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Title:
The Shpiel
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Spiel
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The Shpiel
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Gainesville, Fla
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Jewish college students -- Periodicals -- Florida -- Gainesville   ( lcsh )
Jewish students -- Periodicals -- Florida -- Gainesville   ( lcsh )
Students -- Periodicals -- Florida -- Gainesville   ( lcsh )
Judaism -- Periodicals -- Florida -- Gainesville   ( lcsh )
Jewish way of life -- Periodicals   ( lcsh )
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United States -- Florida -- Alachua -- Gainesville
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29.665245 x -82.336097 ( Place of Publication )

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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 1, issue 1 (Feb. 13/26, 2006)-
Numbering Peculiarities:
Issues also have Jewish calendar dates.
General Note:
Title from caption.
General Note:
"The Jewish newspaper at the University of Florida"--Masthead.
General Note:
Latest issue consulted: Vol. 1, issue 3 (Mar. 21/Apr. 3, 2006).

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Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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oclc - 65370113
lccn - 2006229065
lccn - 2006229065
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Title:
The Shpiel
Alternate spelling:
Spiel
Physical Description:
v. : ill. (some col.) ; 35 cm.
Language:
English
Publisher:
The Shpiel,
The Shpiel
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla
Publication Date:
Frequency:
biweekly
regular

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Jewish college students -- Periodicals -- Florida -- Gainesville   ( lcsh )
Jewish students -- Periodicals -- Florida -- Gainesville   ( lcsh )
Students -- Periodicals -- Florida -- Gainesville   ( lcsh )
Judaism -- Periodicals -- Florida -- Gainesville   ( lcsh )
Jewish way of life -- Periodicals   ( lcsh )
Genre:
periodical   ( marcgt )
serial   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Alachua -- Gainesville
Coordinates:
29.665245 x -82.336097 ( Place of Publication )

Notes

Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 1, issue 1 (Feb. 13/26, 2006)-
Numbering Peculiarities:
Issues also have Jewish calendar dates.
General Note:
Title from caption.
General Note:
"The Jewish newspaper at the University of Florida"--Masthead.
General Note:
Latest issue consulted: Vol. 1, issue 3 (Mar. 21/Apr. 3, 2006).

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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oclc - 65370113
lccn - 2006229065
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BY STEPHANIE SHACTER
SHPiEL staff writer

In an event Nov. 12, the Black Student
Union's Leadership Development
Institute questioned whether ethnic and
cultural student organizations lead to
increased segregation among students
on campus.
."The Great Divide" was held in the
Rion Ballroom at the J. Wayne Reitz
Union and focused on ethnic differences
and similarities and different cultural
groups' interactions on campus-
A panel of students with leadership
positions in different cultural student
organizations discussed topics ranging
from general racial stereotypes to the
stereotypes of groups on UF campus-
Students participating in the panel
came from the Asian American Student


Union, Black Student Union, Hispanic
Student Association, Persian Student
Society, Pride Student Union, Savant
UF and Volunteers for International
Student Affairs.
Romilda Amaryllis is the co-director
of LDI. She said she wanted to bring
students together.
"We didn't see what we wanted as
our mission statement on campus," she
said. As a result, "The Great Divide"
was organized,
The panel largely discussed having
a common goal among all the different
cultural organizations to bring students
together in pursuit of opportunities,
camaraderie and community service.
As Britney Martinez, the director
for video productions for BSU and a


BY RACHEL BRENNER
SHPiEL contributing writer

Endless months of campaigning,
political ads and debates have finally
ended with the election of Barack
Obama as president of the United States.
But one upcoming election that will be
crucial to the new president-elect'and
the world won't be settled until next
year: Israeli general elections, to be
held on Feb. 10.
The elections will break a deadlock
that Tzipi Livni--leader of the centrist
governing party, Kadima--has faced
ever since she won leadership elections
following the resignation of Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert, who endured
single-digit approval ratings after a
corruption investigation.
It will be a delicate balancing act


among Israel's 'competing political
factions--some willing to trade land for
peace and others adamantly opposed
to giving up any of the historic Eretz
Yisrael, the land of Israel, by removing
West Bank settlements as those in the
Gaza Strip were several years ago. And
Livni will also need to deal with the
endless question of Israeli politics: Is
Israel a Jewish state, a democratic state,
both or neither? -
Livni broke free from other politicians
in 2006, when on a Nightlife interview
she drew a distinction between terrorist
attacks of civilians and militant attacks
-on soldiers: "Somebody who is fighting
against Israeli soldiers is an enemy and
we will fight back, but I believe that this
is not under the definition of terrorism,


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toward Iran, which has an always-tense
relationship with the Israeli state made
even more hostile by Iran's pursuit
of nuclear weapons. Livni, despite
her willingness to negotiate with
Palestinians, opposed Obama's moves
to open talks with Iranian president
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who sent
Obama a congratulatory letter upon his
election.
If Livni's Kadima and potential
coalition allies can secure enough seats
for a solid coalition, however, relations
with an Obama administration will
likely be very close, especially after
Obama announced early this week his
tapping of former Clinton aide and U.S.
Representative Rahm Emanuel--the son
of an Israeli--for White House chief of
staff.

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{Deliveryman for Jewish aid service killed in New York)
A deliveryman for a Jewish aid service was shot and killed in a
Brooklyn apartment building lobby Nov. 11, the New York Times
reported.
Imonil Aminov,~ 55, worked for the Jewish Association for Services
to the Aged delivering meals to the homebound. He was shot mid-
morning Monday at Brownsville Houses, a low-income housing project
in the Brownsville neighborhood to which the Jewish Association often
delivered.
Aminov, who had a wife and three daughters, was filling in for
another worker when he was shot. He immigrated to the United States
from Tajikistan in 1989 and worked as a hot-dog vendor and livery
driver, taking the deliveryman job earlier this year after an accident left
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(Obama nabs 77 percent of vote)
Jewish voters helped lift Democratic presidential candidate and
president-elect Barack Obama in his win in the presidential election
Nov. 4, according to exit polls. Despite speculation that doubts among
elderly Jews and Republicans questioning of Obaima's foreigri policy
would damage Obama's prospects among Jews, surveys conducted on
Election Day showed Obama received 77 percent of the Jewish vote -
more than John Kerry's 74 percent in 2004 and only slightly under Al
Gore's 79 percent in 2000.
Democratic and progressive groups cheered the numbers, which
showed that Obama bounded back among Jews after Jewish support
for Republican nominee John McCain among Jews stood at a high of 34
percent in June before the Democratic National Convention.
("China's Schindler" honored as Holocaust hero}
A Chinese diplomat who drew comparisons between Oskar Schindler
and Raoul Wallenberg for his role in helping Austrian Jews escape the
Holocaust was honored at a ceremony in Vienna Nov. 7.
Feng Shan Ho was Chinese consul-general in Vienna from 1938
to 1940. Against the orders of his superiors, he issued an unknown
number of visas allowing Jews to flee the country. Nearly 2,000 were
issued in just his first six months, indicating that Feng could have
aided thousands more in escaping from the Nazis,
In 2001, Ho was declared one of the "Righteous Among the Nations"
- non-Jews who aided Jews during the Holocaust by Yad Vashem,
the Israeli national Holocaust memorials. His obituary in the San
Francisco Chronicle notes that in one close call, Ho "managed to stave
off Gestapo agents at the door of a Jewish home where he had gone to
deliver a visa."
Ho died in 1997 at age 96, in San Francisco, and he was never fully
recognized during his life.


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all lights on Livni

LIVNI, FROM PAGE 2

if the target is a soldier."
Could Livni, who is currently foreign
minister, become the second women to
serve as Israel's head of government,
following the legendary Golda Meir, who
served as prime minister in the 1970s?
If she does, she will become Israel's
first elected woman PM ever (Meir was
appointed).
Gender has already come up in
argument, with some critics referring
to her as "the prettiest girl in
kindergarten." Ehud Barak, Labor party
leader, has referred to her by her full
name, Tzipora--which means "bird" in
Hebrew.
Can Livni's critics use subtle sexism
to cut down on Kadima's number- of
Knesset members in February? It will be
difficult.
Livni, a former operative in the
Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency,
was also a lieutenant in the Israeli
military.
Unlike Hillary Clinton who during
her closely fought but ultimately
unsuccessful bid for the Democratic
presidential nomination often referred
to "breaking the glass ceiling" Livni has
rarely made a point of being female.
In fact, many have compared Livni's
political message to Obama's.
Like the Democratic president-elect,
Livni has made frequent use of words
like "hope" and "change"--although
the similarities don't extend to policy


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Thanksgiving is the only day
I embrace one of the deadly sins:
Gluttony.
Whatever their creed, all Americans
can appreciate the Thanksgiving
tradition of a large family meal. And
no, Thanksgiving experience wouldn't
be complete without delicious pumpkin
pie and other desserts.
Many dessert recipes include milk
as an important ingredient, rendering
them unfit for kosher consumption so
soon after chowing down on turkey.
(Depending on the level of observance,
acceptable time periods separating
meat and dairy meals range between
three and six hours.)
To ensure a kosher after-dinner
treat, desserts must be pareve--neither
meat nor dairy. Thankfully, there are
many great traditional dishes that can
be made to meet these criteria.


Pumpkin pie is a must on the day of
plenty. The cans of Libby's packed at
grocery store have been the basis for my
family's pumpkin dessert. The recipe on
the back of the can is tried and true, but
requires milk. To counter this milchik
(dairy-containing) obstacle, one recipe
(emr.cs.uiuc.edu/~reingold/ruths-
kitchen/recipes/desserts/pumpkinpie.
html) suggests substituting 1.5 cups
of non-dairy creamer. Try adding a
teaspoon of cardamom to this recipe;
it adds a savory and zesty quality that
allspice does not.
Another favorite is apple pie-a
perfect complement to a meal of turkey,
potatoes and stuffing. Apple pie is also
simple to prepare, making it ideal for
any student pressed for time. Granny
Smith apples work well for the filling,
and a frozen piecrust, sugar, spices and
pareve margarine complete the grocery


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Apple Pie

INGREDIENTS:
7 tart apples, peeled and cored
1 cup white sugar
1 K2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
Stsp. ground nutmeg salt
2 recipes unbaked pie shells
1 tbsp. pareve margarine


Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is typically made with milk or cream, rendering
it dairy, only to be eaten at the end of dairy or pareve meals.
The non-dairy creamer can, of course, be replaced by half-
and-half or heavy cream in case you are looking for a dairy
dessert.

INGREDIENTS:
1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell
%/ cup granulated sugar

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K/ tsp. ground cloves
Y2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 large~ eggs
15 ounces solid packed pumpkin
1 % cups non-dairy creamer


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2. Cut the apples into 1/4 inch slices.


3. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, flour,
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Pour the spice mix over the apples and stir until the
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l1 on a cake rack.
awkward pie to get into the oven because the
ies to the top of the crust. Use a cookie sheet for
under the pie pan if you are using a disposable pie
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4. Line one crust in a 9 inch deep dish pie pan. Place the Gra
apples in the pie crust. Dot the apple filling evenly she
with margarine. Fit the top crust over the apples. 3. Bak
Press the crust down gently and cut three or four slits bak
in the top crust to allow steam to escape while the pie ins~
bakes. 4 o

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crust is golden brown. Check the pie after the first 30 filling comn
minutes of cooking: if the crust is already browned, stability ur
reduce the heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) to pan or a pi
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Sweet Potato Tsimmes with Pineapple


1. Boil sweet potatoes in their jackets
until cooked. When done, cool, peel
and mash. Stir in the margarine. Fold
in the pineapple, salt and brown
sugar. This can be cooked ahead of
time.

2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.


INGREDIENTS:


4 sweet potatoes
2 tbsp. of pareve margarine
One 8-oz can crushed pineapple,
undrained
% tsp. salt
1 tbsp. brown sugar
Paprika or marshmallows


3. Grease a medium casserole and spoon in mixture. Heat 15 minutes. Remove from
oven. Either sprinkle with paprika or, for a sweeter taste, place marshmallows on
top, pressing gently into the sweet potatoes, and cook 10 minutes more, or until
the marshmallows are golden brown.


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"In the beginning, Jews got these jobs
because they weren't that important,"
she said. "Jews were having a very
hard time finding jobs and this was
something that Jews were 'allowed' to
do."Zerivitz said she was pleased with
the guests' reaction to the exhibit.
"The thing that people were most
shocked about was that the Jews were
so prolific in that industry. It gave the
Jewish people a tremendous sense of
pride."
The exhibit was organized by The
Breman Museum in Atlanta, Ga., and
cost more than $300,000 to produce.
It includes vintage artwork and comic
books, multi-media presentations and
colorful interactive displays. The show
is currently on display at the Maltz
Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
Bergson also has a personal
collection similar to the one displayed
in the exhibit.
"I have a bit of a collection," he said,
"something like 800 items."
For comic book fans interested in
finding out more about the Jewish
background of their comic book heroes,
Bergson suggests Simcha Weinstein's
book "Up, Up, and Oy Vey!: How Jewish
History, Culture, and Values Shaped
the Comic Book Superhero." Fans can
also visit Bergson's blog at http://
jewishcomics.blogspot.com/.


far, the most famous character created
by Jews would have to be Superman, by
Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster,
Superman's Jewish origin is further
explored in a traveling museum exhibit
that made its way to South Florida in
October 2007.
The Jewish Museum of Florida on
Miami Beach hosted the exhibit "ZAP!
POW! BAMI The Superhero: The Golden
Age of Comics, 1938-1950." The exhibit
explored the creation of superheroes
who were dreamt up by Jewish writers
and artists.
Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman,
The Green Lantern and Captain America
were all featured in the exhibit alongside
their Jewish creators.
"What we do here is try to show the
accomplishments of Jews," said Marcia
Zerivitz, founding executive director
and chief curator of the Jewish Museum
of Florida.
"I grew up in the '40s, and I never
knew that the comic books I read were
created by Jews. We even learned that
the famous words, 'Look up in the sky...
it's a bird, it's a plane, its Superman,'
were created in a studio right here in
Miami."
Zerivitz said that Jews originally got
involved in the comic book business
during the Great Depression when they
needed jobs.


BY LEORA ARNOWITZ
SHPiEL contributing writer

Superman, Wonder Woman and
Batman have more in common than
being sexy comic book heroes. That
is--they were all created by Jews (who


probably weren't sexy).
Jews have played a more significant
role in the world of comics than most
may expect. So much so that there are
books, Web sites and museum exhibits
dedicated to exploring the Jewish
figures in the comic book world.
Steve Bergson
S. founded and runs one
SI of those Web sites. His
i blog "Jewish Comics"
is rimril a ulltin
about the latest stories
,in comic books or
strips involving a
Jewish character,
but it also includes
announcements about
'' .events related to Jewish
comics and allows
discussionn about the
comics.
"A lot of people
Swho have a Jewish
background were
Involved in the
industry in different
ways," Bergson said.
SIn Bergson's blog,
r*. however, he focuses
on the explicit Jewish
content of modern
comics.
y of Stevle Bergson. Bergson feels that by


Blogger Steve Bergson does his thing. Photo courts)


of their early work was recorded on a
Walkman, and this desire for simplicity
is still evident.
Behind Berman's vocals is a pleasant-
sounding but uninventive mixture of
major-chord, female-vocal harmony and
the occasional banjo accompaniment.
This too is lackluster and seems to have
been done before. Belle and Sebastian,
which formed after Silver Jews and was
certainly influenced by their work, do
the same style better.
Something seems wrong. The Silver
Jews should be amazing. A New York
indie band formed in the late '80s by
a critically acclaimed poet? They have
credentials. They came first. They
have banjos! And yet, they fail to stand
apart from the countless other indie
bands adding strange instruments and
harmonies to their music,
Silver Jews, who played a few Florida
shows back in September, are a collage
of interesting things. The issue is that,
just as a collage is debatably original
artwork, Silver Jews are debatably
original sounding. The sum of their
parts may be pleasing to the ear, but
from a technical per spective, their parts
aren't doing anything new.
Silver Jews do, however, occupy


a niche and produce good
music. Their work is
pleasing, just unexciting.
The lyrics of David Berman
are praiseworthy enough
to justify independent
exploration of his poetic
career. In 1999, Berman
published his first collection
of po etryunder the title Actual
Air. This collection received
great critical acclaim. Its
style seems similar to the
lyrics Berman uses with
Silver Jews: observing quaint,
commonplace happenings
with a witheringly ironic
eye.
In all, Silver Jews are
a decent group. Largely,
though, they appeal to the
indie-hipsters, particularly
the kinds who relish
obscurity and minimalism.
The band is worth hearing,
but probably not worth
paying to hear. Silver Jews
is a band for the purists
who are willing to accept
trade-offs for the pleasure of
modernist poetry.


BY ANDREW FORD
SHPiEL contributing writer

With a voice deep and gravelly,
David Berman of the Silver Jews
croons profound.
Being a poet, his lyrics are ironic
and, at times, melancholy. Some have
compared him to one of his greater
influences, Bob Dylan,
Comparisons to Dylan are not
unfounded. The southwest guitar
with simple percussion and bass
highlights the vocals of the Silver
Jews much in the same way Dylan's
instrumentals served as a frame for
the more important lyrics. And yet,
something is lacking.
Their songs mock societal
expectations and are riddled with
absurd imagery. Unfortunately, they
lack the deep significance of Dylan's
work. As a result, Berman's Dylan-
like voice is less forgivable. Indeed,
audiences unwilling to overlook a
rough vocal performance in favor of
interesting lyrics might have a hard
time listening to the Silver Jews. This
roughness seems increased, if not
flaunted, by the pride Silver Jews
take in their lo-fi heritage. Much


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For artist Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik,
almost anything is a template.
From T-shirts to stained glass, he
realizes his artistic visions through
various media to explore and express
his thoughts, "all mixed up with a
common thread of Judaism."
Beginning with a knife and some
paper, he decided to start fooling around
and "cut out Hebrew calligraphy."
Now, his work has expanded beyond
paper cutouts to paintings, stained
glass and clever graphic tees.
But who is this man who recreates
biblical stories and explores tradition
through patterns and colors or induces
double-takes with a picture of a shofar
and the accompanying phrase "Nice
Jewish girls know how to blow?"
Isaac Byrnjegard-Bialik is a self-
taught graphic designer, fine artist
and creator of YidGear.com, a Web
site that sells T-shirts and accessories
featuring Jewish-related puns, jokes
and designs--"the shirts your rabbi
warned you about." He lives in southern
California with his three children and
his wife of 14 years, Shawna, who is
a rabbi and, according to Byrnjegard-
Bialik, his "muse."
Although he now paints, cuts,
draws and designs to the point of


breaking a sweat in his home studio,
Byrnjegard-Bialik didn't always see
himself as an artist.
"When I was in college I wanted to
be a writer," he said.
Working on a campus publication
at UCLA helped him realize his true
calling. "I thought
the~ designers were
having more fun
than I was, and
I taught myself
graphic design."
Life as a graphic I
designer changed
while he and his wife
were living in Israel.
It was there that his
artistic career began ,?
to bud with the first E
cuts in paper, but
also the place where a
he conceived of the '
idea for YidGear.
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posting. "I added to the site and kept
adding shirt designs, and it became
something bigger--there are categories
now," he said.
Categories like, "Nice Jewish Shirts,"
or "Green Jew," which features the
Star of David inside the arrows of the


altogether new form. "The pieces that I
started on seemed they would translate
well to glass," he said.
Byrnjegard-Bialik said he creates his
art with metaphors of God's presence
in mind, capturing the idea of God's
influence in our lives today with biblical
themes.
"I come closest to sharing my
vision when I can evoke that emotional
response with colors, with patterns
and lines instead of shape," he said.
"There's an abstract, organic quality
that comes through in my work--I-try
to evoke a sense of something, not the
object itself."
His work currently is moving toward
a new form--cut-up comics.
He hopes to ultimately have a gallery
showing for his pieces and has been
tirelessly working to achieve his goal.
"I've been struggling to take this to
the next step--it is hours, late nights,"
he said. "I'd like to share what I'm doing
and see if it resonates with people."
Byrnjegard-Bialik is very pleased
with his life and his work, constantly
striving to express what he said is the
beauty and awe of God, both in the
Torah and our lives now, and the history
of the Jewish people,
"It's deeper than just the story," he
said. "We are obligated to beautify the
commandment. I like to think that I'm
doing that."


classic recycling
symbol. Another
category is "Kosher
but Tasteless-
shirts I would love
to wear but can't
because I have
young children,"
Byrnjegard-Bialik
said.
Since he returned
the United States,
Byrnjegard-Bialik
has been developing
his finer art while
maintaining the
Web site. He says
he has no formal
art training but has
been learning along
the way. And his


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this group of
dedicated to


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their


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Judaism but still so young, so we'd
always make jokes," he said.
With his first ideas
for clever shirts in
mnund, he founded a
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com, and began


"paper cuts" have evolved into paint.
"I decided I wanted to explore some
of my ideas about Judaism and explore
my thoughts about tradition and the
stories we share, and I got some paints
and canvas."
Eventually his painting took an


adapted from work by Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik


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A few examples are the situations in
Iraq, Israel and Palestine and also his
oil-based diplomacy. There are too
many others to mention.


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BY DAVID BAUM

We were all
lucky to be a part
of history: the
eIleectionof our new
~8~8~8:i~i~~ Ipresident, Barack
Obama. I watched
the election results
at abar in New York
UF Hillel Rabbi City, and shortly
after 11 p.m. East-
ern time, when Barack Obama was
projected as the winner of the 2008
presidential election, the bar roared
with applause and cheers. Strangers
were hugging each other, giving out
high fives left and right. The atmo-
sphere was akin to watching the Flori-
da Gators win the national champion-
ship in a Gainesville bar.
We hit the streets shortly after and
followed a crowd of people to Harlem,
where citizens of all kinds, black,
white, Hispanic, Asian, young and
old, male and female, came together
in celebration. It was complete eupho-
ria and the party did not end until the
morning
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cept that Jews will regain
their independence. Rich and
poor, strong and weak, will
still exist. However it will be
very easy for people to make
a living, and with very little
effort they will be able to ac-
complish very much.... it will
be a time when the number
of wise men will increase....
war shall not exist, and na-
tion shall no longer lift up
sword against nation.... The
Messianic age will be high-
lighted by a community of
the righteous and dominated
by goodness and wisdom.
According to Maimonides, the
world will be pretty much un-
changed. I think that his view reveals
a more realistic worldview that puts
responsibility on our human shoul-
ders. Messianic times will be a part of
our natural world, not a supernatural
event, and its success is dependent
upon our actions.
In the Ethics of Our Fathers, a com-
pilation of rabbinical writings on eth-
ics, the rabbis write, "It is not upon us


to finish the work, nor can we desist
from it." This tells us that the work
is considerable and we may not be
able to finish it. But just because we
cannot finish does not mean that we
should not do the work that is needed i
to make sure our society our larger
community is dominated by good-
ness and wisdom.
Barack Obama is not the messiah.
He cannot lift his hands and take our
problems away. Rather, it is up to us
to work for it. We are at a crossroads.
Will we enter into a new age where we
take responsibility and sacrifice, or
will things be normal? Will we be the
"greatest generation" or will we fall
back into what is comfortable? The
answer depends on our actions today:
the day after the elections.
We made history by electing the
first African-American man to the
highest office in our country, but I am
sure that President-elect Barack Obama
would agree that the days of making
history are just beginning. Change
will not happen without all of us work-
ing for it, and yes, we can change.
Americans, today is the first day of
the rest of our lives: let's go to work.


2008, the day after the election, and as
I walk down the streets of New York,
I see that life has continued on like
normal. The streets are quieter than
usual, but the trains are still running
on time and people are still doing the
same work they did on Nov. 3.
As I reflect on this long campaign,
I cannot help but recall the attack ad-
vertisements against Barack Obama
that called him "the one" and even
compared him to Moses. I suppose
this ad tried to point out that Barack
Obama is not the messiah--he will not
magically solve your problems.
Then I thought to myself: what
would the world look like if the mes-
siah came? The messiah (in Hebrew,
mashiach) is a large part of our tradi-
tion. But we rarely talk about it. There
are many different opinions as to how
the world will look like after the mes-
siah comes, but one of them struck
me as relevant to our time, and I want
to share it with you. Maimonides, a fa-
mous medieval Rabbi, described the
Messianic time:
Nothing will change in the
Messianic age, however, ex-


Chief of Staff shows that Obama might
take aggressive action toward peatF~
and helping the Jewish people. We must
wait and see.
Israeli leaders, on the other hand,
must deal with the situation on its
peripheries. Rocket attacks on the town
of Sderot bordering Gaza Strip have been
declared "unacceptable" by most Israeli
politicians, while persistent clashes
in West Bank settlements threaten to
derail any future Jewish presence in
the biblical Land of Israel. Both must be
quelled.
In the online front of the "War on
Terror," the world must deal with
an entirely new issue. We must work
to win the hearts and minds of the
young Muslim world. AqsaTube and its
affiliates understand the ever-changing
world, hence this new recruitment
effort. The rest of the world must also
adapt, and it must work in a nonviolent
manner to gain allies. Invading and
occupying other countries has proved
detrimental to the overarching goal.
War breeds terrorism.


ALEX HARPER Aeafw
seconds of
b ~ Islamist video
EfiS'Oused as B-roll
on CNN or the
a nightly news
not enough to
get your jihadist
fix?
Fear not.
There's always the new AqsaTube.
com, a veritable YouTube for militant
Islamic fundamentalists. The site bills
itself as "the first Palestinian website
specializing in Islamic and jihad audio-
visual productions" and provides videos
ranging from popular Syrian dramas to
paramilitary-style training clips.
Videos of armed men with AK-4 7s and
green bandanas marching down West
Bank streets eerily reminiscent of the
1930s Nazi parades at Nuremburg are
just some of what this Web site offers.
The first thing visitors see is a panel
of the Notorious Thugs of Palestinian
Terror (secular and religious) who
fought against Israel, from Yasser Arafat
to Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed
Yassin. .
AqsaTube appeared in the public eye
in early October, when it was publicized
by the Tel Aviv-based Intelligence and
Terrorismlnformation Centre think tank.
Even the site's name is full of
significance: "Aqsa" refers to the mosque
in Jerusalem close to the Dome of the


Rock considered the third holiest site
in Islam--a flash point for conflict. The
second intifada (Palestinian uprising)
began here in 2000 and was named the
"Al-Aqsa Intifada."
So what do electronic jihadi fiefdoms
like AqsaTube say about where global
militant Islam is today? It would seem
that it is alive and well.
According to the Economist, al-Qaeda
is a terrorist organization, a militant
network, and a subculture of rebellion,
and is struggling to find its identity in
the changing world,
Reports indicate that al-Qaeda has
been trying to deal with its internal
battles, establish a firm ideology and
restructure itself in response to the U.S.
occupation of Iraq and the shakeup of
the Taliban in Afghanistan. It has a group
of core members with connections to
other militant organizations, probably
numbering in the tens of thousands of
people.
Obviously, the threat of terrorism
has entered the public domain--an area
most known for its love of freedom.
Should AqsaTube be considered
an expression of speech or a claim to
violence? Although this site promotes
violence, terrorism and hatred of the
Zionist entity, we must be respectful to
the attributes of all human beings and
their right to express whatever they feel
necessary. "Ido not agree with what you
have to say, but I'll defend to the death


your right to say it," Voltaire said.
The progression of Islamist terror
offers an interesting issue for new
government administrations in both
Israel and America.
With a new leader in the Oval Office,
how should the "War on Terror" shift?
The new administration must work to
overcome eight years of incompetence.
The Middle East is littered with the
failures of the Bush administration,
whose inaction after Arafat's death
left future American envoys with little
room to work. Instead of pushing for
peace, the White House religiously
pushed the democratization of the Arab
world. Where did that lead? Democratic
elections in the Palestinian territories
promptly swept Hamas into power.
Obama must quell doubts about
his ability to handle world affairs. To
do so, he should make Israel a top
priority. Will the Obama administration
play favorites, perhaps by supporting
Israel's Labor party? If it does, it will
show unfamiliarity with Israeli politics.
If, though, Obama shows that he is
willing to work with


Israel's nationalists,
he will demonstrate
an understanding of a TH A~E
country thathas sacrificed Opinions expressed in this section do not necessarily reflect
so much and is unwilling those of The SHPiEL. We encourage comments from readers who
to give up more. possess all points of view. No, really, we're interested in what
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kosher weapon) into the heart
of the zombie rabbi. The rabbi
looks like a mix of a Hassidic
Jew, Freddy Kruger, The Dude
and a crazy mountain man.
The girl in the film asks
about the antlers on the top of
the zombie rabbi's head and
the hero replies with, "The
city Jews have horns, but the
country Jews have antlers." At
that point in the film, the bacon
cheeseburger is shot through
the rabbi's heart and all goes
back to normal. Sort of.
I disliked the quick ending of
the film. I feel they could have
done more with it. But, all in all,
this film was way beyond any
zombie film I have ever seen.
Not horror-wise, but in the level
of ridiculousness.
On a scale of one to "you
have to watch this movie with
an open mind and some good
friends," I give it a 15.


BY SAM ROSENBAUM
SHPiEL contributing writer

The latest movie release from Heeb
Magazine is the comical and mildly
disturbing film "Night of the Living
Jews" (2008).
After watching it with a few friends
and discussing the ridiculousness
of every crude joke, I came to the
conclusion that I slightly enjoyed the
film.
It blends horror and comedy to poke
fun at common Jewish stereotypes and
mannerisms. There is one scene where
the zombie Jews are lifting the zombie
bar-mitzvah boy up and down in a chair
and dancing in a circle.
As aJew, Ifound it silly but enjoyable
to see a Jewish custom done zombie-
style. Just envision yourself surrounded
by Hassidic zombies, black hats and all.
Hilarious!
The movie was filmed in black and
white to emulate "Night of the Living
Dead" (1968). The zombie theme is


the only real similarity between the
two films, and I found the attempt
at recreating the essence of a horror
classic pretty poor.
On the other hand, I did like the
film's far-fetched plot a Nazi scientist
infiltrates a matzah factory and plants a
wild virus in the dough -and the creative
way in which the plot develops. Only a
Jew can contract the virus, but once it is
in Jewish blood, it can be transferred to
any living thing. Weird.
Well, the zombies attack a helpless
Christian family who tries to fend the
zombies off as best as they can until the
hero comes to save the night. The hero
(a chubby, Jewish-looking, obnoxious
guy) shows up on a John Deere tractor.
The film grows in cheesiness as it
progresses. The hero kills the family
pet pig and smears its blood on all of
their weapons, since the only way to kill
a zombie Jew is with un-kosher food.
The final and most ridiculous task,
the end all of the zombies, is to shoot
a bacon cheeseburger (the ultimate un-


In 1941, attacks by the
Einsatzgruppen, intervention groups
run by the SS, turned the Bielski's home
into a ghetto. The brothers Zus, Tuvia
and Asael fled to the Belarusian forest
as their family was captured and killed.
Also with them was their younger
brother, Aron, who was 11 at the time.
Soon after, they formed a group to resist
the Nazis.
IB~jOn Dec. 31, the story of
the Bielski family will arrive
in theaters in Edward Zwick's
movie "Defiance."
Tuvia Bielski's grandson,
Jordan Bielsky, 21, told The
ulrSHPiEL about watching the
i U=, film that is based on his
family's legacy.
"On the whole they
captured the emotional
intensity of what happened,"
he said. "They took some
liberties with a little bit of
storylines to make the movie
flow better but that's not
necessarily a bad thing."
Zwick, the director of
"Blood Diamond," based his
script on the historical non-
fiction book "Defiance: The
Bielski Partisans" by Nechama
Tec. Another book by Patrick
Duffy was written in a more
novelized tone as well.
"I feel this way and I know
my family feels this way: we
would feel better if everyone


read the book and watched the movie,"
Bielsky said.
The movie follows the brothers
as they organize Jewish civilians in
the forest during 1943. What begins
as a dozen people trying to stay alive
launched into a makeshift village that
would harbor more than 1,200 Jewish
people during the Holocaust-
Under Tuvia's strong hand, the
brothers and fellow partisans would
negotiate, pillage and eventually fight
to sustain their forest town, sometimes
known as "Jerusalem in the woods." The
town itself started as wooden bunkers
with straw beds and later added a
bakery, theater and hospital, all while
in hiding.
Bielsky grew up with this family
history as a part of his life. Although his
grandfather died when he was 6 months
old, his father spoke of the incident.
"He heard because people would
come over to his house every Sunday,
hundreds and hundreds of people.
And they were the ones who would sit
around and reminisce." .
The Bielski's path was not one of
peaceful strategy. As the Nazis raged
through the Soviet Union, the brothers
responded with brutality. They tortured
Nazi soldiers and torched enemy homes.
Surrounding villages helped protect the
partisans because they feared them
more than Nazi soldiers.
"This isn't about super heroes. This
was very real, very difficult of a time,"
Bielsky said, "and I feel no reservation


in saying that my grandfather and
my granduncles killed and they stole
and did whatever they had to do to
survive."
Tuvia convinced the Red Army that
his group was fighting for Communist
Russia--a deceit that landed him with
weapons and protection. He was known
as being charismatic, fluent in several
languages and the most peaceful of the
brothers.
In the movie, Daniel Craig, who plays
the latest James Bond, plays the role of
Tuvia. Liev Schreiber takes on the role
of Zus Bielski and 19-year-old Jamie Bell
plays Asael Bielski.
"I think the film focuses on Tuvia
and Zus because they have a much
larger legacy," Bielsky said. He said that
unlike the families of the other brothers,
Asael's daughter never met him.
Families of the Bielski brothers
gathered in the Museum of Jewish
Heritage to screen the film in October.
"We walked around the room and
everyone has the same features,
everyone looks similar," Bielsky said. "It
was being in a room with 125 cousins."
Before showing the film, Bielsky's
father had all of the descendants of
each brother stand up.
"You can see the exact results of
the courageousness, all the people that
survived and multiplied because of the
acts of these few people."

Defiance comes out in select theaters
Dec. 31 and everywhere on Jan. 1 6.


BY ANKITA RAO
SHPiEL staff writer


*rThis is a story about three brothers
known in history as the Bielski
partisans.
The Bielski brothers were sons of
a farming family in Poland when the
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Army during the Lebanon War.
Wednesday: David's Project Speaker
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Jonathan Schanzer, an expert on the
Middle East conflict
Thursday: Environmental Day
0 Come to a seminar about Israel's water
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initially
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25. Stern or Asimov
28. Sopher need
29. Bialik prize subject
30. Airline
31. Relate
32. Son of Gad
33. TV Producer
34. Like a raisin
36. Ellis Island papers
38. Amen
40. Bialik and ha-Levi
43. Pisarro, French
painter
46. 1,200
47. Writer Mailer
49. Noah's messengers
51. Observes Shabbat
52. King David e.g.
53. Tisch financial corp.
54. Sedersounds?
55. Greenberg club
56. "Gilligan's Island",
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61. Mayer Company


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10. Depot (abbr)
13. Third dynasty kmng
14. Medes
15. Bagel feature
17. shiva
18. Ishmael progeny
19. Tuches (Eng)
20. Mems (Eng.)
21. Eden condition
22. David's dad
23. Israeli city
25. Noodge (Eng)
26. Columnist Landers
27. Belief in Supreme Being
29. "__my people go"
32. Mandl bread flavoring
35. Tay-Sachs carrier
36. Chmielnitski's character
37. Temple hopes?
39. "Das __", by Marx
41. Tu B'Shevat plantings?
42. Corp.
44. Sportscaster
45. Negev climate
46. Abraham's son
48. Hamantasch?


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50. Comedian
54. Anne Frank's hideaway
57. Lag B'Omer tradition
58. Also
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60. Oasis trees .
61. Marceau's act?
62. Sinai plenty
63..Israeli resort
64. Developed
65. Matriarchs
66. Former Minister of Defense
67. Brooks and Allen
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3. Famous NY Met
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they are killed according to kashrut
laws.
The subjects of the scandals were
discovered by PETA to be involved in
several acts of animal cruelty, as well as
several other shocking acts that negate
the "kosher-ness" of the animals.
"Its ridiculous. When I: go buy meat,
I don't want to have to worry about
whether it is truly kosher or not," said
a kosher-keeping UF senior who wished
to remain anonymous. "If it has an 'OU'
on it, then I should not have to question
it," he said, referring to the mark by the
Orthodox Union that identifies a. food
as kosher.
The scandals caused outrage within
the Jewish community. Consumers did
not know whom to trust if such heinous
acts could be performed by large-scale,
previously trusted kosher businesses,
Taking matters into their own hands,
more and more Jews are turning to the
private practice of shechita, traditional
kosher slaughter,
But hope does exist for Jews who
want to maintain their strict kosher laws


while literally keeping their
hands clean. Entrepreneurs
have sprung up within
the Jewish community, .'
starting alternative kosher
food businesses to provide e~
the Jewish population
with humanely treated,
vegetable-fed animals.
The desire to ensure ..
the laws of Kashrut` has ~i
given birth to a new kosher `'"j~
economy.
Businesses like the
Kosher Organic-Raised
Local and Mitzvah Meat have started
across the nation to provide food for all
meat-loving Jews.
"The core of kashrut is the idea of
limiting oneself, that not everything that
we can consume should be consumed,"
Kastner said in The New York Times
Magazine interview.
The Torah does not explicitly state
the reason for most kashrut laws.
Rather, many of the laws are based on
philosophical and hygienic reasons


BY JEREMY ATTERMANN
SHPiEL staff writer


It's pretty easy for most people to
stop by the nearest Publix to pick up
some burgers or steaks for a dinner or
bagbecue-that is, if you're not Andy
Kastner.
Andy is a 28 year-old, curly-haired,
brown-eyed, Orthodox Jew beginning
his third year at Yeshivat Cohvevei
Torah Orthodox rabbinical school. Andy
volunteers over the summer, drives
a reen Subaru and, oh yeah, he goes
to a local butcher shop to personally
slaughter all of his meat.
Andy Kastner was recently profiled
in the October issue of The New York
Times Magazine because he represents
a growing population of Jews who are
learning and reviving the practice of
ritual kosher slaughter, or shechita.
Because of recent scandals
surrounding large kosher-producing
meat companies such as AgriProcessors
Inc., Jews like Kastner are beginning to
personally slaughter animals to ensure


or are maintained due to traditional,
ritualistic reasons. Regardless, these
recent scandals have Jews like Kastner
trying their hand out in the world of
butchering.
And without sufficient time in a busy
schedule to ritualistically slaughter a
chicken for Shabbat dinner--or a turkey
for Thanksgiving, for that matter--it's
no wonder most college kids base
their diets around Easy Mac and other
microwavable delicacies.


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