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The Shpiel
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Gainesville, Fla
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Vol. 1, issue 1 (Feb. 13/26, 2006)-
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Issues also have Jewish calendar dates.
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Title from caption.
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"The Jewish newspaper at the University of Florida"--Masthead.
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Latest issue consulted: Vol. 1, issue 3 (Mar. 21/Apr. 3, 2006).

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23 Elul 5768 7 Tishrei 5769

September 23, 2008 October.6, 2008

Despite largest Jewish student body,

stipends for learning stop at UF's gates

SHPiEL contributing writer

Want dollars for your devotion?
Orthodox Jewish groups around
the country are paying Jewish college
students to study and connect with
their tradition, but local rabbis say the
programs are unlikely to be offered at
The Maimonides Learning Fellowship,
which was founded in 1999 at the

University of Michigan, now offers such
programs at more than thirty campuses.
It began with man who had the idea of
giving students money for Torah study
-- Rabbi Shlomo Levin, the leader of a
Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue near the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The programs have since become
popular among Orthodox campus
outreach groups, especially among
Chabad community centers. Chabad's
program this year is called Sinai Scholars

and aims to reconnect students to key
issues that may encourage them to
question faith in everyday life.
So why pay students $500 to
learn? Proponents of such plans say
young American Jews often become
disconnected from their Jewish identity
after they leave home and their local
Especially worrying to some is the


Israel and The Beatles
come together, right

SHPiEL contributing writer

Paul McCartney and the State of
Israel will be together at last.
Forty-three years ago, the Israeli
government denied British rock band
The Beatles permits to tour the nation.
A ministerial committee claimed the
youth of Israel would not spiritually or
culturally benefit from their music.



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Orthodox groups pay college students

Shorts efs
{Sho lh Briefsl

{Livni to become Israeli PM)
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is set to become Israel's prime
minister after narrowly besting ex-general and Transport Minister
Shaul Mofaz in the leadership elections of the ruling centrist kadima
party on Sept. 17.
Current Kadima Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is expected to resign
in the next few days after months of corruption scandals damaged
his government.
Livni has been compared to Israel's first woman prime minister.
Golda Meir, who served from 1969 to 1974 and was famously referred
to by David Ben-Gurion as "the best man in the government."

{NFL franchise deal with Nazi-linked company runs
A prospective naming-rights deal for a National Football League
football stadium was dropped earlier this month after an outcry from
Jewish groups about the company's links to the Nazis, according
to reports from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz and The Associated
Allianz, a Munich-based insurance company, had insured personnel
and equipment at the Auschwitz and Dachau death camps, among
others, and a corporate executive was appointed by Hitler as
Germany's economic minister. The company had sought to buy the
name to a stadium under construction in New Jersey for use by the
New York Giants and New York Jets.
Negotiations on the deal, purportedly worth $20 million to $30
million, ended after the Anti-Defamation League came out against
the deal. The New York Daily News ran a picture of the football team
owners with the headline "Shaming Rights" over it. Allianz has paid
millions in restitution to Holocaust survivors and says it sought

(Proposal: Pay West Bank settlers to leave)
A new proposal floated by Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Haim
Ramon and presented to the Cabinet would offer up to $300,000
to Israeli settlers willing to leave the West Bank and settle in Israel
proper, according to reports.
The plan would be considered by up to a quarter of the Jewish
settlers in the Palestinian territory who are often religious, according
to the results of a survey commissioned by Ramon. The cost of the
initiative is estimated at $2.5 billion.
Reducing the number of West Bank settlers is thought to be a key in
any future peace deal. It may take months for a vote on the proposal
to take place, as it came amidst the imminent departure of Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert over corruption charges and new leadership
elections of the governing Kadima party.





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upswing in interfaith marriage,
which made up 47 percent of Jewish
marriages in the United States in
2001. Offering incentives for students
to learn and connect with fellow Jews
could reverse the trend.
So are JAAM (Jewish Awareness
America), Sinai Scholars, Aish learning,
the Maimonides Learning Fellowship
or similar programs on their way. to
the University of Florida, which ranks
first in American public universities
for .Jewish 'student population
(estimated at around 8,000 students)?
It seems unlikely.
Rabbi Berl Goldman of the
Lubavitch-Chabad Jewish Student and
Community Center said he supports
the Sinai Scholars, but declined to
comment about its lack of presence in
Hillel's Rabbi Yoni Kaiser-Blueth
said he wasn't sure why these
programs haven't made it here yet.
"Sometimes .these national
organizations take awhile to have a

stronghold on every campus," Kaiser-
Blueth said. But two hours south of
Gainesville, at the University of Central
Florida, there is a Sinai Scholars course
and a $500 bounty for every student
who completes it.
For UF students feeling cheated,
don't worry. The huge Jewish student
population, Jewish groups like the
Jewish Student Union and the strong
Jewish community that these things
create make stipends seem less
And there's always the other benefits
of Jewish engagement, like the staple of
college life: free food. This, points out
Hillel program director Corey Smith,
is a "part of a communal experience,"
unlike money.
Smith said she is considering
completing an online Aish course for a
$250 stipend.
"Offering food or a stipend to'learn
is problematic with an agenda behind
it," she said. "But offering food or a
stipend in order to bring people closer
to the tradition and culture is not a



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Too few stand at the corner of Eco-Consciousness Ave. and Kosher St.

SHPiEL staff writer

So we all know green is the new
Prominent figures are speaking their
inconvenient truths and even Hollywood
hotshots like Leonardo DiCaprio, with
his film "The 11th Hour," are calling for
restorative action.
We are warned that with every bit of
food we waste, someone is not eating in
India. We crave and we satisfy, and as
for those who go hungry, out of sight,
out of mind, right?
Consciousness is an effort, an
expense, an inconvenience. Andbesides,
Wal-Mart is open 24 hours a day.
But watch the montage in the last 10
minutes of the documentary "A Sacred-
Duty: Applying Jewish Values to Help
Heal the World," and see if you don't at
least contemplate becoming a vegan.
This documentary, produced by
Emmy-winning Lionel Friedberg and
underwritten by the Jewish Vegetarians
of North America (JVNA), is an hourlong
look into how keeping kosher is
about an ethical interaction with the
environment in addition to a simple
understanding about not eating ice
cream on your steak.

The first twenty or so minutes are
packed with statistics and staggering
numbers. Numbers like the 18 percent
of total greenhouse gas emissions that
come from animal agriculture. Or the
2,500-5,000 gallons of water that are
used to produce one pound of beef.
If numbers don't make much sense
to you, the unfit male chicks being
yanked from a pile of acceptable
breeders, bagged and tied as they chirp
away may spell out the documentary's
Eco-kashrut is a spiritually based
practice that was begun by Jewish
Renewal spokesman Reb Zalman
Schachter-Shalomi. The concept is
described in detail in Rabbi Arthur
Waskow's "Down-to-Earth Judaism."
The Jewish dietary laws-of kashrut
teach us about the importance of
living in balance and harmony with the
world from which we take resources.
Eco-kashrut requires that fairness and
respect be honored in the process that
takes goods from seed to harvest to
It expresses an ideological
connection with the Jewish religion
and teaches truth and compassion in
It is one thing to bring your own

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McCartney concert signifies Israeili culture shift


And so, the electric, vibrating
dazzle of Beatlemania moved on
to possess the hearts and minds
of millions around the rest of the
world. This tragedy was much to
the chagrin of many a young person
characterized by their en-masse
rush to record stores to gobble up
four-foot-high stacks of The Beatles'
LPs on their debut dates. No throngs
formed around the airport in Tel
Aviv, no pulsating delirium seized
the ,outh or airwaves of Zion. A
debate smoldered between teenagers
and their parents in homes across
the country for days.
In the spring, Israel reversed
its opinion and expressed regret at
the missed opportunity, but only
recently has Paul McCartney been
scheduled to play a concert in Tel
Aviv. The already high-priced tickets
are now fetching tremendous prices
on eBay. The set list for the Sept. 25
show is to be a more-or-less even
split of McCartney's solo work and
iconic Beatles' classics: needless to
mention, "Why Don't we do it in the
Road" will not be included.
For years, Israel has increasingly
loosened its guidelines for
standards of acceptability in art and
It is interesting to watch
Israel's government, with its many
conservative and religious players,
gradually accept the diffusion of
foreign cultural influence.
While there is still hostile
response to the flow of unbecoming
material, those who would do harm
to stores peddling reality-show DVDs
are definitely a minority and the
gradual success of such businesses
indicates a shift in the tastes of the
general population.
Without question, a highlight of
the movement is Paul McCartney's
upcoming concert. This event is
by far the most official evidence of
Israel's acceptance of foreign music.

photo by David Cumming

The only lament is what could have
At the peak of their career, The
Beatles were an artistic phenomenon.
They created album after album that
changed the way musicians wrote
and the way producers marketed.
They connected on a gut level with
their audience, turning clean-cut
and orderly teenybpppers into
raving masses. Turning the music
industry and its ear, the group is
easily one of the most famous bands
ever formed.
In light of this, the Paul McCartney
concert is interesting. But ultimately,
it is too little, too late. Imagine all
the people that would have attended
the tour The Beatles had originally
While the crowds for McCartney
will no doubt be significant, the
crowds for the full group would
have been downright riotous.
Though still an excellent performer,
a 66-year-old Paul McCartney simply
cannot compare to the Fab Four in
their prime. Tel Aviv is in for an
aural pleasure, but it has lost out on
true transcendence.

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SAsk Et Answers to all your kosher
BY ELAINE WI culinary questions

Dear Esther: I'm having some
friends over for a cocktail party
this weekend. Where can I get some
kosher wine in Gainesville? Also, I
want to serve cheese at my party.
Is there anywhere to find kosher
cheese around these parts?

With the plentiful flow of
alcohol in our college town, it may
be surprising to learn the kosher
pickings are somewhat slim in the
realm of wine and dairy. Even so, with
help from Hillel's mashgiach (kashrut
supervisor) Micah Rosenblatt, I found
out about some locations and labels
worth mention.
The locally owned and operated
Ward's Supermarket (15 N.W. 23rd
Ave.) has been a trusted Gainesville
grocery for years and has some good
choices for your kosher alcohol
The Wine & Cheese Gallery (113
N. Main St.) offers wine tasting,

so, should you care to educate your
mind and taste buds, this is the
place to go. The knowledgeable staff
should be able to assist you with
Likewise, Ward's employees will
answer your questions and help you
select something to suit your palate.
If you are interested in specific
brand names, Micah mentioned one
in particular: Alfasi, a dry Chilean
Cabernet Sauvignon that is certified
kosher and boasts full-bodied oak
and dark berry flavors,'according to
Listed on the Web site as generally
priced around $13.29, Micah
recommended the wine as a "solid"
investment. It is also listed as an
excellent pair with cheese.
Concerning your dairy
complement, I have heard from many
Jews that cheese is a tricky kosher
category, location limitations aside.
Cheese is complicated because

of something called "rennet," which
is commonly used in the production
of cheese. Rennet comes from the
stomach lining of animals like cows
and pigs, conflicting with the kosher
prohibition on mixing dairy with
meat products.
According to Micah, Gainesville
doesn't offer too many kashrut
cheese options.
Once again, -Ward's and The
Wine & Cheese gallery are reliable
resources, but the hekhsher (kosher
seal of approval) is one of the biggest
obstacles when shopping kosher
in Gainesville. Many of the cheeses
available at Publix that bear a stamp of
approval are actually questionable.
The mashgiach informed me that,
as he has learned from respectable
sources, the hekhsher showing a "k"
within a triangle is not trustworthy. He
also specifically named Cabot cheese
-- a kosher-certified product available
at Publix -- as displaying a hekhsher

that is "no good" (the symbol is an
outline of Ten-Commandments style
tablets with a "K" in the center of it).
Purchase and consumption of
such items, particularly in a category
as difficult as cheese, is a personal
One well-respected cheese product
with both heksher and abundant
flavor is Sierra Nevada, which is
available at Publix. While more
expensive than other brands, with
Rosh Hashana on the way, this could
be an excellent culinary investment
for your holiday party.

Editor's note: Esther is not Jewish. In
fact, she confesses she's Catholic. And
further, her name isn'tEsther, it'sElaine.
All that aside, culinary abstinence
is not foreign to her, and here at The
SHPiEL, we think of her gentile-ness as
an asset. She makes no assumptions and
investigates every question to the fullest,
most paranoid extent.

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Food from around the corner:

Communal grocery store to open this year

SHPiEL contributing writer

After a couple of years working
apart, old friends Gretchen McIntyre
and Liz Nesbit reconnected in their
hometown of Gainesville. They both
agreed the town.was missing something
big, something from which they had
witnessed other communities benefit.
That thing, according to Gretchen
and Liz, is Gainesville's first cooperative
natural-food grocery store, Citizens Co-
Cooperatives,, also known as co-ops,
are voluntary organizations consisting
of individuals working together for the
benefit of everyone involved. While
there are co-ops of all kinds, such as
housing co-ops, credit unions and
distribution co-ops like Ace Hardware,
Gretchen and Liz believe in the massive
benefits of the consumer goods co-op.
The Community Redevelopment
Agency (CRA) is helping Citizens Co-op
build a produce market on N.W. Fifth
Avenue and Sixth Place. Open in nine

months to a year and with hopes to grow,
the co-op will have a produce section, a
cafe and a kitchen for members to use.
Everything surrounding this co-op
sparks passion in Gretchen. Her eyes
lit up at the excitement of sharing ideas
so obviously right to her, such as eating
seasonally and locally.
Gretchen explained that the peak of
nutritional value in fruits and vegetables
is when they are first picked from
the stem. With each day that passes,
nutritional value decreases.
The average meal in America travels
1,500 miles and takes an average of six to
14 days before reaching a supermarket,
Gretchen said. Chemicals with unknown
effects to the human body are used to
preserve produce while it travels.
Eating produce from Citizens
Co-op means supporting your local
farmers while getting your fruits and
veggies chemical-free and packed with
There is also something special
about waiting for next season's fruits
and vegetables and enjoying local food,

Gretchen said. She described
the deeper appreciation she
now has for her summer
squash. She said while she
misses California avocados,
she has a new love for the
very different Florida-grown
Small, local farms will
make a profit from the Co-
op, and healthy, organic food
will be affordable and more
readily available. What makes
Citizens Co-op different from
other local grocery stores that
offer these same options?
Gretchen and Liz are
putting all of Citizens Co-op's
opportunities and potential in
the hands of the community.
Members from the community
make Citizens Co-op what
they want it to be.
Memberships are Co
affordable and available (shown) i
to all people, from frugal College.
college students to low- store/cor
income individuals. While local farn
the membership costs a building
refundable one-time payment 5th Ave a
of $100 per individual or
household, college students are able to
break up the fee into payments of $25
per school semester.
Liz wrote a letter to the public
saying the following: To the people of
Gainesville, the city is a collective home.
Citizens Co-op represents the impact
every individual has the opportunity
to make. Whatever you envision for
enhancing the community can come
true with this grocery store.
Have an award-winning pie recipe

er of Citizens Co-op Gretchen Mclntyre
s a first-year accounting professor at Santa Fe
Citizens Co-op will be a natural food grocery
nmunity center selling organic produce from
hers. The sustainable and energy-efficient
should be open within nine months on N.W.
nd 6th Place. Photo by Stephanie Shacter.

you always wanted to package and
sell? Ever wanted to host or attend a
community cooking class? These are
two examples of small visions that can
become real with Citizens Co-op.
"The opportunities are endless,"
Gretchen said.
For more information on how to
support Citizens Co-op, visit www.
citizensco-op.com or join their group on
facebook, titled Citizens Co-op.

Good for the land, good for the heart

There is an option for Jewish
students in Gainesville who are
interested in such endeavors as
Citizens Co-op but are looking for a
Jewish twist.
Tuv Ha'Aretz, meaning "good for
the land" in Hebrew, is carried out by
Hazon, or "vision," an organization
for a healthier and more sustainable,
Jewish community.
Tuv Ha'Aretz supports organic,
locally grown produce around North
America while bringing the Jewish
community together.
Members pay for a year's supply
of produce and pick up the season's
fruits and vegetables once a week
from their community synagogue.
Along with providing this service,
Tuv Ha'Aretz offers educational and
volunteer opportunities to learn

about the connections between food,
sustainability and Judaism.
There are Tuv Ha'Aretz
communities all over the northeast,
parts of California, in Houston, St.
Paul, Chicago and Atlanta.
'Cooking demonstrations, classes
on agricultural connections to Jewish
holidays and awareness of food and
economic justice are a few of the many
programs provided by Tuv Ha'Aretz.
Just like Gretchen McIntyre and
Liz Nesbit are able to bring Citizens
Co-op to their hometown, anyone is
able to make Tuv Ha'Aretz a part of
their Jewish community.

Visit www.hazon.org and click on the
TuvHa'Aretz link formore information
on bringing Tuv Ha'Aretz to your
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The Book of Angels goes to hell

SHPiEL contributing writer

Medeski, Martin and Wood have
unleashed a demon.
"Zaebos," their new album, is
named after the grand count of the
infernal realms, a demon that appears
in the shape of a soldier sitting astride
a crocodile.
If that doesn't scare you, then
maybe the music will. Between the
extreme moods the pieces evoke to the
sheer intensity of playing, when you
hear this album, you will freak out.
If you're not familiar with MMW, get
ready to be schooled. Medeski, Martin
and Wood are three jazzheads from
New York who joined forces to show
the world how to groove. They infuse
avant-garde jazz with hard jamming
and electronics to bring you a musical
experience like none other.
Medeski, Martin and Wood's latest
venture, "Zaebos," is an interpretation
of John Zorn's "Masada Book 2: The
Book of Angels," a compilation of more
than 300 short tunes utilizing Jewish
They take 11 simple songs and
change them into complexly structured

pieces of music. Each piece contains
elements from different musical
genres, including acid jazz, jazz-funk
fusion, avant-garde, Brazilian, klezmer
and experimental.
The song "Zagzagel" starts the
album off with a bang. First, there's
a hypnotic, droning bass, and then
comes an Afro-Cuban drum groove on
psychoactives. All of this is permeated
with an electrifying keyboard melody
followed by a fiercely creative solo'.
Three pieces alone make this album
worth buying: The smoking-hot jazz in
"Rifion," the laidback, middle-eastern
groove "Chafriel" and especially the
thought-provoking and emotionally
instilling "Malach Ha-Sopher." These
tracks set the bar at a height that the
rest of the album doesn't quite reach,
which diminishes the album as a
"Zaebos" doesn't break into' the
jaw-dropping, signature MMW grooves
to which you just can't help but move.
It also doesn't quite go into interstellar
space-(Coltrane fans should know what
I'm talking about) like they've done
before. What Zaebos, accomplishes
however, is an outstanding exhibition
of the three musicians' versatility and

Chris Wood is the
foundation. He lays
it down real. hard
and groovy. His bass
playing ranges from
the corrosive and
distorted sound of
electronics to the
sweet and mellow
voice of his acoustic
John Medeski
doesn't play up to
his normal standard
of blowing minds
with sporadic and
dissonant lines. But
he does produce some
very exciting solos
and stirs the group
up to a boiling point
of intensity. Let's not
forget his fat B-3 Organ playing. Now
that's funky!
Billy Martin displays an outstanding
level of finesse and creativity on the
drums. This doesn't prevent him from
letting loose when he really needs to,
however. When the music calls for him
to kick it up a notch, he answers with

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This record isn't for everyone. Of
course, fans of John Zorn and Medeski,
Martin and Wood are more than
welcome here. But it might be hard for
people not accustomed to this kind of
music to understand or even accept
this music. For those musically faint
of heart, listen at your own risk.

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Visions of Modern Art by Yael Bartana

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Yael Bartana, an Israeli-born artist
whose videos are on display at the
Harn Museum of Art no%\ to May 12,
explores the different realms of time
and its projection through history in
the museum's newest "Momentum"
Bartana adds an edg\ flair that is
laced with authenticity to the exhibit.
She captures life in a rich. diverse \way
and signifies exploration of culture,
philosophy, society and how art has
progressed through human account.
Other featured artists in
"Momentum" include paintings b\
Kehinde Vile\ and sculpturesby
Chul-Hvun Ahn.
The overall exhibit reflects the idea
that history is relati e to surroundings
and changes are based on perception.
The pieces utilize sculptures, picture
and video to display the mesh of
social and communal activity that
happens over time.
Asa combined effort, "Momentum"
captures movement that has been
frozen into a gallery of historical
Bartana had a display this past
January in Warsaw. Poland, entitled.
"Mary Koszmary." The piece centered
on the struggle of Polish anti-
Semitism. This was not to remember

the hardships of the
Holocaust, but rather
to look. upon cultural
survival with dignity
and passion.
In. addition, Bartana
previously showcased a
video.entitled "King of
the Hill" which explored
particular- arenas of
Western culture. This
immersed onlookers
into a glimpse of Israeli
society and its stance on
moral issuesasdisplayed
through television and
the modern media.
Bartana is premiering
her first uide-ranging
iexhibilon later this
\ ear. It will be displayed
in Netw 'ork at the P.S.i
Contemporary \rtCenter
starting Oct. 18 and
will showcase different
realms of Israel. This
exhibit is a vehicle of Yael Bartan;
an accumulation of Momentum
her work from the past contempora
-seven \ears breaks in tit
Her contribution to
"Momentum" highlights
the uniqueness of people, life and
traditions. The videography is vibrant
and alluring vet gives an in-depth look
at the fluctuating motion of human

a's video, "A Declaration," can be viewed at the Harn Museum's
exhibit, which displays the notion of time as expressed in
iry art. This focuses on lasting traditions, shifting cultures and extreme
me. Photo by Emily Hanson.

cultural changes.
For more information about the
artist Yael Bariana visit http://www.my-
i.com/. For more details on the exhibit

visit the Harn Museum of Art (34"'
street and Hull Road) or call (3521 392-
9826. Admission is free and open to the

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Sfalafel wherever you turn, shuks Some sections of this book readers to immerse themselves in a
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,.- .. soccer hooligans chanting songs of yet Modan uses these sections to Exit Wounds comes highly
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Tel-Aviv wins yet another game. realistic way. Though the novel gain a better understanding of what
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i[a The Shabbos nap is like
Sthe Ramadan fast

Ramadan especially of freedom from having to allowed from dawn util sunset. control for the rest of the year
S D. is here, and work all the time. This obligatory fasting occurs These benefits are noble, but it is
= if it feels a Islam agrees with Judaism on the in this specific month because the most interesting that both the Sabbath
--L L littlefamiliar, importance of the Sabbath. In the Quran was revealed as guidance to rituals and the fasting of Ramadan
St h a t s Quran, there is a story about some humankind the same description share similar core themes: to be free
b e c a u s e people who tried to play tricks to get given to the Torah in other places from some material components of
it shares around the rules of the Sabbath, but throughout the text. life and to augment spiritual growth.
= *a lot with in reality they Some The spirit of the laws of the Sabbath
t the Jewish were violating r a b b i s and Ramadan can be expanded
Sabbath. the meaning Both the Sabbath rituals and argue that from their particular timings .to our
According to Jewish law, a person of the day, the fasting of Ramadan share theSabbath everyday life.
must refrain from doing certain and the similar core themes: to be free reminds It is narrated that the Prophet
things throughout the Sabbath that consequence from some material components Jews of Mohammad once said that the best
Share associated with working. was serious, of life and to augment spiritual t h e i r fast is that of the Prophet David
S These things are defined as works The Friday growth. freedom peace be upon them both as he
that were needed to build the portable prayer time f r o m would fast one day and then.would
sanctuary, or tabernacle, that the for Muslims, slavery in not on the next, for a long time.
Israelites used while wandering under Quranic Egypt in It seems we need more than ever,
Through the desert after leaving law, has the sense to liberate ourselves from ever-
SEgypt. Some common activities similar rules to the Jewish Sabbath. that Jews can now take a weekly break increasing material domination in
prohibited on the Sabbath include For example, Muslims are told to from their work instead of having to many aspects of our world today and
writing, baking, tearing, sowing and give up trade and other activities to go work every day. Ramadan also helps to keep the right balance between the
Sewing. to the Friday prayer in the afternoon, to remind Muslims of less fortunate spiritual and the material.
S As a result of the restriction from a very important weekly ritual, people like the hungry and the poor. _
Work, this weekly Jewish holiday During the month of Ramadan, Plus, by fasting for the whole Questions? Comments? Contact Khader
Reminds people of their freedom and eating, drinking and sex are not month, Muslims are able to build self- at khader.abuelhaija@gmail.com -

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We all walk in different Jews,

says fashion ad campaign

SHPiEL contributing writer

Back in the days of "Leave it to Beaver" and "I
Love Lucy," the idiot box had only 10 channels,
and commercials advertised for good ol' Spam,
GM cars and Hershey's candy using images of
the typical American woman.
With YouTube, Tivo, thousands of television
channels and an infinite number of online
outlets for consumerism, the advertising market
is expanding, if not exploding.
I would like to introduce to you a new face of
modern marketing: Matisyahu.
Matisyahu is a reggae singer. He is also an
ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jew, although his fans
would like to call him unorthodox.
Among the most influential Jews in American
popular culture, Matisyahu now sells fashion
with his name and face as part of a Kenneth
Cole advertising campaign called "We All Walk

in Different Shoes."
A Jewish reggae artist in a deal with a fashion
house? It's what the industry demands today
- innovative ways to expand the market to a
broader base.
Matis's dark beard covers his face, lending a
sort of biblical look, but his music is modern.
As it has become more omnipresent,
advertising has expanded into a free agency that
allows stars like Matisyahu to do what they do
best-act as who they are, dressed the way they
wish to appear.
Religious undertones in advertising didn't
start with Matisyahu, but they certainly won't
end there: Will we see Muslim or Shinto subtexts
in future ads?
Matisyahu is refreshing for the advertising
industry. He is original and interesting,
simultaneously a messiah of modernity and a
symbol of the American melting pot.

1 pnow courtesy or Kennerncoie.com

Presidential preacher problems

SHPiEL contributing writer

When David Brickner stood at the
altar in the evangelical Wasilla Bible
Church last month, he probably didn't
consider the.grief it might cause the
nondenominational congregation's most
famous member Alaska governor and
Republican vice presidential nominee
Sarah Palin.
Palin, a Wasilla native who grew
up in the church, was in attendance
Aug. 17 when Brickner, who founded
the controversial missionary group
Jews for Jesus, was giving a Sunday
guest sermon. Brickner, 49, said that
Palestinian attacks on-Israelis-and in
particular the bulldozer attack earlier

Church Nonsense Which category do the cand
der? Photo by David Cummina

this year-were God's retribution to the
Jews for their "judgment of unbelief."
McCain's campaign team went on the
defense, dispatching a spokesman to
distance Palin from Brickner's remarks,
saying the governor "does not share the
views he expressed."
The Brickner comments are just
another instance of a politician running
into clergy issues. John McCain had to
deal with anti-Semitic statements made
by endorser and televangelist John
Hagee. Barack Obama had to defend
himself after inflammatory remarks
made by his former pastor Reverend
Jeremiah Wright.
Our democracy is based on the
judgment of everyday people who
decide which candidate is better suited
to lead the
S nation. But,
when we let
what someone
says on a stage
of miles
away from
a candidate
distract us
from more
issues, we
are not doing
the American
sy sy tem
The media
idates' preachers fall un- may love to

hype such controversies, but the public
can decide for itself whether or not a
candidate is being truthful when they
repudiate the outlandish statements of
their religious advisers.
The measure of a president or any
other public official should not rely
solely on where he or she worships,
nor who leads his or her congregation.
A great leader leads with his or her
own betterjudgment and common sense
and does not refer to rabbis, priests
or pastors for help. In 1960, there
was widespread concern that John F.
Kennedy-a Catholic-would have split
his allegiance between America and the

pope. Looking back,
such trepidation
seems laughable.
dimension to all of
this is the subtle
blending of church
and state. We are
all offended by
different remarks. A
Jewish candidate's
rabbi publicly saying
Jesus was not divine
would offend many
Should the
majority of the
country not vote
for someone with
different beliefs?
If a Muslim ran
for president, would
we elect him or her?

If we voted for politicians only on
what their religion preaches, we would
likely never elect a non-Christian to the
Too often presidential campaigns
become mired in what the candidate's
spouse, pastor or adviser-not the
candidate himself-says and does.
But in this election, let's hope we can
transcend he-said-she-said politics and
vote on the issues.
With a deepening recession, two
ongoing wars, and the increasing danger
of global warming, we have plenty
to discuss other than the candidates'
spiritual leaders.

Opinions expressed in this section do not necessarily reflect
those of The SHPiEL. We encourage comments from readers
who possess all points of view. No, really, we're interested
in what you have to say. Feel free to write a letter to the
editor or you can contact us with a column idea. Please
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Effortless observance: Ritual innovators get lazy for God

SHPiEL contributing writer

For eons, strictly observant
Jews have celebrated Shabbat as a
technology-free day.
Although Jews in ancient Greece
were viewed as lazy for being the
only culture with a weekly holiday,
the efforts observant Jews make on
the Sabbath are anything but easy.
Kosher Innovations has begun a
movement to bring Shabbat to the
21st century. Co-founded in 2004 by
Moshe Orzech, Rabbi Shmuel Veffer
and Chana Veffer, the new company
offers a dozen. Shabbat-friendly
products on kosherimage.com that
used to be thought of as prohibited
appliances, including lamps and
The site's most essential item,
KosherLamp, serves as a viable light
source during Shabbat. A cylindrical
shade system allows the consumer
to block the light without using
electricity, which is prohibited.
KosherLamp is easily portable, so the
user can bring it to hotels and other
tricky facilities.
Approved unanimously by rabbis
worldwide, this lamp makes the flow
of Shabbat that much more relaxing.
Pre-torn toilet paper, which
allows for observant Jews to follow
the rule that prohibits separating

things, makes for an easier bathroom
experience during the holy day.
Although many families use some
form of facial tissue, many brands'
tissues have some threads together,
so tearing still occurs. Shabbos
Bathroom Tissue attaches to the
toilet-paper holder for easy access
from the john.
Some might object to these
practical products, finding them an
easy way out of the old traditions.
But hundreds of years of Shabbat
suffering (Jews do love to suffer)
have led many to forget what the day
is truly about.
Rabbi and inventor Shmuel Veffer,
co-founder of Kosher Innovations and
inventor of KosherLamp, explained in
an e-mail correspondence, "God wants
us to enjoy life, so he gave us certain
guidelines to ensure that...resting on
Shabbos is not about 'restrictions';
it's about bringing one to a higher
recognition of God."
What a great notion. Shabbat
efforts focused purely on God instead
of on compensating for gadgets and
gizmos not covered in the Torah.
Maybe we can take the time we
save not worrying about lights and
toilet paper and instead pray that one
day Kosher Innovations comes up
with a Shabbat-observant vehicle so
we don't have to shlep to synagogue
in the hot Florida weather.


The T-Sweater, or Tefillin Sweater, is for those who don't want to shiver and shake
through the morning shacharis service. The zip-off left sleeve enables the wearer to wrap
tefillin without taking the entire sweater off. Photos courtesy of Kosher Innovations.

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Crossword #11.

See next issue for solutions to this puzzle

1. Jerusalem to Ashkelon
4. Deli fare
10. In front of
13. Stooges
14. __ Shvo, artist
15. Snack (Yid)
17. Not: comb. form
18. Torah reader's aid
19. Israeli fruit
20. "__ Shabbat"
22. Rabbi Kahane
23. Sheckel pincher?
24. Jonas Salk's Org.?
26. Inaugurated
28. Degania
.32. Imitate Yadin
33. Packing Uzis
34. Radar pioneer
37. Makes a "fey" a "pey"
40. Goldwyn and Davis
41. Via _,, Sea Road
42. Alike
43. Tu B'Shevat need?
44. Woody or Steve
45. Torah portion
46. 160
47. Joseph's son

49. Evil wife of King
54. Actor Cobb
55. Anne's story
56. Jacob after the Angel
58. Transgression
62. Stones for David
63. Like Moses at the sea-
65. Hebrew letter
66. Not on Yom Kippur
67. Stand up for Dinah
68. Tel-Aviv to Bet She'an
69. Gaza to Beer Sheva.(dir)
70. Beiliss
71. Copeland on track

1. Kedem drinker
2. Mount Hermon at times?
3. Seder drink
4. Used his tuches
5. Anakim giant
6. Kinneret
7. Israeli airline
8. Sit shiva
9. King David_, Jerusalem
10. Amen, often
11. Prepare Seder bone
12. Lauder

16. Shepherd's watch
21. Maccabean or Olympic
23. 1,003
25. Golem source?
27. Belmont payoff
28. Kunstler account
29. Sabin vaccine
30. 4,000
31. Israeli Mountain
35. Solomon's find
36. Rounds for Koufax
37. Man Ray art style
38. Third dynasty king
39. Greenberg club
41. 1.061 :7,5
42. Shofar blast
44. USA to Israel
45. Her
46. Singer King
48. UJA promise
49. "Waterboy" Sandler
50. Ochs' paper
51. Terrorists
52. Breathing
53. Nob to Cain
57. Einstein's gift
59. Angel of Death path
60. Resnik's Org.
61. Matzoh maker's need
63. Dike
64. Wiggling tref fish

Keeping it simple for the holidays: Rosh Hashana on a student budget

SHPiEL staff writer

The Fourth of July is more-likely to
be remembered as a day to barbecue
than the day ofAmerica's independence
from Great Britain.
Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year,
is almost here, and, like its American
counterpart, its real purpose is
often forgotten and set aside for the
temptation of commercialism.
The holiday celebrates the creation.
of the world and marks a time for
reflection and self-evaluation.
However, those who observe the
holiday often become consumed with
obtaining the "things" marketed for
Rosh Hashana.
Many Web sites and stores sell Rosh
Hashana-related items, from serving
platters and candle sticks to cards and
children's toys.
But, is it really necessary to buy all
these things in order to participate in
the New Year?
Rosh Hashana has nothing to do
with material possessions. It's based
on a personal connection with God and.
reflection on the good and the bad of
the past year.
The majority of the holiday's
traditions do not require expensive
accessories and can simply be
observed by celebrating the holiday

at synagogue services or houses of
friends and family.
But, if you do want to furnish
your Rosh Hashana inexpensively, it's
easy-keep it simple.
Basic items for Rosh Hashana
include serving dishes for honey,
apples or challah and candlesticks.
These items and more modernized
accessories, like the board game
"Apples to Apples: Jewish Edition,"
can be found at ModernTribe.com for
reasonable prices.
One of the customary foods of Rosh
Hashana that includes little prep is
dipping apples in honey. This tradition
symbolizes a sweet year. However, it
can be substituted with any sweet treat
like cupcakes or cake.
Another food associated with the
holiday is a round challah made of
sweet dough, which signifies a long,
sweet and smooth life and the eternal
love of God. -
On Rosh Hashana, men tend to
wear kittels, or white robes, which
symbolize purity and a desire to-be
close to God. However, if you don't
own this traditional garment, hold onto
your pennies and simply pick a white
outfit from the closet.
Another typical tradition is to send
Rosh Hashana cards to friends and
loved ones. Sometimes, cards can be
costly, so get creative and make your

A common greeting on Rosh Hashana
that can be used to write on cards is:
"Leshanah tova tikateivu" "May you
be inscribed (in The Book of Life) for a
good year."
One of Rosh Hashana's main
symbols is the shofar, which is a
hollowed-out ram's horn. This. may be
one of the most costly and difficult
objects to obtain, but it is a mitzvah
(commandment) to hear its sound.
Any synagogue offering a holiday
service should play the horn, and if
-one of your friends owns one, you can

listen to the sound and maybe even
have a chance to play.
Symbolic objects aside, remember
Rosh Hashana is both a solemn and
happy day. It's a time to do no work,
eat festive meals with friends and
family and, most importantly, to look
inward. It is a time to ask and give
forgiveness, resolve to do better and
pray for a healthy and happy year to
So rejoice, relax, take a.moment for
yourself and have a good New Year.
Shana Tova!


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