a more observant life
and move to a larger community. And
then the problems started.
Introducinghimself under the false

name of Nathaniel
James Levi, later
Natan Yosef Levi,
Floyd applied to
the Friends of
Torah program in
2001. The program
matches Jewish
partners together
to rediscover their
Jewish roots.
The real
Nathaniel James
Levi, in fact
deceased, lived

He became one of the most
outstanding members of the local
Orthodox community. Settling into

From reports to the
Asbury Park Press
within the local
community, "Natan"
was a "Righteous
Jew" who excelled in
studying Torah and
was an obvious baal
teshuvah (one who
has done repentance)

in Bakersfield, California and was
discharged from the Navy in 1993
after serving for less than two years.
Levi passed away in 1994 after being
hit in the back of the head by a
moving train.
After a year of progressive
learning with his partner from
Friends of Torah, Floyd toured the
city of Lakewood, NJ, with the former
after expressing disappointment
in the small size of his community
in Kansas.
In 2003, he decided to move with
his wife and children to the Haredi
neighborhood in Lakewood to attend
the Beth Medrash Govoha Yeshiva,
the largest Talmudic Academy in the
United States.
Floyd excelled in his learning
from the start at the Yeshiva, never
giving any reason for any doubt to
who he was.
From reports to the Asbury Park
Press within the local community,
"Natan" was a "Righteous Jew" who
excelled in studying Torah and was
an obvious baal teshuvah (one who
has done repentance).

his new identity
and lifestyle, Floyd
became a regular
observant Jew
and even started
a graphic design
company (www.
when not studying
at Yeshiva.
Nothing seemed
out of place.
It was not until
February of 2008
that problems

started up again.
Federal agents had discovered that
Floyd had fraudulently applied for
a passport under the ruse of Natan
Yosef Levi in 2002, and was on the
lookout for him when he relocated
to New Jersey.
Floyd thought that his retreat
into the strict religious. Haredi
community would keep him safe. But
the FBI finally apprehended him at
his Lakewood home on Feb. 21, 2008.
Floyd's case will go to trial at the end
of April.It is still unclear how, or why,
Floyd stole Levi's identity.
The only other recorded problems
Floyd had had with the law were a
minor theft warrant and report of a
stolen refrigerator back in Kansas
in 2001. His mother, Vera Floyd, did
not know of his conversion or move
to Lakewood.
Still, the family of the real Nathan
Levi is upset over the identity theft
and disrespect by Floyd.
"This guy is kicking the dirt off my
brother's grave and into my family's
face," Taranto'Levi, Levi's sister, told
the Asbury Park Press.

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Firstly, I have to ask how much flack you get for your last name. Would you say that being Jewish has influenced your music?

The Germans I have met get the biggest kick out of it. My guess is
that someone in my family was a doctor, or at least had remarkable
health, a few generations back in Poland. Children were way more
clever with their taunts than adults generally are. And yes, I like it so
much that I am getting married next spring and keeping my name.

I read that you traveled a lot as a child. How has this affected the
way you make your music?

My grandparents flew their own plane around the world about
fifteen years ago, and my parents started their marriage with a
seven-month road trip honeymoon in Central and South America.
Wanderlust seems to inform something vital in my family. I was
fortunate to travel a lot growing up, and have chosen a profession
that forces me to travel extensively.
The influence of the travel on my music is certain, though the
type of influence varies. One concrete influence is that after a trip to
India with my parents when I was in high school, I decided to study
South Indian Vocal music at Wesleyan, and after four years of that, it
certainly has leaked into my own music.

What would you say to students pursuing music at college?

It depends what they want to do with music, and different music
departments vary drastically. Considering the fact that participation
in musical events for non-professional musicians has generally been
reduced to "listening only" (as in concerts or listening to recordings)
I think any way to empower people to make music themselves is
imperative. With that in mind, even if somebody does not pursue a
music profession, having a music degree might give him/her some
valuable insight into the way humans work and feel, or go about
feeling the world around them. Then again it might not. It depends
on the department, and the person.

What is your favorite instrument?

The pedal steel.

In the past few years, Judaism has had an increasing influence. I
work as a Chazzan (Cantor) for the High Holidays mostly, but some
other small holidays throughout the year. I am in love with Hebrew
as a language, especially for poetry. And my senior thesis project
was about the music of Jewish grieving rituals. I composed music
based on the research I collected for the written portion. I find the
sounds generated by large groups of Hassidic men praying to be
some of the most enlivening sounds I have encountered.

How does your poetry play a part in your music? Do you plan on
exploring any other forms of writing or art?

The germ of each song of mine always begins with an idea in
words. The music feels effortless, but I labor over the words. It is not
that writing lyrics is more difficult, but I am more meticulous about
words than I am about music. They have such direct meanings that
if they are misplaced there can be so many slippery implications.
When I write songs they almost always have a poetry counterpart.
Someday I'll compile those, but I do not feel an urgency.

What is the hardest part of making music?

It's all hard! That is why I want to spend a lifetime doing it.

From left to right:
Dave Wilson, Max
Goldberg, Daniela
Robby Kunkle,
Frank Lyon

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The of mixed media

potentiaineries e me te
An interview with Jake Marmer of Frantic Turtle

SHPiEL staff writer

Jake Marmer doesn't simply write --
poetry or make music. He blends the two
together. After experimenting with poetry
and melody, the band Frantic Turtle was
born. Frantic Turtle's sound melds slam
poetry and broad contemporary sounds
working to echo and extend Jewish -
An agenda without clear definitions,
Frantic Turtle's message unites the
mundane and spiritual through the medium
of Judaism. Frontman and reigning poet of
the New York-based band discusses with
The SHPiEL the artistic potential offered
by Judaism.

You never refer to yourselves
explicitly as a Jewish group. How
much of a role do you find Judaism
plays in your poetry and music?

It's crucial, really defining. I don't want to put "Jewish" all over
Myspace. It's implied. People who know what we do, know about it. And
I see myself as- an extension of tradition. Judaism and people have a
very literary-tiadition, and I look to expound on this. This is a genre that
hasn't been very popular in the past few years but resurfaces every so
often. It's the ancient paradigm. It's a big question, you can say anyone's
poetry grows out of mythologies, out of whatever the mythologies are:
social, living mythologies... There's so much material in Jewish history
and tradition that it's a shame to let it go-the Torah, the teachings,
everything. It's this material that's loaded with artistic potential.

Do you find yourselves using Judaism as a familiar media
for expression, or is there something specific you are
saying through this focus?

Really both, because I'm living the life, you know? It's part of my
everyday existence. I'm expressing what's around me. It's part of my
mundane life and part of my spiritual core. It's the extension of my
existence but also I have some sort of an agenda. Not necessarily clearly
outlined or defined but I sincerely believe that Judaism has the potential
to transform the experience as a cultural renaissance. I've seen a lot of
amazing bands here in New York; it's tremendous and I want to contribute
to it, facilitate it, be part of it.

How did you decide to incorporate poetry and music?

I was performing poetry for some while-that's been my thing,
slam poetry specifically. It's musical and pretty theatric and in the
beginning it seemed like a fun idea and the more I thought about it the
more conceptually important it became. There's a quote from the poet
named Amiri Baraka. He says poetry and music are one. Music is a form
of poetry and poetry is form of music and the more poetry goes away
music becomes less interesting and it goes away from music's original
function. That really made a lot of sense to me.

What is the songwriting process
like for you?

It changes all the time. For a while the
paradigm was that I would bring poetry
to rehearsals and band members would
bring music to it. [We] would sit around
and they would pick up on my rhythms
and instead of counter imposing would

to the poetry. That's more or less the
process. Often times we just improvise
and go on long sessions and little bits and
pieces surface that later we use.

How did Frantic Turtle come

Well I wanted to do something...I
wanted to start performing poetry with
music and I asked a few friends to play
with me. That was a little experiment. I got into it and I started inviting
more and more people and that's the genesis.

Where is Frantic Turtle headed?

We finished a demo and I've been sending it around to a few record
labels. We're kind of on hiatus-I'm actually getting married in the"
summer. After the summer it will definitely be coming back into the
swing of things. The band has been very fluid: the members change,
inviting new people, etc. The lineup on MySpace is the lineup on the
demo. I don't know what we're gonna reemerge like after the summer. It's
likely-we'll go into this experimental improvisation period. Everything
composed on the spot. This is where I want to gravitate to... explore
that. I'm hoping to end up there at some point.

photos courtesy ofJake Marmer

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Sof the Israelites from Pharaoh. It's that his Lord is with him and will and see the similarities to help peaceful future for us both.
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Change it up

There is a basic problem that is the
cause of some of life's most colossal
failures. It is what prevents political
parties from being re-elected; what
causes the extinction of numerous
species and countless people from
living a satisfied life. It can appear
to be a value of great strength while
Sat the same time an obvious point of
vulnerability and weakness.
-This timeless folly and flaw can
simply be described as: resistance to
The pursuit of comfort is not always
the stated goal, but often the navigator
behind many of our decisions.
Comfort is not a bad thing by itself.
If there is one thing you would like to
give a baby as it enters into the world,
it is a sense of overwhelming comfort.
When one suffers a loss, the only thing
of any value you can give the mourner

is comfort. In fact, that is exactly the
role one fulfills when performing
the ritual shivaa call"-the Jewish
visitation to the home of a mourner of
a loved one.
The darker, more sinister side
of comfort can be found in the
unimaginative affluence of our
suburbs, in the ever deep recesses of
our sofas, and in the preprogrammed
selection of college majors like as if
they're fast food options.
Our decision-making often opts for
a path of least resistance- the route
that maintains the status quo and
avoids bucking the comfort zone that
is our own or our parents.
The greatest enemy and threat to the
.Kingdom of Comfort is the insidious
and reckless spirit of change. .
Passover, which begins April 19,
is in its most basic form the holiday
of change. The Hebrews leave Egypt
and change into the Jewish people.
We change from bread-eaters to

matzah-eaters. And we change from a
collective identity of slavery to living
out a promise of being a free people.
The timeless and countercultural
message of Passover happens to
coincide with this semester's last
edition of The SHPiEL, the graduation
of an estimated 8,500 21-year-olds
and the middle of a hotly contested
presidential election where each
candidate is vying to be the bearer of
the flag of change.
Change is not simply a tempting
option or an enticing prospect. For
our personal, national and universal
survival. It is nothing short of
necessary. It is the source of creativity,
the vehicle for growth and the only
thing that prevents you from the trap
of complacency or just getting old.
In the face of my love for the UF
community, the amazing students
and staff I have had the honor to get
to know and learn from the past three
years, my family and I will be leaving

after this semester.
Change is scary and uncertain but
ultimately, unavoidable and should
be embraced as the eventuality of
As this concept of transition and
transformation finds its way into
our calendars, our lives and our
perceptions of self, remember to give
it up for the only thing that will bring
you to where you need to go.

Questions? Comments? A topic you
want addressed? Hit up Rabbi Yonah at

New matzah flavor introduced

the blood
of Christian
children to
S bake matzah.
Next time
I'm shopping
at Publix I'll
/ pick up onion
flavor, egg
flavor, maybe a few macaroons and
gentile blood?! I've always wanted to
delve into the world of cannibalistic
Passover crackers.
A recent Israel Today article
reported anti-Semitic groups in Gaza
and Russia are making age-old blood
libel accusations: In Gaza, teachers
are taking students on field trips to

anti-Holocaust museums with exhibits
about Jews throwing gentile children
into ovens. Fliers showed up in a
Russian town in Siberia telling parents
to keep their kids far from Jews during
the Passover season-lest they become
haroset ingredients
I find this stuff pretty hilarious.
I suppose I could worry about
ignorance and bigotry, but what would
that change? I'm thinking of starting
some libel myself.
Maybe billboards depicting Peace
Corps workers raping women in Sudan.
Did you know the Japanese flew Enola.
Gay over Los Angeles in 1945 and
dropped the bomb?
Hopefully our young ones are
reading this. It's like a world where Big

Bird and Grover teach xenophobia. One,
two, three, four: Four spics plus three
shylocks minus one spear-chucker
equal six evil people. This is the kind
of propaganda being exposed to kids in
these places.
It would be much too much to
expect egalitarian education in Gaza,
but at least teach the truth-in schools.
(Though that also may be too much to
ask since American schools may not
be honest either-I'm learning in one
of my classes now about the effects of
violent video games on the behavior
of children and young adults-an iffy
subject across the board).
These. reports of anti-Semitism
today aren't too far from the ridiculous
propaganda used by the Nazis.

Anyone who has walked through a
Holocaust museum has shaken their
head at the idea that Germans were
swayed by the bizarre posters and
slogans. But to grade school students,
such things aren't bizarre-they're
terrifyingly real.
Somewhere in a Gazan or Siberian
bedroom, some kid is having a
nightmare of ovens and death at the
hands of Jews.
.So at my Passover Seder on April 19,
I'll think of one thing when I take my
first bite of matzah. Is there a 19-year-
old Christian kid somewhere in Russia
eating his Wonder Bread and thinking,
"Wow, this was made with some prime
Jew blood." (That is what Christians eat,
right? Wonder Bread?)


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10 ARTS & ENTERTAIN MENT The SHPiEL: Volume 5, Issue 8

a sweet treat, but a. little heavy for some.

SHPiEL staff writer

S"Caramel" is a good film, but it's not for everyone. Though witty and light enough to enjoy, it is
heavier then the typical romantic fare produced in the U.S.
"Caramel" tells the story of five Lebanese women %who work together in a salon. Throughout the
course of the film they each face female challenges and romance issues. It's a lot like a Lebanese "Love
Actually," only with a slightly somber tone akin to the Spanish film "Volver."
The movie is intimately shot, clinging tightly, to the actors. This helps the audience to connect with :
the characters but provides a significant challenge to the actresses.
The cast rises to meet this challenge, usually saying more with their expressions than with their
dialogue, making each close-up count.
The music in "Caramel" suits the film. rarely garnering attention, but never detracting from the film's
quality. it just isn't a musical film: its strength lies in the characters and story, the music just had to do .
its job well enough.
"Caramel" is a treat, offering a glimpse into the lives of eeryda\ people facing evervda\ problems
in a different culture.
It's not a period peace, it's not dramatic, it's not unbelievable, nor does it falU into the t} pical cheese\ "
failings of many romance movies. The film shows that regardless of culture, people will act the same r *
when placed in certain situations.
Though the film has its culturally unique aspects, it ne\er reaches a point where it would alienate an
American audience. "Caramel" demonstrates that, no matter the culture, we are people first and we are
our nationalities second.
Whether this message is an intentional goal of the film or not, it dramatically increases the value of
this film, rising above the average romantic drama and saving it from the hit-or-miss nature of foreign
humor on American soil.
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Exploring inter-faith division:

Eva Etzioni-Halevy speaks at the University Of Florida's Hillel

SHPiEL staff writer

wvs of all communities join together
in serendipitous peace in the Holy Land.
The inconsequential differences of the
Diaspora--ethnic divisions, religious
tendency, language-are cast aside.
A communal Jewish unity breaks out.
Orthodox rabbis and avowed secularists
break matzvah together. All is well.
It could happen.
And pigs could be kosher.
In modern Israel, division among
Jews has increasingly become a source
of scholarly and popular examination.
And while the Arab-Israeli conflict
captures the headlines, some see
fissures within the Jewish community
as perhaps ultimately the bigger threat
to the state. The divide between these
groups was the focus of a March 31
talk by Eva Etzioni-Halevy, a professor
emeritus of sociology at Israel's Bar Ilan
University, who came to the University
of Florida Hillel.
According to Etzioni-Halevy, about 5
percent of Israeli Jews are Haredi (ultra-
Orthodox), while about 15-20 percent
are "religious" (Modern Orthodox), 35-
40 percent are "traditional" (Masorti/
Conservative), 35-40 percent are "non-
religious" (secular), and 5 percent are
The split between the religious and

the secular-is increasingly spilling into
the political sphere, Etzioni-Halevy
said. Although the relative proportions
of each group has remained similar
over the years, social factors at work
complicate matters further.
A huge influx of immigrants from
the former.Soviet bloc have come to
Israel in the past few years, many with
only some Jewish heritage. These new
Israelis are almost completely secular.
Conversely, Etzioni-Halevy noted, the
number of very religious Israelis has
increased due to high Haredi birth rates,
immigration of religious Jews from the
West, and baalei teshuva, those who
adopt Orthodoxy later in life.
The most traumatic instance of
the Jewish religious, split of these
was the 1995. assassination of Israeli
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in
Tel Aviv by. Yigdal Amir, a far-right
opponent of the .Oslo Accords with
Palestinians, which Rabin championed.
The memory of the killing has since
caused conflict to abate somewhat,
Etzioni-Halevy said, with extreme
rhetoric losing favor because of a fear
that something could happen again.
Etzioni-Halevy gave the relative
lack of violence that occurred when
unauthorized settlement outposts
in the West Bank and Gaza 'Strip were
dismantled by the Israeli military
as an example of "some maturity


- Every year around pesach, the Coca-Cola Co. releases kosher-for-
Passover soda. The Pepsi Co. also makes special kosher-for-Passover
bottles, and both brands help consumers distinguish the kosher from
the non by making the caps of the Pesach-friendly drinks yellow.

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in Israeli" democracy,"
although some settlements
were reconstructed after
Still, disputes break out
over flashpoints, sparking
outrage, among the various
groups. Gay pride parades
in Jerusalem in recent years
haye came under opposition
from religious groups, who
warn of street protests.
Right-wingers agitated
against such parades with
inflammatory rhetoric,
and riots have broken
out between anti-parade
demonstrators and Israeli
Another issue that has f
caused division is the sale of
leavened bread-chametz-
on Passover, when such
bread is not permitted by
halachka, Jewish law. A 1986
act of the Knesset, the Israeli -
parliament, prohibited
businesses from "publically
displaying" goods, although
enforcement was lax. After photo by Jeremy Fields
four Jerusalem business
were fined upwards of $3,500 each, from the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of
they filed suit alleging coercion, and a Israel to the Religious Affairs Minister,
city judge ruled in their favor, causing a member of the Haredi Sephardic Shas
consternation among religious figures party.


1) Bio Dome: Pauly Shore execution scene
2) Star Wars Ep. 1-3: Natalie Portman stripping
3) Gigli: Changing the plot and characters
4) The Lake House: Nix the ridiculous magic mailbox
5) The Prestige: David Bowie just sings the whole movie
6) Transformers: Kill Michael Bay
7) War of the Worlds: Tom Cruise
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9) Batman and Robin: End after .
opening sky surfing scene
10) Alexander: Loop Rosario
Dawson's sex scene
11) Frequency: Crucify Jim Caviezel