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16 Sh'vat 5769

29 Sh'vat 5769

February 10, 2009 February 23, 2009

Students getting dirty this

spring break

SHPiEL contributing writer

When most people think of spring
break, they imagine destinations like
Panama City, Cancun or Miami. But, for
a few University of Florida students,
this spring break will be a seven-day
volunteer trip in the deserts of Israel.
Corey Smith, UF Hillel program
director, said students will travel
to Israel and do community service
projects as part of the Jewish National
Fund's Alternative spring break trip
from March 5 to 8..
Kari Beckerman, the team captain
for the UF Hillel group, went on the
trip last year and plans to go again
this year. Beckerman said the service
projects change every year, so she does

not know exactly what the UF students
will be doing. "Last year, we painted an
entire community center for immigrants
from Ethiopia and Russia," she said.
Last year's trip also included some
garden work and lots of manual labor
to help farmers. "You still get the Israel
experience" she said. "It's just dirtier."
Even with all of the tiring work,
the students still enjoyed their spring
break, she said. The group goes
hiking, shopping and out to bars and
nightclubs. This way, the students
still get the spring break experience,
Beckerman said.
As of now, four students are signed
up to go with the group. Smith said
Hillel was only somewhat involved with


Local radio show to play

more than hoi

SHPiEL staff writer

"People should reveal their light,"
said Micah Rosenblatt, playing with his
golden-brown beard.
The light he speaks of is that of self
Rosenblatt is providing a platform
for this expression through his new
radio show, "Shir Bliss" on 94.7 WGOT
FM. Shir is the Hebrew word for song,
and bliss is hopefully part and parcel of
the listening experience.
Broadcast by Gainesville's Civic
Media Center, Shir Bliss is an hour-long
Jewish music slot showcasing a variety
of genres with a common religious

"I wanted to expose people to what's
good and what's new and innovative
out there in Jewish music and show
them that people are using music as
a powerful medium to express their
beliefs, their heritage and their culture,"
Rosenblatt said.
He visits music blogs and the Jewish
music Web site Shempseed.com to find
the latest trends in Jewish music.
Rosenblatt said most artists hail
from New York and Israel, but also from
various places like California.
In an hour, Shir Bliss might feature
jazz,' hip-hop and reggae music. The
songs could be in English, Hebrew or
Yiddish. Even the ancient, dead language



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UF prof Kugelmass: profile

students skip out on cruises

SHPiEL contributing writer

Jack Kugelmass looks comfortable
leaning back into his black leather chair.
He should.
The lean, lightly graying 58-year-.
old anthropology professor teaches at
the University of Florida
and is the director of its
Department of Jewish
Studies. Sitting in his home
not far from campus, it is
clear he has carved out
a pleasant lifestyle for
himself, surrounded by .
the trappings of comfort .
and success. His office
and hallway overflow with
books, and imported port
wine from Israel floats
in cordial glasses on the
coffee table.
"AgoodJewis supposed
to make enough money to have the
leisure time to study," Kugelmass said.
He lives according to his beliefs and a
profession grounded in academics.
Productivity is a way of life for the
Montreal native. Kugelmass moved to
New York City after graduation from
McGill University in 1971 and joined
the New School graduate faculty (a
college he dubs the "University in
Exile," because its Jewish scholars fled
from Nazis to the School in the 1930s
and 1940s).
At the New School, Kugelmass
published "The Miracle of Intervale
Avenue: The Story of a Jewish
Congregation in the South Bronx."
The book was based on months of
intense research in the Jewish enclave
of Fort Apache in.the Bronx. He also
photographed much of what he saw,
resulting in several photos since
published or exhibited in New York and
Tel Aviv.
"I have always been able to combine
anthropology with photography," he
Kugelmass eventually left New York
due to the cost of living and spent time
at the University of Wisconsin and the
University of Arizona teaching, writing

and editing books before coming to UF
about four years ago. This semester,
Kugelmass teaches one class on Jewish
studies with an overwhelming number
of non-Jewish students, which he says
is common.
"Three women are taking it because
they are dating Jewish guys," he said,
Kugelmass said he
is fascinated by the
difference between Jewish
and Christian cultures. In
each, he finds a reflection
of the other. Jews and
Christians look at life

learn from the other, he
"Jews are no good
Sfor help with pain,"
Kugelmass said. "We will
go on with endless graphic
detail about the pain.
Christianity is good with pain...because
of its martyr god."
For now, Kugelmass plans on
enjoying life with his family and Lilac
Crowned'Amazon parrot Ruby, 30 and
looks forward to the coming year.
But it's not all wine and roses. With

budget cuts on the
horizon and faculty
layoffs on the table,
Kugelmass now finds
himself trying to save
the program he has
spent years building.
"It is a very difficult
time," he said.
In any case,
Kugelmass said he
is not worried about
filling his time. His
latest project, "Public
Culture of American
Jews," about Jewish
travelogues, is
nearly complete, and
several other urban
anthropological essays,
his passion, are in the
works. Anthropology
"lets me go deeper and
deeper," he said.


the planning of the
trip. "We advertised it
through Hillel, but it was
up to the students to do
the fundraising and sign
up," she said.
The trip is essentially
free, Beckerman said.
Attendees fundraise for
Jewish National Fund,
and use the money to
sponsor their trips.
The students going
on the trip are coming
up with creative ways

A student group climbs Mt. Masada. Hillel's alternative
spring break this year is taking students to The Negev in
Israel. Photo by Stephanie Shacter.

to fundraise, Beckerman
said. One girl on the trip is making tie-
dye clothing and selling it to girls in her
sorority to raise the money. Beckerman
is fundraising through a bake sale, and
she is more than half-way to raising all
the money for her trip.
Beckerman said that the reasonable
price of the trip is a big attraction to
students, and the volunteer work makes
the trip important.
She likes to think of it as "the
community service version of Birthright
Israel," a program that sends Jewish.

students to Israel for free.
Beckerman said she would
recommend the trip because it is very
fulfilling. For students looking to do
something different this year for spring
break, she suggests the Jewish National
Fund's Alternative Spring Break trip.
"There are always a few seats that are
never filled," Beckerman said. "There's
a good chance someone could still get
on the trip."
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Public Hebrew Language Charter seeks church, state balance

SHPiEL contributing writer

A new publicly funded charter
elementary school in Brooklyn focused
on Hebrew language education is
scheduled to hold its first classes this
fall, becoming one of a few in the United
The Hebrew Language Academy
Charter School, opening on Aug. 24, will
be free to students of all backgrounds
and will join more than 70 other dual-
language public school programs in
New York City.
"The school reflects the district
in terms of diversity, commitment to
tolerance, and a school that has great
community participation," said Sara
Berman, chairwoman of the school's
"I really feel that it's going to be
a wonderful addition to District 22
and will reflect the diversity of the

Located in Community School
District 22, which has a large population
of Jewish immigrants from Russia and
Israel, the school will begin with three
classes of kindergartners and three
classes of first-graders and will add
a grade each year with an eventual
enrollment of 450 students.
The school is consulting with legal
experts to ensure that it its curriculum
is completely secular and does not cross
church-state lines.
Hebrew Language Academy
supporters said that it will be open to
students of all faiths, with occasional
references to religion as part of history
and culture lessons.
But, some have expressed skepticism,
fearing the school will not be truly
"You can have foreign language in
public schools. You don't need to create
a separate public school to teach a
foreign language," said Michael Meyers,
executive director of New York Civil

Israeli divorces rise with conflict

SHPiEL staff writer

What is the
connection between
personal relationships
and a troubled state?
This is the question
social observers are
asking as the divorce
rate rises dramatically
in Israel.
With a war and
unstable political
situation, some Israeli
researchers say couples
under psychological
stress could be pushed In 2008, a total
to divorce by the That is a rise o
country's issues.aucas.
A direct relationship
is difficult to establish, but when the
family unit is already weak, politics
could certainly have an influence, said
Rabbi Eliyahu Ben Dahan, director of
the Israeli Rabbinical Court System.
The Israel Rabbinical Courts' annual
report, released on Jan. 25, revealed
that the number of divorces in Israel
during 2008 rose 4.7 percent from
2007. In 2007, 9,765 Jewish-Israeli
couples divorced, while 10,225 Jewish-
Israeli couples divorced in 2008. The
divorce rate in Israel has been rising
since 2003.
Although Jewish custom allows for
divorce as a part of life, many find the
rising rates troubling. It helps those
to understand that Judaism generally
maintains that it is better for a couple
to separate than to remain bitter and
hostile to each other.
For a divorce to occur, Jewish law

I of 10,225 Israeli Jewish couples divorced.
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requires both husband and the wife to
give consent, and the divorce can be for
no reason or for any reason at all. The
law is stricter for the wife, stating she
cannot remarry under any circumstance
until the husband has written a get, or
bill of divorce.
Last year, one of the slowest
economic situations in Israeli history,
was also the first time that there have
been more than 10,000 divorces in a
.single year.
Large cities are experiencing higher
divorce rates than the rest of the national
average. Some cities have had especially
high rises: Jerusalem had a 9.7 percent
rise, while Tel Aviv, the financial center,
had a 7.1 percent increase. Haifa's rate
rose 13 percent and Modiin experienced
one of the highest increases, at 24
percent. Applications for divorce have
also risen by three percent.

Rights Coalition.
"They want to transmit foreign
ethnic values."
One period of Hebrew language
instruction a day will be woven into art,
music and gym.
"I think they are trying to establish
an immersion experience that goes
beyond what other public schools can
offer," said Yoni Kaiser-Blueth, associate
director for Jewish student life at a
University Hillel.
Like other public schools must,
the Hebrew Language Academy will
accommodate students' religious
observances, but the school does not
plan on serving kosher food. However,
if parents request it, the school will
consider offering it as an option. They
will do the same for food prepared
according to Muslim dietary laws.
The school also plans to observe the
holidays that other New York City public

schools observe, with accommodations
made for religious students.
"I think the state itself was
impressed with the amount of time and
effort we put in to make sure we had
the processes in place to ensure church-
state separation," said Berman, the
chairwoman of the school's board.
The Hebrew Language Academy will
function under the New York charter
law: If the school gets fewer applications
than available seats, it must accept any
student from the district that applies.
If the school gets more applications
than it can accept, it must use a random
lottery to accept students, with first
preference given to students who live in
the district or have siblings who already
attend the school.
"Our main goal is to create a school
of academic excellence," said Berman.
"Our second goal is to create Hebrew

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{Animal relief in Gaza)
The three-week Israeli invasion of Gaza left 1.300 people dead, half of
them ci ilians, according to the Associated Press. But, the human suffering has
overshadowed the plight of animals in Gaza, including zoo animals that have
come under fire and tens of thousands of chickens that have been lulled.
A new initiative by the Israel-based animal rightsgroup Let the Animals Live
(letli\e.orgi aims at assisting animals in the Gaza Zoo, which was hit by attacks
in December and January.
Eti Altman, spokeswoman for Let the Animals Live, said the effort could help
Israeli-Palestinian relations in Gaza."In light of this humanitarian effort I have
no doubt we can save many of the animals in the place," Altman said. "I am
hoping that through the animals we will be able to draw the two sides closer
Truckloads of food and medicine will be brought across the Israeli-Gaza
border by the group, which is working with a Palestinian animal welfare
organization and the coordination and liaison office in Gaza.
"The collaboration between us and the Palestinians is proof that the animals
are not part of the political conflict," Altman said.
One of the significant cost fac tors in bringing 30 trucksloads of relief across
the Israeli-Gaza border is the fee required by Gaza. Each truck, based on height,
will be charged 700-1400 NIS. which is roughly $170 to $350.
Other animals that have drawn attention include 35,000 chickens that have
been killed, causing the price of chicken and eggs to almost double in Gaza,
according to Turkish Weekly.
SReport details Gaza results, costs)
The Israeli assault on Hamas in the Gaza Strip from Dec. 27 and Jan. 17
was a war, but what kind? A new 92-page. report looks at the Gaza War from
different angles.
Anthony Cordesman, of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and
International Studies think tank (csis.org), wrote that Israel did not violate any
laws of war but did cause extreme humanitarian costs."The IDF's success may
have enhanced some aspects of Israel's military ledge and ability to deter, but
it also did much to provoke."
Cordesman wrote that humanitarian and moral values were not fully
upheld, although such considerations are often neglected in war: "No one can
disregard the importance of international law, but there is a reason that trials
are- held in courts and not in the media or analysts without training in the
complex laws of war."
The report states that the media are playing an increasingly important part
in war and international relations, affecting diplomacy and popular opinion in
states. "It is also a reality of limited war that the political and media dimension
may do more to determine the final outcome of a conflict than the actual
fighting," according to the report.

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for two or enjoying the company of friends on
Feb.14, rich, warm food is both the flavor of the
spring season and the mandate of Valentine's
This issue, my suggestions are considerably
more time-consuming than usual. Still, if you want
to pull out all the stops and have an impressive
kosher Valentine's Day, consider the following.
Why not warm up this winter with a hearty,
hot-from-the-oven meal? Try beef brisket
with merlot and prunes. It's not your bubbe's
recommendation, but rather an excellent, juicy
pairing of sweet with meat.
Garlic, carrots, onions, thyme and balsamic
vinegar team up with wine to infuse the brisket
with flavor. The prunes provide a sweet and mildly
tart finish, which will accent the savory beef.
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Babka is not pareve, but it is a tasty chocolate-
filled pastry that pairs perfectly with morning
coffee for V-day breakfast in bed or a midday
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s eason is in
full swing
here in Jeru-
salem, and I
Shave no idea
: which party
Sis promoting
Sf what policy.
In America, I
would be ashamed of myself. But here,
ignorance sort of comes with the terri-
I don't live here. I speak and under-
stand the language poorly. There are
dozens of parties with the narrowest of
goals and the littlest chance for success.
Everyone expects Benyamin Netanyahu
and the Likud party to win.
And if he doesn't, the politician who
does won't have won because he or she
inspired anyone or offered anything
new to the table.
There is no Obamanation to remind
me every 20 steps for two years to vote
early and tell me why I should vote for
whom. Two yearsof electioning at home
was enough to satisfy me for (hopefully)
the next eight years.
One of those parties vying for seem-
ingly unattainable seats in Israel's legis-
lative branch, the Knesset, is a freakish
hybrid of unrelated causes.
That party is, and couldn't be any-
thing other than, the Holocaust Survi-
vors and Marijuana Legalization Party,
now under one campaign.
A friend of a friend is heading this
party. Another friend of a friend, who, I
suppose, is now just a friend, let me in
on some of the background story of this
Frankenstein faction of Israeli politics.
It started when Ale Yarok, the Green
Leaf Party, was founded in 1999. The
main goal of this party was, and re-
mains, to legalize marijuana in the State
of Israel. On top of its green goal, the
platform spans everything from the
support of a two-state solution to insti-
tutionalization of prostitution.
Ten years later, Israel's got two mar-
ijuana-legalization parties. Ale Yarok
still exists, but because of political bick-
ering and opportunism, a break-away
Ale Yarok faction, formed after political
irrfighting, has joined forces with the
Holocaust survivor's party.
The story was passed down to me
like this: In 2006, the reins of Ale Yarok
were handed to Ohad Shem Tov (the
friend of a friend). At 27, Shem Tov
was the youngest person to lead any
political party since Israel's establish-
ment. He worked and worked and built
up something good and just and then,
when grad school pressures began to
squeeze a bit too tight, he passed the
reins to someone else for safe keeping.

galize marijuana)

With the 2009 elections approach-
ing and a desire to get back into the ac-
tion, Shem Tov returned to find his seat
wasn't being kept warm. In fact, it had
been replaced with a caricatured throne,
and in that kingly place sat a self-righ-
teous stoner. And he wasn't leaving.
Shem Tov and other disaffected
friends left all they knew and set off to
find a new home. But they didn't set up
shop in a barren desert. Instead, they
looked for an already established, lead-
erless party. They found the Holocaust
survivors and the rest is becoming his-
This isn't a joke. At least, not an in-
tentional one.
Whereas the original Ale Yarok has
resorted to unashamed confrontation--
their recent ad features party leader
Gil Koftesh sitting on top of David Ben-
Gurion's grave having a one-sided con-
versation with the dead founder while
smoking a fat one-the Holocaust sur-
vivors and marijuana enthusiasts have
joined forces out of respect for each
other's causes and in hope that their
combined efforts will make life better
for the large contingents they say they
This theme of mutual respect is ap-
parent in their own ads, which recent-
ly aired on Israeli television and have
been viewed close to 30,000 times in
one week on YouTube-surpassing all
other current Israeli political ads by the
tens of thousands.
Half of each one-minute spot features
a thoughtful pothead pleading for Israe-
lis to think of the survivors when they
go to the polls. The other half shows a
bald-headed man one uprooted from
Poland in the 40s or from some equally
dark time and place making the case
for his younger, higher friend.
Only in Israel.

E-mail exiled editor Josh Fleet at
Josh@theshpiel.org with life questions
and/or dilemmas of faith.

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With its adherents
making up just 0.2
percent of the world,
the Jewish faith has
always struggled to
keep up with the other
99.8 percent.
For Jews, it isn't
always easy to find
other members of the
tribe in a new place.
But one new web site

Students surf JewishNetwork.com. Photo by Stephanie Shacter.

lists Jewish events and
meetings in cities all across the world:
Milwaukee to Milan, Belgrade to Berlin,
and Jerusalem to Rio de Janeiro.
This is JewishNetwork.com, a free
service that assists Jews who want
to connect to the Jewish community,
wherever they may live.
Jewish Network was founded by
Andrew Weitzen in 1998. "Back then,
I was going to New York, and I looked
online to see if there were any Jewish
singles parties," said Weitzen said.
When he couldn't find any, Weitzen
said he decided to create his own Jewish
Registering and listing an event on
the website is quick, easy and, best of
all, free. All kinds of organizations post
events on the site, including schools,
synagogues, federations, community
centers and clubs.
Other free services Weitzen's site
offers include the ability to post
calendars online and create press
releases for publicity.
For a. small fee, organizations can
upgrade how they list their events,
allowing them to include email addresses
and other contact information, link
to their own Web sites or add second
pages to their listings.

The site's creator said the majority
of people who use Jewish Network are
single adults."They use [the Web site] to
plan their social calendar, so they come
back every week looking for something
to do," said Weitzen said.
The site provides much more than
just a place for Jews to look for date,
however. People searching online for
Jewish events will come across Jewish
Network to help them find out where
Jewish movies are playing, classes on
Judaism and lKabbalah are being held,
or Torah lessons are being given.
Jewish Network gives people
"something to connect with in their
The greatest number of events listed
are in places with a high concentration
of Jews, such as metropolitan New York,
Boston, and Los Angeles, and South
Florida. Still, smaller towns such as
Gainesville also have activities posted
regularly, including yoga classes at local
Jewish Community Centers, discussions
of the week's Torah portion at local
synagogues and even Israeli dance and
culture lessons. Andrew Weitzen can
surely take pride in connecting all the
Jews across the country.
It's like our very own Facebook!

A white-collar showdown of ridiculous proportions

SHPiEL staff writer

Tough economic times breed some
truly creative solutions. Through
lawsuits thatread more like CarlHiaasen
paperbacks than legal transcripts,
two South Florida executives have
been squaring off in court in literally
biblical termsproportions.
Thomas Kaplan throws the most
creative punch. On Jan. 9, he filed a
lawsuit against his nephew, Guma
Aguiar, claiming that Aguiar, as
director of the Lillian Jean Kaplan
Foundation, used the non-profit's
money to support a campaign claiming
he is the messiah.

The Lillian Jean Kaplan Foundation
supports an array of projects, from a
prize for medical advance on kidney
disease to a project to foster Jewish
pride. Kaplan's lawsuit alleges Aguiar
is unfit to lead and has mismanaged
Both men are substantially wealthy.
Both have filed numerous lawsuits
against each other.
The root of the issue derives from a
soured business relationship between
the two men, who used to be partners.
Both downplay the role -the other
played in the success of the petroleum
company they had been involved

Evidence for the Messiah claim is
difficult to verify. Aguiar has asked
that the suit be dismissed.
Rabbi Moshe Meir Lipszyc of
Chabad Lubavitch of Forf Lauderdale
has been quoted as being supportive
of Aguiar's character, insisting that
Aguiar is a good man-although
some newspapers speculate that the
rabbi may have been swayed by the
donations the Kaplan Foundation has
made to Jewish causes.
Be prepared for Hiassen's next
novel to feature lawsuit-wielding
rivals, and pray the good works of the
Kaplan Foundation aren't damaged by
the antics of these two characters.

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Jewish film festivals dot nation this season

SHPiEL staff writer.

Movie fans may not be aware,
but we're in the midst of Jewish film
festival season. Some festivals have
come, others have gone and a few have
yet to arrive, but it's a great time to be a
Jewish moviegoer.
"Jewish film festivals have really
grown over the years," said Nina Gordin,
David Posnack JCC director of adult

services and culture arts. "Starting off
as small gatherings of just a few films,
and growing to a national industry
in different communities, (it's) really
taken off," she said.
Center in Davie, Fla., is hosting its ninth
annual Broward County Film Festival
from Feb. 7 to Feb. 17.
The film festival will open with the
film "Noodle," a heartbreaking comic-
drama which comes off with a bang
after receiving 10 Israeli Film Academy
Award nominations.
Six other films will be shown during
'the festival. The gripping documentary
"Praying with Lior," about boys with
Down syndrome becoming Bar Mitzvahs
will be shown. Other showings include
"Strangers," about an Israeli man and
Palestinian woman falling in love at
the 2006 World Cup, and "The Secrets,"
about one ultra-Orthodox woman's
quest to find individuality in a world
that looks down on such behavior from
The lineup for the festival looks
promising. (A list of all of the featured
films can be found on the DPJCC's
website, and if you want to view the
trailers, YouTube has your back).
Other Jewish communal
organizations around the country have

recently organized their own film
The Center for the Advancement
of Jewish Education in Miami held its
12th annual Miami Jewish Film Festival
from Jan. 24 to Feb. 1, featuring great
Jewish films, including an Academy
Award nominee film for Best Short
In December, when the JCC of
the Greater Palm Beaches held its
19th annual Palm Beach Jewish Film
Festival, they highlighted so many
movies each day that even the most
avid fans would find themselves
lost. More than a dozen films were
shown, including "Waltz with Bashir,"
an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign'
Language Film and "Where are you
going, Moishe?" about the Jewish
exodus from Morocco in the early
The Jewish film festival craze
isn't limited to Florida. The Jewish
Federation of Greater Baton Rouge
and Jewish Cinema South partnered
for the Baton Rouge Jewish Film
Festival, which featured films such as
"Circumcise Me" and "Unsettled."
Many of you may be unable to attend
one of these film festivals, whether it's
because you don't live near Davie, or
don't live near Florida, or don't have a

time machine. Regardless, these Jewish
film festivals are happening all around
us, with numerous spectacular films
that we can all find a connection to.

For more information about the David
Posnack JCC film festival visit
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Trembling before God: A look into homosexuality and Orthodox Judaism

SHPiEL staff writer

Confronting rejection is always
difficult, but rejection from God, family,
and community because of sexuality
is a plight that many people cannot
understand. Sandi Simcha DuBowski's
film, "Trembling Before G-d," steps into
the lives of ultra-Orthodox homosexual
After rocking the Sundance Film
Festival five years ago, DuBowski,
a gay Jew himself, has been on the
road encouraging Hassidic Jews to
continue the recent trend of religious
traditionalists becoming more accepting
of differences in sexuality.
DuBowski's documentary focuses
on homosexual Jews living in Orthodox
nooks in Brooklyn, where every Friday
evening, a siren sounds 18 minutes
before the Sabbath begins.
These 18 minutes mean different
things to every Hassid or ultra-Orthodox
Jew. But to Marta, who lives with her
life partner and leads both a frum and
lesbian lifestyle, it is the only time she
talks to her parents. Her parents' rabbi,
hoping to set Marta's soul straight,
insisted on a weekly phone call to
ensure a "normal" family structure.
These weekly phone calls after years
without communication are not nearly
enough to let Marta reconcile her faith

and her sexuality, nor are they enough
to disallow her statement, "there's no
option being frum and being gay."
Most Orthodox homosexuals do not
have the insight and support of Rabbi
Steve Greenberg, Orthodox Judaism's
first openly gay rabbi. Instead,
they have the short sight of a rabbi
who espouses the same beliefs as
Rabbi Aharon Feldman, whose Torah
interpretation concludes that to be gay
is to "violate one of the mitzvahs, for
which the Torah prescribes the death
How may these individuals, shaped
all their lives to follow a constructionist
approach to Torah, ever reconcile who
they are and what they believe? Some
find themselves asking God, "why was I
made homosexual?"
One such example is Mark, whose
rabbi told him to move to Israel where
there must surely be no gays. Yet Mark,
after years of yeshiva, became most
open with his sexuality in the Holy
According to the film, many
Orthodox Jewish lesbians spend years
in a convenient, loveless marriage
to be accepted or to abide by God's
commandment to procreate. They
become ostracized from their children
once they acknowledge their sexuality.
They are afraid of or unable to take a
stand against the norm of Hassidic

stringency. This
fear stems from a
lack of self-esteem
and belief in one's
self. Greenberg asks
this question: "How
can you make a case
for asking people
to accept you when
you don't accept
your self?"
Therein lays
the turmoil for
those portrayed
in this film. Does
acceptance of
self override the
teachings of the
Talmud? Does the
true construction
of Torah forbid
of one's
These are all
questions many
homosexual Jews
struggle with,
but perhaps in a
time when a gay
priest may open
the presidential

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Excommunications, Holocaust denial and the Vatican

SHPiEL staff writer

On Jan. 31, Pope Benedict XVI lifted
an excommunication order against four
traditionalist bishops, one of whom is a
Holotaust denier, as an attempt to bring
Lefebvre's Society of St. Pius X back into
the Vatican's fold.
Currently, The Society of St. Pius X,
based in Menzingen, Switzerland, has
six seminaries, three universities, 70
primary and secondary schools around
the globe, and it has 463 priests and
160 seminarians.
The Society of Saint Pius X was
originally founded in the 1960s by
Archbishop Lefebrve, who rebelled
against the Vatican's modernizing.
Twenty years ago, he consecrated-
the four bishops without papal consent,
a move the Vatican declared an act
of schism, which meant automatic
The church's decision to lift the
excommunication comes a few days
after Richard Williamson, one of the
four bishops, announced on a Swedish
television interview that the Nazis did
not use gas chambers.
"I believe that the historical evidence

is strongly against-is hugely against-
6 million Jews having been deliberately
gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate
policy of Adolf Hitler," Williamson said
on Swedish TV.
"I believe there were no gas
Prosecutors in Regensburg,
Germany, are investigating Williamson's
comments on suspicion of inciting
racial hatred since Holocaust denial is
treated as a crime in Germany.
The lifting of the excommunications
also sparked outrage among Jewish
groups. They warned that the pope's
decisionwould have serious implications
for Catholic-Jewish relations as well as
for the pontiff's plan to visit Israel later
this year.
"I do not see how business can
proceed as usual," Rabbi David Rosen,
Jerusalem-based head of interreligious
affairs at the American Jewish
Committee and a key Vatican-Jewish
negotiator, told the Washington Times.
He called for the pope or a senior
adviser to issue a "clear condemnation"
of all Holocaust denials and deniers.
The rebuttal from the Vatican's
spokesman, Reverend Federico
Lombardi, is that Bishop Williamson's

views were "absolutely indefensible,"
but they are not acts of schism or
other excommunicable offense under
church law.
"They are his personal ideas ... that
we certainly don't share but they have
nothing to do with the issue of the
excommunication and the removal
of the excommunication," Father
Lombardi said in an interview with AP
Television News.
However, during the week
following the reinstatement, Bishop
Williamson wrote a letter apologizing
for his "imprudent phrases."
The letter was posted on his
personal blog and addressed to
Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, who
has been dealingwith the rehabilitation.
of Williamson and other renegade
bishops who were excommunicated.
"I beg of you to accept, only as
is properly respectful, my sincere
regrets for having caused to yourself
and to the Holy Father so much
unnecessary distress and problems,"
Bishop Williamson wrote.
He did not, however, specifically
withdraw his claim that millions
of Jews did not die in Nazi gas

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In today's
some of your
parents may
be losing
jobs. Some of
you may have
friends who
r- are moving
UF Hillel-Rabbi out of their
houses be-
cause of fore-
closures, but I believe that senior
college students may be feeling the
impacts more than anyone.
I was in your shoes once, also, in
a much better time, but I am also in
your shoes now. As I begin my final
semester at the Jewish Theological
Seminary, hopefully my last semester
of school ever, I see many similarities
to the time when I left the University
of Florida, and that is not such a good

When I left UF as a graduating se- all times, and it certainly does not
nior, the days of easy jobs and a safe work for me now as I am not flying
world were coming to a close. We solo anymore. But, I have received
were on the heels of 9/11 and a wors- some new inspiration that I want to
ening economy. share.
I remember as I inched closer and I was standing in line at my
closer to graduation day, the generic school's cafeteria, and a professor
questions that I often received walk- asked me the golden question, "How
ing around Turl- are you?" I could have
ington Plaza from ( David, gam zeh yaavor, lied, said I was doing
acquaintances. ths to fine, asked the same
"How are thistoo shall pass. ) question and get the

you?" or "what's
up" took on a whole new meaning.
"How am I? What's up? Do you re-
ally want to know the answer to that
question?" There was so much uncer-
tainty at that time, but I looked at it
as an adventure.
You can look at a situation in two
ways: as disaster or opportunity. I
took the opportunity to go to Israel
for a year, something I always wanted
to do. I took a couple of odd-end jobs
for six months, saved some money
and left for my adventure.
Alas, this solution cannot work at

same response, but I
told her the truth instead.
I told her about the stress of find-
ing a job in this economy, the un-
certainty of not knowing where we
would be next year, and much more.
Instead of brushing me off and grin-
ning at me, she told me that her
brother-in-law has now been unem-
ployed for five months and things are
not looking good.
But she did give me a piece of sage
advice, "David, gam zeh yaavor, this
too shall pass."
"This too shall pass" is a famous

Jewish phrase that comes from a folk
tale involving King Solomon. The
king asked his servants to find him
a ring with this description: "It has
magic powers. If a happy man looks
at it, he becomes sad, and if a sad
man looks at it, he becomes happy."
His servants came back with a ring
engraved with three words: gam zeh
yaavor, this too shall pass.
This is a hard message to hear
when you are in pain because .t
sounds so foolishly optimistic. When
you are having the time of your life
and you hear this phrase, you think
the person is a Debbie Downer, cru-
elly pessimistic.
But the phrase is true, and some-
times it does give me peace during
tumultuous times and humility dur-
ing great times. Times are tough,
the future is uncertain, but please
know: this too shall pass. Let's hope
for a time when "what's up" can be
answered honestly with a short sen-
tence, "things are good, what's up
with you?"

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" East is the Some believe that religion fuels warfare and enjoy making business as "Arabs," and sometimes, they are
= homeland of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For out of corruption that encourages included with the illiterate peoples; -
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civilizations, anti-Semitic by nature, thus Muslims human. The Prophets from the sons books sent to the prophets from the -
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; the land the Sons of Israel are mentioned
S. J were many numerous times as Bani Isra'el, and
Sp prophets d s u in the spiritual context as "people =
Enlightened people from across Religion d politics sld of the Book." Also, in other places,
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- kingdoms and empires'have risen not be eaten as spaghetti. explicitly as Jews. -
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- with other superpowers, from the and we can enj y it without especially during the first two-thirds
- stone age to the Cold War. m ivin it with other thing r of the 20th century, to these days by =
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-* variety of elements, good and bad. adding spi it religious. Religion and politics should -
- Not comprehending the complexity spices it. not be eaten as Spaghetti. Religion is -
- of these elements is careless and amazing by itself, and we can enjoy
= dangerous when trying to understand it without mixing it with other things -
- the situation in the Middle East. I find Jews. I think an open-minded reading discussing some problems within or adding spices to it.
"= it especially complicating to mix the to the Quran clearly shows it is not there society. In, the same sense, I do not like when political -
Sreligious and political culture. anti-Semitic. the Quran is not anti-Semitic when agendas abuse religion or try to
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= some spices added, to make quick in the first half of the second Surah, Jewish community, and is not anti- do not think that religion fuels the
" and tasty opinions. And that is what I chapter, of the Quran, when the semitic while discussing problems conflict, but rather that the abusers
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Bela Fleck flexes heartstrings

SHPiEL staff writer

Bela Fleck, a profoundly genuine
banjo player, embarked on a musical
pilgrimage last year to discover the
roots of the banjo. He followed the
origtis of the bluegrass instrument
deep into the rich and complex history
of Africa. The jazz virtuoso traveled to
the continent to learn firsthand about
the music of the banjo predecessors
and jam out with some killing' African
Fleck's understanding of time and
rhythm is coupled with technical fluidity
and a beautiful musical vocabulary. He
is of among those few musical warriors
who can battle with jazz legend Chick
Corea and leave without a severe ass
kicking. Fleck's mission went beyond
his musical duties.
Filmmaker Sascha Paladino
documented Fleck's journey to Africa in
"Throw Down Your Heart."
"There wasn't a specific goal other
than the desire to make great music,"
Paladino said. "Finding the roots of the
banjo was part of it, but the main thing
was to have interesting and productive
musical collaborations," he said.
Many of these collaborations were
recorded for the coinciding album

"Throw Down Your Heart." Paladino
explained that he had become part of
the project after his film about Fleck
and Edgar Meyer caught the attention of
the head of Sony Records.
"When Bela started planning the
Africa trip to make the album, the music
executive suggested that I go with him
and make a film. I didn't argue," he
Fleck wanted to extinguish the
misconception that the banjo came
from the American South. It actually
came from Africa. Most likely, slaves
brought the banjo over before it was
adopted into American music.
While in The Gambia in West Africa,
Fleck and Paladino came across an
instrument called an "akonting," a
possible ancestor to the banjo.
"It had a very similar function to the
way it is used in Western music, and
we could hear the strains of songs such
as 'Camptown Races' in some of the
African songs," Paladino said. "Those
melodies must have traveled across the
ocean with the slaves."
Despite having a translator, the
main means of communication for the
travelers was music.
"There was a wide range of music,
from villagers playing thumb pianos to
international superstars in high-tech

Bela Fleck plays the banjo while touring with musicians through Africa. Photo courtesy of
Bela Fleck.

recording studios," Paladino said. "Lots
of variation."
The musical journey is not over. Bela
Fleck will be touring with a number of
African musicians on the east coast of
the U.S. in late March and early April.
Paladino said Fleck "went into it with
an open mind, and was always willing
to learn."

We should learn a lesson from that,
and check out some Bela Fleck because
that man can play your face off!
There will be theatrical screenings
throughout 2009 visit the Web site
for details: www,throwdownyourheart.
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Crossword #19

See next issue for solutions to this puzzle

1. Cass Elliott
5. Kill biblically
9. Comic Carter
13. Ishmael progeny
14. Tekiah
15. Jan Peerce specialties
17. Arms for Tsahal
18. Barrett
19. Heavenly rage
20. Tears at the Seder?
22. Shikker preference
23. Shiva clothes
24. Ark front?
25. Hid Jericho spoils
28. Prior Fed Chairman
34. H. Stern __ jock
35. Extent
36. Al Rosen stat
37. Sinai condition
38. Zilpah and Bilhah
39. Investment in Israel
40. Hamantasch?
41. Product offered by 60
42. Alias Joyce Brothers
43. Isser Harel
45. Previn

46. Often to Nelly Sachs
47. Fleischer, former Press
48. Israeli Cactus
51. Haman's son
57. Emulate Abba Eban
58. Father of Edomites
59. Alien Ginsberg book
60. __ Sassoon
61. Al chet topic
62. Twelve wells site
63. Jewish restaurant
64. Act the gonif
65. Daniel's test sites
1. Spiegelman creation
2. Zionist movement
3. Post
4. Chagall art style
5. Tefillin feature
6. Commandment no no
7. Diarist
8. Shanah (Eng)
9. "__ of an ass", Samson's tool
10. David's darts
11. Italian Shalom
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16. Her
21. Eye sign
24. Imitates a schnorrer
25. Sacrifice residue
26. Costs Bubkes
27. Methuselah
28. Asner roll
29. Hagba'ah
30. Amen
31. Filled with schpilkus
32. Capp's L'il creation
33. Kol__
38. Spray
39. Like Cain to Nod
41. Israeli supermodel
42. "Vamp" actress
44. Human
47. Rickles hope
48. Spin (Heb.)
49. Negev climate
50. Called to biblically
51. Plague
52. Khazars' homeland
53. Standing
54. Bagel feature
55. Jacob was one
56. Tzedakah

'Bubbe, I'm going to Yiddish camp, and best of all it's free!'

SHPiEL staff writer

Up until a few decades ago, Yiddish
flourished. Newspapers, plays and
literature were part of a thriving
community. But the traditional Jewish
language, a mixture of German and
Hebrew, has suffered heavy losses over
the past century.
Before World War II, there were 11 to
13 million Yiddish speakers worldwide;

Class and other activities within the sum-
mer program will be held at the National
Yiddish Book Center, located on the Hamp-
shire College campus in Amherst, Mass.
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today, there are some three million.
Now, the language of Ashkenazi Jewry
-is undergoing a restoration, and college
students have the opportunity to be a
part of it while earning college credits.
The University of Massachusetts at
Amherst is partnering with the Steiner
Summer Program and the National
Yiddish Book Center to offer a Yiddish
immersion program this summer.
For six weeks, 18 university
students from around the country will
be immersed in Yiddish language and
literature, studying Yiddish culture and
Jewish history in Central and Eastern
Europe and the United States. They
will also have the chance to conduct a
research or translation project.
In addition to performing daily tasks
at the Yiddish Book Center (collecting,
unloading and shelving volumes in
Yiddish), students will receive intensive
Yiddish language instruction at
beginning or intermediate levels.
The Steiner Program is one part of
a larger effort to resurrect the Yiddish
language. Many American universities
have begun to offer degrees in Yiddish
linguistics. According to the Jewish
Virtual Library, German linguists have
begun studying Yiddish because it
possesses characteristics that were
only present in medieval German, and
the language functions as a bridge
to understanding the history and
development of modern German.

Galia Hatav,
a UF associate
professor of
linguistics, said
efforts on
behalf of
Yiddish are
important. "It "C
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it is important
for the Jews in
this country to
keep it alive,"
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suffered the
cruelest blow
during the
Holocaust. The six million Jews who
were killed made up a majority of
Yiddish speakers. By reviving Yiddish,
language preservationists hope to
preserve Jewish culture from that era.
Yiddish literature is also one of the
richest examples of Jewish writing.
"It's very colorful," said Hatav, who
is not a speaker of Yiddish herself but
acknowledges the bounty of Yiddish
writings. "It is a language with a lot of
literature," Hatav said, and it is a prime
example of "Jewish wit."
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away valuable cultural knowledge from
the immersion experience, but the
students will also assist in rescuing a
great amount of Yiddish literature from
The summer program lasts -fem
June 14 until July 24. It counts towards
six undergraduate course credits.
Accepted students receive free tuition
and are eligible for housing subsidies.

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The world goes vegetarian

'Shir Bliss' show to air soon

SHPiEL staff writer

"So what do you eat?"
This tends to be the response I get
when describing my dietary habits, or
more aptly put, restrictions.
nm Gainesville's tokenJewish, vegan
"glutard" (the term endearingly given to
those who are gluten-intolerant).
Although I have long desired a
companion with whom to search for
a filling meal that fits all my dietary
neeis, I never imagined it would happen
in this town.
My prayers have finally been
On Jan. 25, the Olam Cafe at.the
UF Hillel opened its arms to those like
me with the restaurant's launch of its
vegan/vegetarian Sunday meal option.
Mike Rosenberg, a UF biochemistry
sophomore, approached Avie
Friederwitzer, The Olam's director
of dining and food service, in search
of a job. Friederwitzer had the idea
of a vegan/vegetarian dinner menu.
Knowing that Rosenberg was a
vegetarian, Friederwitzer thought he
would be perfect for the job.
Rosenberg set out researching

healthy meal ideas that would be both
enjoyable and nutritious for non-meat
eaters and satisfying and surprising for
The ingredients are bought from
Ward's and Mother Earth Health Food
Store and are therefore mostly natural,
local and organic (but always kosher).
Rosenberg chose to use quinoa,
a pseudo-cereal grain that is high in
protein and gluten-free, which offers
more nutritional value than gluten-
laden rice or wheat.
He uses cheese and meat substitutes
to make the meal more interesting
than the expected plate of steamed
vegetables that some think is the only
form of sustenance for vegans.
This vittles adventure is on Sundays'
from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It costs $10
for an all-you-can-eat dinner, including
a salad bar, entrees, sides, dessert and
The menus thus far have included
mushroom and barley soup, sloppy
Joes, quinoa-and-rice-stuffed pepper,
cornbread, garlic broccoli penne and
apple caramel bake. Food options
change every week.
Rosenberg said everything is
"yummy, and made with love."

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of Aramaic is
represented on
the scene.
"Jews are in
a really unique
position where ''
we are totally
part of the
culture we're
in, yet we are
different, and
people are trying
to showcase
that." he said.
W h i I e
innovation is
apparent in new
Jewish rhythms,
folk music
from Eastern
Europe, called
Klezmer. and
Middle Eastern
will find their way to Shir Bliss.
The Shemspeed Web site is the
forerunner of Jewish music and lists
up-and-coming artists anrd concerts.
Rosenblatt said he looks forward to
the organization's 40 Days 40 Nights
tour featuring Y-Love, Blue Fringe
and local bands.
In addition to live music, the tour
will highlight cultural education of
"It excites me because it shows
that no matter what form or what
sort of venue, Judaism can't get
away from trying to teach -people
something," Rosenblatt said. "It
always tries to make the world a
better place."

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His radio show reflects this idea
of teaching and exposing the world
to lesser-known spiritual music.
Rosenblatt said his audience is
anybody Who desires fresh sounds
and a new experience.
"Jewish music isn't just about
Judaism, it's about self expression.
It's about being proud of who you
are and trying to bring that to the
world," he said.
"Anybody can dig that."

If you feel like digging it, visit the
Shir Bliss Web site at www.shirbliss.
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