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

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THE SHPiEL
VOLUME 7 ISSUE 5
769 March 17, 2009 March 30, 2009
769 a 0_4


UF prof to release war doc


BY JEREMY ATTERMANN
SHPiEL staff writer

The Israeli War of Independence
was important to Israelis and Zionists
all over the world. Many brave and
courageous Israeli soldiers fought for
the creation of the Jewish state, which
celebrated its 60th birthday last year.
But it wasn't just Israelis who fought
for independence.
The 1948 Arab-Israeli War was won
by the nascent Jewish state in large part
due to a group of foreign pilots, many
of whom came from the United States.
Although very influential in Israel's
victory, most received little or no credit
for their services.
But it is finally time to give credit
where credit is due. Thanks to Boaz Dvir,
Tim Sorel and David Cumming, these


foreign soldiers will finally receive the
recognition and honor they deserve for
helping to fight for Israel.
In his newest documentary film, "A
Wing and a Prayer," Dvir will finally
shed some light on the mysterious
heroes of the war.
"These people have received very
little credit for the work they have
done, and I hope to correct that,"
said Dvir, UF College of Journalism
and Communications director of
communications.
Though little information is available
about this subject, it helps that some of
the only archives about these foreign
soldiers belong to Dr. Ralph Lowenstein,
former dean of the college. Lowenstein
has been documenting their story for

SEE DOCUMENTARY, PAGE 12


Social justice in your spare time


BY ZAK BENNETT
SHPiEL staff writer

The regular schedule of some college
students: bars, study, class, repeat.
The cycle can get old and dull. Most
religious faiths teach that people have
the natural inclination to do something
good for the community. It's unavoid-
able, it's something that goes through
everyone's mind; it is our sense of hu-
manity.
Well, then find a way to give back to
the community.
University of Florida Hillel and Ala-
chua County Child Abuse Prevention is
about to kick off its second full week of
its Interfaith Hospitality Program.
Manoa's Tzedek, or social justice,
team, which is a student leadership
board at UF Hillel, runs the program.


The Interfaith Hospitality Program
goes to local churches every Wednesday
night to work with homeless families
who are hosted, given a place to stay
and eat, by local churches. The Hillel
group's aim is to play with the children
staying at the churches.
The team provides toys, Play-Doh,
jump ropes and more while the church-
es provide a place for the homeless
families to live during the week. The
group members also help the children
with homework and talk to them.
This not only helps the children, but
it gives the parents time to relax, and
it allows the children time to enjoy the
company of young people from various
faiths.
Danielle Nichols, English and Jewish

SEE COMMUNITY, PAGE 12







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Local bands move to stamp

out homelessness

S- BY RAVEN PRITCHETT said they all believe their work gets the
SHPiEL contributing writer job done.
The outreach group operates solely
Does rocking out to great.. music through donations and volunteers
and performing for an audience of hip within the community. Now with the
music lovers provide a way to benefit cooperation from area bands, groups
the homeless and needy? are coming together to rock out and
Two local figures, Arupa and Bob help to end homelessness through the
Freeman, brought the idea to life in H.O.M.E.van benefit in April and May.
2002. After seeing the numerous men, One of the team members, Erica
women and children in Gainesville Carlsson, expressed her excitement
without a place to live, the couple about the upcoming concert.
started ari organization that provides "The first H.O.M.E.van benefit and
services and necessities to assist such compilation was very successful,"
residents. Carlsson said. "We decided to do a
The organization is called second one in hopes that it will uplift
H.O.M.E.van, a mobile soup kitchen listeners, especially with. the effects
that is a part of the St. Vincent DePaul from the economic downturn."
Society. In addition to attending the concert,
"We go to homeless and fans can also show their support by
underprivileged areas twice a week," donating items; socks, peanut butter
said cofounder Arupa Freeman. The and toiletry items are among the most
organization provides much-needed popular.
items like hot meals, clothes, paperback Information about H.O.M.E.van:
books and over-the-counter medicine, A Gainesville Music Benefit for the
she said. Homeless:
For those curious about the meaning April 5 at Common Grounds
of "H.O.M.E," in H.O.M.E.van, it was April 26 at Common Grounds
created by a volunteer with the Homeless May 23 at The Atlantic
Outreach Mobile Effort. Freeman said Doors open at 5 p.m., and prices are'
the group likes to joke around about TBA. Visit the Myspace.com page:
how the name was created, but no w w w my space .com /
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Join us for a reading and discussion session led by UF
English Professor Andrew Gordon. For more graphic novel
discussions see http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/lletstalk/
Sponsored by UF George A. Smathers Libraries


Florida museum to feature

communities from around the state


BY ANDREW FORD
SHPiEL staff writer

The South Beach district of Miami
Beach is known, among other things,
for its beaches, gay culture and Art
Deco buildings.
But it has also been home to the
Jewish Museum of Florida, which
relocated to South Beach in 2005,
establishing a building in a converted
synagogue at 301 Washington Ave., four
blocks from the shoreline.
It was restored and expanded two
years ago, stained glass windows adorn
the 1936. structure, itself a piece of
history.
The contents of the museum focus
on Jewish life in Florida. The museum's
MOSAIC Collection includes over 600
photographs documenting social and
religious life in the state's Jewish
community, ranging from ceremonies
to celebrations.
The museum has made much of the
collection available in digital format
online. The museum houses a "timeline,
wall" of Jewish history in Florida, setting
events in Florida within the context of
world Jewish history.
If also has three film presentations:
"Synagogue to Museum," documenting
the creation of the museum, -"Jewish


Settlement in Florida," a presentation on
four Jewish families and their experience
moving to Florida, and "L'Chaim: To
Life" which uses of personal family
footage to depict the holiday cycles of
Jewish tradition.
Temporary exhibits are a frequent
supplement to the museum's core
collection. Changing often, they are
usually on loan from other museums.
The Jewish Museum of Florida
occasionally travels its own exhibitions
as well.
In addition to material exhibits,
the museum hosts panel discussions,
lectures, concerts and theater
performances. On March 29, the
museum will host a session with Marcia
Jo Zerivitz, the museum's chief curator
and the author of "Jews of Greater
Miami."
Jewish history doesn't end in the
past. The Jewish Museum of Florida, in
an unusual move, allows submissions
of family artifacts to its collections.
You can add your family's history to its
archives via a form on the museum's
Web site (jewishmuseum.com).
While a product of the Jewish
community, the museum has made
itself accessible to non-Jews as well.
The museum is open Tuesday
through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m..


Join us for a reading and discussion session led by UF
English Professor Andrew Gordon. For more information,
see http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/letstalk/
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Editor-in-Chief
Zahara Zahav
zahara@theshpiel.org

Managing Editor
Ben Cavataro
cavataro@ufl.edu

News Editor
Zak Bennett
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Arts & Entertainment Editor
Ankita Rao
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Sundry Editor
Elaine Wilson
elaine@theshpiel.org

Executive Advisor/Mentor
Giselle Mazur
giselle@ufhillel.org


Layout Editor
Jackie Jakob
jackie@theshpiel.org


Distribution
Danielle Nichols
dnichols@ufl.edu


Chief Visionary
Faryn Hart
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Photo Editor
Stephanie Shacter
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Jewish mice rejoice: new Portuguese cheese ready for sale


BY EMILY SASSER
SHPiEL staff writer

Food has a way of bringing people
together, but rarely does it have the
power to bridge the gap between
centuries.
For the first time since the Inquisition
in the 15th century, a dairy product from
Portugal has a kosher seal, thanks to the
effort of Jose Braz, who manufactures
a hard cheese, manufactures Queijo de
Serra.
Braz is a descendent of Iberian
conversos, Jews who converted to
Christianity during the Inquisition to
avoid being killed or forced into exile.
Now Braz is one of a growing number
'T conversos-called Anusim, "forced
ones," in Hebrew-who have traced
their Jewish heritage and are returning
to their ancestors' faith.
The kosher seal is a celebration of


renewal in Portugal and for Braz.
His cheese products, even before
garnering the kosher seal, sold well
all across Europe. According to Daniel
Litwak, the chief rabbi of Porto in
Northern Portugal, Braz "wanted to
reconnect to his Jewish roots this was
the reason for contacting me" seeking
kosher certification.
Kosher certification for cheese is
controversial among Orthodox Jews
because of the way it is produced. The
most common way to coagulate cheese
employs a portion of a cow's stomach
called rennet, or rennin.
Some Jewish scholars are concerned
about the mixing of dairy and meat that
results: If a cow product not derived
from milk is put into cheese it will
violate the law of kashrut.
Rennin may not always be an issue
for the Jewish community. Robert
Isaac Klein stated in the 1970s that any


curdling agent, even those derived
from the stomach of a cow, may
be permitted. According to the
kosher tradition, anything diluted
to only one-sixtieth its bulk should
no longer be considered part of its
former substance. This is the case
with rennin in cheese.
Many synthetic substances, such
as chymosin, have become more
standard for coagulating cheese,
especially in the United States,
although, cheese made without
rennin still must be certified by a A'
rabbi to be considered kosher. fo
European Jews, however, in
continue to find rennin in their g
cheese, limiting the variety of ce
kosher cheeses available for them.
Rabbi Yoni Kaiser-Bluth of the UF
Hillel, -says that new kosher products
come out every day, they are expensive,
especially in cities such as Gainesville


vie Friederwitzer, the director of dining and
od services at.UF Hillel, shows kosher cheese
the kitchen at the Olam Cafe. A new hard
oat's milk cheese was recently given kosher
ratification Photo by Stephanie Shacter.

where demand for the food is not high.
New discoveries in technology could
lower the barriers to a kosher diet-and
bring Jews back to their roots.


~riefs
BY ZAK BENNETT


(Madoff pleads guilty
After being arrested Dec. 11, Bernard L. Madoff pleaded guilty on
March 12 for all charges against him. He apologized to all the people he
harmed and left the Manhattan courtroom in handcuffs.
From at least as early as the 1980s, Madoff carried out a scheme
to defraud clients by taking billions of dollars in funds under false
pretenses. He failed to invest the funds of his clients and simply
shifted the funds to mimic the stock market. The funds were used to
benefit himself without the authorization or knowledge of his investors;
according to the court documents. The government claims Maddoff has
committed $177 billion in fraud.
The victims of Madoff's scheme included individuals, charitable
organizations, trusts, pension funds and hedge funds, according to
Madoff.
Although in the past days, Madoff has apologized and pleaded guilty,
many questions remain unanswered and people say they find it hard to
believe one man is responsible for the billions in fraud.

{Pope mishandled Williamson matter)
Pope Benedict XVI admitted in a letter on March 12 that he mishandled
the situation involving the Holocaust-denying bishop, Richard
Williamson. The pope said the Vatican needs to make adjustments to
prevent any future similar occurrences.
After explaining the situation and what went wrong in the aftermath
of Williamson's statements, referring to how the Vatican dealt with the
incident, he said, he "can only deeply regret," what happened.
He then thanked the Jewish population for how they handled the
situation:
"Precisely for this reason I thank all the more our Jewish friends,
who quickly helped to clear up the misunderstanding and to restore
the atmosphere of friendship and trust which -- as in the days of Pope
John Paul II -- has also existed throughout my pontificate and, thank
God, continues to exist."
Richard Williamson's comments on Swedish Television, in which he
denied parts of the Holocaust, caught up to him last month when he
got exiled from Argentina.
Williamson's comments were found extremely offensive and
saddening throughout the world, yet the Pope Benedict XVI lifted
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St h : Answers to all your kosher
Est er Iculinary questions


Vegetarianism is developing more
adherents within the Jewish community.
In fact, your bubbe might even be going
veggie.
The disgusting Agriprocessors
scandal, which broke last May, still
haunts many kosher-keeping Jews in
the United States. Federal prosecutors
say that a raid on the Iowa kosher
meatpacking plant revealed child
labor violations and poorly treated
undocumented immigrant workers, and
the shuttered slaughterhouse raised
kosher meat prices across American.
Avoiding meat altogether eliminates
the ethical and religious questions that
Agriprocessors' harsh animal treatment
has raised.
In an article in the Feb. 24 Sun-
.Sentinel, some South Florida residents
were quoted as saying that the affair
raised questions:
"It should have been a wake up call
for all of us," said Judy Lipman, 83.
The importance of following dietary


restrictions of kashrut is now seen as
more than just an Orthodox value but
a way to reinforce a holistic Jewish
identity.
Some Jews are not ready to "play it
safe" by completely denying themselves
meat. In fact, in order to assure his
congregation that meat still has the go-
ahead, Rabbi David Botton in Hollywood,
Florida broke a vegetarian streak of five
years, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
Consider the important debate about
the ethics of being kosher in America.
Make an educated decision-and in the
meanwhile, consider a meat-free menu:
Quick and easy, filling and flavorful,
stir-fried vegetables with jasmine
rice are a cost-effective and delicious
alternative to beef brisket. Zucchini,
onion, baby bella mushrooms and
snow peas make a lovely, healthy
combination.
Half of an onion (chopped), two
zucchini (sliced), one package of baby
bella mushrooms (washed) and one


package of fresh snow
peas typically prepares
enough vegetables for two
servings alongside the
yield of three cups jasmine 'i.:' V
rice, when cooked.
Adjust proportions,
vegetables and spices
to suit your taste. I _4
recommend a teaspoon
and a half of ground
cumin, half a teaspoon of
curry powder (yellow) and
salt and pepper to taste.
Start cooking the rice
according to the directions '
on the package before
preparing the vegetables,
as rice will take longer than stir-frying.
Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a
large skillet, first adding the chopped
onions and the zucchini and then, after
five minutes, the snow peas.
Finally, after another five minutes,
toss in the washed mushrooms and


seasonings. Voila, you have a tasty,
veggie-only meal-food for' thought
as you contemplate brisket for the
following night.

Email your kosher cuisine questions to
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From Jordan to Purim: A lesson in cultural alcoholism


BY JOSH FLEET
SHPiEL staff writer

dThis time
last week, I was
riding on a bus
through the
no-man's land
between Jordan
and Israel.
After four
days traveling
around Jordan,
my travel companions-an old friend
from Jewish summer camp and a new
friend from Hebrew U (a Jewish summer
camp in its own right)-and I knew we
needed to make it to the border early to
avoid as much bureaucratic back-up as
possible.
Mainly though, we knew that the
earlier we made it back to Jerusalem,
the earlier we could start drinking.
. Don't get me wrong. We' didn't
want to leave Jordan. The country is
a beautiful mixture of endless desert,
surreal mountains, cheap food, welcome
words and smiling faces.
By day, we hiked the -cliffs of Petra
and the canyons and Wadi Rum, and by
night, we were sleeping in a Bedouin
tent or hostel heaven.
But, after traveling for hours in
cramped taxis and microbuses and then
hiking thousands of steps to the most


breathtaking scenic outlooks of my life,
there was a short list of things that we
wanted to sit back and enjoy. One of
those being a nice, cold beer.
In the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,
finding alcohol is a cultural experience
in itself. We spent our first night at
South Beach just down the road from
Aqaba. After dropping a total of $3 for
food that left the three of us full for
days, we wanted to find something to
imbibe during our jaunt to the desert
the following day.
After stalking store fronts for an
hour, we came to the right place. After
a few quick words in Arabic (thanks to
my old friend who taught in Egypt for
six months and picked up the language
along the way), the store manager ran
up some steep stairs in the back that
opened to a hidden road.
He pointed toward the spot and
seconds later, we found ourselves in an
unmarked liquor store in a back alley
of a country where, for all intents and
purposes, alcohol doesn't exist.
Despite the secrecy, they had quite
a selection.
Oh, there was beer. There was wine.
There was whiskey. There was gin.
There was Jager. There was Arak. There
was money to be spent.
We chose the cheapest, biggest bottle
of whiskey we could find. They double-
wrapped it in black plastic, and we had


ourselves some drinks for nights on the
beach and in the desert.
Cut to two days later. We were tired
beyond belief. We'd spent hours that
day climbing cliffs and scaling rocks in
the surprisingly unregulated old city of
Petra.
On the walk back up the hill to the
Petra Gate Hostel where we had a few
beds, we passed dozens of restaurants
and bars filled with foreign faces like
our own, but there wasn't a beer under
four and a half Dinars (something like
seven US Dollars).
For broke budget travelers, this price
was just too much.
At the border two days later, we
couldn't have known what was lurking
on the other side. Thankfully, because
of our American passports and smiling
faces, we didn't encounter any issues on
either side--other than erroneous and
excessive fees for stamps and luggage
and two-minute forced bus rides--and
soon enough, we were back home in
sunnier-than-ever Yerushalayim, where
children and adults in the streets were
already wearing masks and costumes
for the coming Purim holiday.
A Jewish holiday in Israel is unlike
anything back in The States.
Dafka Purim is unlike anything
in Israel or America or the rest of the
known universe. The whole country--
secular and religious alike--comes out


into the streets to revel in the moment.
For many religious Jews, Purim is
the one time. during the year where
drinking alcohol is not only permitted
but commanded.
For some, it's the only time during the
year that they become intoxicated. The
commandment is, more or less, to be so
drunk that you'll curse your mother and -
make out with your archenemy.
The goal is to acknowledge and
experience a world turned on its
head; to recognize that we normally
live in a world of hidden truths and
overwhelming superficiality.
The three of us arrived in a country
preparing for such a holiday. Alcohol
was everywhere, and it was on sale.
Classes (the ones I skipped to travel
to Jordan) were cancelled for Purim.
My apartment, which is just steps from
a'street that was blocked off for the
two-day party, filled with people and
bottles.
Dry-but-beautiful Jordan was already
somewhere in the distant past, and the
next several days were a holy blur in the
collective consciousness of the State of
Israel.

To contact The SHPiEL 's editor-
in-exile, Josh Fleet, write to josh@
theshpiel.org. He anxiously awaits
your comments, concerns and various
dilemmas of life.








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Fighting for her future: From cap and gown to pack and gun


BY ANKITA RAO
SHPiEL staff writer

College senior Dayna Malek, 19, is
taking an unconventional route after
graduating in June. While her mother
lives in South Florida, her father
moved back to Israel. She plans to join
the Israeli army after a year of travel
and work. This daring young girl sat
down with. The SHPiEL to answer some
questions:
Q: Tell me a little bit about your
plans.
A: After I graduate, I want to go live in
South Florida with my mom for four
months and get a job as a waitress
. and save a lot of money. After that, go
backpacking in Central America, starting
in Panama and making my way up all
the way to Mexico with my good friend
from Israel who is finishing with her
military service in October. And then
after our trip [2-3 months] the plan is to
go back to Israel and start the process
of becoming a soldier.
Q: What do you hope to achieve?
A: I hope to sort of find out who I am
and where I belong. Just to kind of not
be in a school environment where I have
to think all the time, just sort of let life
go by me. And help the Israeli army.
Q: Are you scared?
A: No. I'm really excited to join and
feel like I'm actually doing something
useful.
Q: What qualities do the soldiers
have that you like?
A: I think the army in Israel matures its
soldiers pretty quickly because they
don't have to go to school right away so


they have two to three years to discover
who they are. They come to understand
that life isn't easy; it isn't a bubble where
everything is beautiful. It prepares you
for everything else in the world.
Q: And don't like?
A: When Israel first was founded, it
was an army that was furthering the
existence of Israel, fighting for Israel.
Now it's not a constant threat that Israel
is going to be blown off the map. My dad
would say the army is a joke because
they aren't fighting for Israel, so it lost
some of its power.
Q: What does Israel represent to
you?
A: It represents my childhood and home.
Something America doesn't have to me.
Q: What feeling do you get when
you're in Israel?
A: It's like a peaceful feeling. This
is where you belong. Every time I'm
there I look around at the ocean and
the mountains and I can't believe I'm
back.- It brings up all these emotions
and makes me feel like I'm back in my
home.
Q: How does your religion play to
this?
A: It has no connection.
Q: What do you want to do in the
military?
A: I really want to get into intelligence
and use my (Arabic and English)
language skills. Or become involved in
community outreach programs that the
army has and kind of help the youth.
Q: What do you want to achieve


long-term?
A: I think it will give me a sense of
belonging. I lived almost half of my
life in one place and half in the other.
I'm kind of confused about where I
belong. I hope it gives me~-the answer
to that question and the satisfaction of
knowing I helped my country.
Q: Are you worried that you will
have to do things you don't want
to?
t A: I'm worried... the risk is I'm not
guaranteed to get into intelligence.
Maybe it will be three years wasting my
life. But on the other hand it is three
years of serving, so it's not really a
waste.
Q: What impression
have you gotten from
friends in the military?
A: Some of them are very
anti-Israel and against its
military because they don't
see a point to what they're
doing. Some are proud
because they feel they are
helping. It depends on the
person.
Q: How does the
violence factor into
your decision?
A: I haven't thought about
it that much. I'm not a
violent person, and I'm
against a lot of things done A
to Arabs. But I'm worried
that I'll become more angry
if I am in the Army.
Q: How do your
parents feel?


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Frum funny man: How to be black hat like me


Interview with Heshy Fried


BY ZAHARA ZAHAV
SHPiEl staff writer

Heshy Fried is a stand-up comedian and online satirist. His Web-site, frumsatire.
net, presents "The Rantings of a Frum Yid With a Warped Perspective," an often
hilarious, sometimes shocking commentary of the Orthodox Jewish world, from the
inside. Fried, who is always on the lookout for "the one," offers numerous how-to
guides for understanding the frum, Orthodox, lifestyle a little bit better. How to judge
a man by his kippah, how to tread the often murky waters of shomer negiah (tradition
of not touching the opposite sex) and how to know a newcomer from an oldschooler
are just a few.


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So, can you begin by telling us a little
bit about yourself?

My name is Heshy Fried, I'm 27 years
old, single and looking. I live in Dallas,
Texas, but will be moving to Denver for
several months before returning to New
York in June.

How long have you been blogging,
and why did you start?

I have been blogging since June 25,
2006, and I started merely because I had
started writing a few weeks earlier, and
one of my friends told me about blogging,
I thought it a novel idea so I could share my
diatribes and rants with friends of mine. I
had no idea that people other than my
friends would read it.

How would you describe your blog
to someone who hasn't read it, yet?
Would you say you have a purpose
for writing it?

I would say that it is an inside look at
the Orthodox Jewish community from a
comedic; perspective. I am sure I have a
purpose other than to be heard or maybe
find a wife. Deep inside, I am hoping that
Orthodox people see that everyone has
differences both internal and external,
and that it's possible to get along without
agreeing.
I would also like to see less of an
importance on. the external look of Jews
and more importance on interpersonal
relationships within and outside of the
community.

You poke fun at several different
"types" of Jews in your blog, from the
very Orthodox to the least. Do you
get criticism for being judgmental or
"mean"?

Of course, it used to be harsher when
I first started, but as I grew, the criticism
lessened. I think that because I am not
anonymous meant that .1 wasn't some


unknown guy poking fun from a distance.
I was being real, and people aren't used to
that online.
I still have loads of critics, but not as
much hate mail. I wish I had more, it creates
discussion.


What would you say has been your
most popular post, including positive
and negative comments?

Well the most comments I ever received
on a post was when I took apart shomer
negiah, and in a nutshell, explained all the
different levels of not touching or telling
people you do not touch the opposite sex.
The comments were mostly in agreement
though. Sexual issues and controversial
topics like women in the rabbinate or
anything feminist-related always score big,
as would be expected, but a post I wrote
titled "Messing with Baal Teshuvas" has
gotten both praise and extreme hatred.

Why do you like to mess with "BTs,"
as you call them? It seems some
of your commenters find the idea
offensive while others think your
proposed "rights of initiation" are
funny. Do you see why someone
would be offended by the idea?

As mentioned above, those sort of posts
are interesting because the people who
tend to like them are the people they are
aimed at. Baal Teshuvas love it while certain
FFBs (frum, or Orthodox, from birth) tend
to go crazy and lash out at me. Ninety-nine
percent of people know I am just fooling. I
remember coming up with that list, sitting
with three BTs at the University of Albany
Kosher Kitchen. It was collaborative, and
many of those sorts of posts are.

Do your parents read your blog? If
yes, what do they think of it?

My mom died when I was 6. My father
has never been on a computer in his life, he
has come out to [my comedy] shows, and


he finds it hilarious because most of it is his sort of
humor. My step-mom has a bunch of friends who read
my blog regularly which I find terrible because I can't
write about her.

Can you please tell our readers what kind of
kippah you are wearing right now and what
that means?

I am wearing a black suede yarmulke (kippah), and
I wear it because it keeps my messy hair down the best
and repels rain water very well while othei- kipot, like
knitted and velvet, tend to soak up rain and snow,
making them heavy and itchy.
Many Jews in the Orthodox community classify you
by the color or type of material your kippah is made
of. It's asinine in my opinion, but at least we aren't
starting civil wars over it.


You write about looking over the mechitza for
dates. Do men really do that?

Of course, how do you think they get Orthodox men
to go to shul? I personally think the mechitza makes
women look way more attractive; you can't just sit next
to them and play footsie or rub elbows, you actually
have to make eyes at them and pretend like you aren't
[doing it through] the whole service.
Of course, mechitzas always bring up the problem
of "good from far, but far from good," and I have ran
out at the end of service realizing that my over-the-
mechitza lover was 30 years older than me, or just riot
my type.

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Superpower park to open in Kuwait


BY MARIA FARIAS
SHPiEL contributing writer

The Tigris River ran black with ink
when the Mongols invaded Baghdad in
1258.
" According to legend, they destroyed
the largest library in the city and threw
all its books' into the Tigris River in
order to wipe away any record of the
civilization. However, a solution was
concocted, to collect the information
of the books. This solution solidified
into the 99 Noor Stones, which are
encrypted with Baghdad's wisdom and-
were scattered around the world.
Through the search made by the non-
profit 99 Steps Foundation, Dr. Ramzi
Razem helps those who come across
these stones and have superpowers
activated.
This is the plot of "The 99," a comic
book that features the world's first
Islamic superheroes who help fight
injustice and evil.
The creator of "99" is Dr. Naif Al-
Mutawa, a Kuwaiti psychologist who
designed the comic book to send the
message that the Islamic world and the
rest of the world are one.
The ongoing series presents 99
characters from around the world, with
99 ways of solving a problem. Each are,
normal individuals who embody a power
after finding one of the Noor Stones.


The idea is derived from the Quran,
which states that God (Allah) has 99
attributes, which come together to
represent the unity of God. These
attributes range from strength to
generosity, which are things that are
not commonly used to describe Islam in
the media today.,
In the comic book, the 99 heroes
come together to build a collective
power that expresses the divine.
Noora "the Light," the daughter
of a wealthy businessman from the
United Arab Emirates, joins Fatah "the
Opener," Jabbar "the Powerful," Raqib
"the Watcher" and many more to fight
the Rughal, the villain, who would
rather use the power of the stones to
control the world.
Saudi Arabia has banned the
comic book. Authorities object to the
personification of God's attributes.
Does "The 99" effectively bridge
the culture gaps between the East and
West?
Ahmar Rana, junior English major and
-comic book reader, sees superheroes
as a product of the environment in
which they are created. Rana is fond of
"The 99" concept but can understand
Saudi Arabia's ban on the Islamic
superheroes.
"I don't think that Islam should
be shoe-horned for something that
secular," said Rana. "I think in a way


you can't down play
the word of God."
He said the comic comics
book does not serve
much of a purpose
because it tries to
emulate something
that culturally it is not.
Neither does it expand
horizons, because
people should not try
to look into comic
books to understand
Islam.
"It does not bridge
any gap," said Rana
about the comic book.
On the other
hand, Jonathan Bull,
vice president of
external affairs of
Islam on Campus,
finds the comic book
interesting.
Bull said he believes
the comic book
resembles X-Men but
sees nothing wrong
with the 'concept of
"The- 99" because it
presents heroes with
which young Muslims can identify.
Yet, he is saddened that still after
many years following the events of Sept.
11, Muslims are still trying to prove to


the world that they are human.
The future of "The 99" is larger than
life: A theme park is planned to open in
Jahar, Kuwait March 19.


Hope by the bushel


BY ANDREW FORD
SHPiEL staff writer

Somewhere between tequila shots
with the group of Columbians you
just met and cutting a rug to Girl Talk
with 5,000 of your closest friends,
you realize this is a great time. As
the drinks and pizazz wear off, you
realize this is a great cause.
The Harvest of Hope Music Festival
took place March 6 and lasted until
March 8. Ninety percent of the
proceeds went to the general fund of
the Harvest of Hope Foundation, the
largest non-profit in the U.S. working
to provide direct aid to migrant
farmers and their families.
On Feb. 13, they provided $100
for food for a father from Mexico
who is attending to his migrant son
in the burn unit of Shands. On Jan.
8, they provided $8,025 for tuition
for a migrant woman to study at Ave
Maria University in South Florida..
The festival was well attended:
There were three major factions-
hippies, scene kids and punks. The
hippies brought tambourines and


frolicked in the dirt. The scene kids
rolled their own cigarettes and wore
plaid. The punks bristled with metal on
clothes and in flesh.
Many of the bands invited to play
at this charitable concert also played
at The Fest in Gainesville. Much of the
music had a distinctly "Gainesville
sound." Think punk 'with somewhat
meaningful lyrics, or The Ramones
going surfing. Their performances were
on parand high energy.
Exceptions to the Gainesville sound
were even more interesting. Girl Talk
was transcendent, mixing with samples
from his old albums but creating new
tracks on the spot. His stage persona
was particularly memorable, and select
crowd members got to dance on stage.
Yip-Yip was a duo playing trippy
synth. They split synth drums,
keyboard, saxophone and symbols
between them. The overall sound was
noisy, but showed style. They would
have been great with a vocalist.
Grand Buffet -was a duo rapping
politically charged satire. Their
performance was impeccable; they
coordinated well and maintained


consistently
good diction
and rhythm.
The dance
moves of one
performer
w e r e
remarkable.
Lyrics were
vulgar, a ,
exaggerated. '
and hilarious,
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rhymes were
skillful: "flux
capacitors are in your heart, you don't
need a Delorian," and one song called
"Benjamin Franklin Music" begins
with "feel the lightning." Their stage
presence and the banter between songs
were wonderful.
Te'Devan Kurweil, a healing shaman
seeking to enlighten those spiritually
confused, walked the festival grounds.
"People do drugs here. They are
seeking an experience. I'm trying to
show them it's possible to have this all
the time, without substances," he said.
When asked what his favorite music


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is, he replied by making a sound that
was like a deep and slow exhaling,
followed by a high, falsetto note held
for roughly 10 seconds.
These were people united by their
love of music. Most everyone 'cvtid
appreciate bands outside of their
typical genre. Everyone was willing to
talk and meet new people. Discovery
was as important as revelry.
Most importantly, these people
were aware of the cause for which the
festival stood and had an amazing
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According to Merriam Webster, a Jewish American Prmnc
defined as "A stereotypical well-to-do brat or American J
girl." Releasing your inner JAP may seem pointless, but in
to avoid this princess syndrome, a change in perspective
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Step number one: Consider ditching some of your tir
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Thinking Outside the Lox: Madoff's Golden Calf

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epithets
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Madoff over
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Rabbi Yoni Kaiser-Bluth few weeks,
all justified
and all merely scratching the surface
to accurately portray his heinous acts
of mistrust.
Rather than add to this list, I ask
what, if anything, can we as a Jewish
community learn for ourselves. Let's
turn to the Book...
This past Shabbat, we read about
the dramatic event of the Egel hazav-
the building of the golden calf.
If we put this story into the broad-
er context of the Bible, it seems to
teach that the most challenging en-
emy to the idea of monotheism is
idolatry-more than any other moral


issue.
From the time of Moses through
all the prophets and leading up to
modern times, idolatry is portrayed
as the major concern and threat to
their beliefs and existence.
It is remarkable that at the zenith
of this whole idea-the sublime event
of Moses'
encounter
with God What is ido
face to-
face, the that Moses
sublime
dialogue of fear and foa
a man with
the Divine,
at that pre-
cise moment, at the bottom of the
mountain, the people led by Moses'
.brother, Aaron, are busy with idola-
try.
As if to 'say that no other issue
was that relevant-not even to hon-
or Shabbat, Kashrut, a human being,
,nothing came close to idolatry.
What is idolatry and why is it that


Moses and the entire Bible fear and
fought idolatry?
Will Herberg, a 20th-century Jew-
ish thinker, taught that idolatry
threatens man to the core of his mor-
al being in three different ways:
Firstly, it creates a sense of de-
lusion, as when humans give insur-



latry and why is it
and the entire Bible
eight idolatry?



mountable importance to a thing and
inflate its status and value.
Thus, some people will define
their lives by these ideas, structuring
their life in terms of money-power,
status and prestige.
But, no one can ever have enough.
Like Bernie Madoff, who pursued a
life, around greed and the illusion of


the power of love, so many people
put their trust in him and the dream
of money as the basis for their secu-
rity.
Secondly, idolatry creates a state
of enslavement.
After 30 years in business, Bernie
Madoff created his own enslavement,
unable to free himself.
Like a drug, he was consumed
and entrapped to the point where he
could not free himself, as he himself
had to admit.
Finally, and as a consequence of
the two other issues, idolatry will
eventually de-humanize a person.
Madoff, and so many other people ob-
sessed with the thirst for any modern
idol, will destroy their physical and
spiritual life. Idolatry will consume
a person to the point of losing their
reason to be.
It is no mystery then that the Bi-
ble's main message was to struggle
against idolatry.
The question is, what do you wor-
ship?


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think it is not my


Several
UA times when
I am talking
about.- the
right wing
in Israel and
the recent
elections,
. I feel that
some people-
business to criti-


cize how other people are perform-
ing their religion. I totally agree that
I don't have the authority to judge
anyone.
At the same time, as a Muslim,
I believe the -prophets were sent
among the sons of Israel, and that
abuse of their teachings is a matter
of personal concern as they are part
of my tradition. Plus, as a cousin, I
feel that I need to be frank and clear
with family members.
We' may have some difficult hon-
est talks, but through these talks,
serious political problems can be
solved.
I will start with how I do see Juda-
ism. The Quran testifies that the To-
rah was sent as a light and a guide to
humankind. But, Islam differs from
Judaism on some other details. One


is whether the original Torah was
perfectly preserved. In Islamic be-
lief, the Torah was subject to modi-
fications.
Another difference is whether the
interpretation of the Torah within
the Jewish community is the same
as how the prophets explained it to
the public. This helps to explain how
Islam and Judaism agree on a lot of
important things, yet differ in other
.significant ones.
The first difference above is sub-
ject to research, but that's not what I
want to write about today. I'm going
to write instead about the abuse of
the words in the Torah.
I believe in distinguishing be-
tween different types of people who
claim to be religious among the sons
of Israel, some of whom try to obey
the laws sincerely and prepare for
the afterlife, and others abuse the
law and sometimes change it for a
cheap price in this life.
Of course, this is not only in the
Jewish community, it has happened
among the Christian community and
among the Muslim community, too.
The Crusades, and Al-Qaeda are clear
historical examples of abuse of reli-
gious teachings.


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1 the right wing in Israel?

The Quran questions whether cousins. And Lieberman not only ""-
people can obeying some -orders of seems to hate non-Jews but also has -
the book while disobeying others. won a critical bunch of seats in the
This intentional selectivity is what I Knesset in the recent elections. To =
see as very common in the right-wing mix moral teachings with immoral -
parties in Israel. stuff for political gain is very cheap, -
I see this example today through indeed.
Avigdor Lieberman of Yisrael Beit- In a nutshell, I think it, was awe- =
einu Party, or "Israel our home." In some when King David and King "
all sincerity, I don't' think he follows Solomon, peace be upon them, were -
the Torah properly. As a Muslim, I ruling the Holy Land; they applied .
feel pain every time Lieberman try justice and mercy, which brought a "=
to justify his racist acts as though lot of happiness. Of course trouble =
based on the moral standards of the makers, regardless of ethnicity, -
Torah. didn't like that.
From how I see it, the Torah de- This current conflict will not be "=
mands from the Sons of Israel to solved unless both sides, especially =
make the world a better place by fol- the conservatives, are fair among -:-
lowing its words properly, their own communities, but not -
I firmly believe that the Torah is among the other communities. -
innocent despite Lieberman's abuse I leave it to you to research the
and attempts to justify hating other details of Lieberman's political ideol- -
people just because they are gentiles ogy and his party: I see them abusing
as well as trying to justify treating the Torah clearly, Netanyahu is not
them as aliens while they are living very far from them, too. -
in their own home. If you see them so as well, then =
Someone loving his people and it is important to have a clear and
having pride for his country is not honest talk with them or their sup- Z
wrong. But having hatred for other porters who got them to this level of -
people is wrong, especially family power in Israel.
members just because they aren't Questions? Comments? Contact Khader -
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BY KEVIN BOND
SHPiEL contributing writer

On a cool, breezy day in sunny South
Florida, I was set to meet Edna Hibel
at her museum on the Florida Atlantic
University campus. With her husband
becoming ill and Edna herself beginning
to feel sick, we had to be content with
an intriguing phone conversation.
."I believe so strongly in the human.
soul and the goodness in.the human
soul and man," said Hibel, age 92, a now
world-renowned artist based in Boston.
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Hibel was born in 1917 in Boston. As
an artist, her work has been exhibited
in museums in more than 20 countries,
and she is the only living female artist
to receive six honorary degrees, the
first of which she received from the
University for Peace in Costa Rica. She
is also the only living American woman
in the world to have a non-profit public
museum dedicated to her art. Pope John
Paul II once gave her an award, saying
that, "Anybody who could paint the
human spirit like this woman deserves
a medal."
Hibel views the world in terms of
delicately and carefully .placed strokes
of a paintbrush, evoking a subject's
character, values and emotions.
"Wherever I look, I see a painting,"
she said. Influences are wide-ranging:
"everything from the caveman on,"
but, she said, especially the great
Renaissance painters.
Hibel graduated from the School of
the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1939,
and she received a traveling fellowship
to study in Mexico, where she produced
several pieces.
When she returned to Boston in
1940, she was able to sell nearly every
piece of work she had created to the
museum, its director and his wife and
"people who seemed to know art."


She became the youngest artist to be
honored by a major American museum,
but she still returned to the SMFA to
study Renaissance works.
An art restorer at the museum, a
man she calls "Mr. Lowell," would walk
with Hibel. He would explain the details
of every painting; the artist who made
it and the techniques used. Hibel said
she believes she may have learned far
more from Mr. Lowell in a three-month
period than in the rest of her college
years. "There's always something to
learn," she said.
Decades later, Hibel continues to
produce paintings, lithographs and
decorative plates. "I'm just as excited
now, over every brushstroke, as I was
when I started painting as a kid."
Hibel said she loves everything
there is about putting one color next
to another and trying to convey the
qualities of life she believes are most
important to understand.
"Of course, love is always one of
them," she said.
In addition to her art, Hibel has
been active in charity work, .including
fundraising for the UN Literacy for
Children Foundation. "There are so
many organizations that need help and
they do such good work that you can't
resist," she said.


Eight years ago, Hibel said a
large exhibit of her lithographs were
displayed to raise money for an addci.on
of a neonatal wing to a Baton Rouge,
La., hospital. She day they opened the
exhibit at the museum, quintuplets
were born at the hospital.
At 92,.Hibel said she isn't ready to
retire. "I kept waiting to get tired of it. I
never do, I never could," she said.


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studies sophomore at UT, is the current
-captain of the Tzedek team, which is a
program that just started in the fall. Her
goals are to add heads to the group and
beconve an active entity in and outside
of Alachua County.
'Right now, we are just trying to get
participation," Nichols said. "My hopes
are to expand out of the state."
Manoa, which means engine in
Hebrew, strives to put students in the
driver seat to craft and carry forward the
vision and agenda for UF Hillel working
in tandem with the program staff while
building partnerships with other clubs
on campus.
But, the newly established group
does have some issues that stem di-
rectly from the Jewish faith and have so
far inhibited the group somewhat from
have a start in their involvement in the
community.
"It's sometimes hard to get partici-
pation because we are a Jewish organi-
zation, and some people celebrate the
Sabbath and many of the events we
would like to participate in happen on
Saturdays" Nichols said.


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carf.

Manoa is actively recruiting peo-
ple to join on Wednesday nights from
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Rides are available
if you meet at Hillel at 5:50 p.m.

-For more information contact Dani-
elle Nichols at dnichols@ufl.edu or
join the Facebook group.


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Program LEADs students to

success in careers, life

BY ELAINE WILSON
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UF Jewish students have yet anoth,
resource for fun and fellowship, ar
this particular outlet could directly i:
fluence their futures.
"LEAD: Leadership Training at H:
lel" is a program now in its second yea
and it seeks to mold students into ind
viduals ready to organize solutions ar
tackle problems, whether in the re]
gious sector, politics, law or elsewhere
Students involved in the LEAD pr
gram participate in four "semina
events each semester. These even
feature a guest speaker who has profe
sional leadership qualities and expel
ence handling issues pertinent to tl
Jewish community. I
"We try to have a diverse offering
speakers in a wide range of fields: po]
tics, law and usually a speaker from tl
university," said Rabbi Yoni Kaiser-Bli
eth, who selects the LEAD speakers.
It's not just lectures and note takin
however, and Kaiser-Blueth emphasize
the importance of active participatic
on the part of the students within tl
program.
"The whole point is that we're tryir
to generate a dialogue back and forth
he said, and to encourage a converse:
tional atmosphere, the program h,
developed since its inaugural year an
now boasts a more "intimate" setting:
akin to the feel of "Inside the Actor
'Studio," Kaiser-Blueth said.
Last year, LEAD organizers attempt
ed to focus each of the four meeting
per semester on a particular theme an
reinforce the idea through 30 minute
listening to a speaker, followed by opei
ing the floor to questions and ending
with an activity based on the theme.
This year, Kaiser-Blueth feels moi
positive about the manner in which th
program will achieve its goals.
"We found early on, as much
as we could prepare for that ac-
tivity, it was very dependent on,
the speaker and it was very reac-
tionary," he said.
Now, with a generic list of
.questions and a- mind to turn
the interview toward a particular
idea, the rabbi said he believes a
more efficient and valuable les-
son can be reached through a
personal interview.
"In this way, their bio sort
of comes to life, and I'm able
to control the conversation and
I am able to control the topic,"
he said. "Students can ask ques-
tions when they warm up to it."
Fifteen students are currently
active with the LEAD program,
yet Kaiser-Blueth is optimistic
about further growth.


e. Two more programs are just getting
o- 'off the ground to form what the rabbi
r" calls a "three-pronged step in leader-
ts ship."
s- The second involves a new peer net-
ri- work through Hillel International, which
ie seeks to engage students in Jewish life
and leadership in a way that staff mem-
of bers cannot.
li- Students working with students pro-
ie vide .an outreach on a more personal
u- level, but students can still find a men-
tor.
g, The third program, called Manoa,
d engages students in six different areas:
in Shabbat and holidays, Israel," Jewish
ie learning and social action.
Each area has a leader who must re-
ag cruit at least,five other students to their
," "team," together developing leadership
a- qualities and connections among their
as peers.
Ad Rabbi Kaiser-Blueth' maintains a pos-
g, itive outlook on the future of Hillel's
s' leadership programs.
"Last year we were successful and
t- this year we have a pretty good range of
gs people talking to the students," he said.
.d "It's very exciting."
!s These programs are open to any and
i- all students through an application pro-
ig cess.
For more info on LEAD, speakers or
-e specific dates, please visit the Web site:
ie http://ufhillel.org/lead.php



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DOCUMENTARY, FROM PAGE 1

over 25 years.
Dvir hopes that his new documentary,
which he hopes will be completed by late
next year, will have the same emotional
effect as his other documentary,
'Jessie's Dad."
That film chronicles Mark Lunsford, a
formertruckdriverwho headed national
campaign to enforce stricter laws for sex
offenders after a pedophile murdered
his daughter. The documentary, tracking
Lunsford's quest, which culminated in
the passing of "Jessie's Law" in Florida,
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