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8 Elul 5767 22 Elul 5767

August 22, 2007 September 5, 2007

Bonnajoo: Notes from the kosher underground

tens of thou-
asands of them,
& trudging along
Sm with their be-
S longings on
.E- their backs, the
S hot sun beating
down relentless-
ly on defenseless red skin. Some traveled
only minutes, many journeyed over days.
Finally, they came to rest in this land of
physical, emotional and spiritual freedom-
the hippie holy land.
Bonnaroo 2007 had begun.
While many may be familiar with the
free-love-drugs-hippie-Mecca, the Jew-
ish subculture of Bonnaroo is significantly
overlooked. The obvious parallels are quick
to spot- a long journey. A common desti-
nation. A home that consists of little more

than what can be carried. Even living in
a tent city; free from the frivolous mate-
rial possessions like the Bedouins. Clearly
these are loose parallels, but they line up
none the less.
The festival, as I discovered, is a very
conducive environment for all-out Jewry
(though the staunchest observers may be
forced to let down their payos a bit).
The ability to bring food bought else-
where into the park makes keeping kosher
simple enough.
For less devout followers, there are
plenty of booths that serve pork-free meals
and food that doesn't combine meat and
dairy. Keeping Shomer Shabbat is a little
more complicated, but most BonnaJews
leave a little room for flexibility. Walking is
the sole means of transportation, so avoid-
ing vehicles is easy. Camping out means no
electricity, so for mustering up enough will

power to keep from turning on that flash-
light, anyone can be observant. However, it
is not possible to avoid hearing the music
that floods the air and penetrates even the
hardiest and holiest of camp sites, but hey,
I mean this is Bonnaroo.

Of course, above all else there is the
-problematic task of attending services.
Fliers littered the campgrounds wel-
coming all who were interested to attend


That's so Israel, Typical Tension '07

SHPiEL staff writer

I look into Chovav Glick's eyes
and know his intelligence.
He tells a story about some Arabs
he knows from a neighboring town:
"My house is near the security wall
[outside of Jerusalem]. My father's a
doctor and helps out the Arabs from
this town sometimes. Then the Arab
men will come over sometimes and
they will fix things in our house."
He struggles for words occasion-
ally. He lived in Cleveland for several
years as a kid so his English is good.
The trouble is not a lack of skill. He
wants to convey not just the facts but
the right emotions.
"The older Arab men like 30 or
40 years old, they are happy to work.
They only want to feed their fami-

lies. The younger ones like 18, they're
more, eh," he searches.
"Radical."I help him.
"Yeah. Usually they won't work
for us. There was one time: one of the
older men brought his son with him
to work in our house. I thought,'OK,
cool, he wants to work.'The man's son
says, 'Yeah. I'm happy to work. I'm
happy to work here because one day
they will take this away from you and
I will live here.' He said this to me."
And he points at himself, laughing,
Tension. His experiences with
neighboring Arabs are filled with it.
The ancient stone streets of Jeru-
salem are forever flooded with it. It's
the unifying, if underlying, aspect of
Israeli society, culture and politics.


Cross-cultural mitzvah in the Ukraine

to provide shelter for

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riddled yard and
through a shabby
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barely hanging
on to its hinges,
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house struggles
the widowed, 80-

something-year-old Golde. The windows
are cracked and the wood on the house
is little more than termite fodder. Inside,
her house is comprised of an entry way, a
tiny square kitchen and a bedroom. The
bathroom is a metal pot in the kitchen;
the septic tank a shoveled hole in the back

For 10 days in June, 15 University of
Florida students helped rebuild many
homes like this one in the cities of Kharkov
and Konotop- cities shadowed by the Iron
Curtain that fell just 16 years ago.
Heading the group was Naomi Sage
of the Joint Distribution Committee-an
international Jewish charity organization-
and UF Hillel's Rabbi Yonah Schiller.
The UF participants assimilated with the
Kharkov Hillel and Beit Dan. The trip's
focus was community service and fusing
American and Ukrainian youth-culture.
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"Shabbataroo"-a privately, run service held at one of the camp sites. Regrettably, I
was obligated to volunteer during the event so I can't vouch for its validity, but the mere
fact that it existed is
a testament to the
proud Jewish pres-

And no tribute
to Jewish culture is
complete without a
concerned, guilt-rid- :'
den Jewish mother, '
and this yiddishe
mama took the form
of singer, pianist and
guitarist Miss Re-
gina Spektor, who
commanded that we
drink plenty of water
and take care of our-
selves in the blister-
ing heat.
"I am Jewish, so
I have that whole
guilt-thing going,"
Spektor said, speak-
ing sincerely, to the ,
crowd."I worry about
each and every one
of you individually, *.
and there are 80,000
of you. That's a lot of
worrying, so please
take of yourselves." ..
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morning, the exodus
from the farm kicked
up so much dust and
dirt, the attendees
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nearly impossible before 1991,
participants walked away with much more
than an education.
"Just seeing the conditions that the older
people live in breaks your heart,"said Jessica
Sharf, sophomore sociology major, "but
hearing their survival stories and finding
out that they are still making an effort to
express their Judaism...that is strength, that
is courage. That's inspiration."
The group uprooted Golde's entire
yard and painted around the windows-
but never felt that undeniable sense of
accomplishment that typically accompanies
altruism. Instead they felt only futility.
"I feel terrible," said Aaron Crespin; a
building construction sophomore. "We
worked all day and for what? This woman's
life isn't changed at all. We just painted her
Golde had put on make-up for the
occasion-it wasn't often she entertained
such young guests. From the look of the
cosmetics on her dresser, she probably
hadn't touched them in years.
There are thousands like her. Liza served
her country as a doctor for the Communist
government for 51 years. Now she gets a
government pension of $90 a month. Her
living conditions are similar to Golde's. She
lost her family in the Holocaust and was
widowed 10 years ago. Painting her walls is
a pitiful excuse for compensation, but the
real gift is the presence of young people.
Having the volunteers around brought
many smiles to the faces of the elderly, even
if only for a short while.
The JDC oversees and funds Hesed
centers around the world, especially
within the former Soviet Union. Elderly
Jews can apply for help from the Hesed
centers which provide a variety of services.
Volunteer Hesed workers bathe, cook and
clean for the elderly-5.2 million hours
of assistance since 1991. They send food,
winter relief and medical care.
The statistics are astounding,
with 950,000 food packages thus far.
Countering this depressing-but-real issue
of astounding poverty was the intrigue of
hanging out with Jews of the same age
from another part of the world. Some
spoke English well, some could barely get
by. Regardless, communication was not
half as much a problem as eating virtually
the same meal twice a day for 10 days. Oily
fish or chicken with roasted potatoes and
cucumbers, all showered in dill.
"I am the least picky eater in the world.
The only thing I can't do is dill. There
is dill on everything here. If I'm having
trouble with the food, everyone is," said
Scott Tankel, a political science and Jewish
studies junior.
Jewish life has grown rapidly since
Ukraine's independence from the Soviets
in 1991, and many Ukrainians have only

begun to
discover their
Jewish roots
and become
involved .
with Jewish
For most, the
Hillel and -
the Beit Dan
are Ukranian
c e n t r a 1
hangouts. The
performed a
variety show
upon the -
arrival to the ; .,...,:.. .'
Beit Dan that Doug Sharf shovels coal fi
included skits elderly in Konotop.
and dancing.
Dancing is a
cultural favorite. Several of the Ukrainians
in their mid-20s were in a professional
break-dancing troupe. All of the social and
volunteer activities were done alongside the
Euro-peers and international friendships
were sealed.
Although the trip was primarily
in Kharkov, the second biggest city in
the country, three days were spent in
K6notop. Running water is a luxury in the
small town of about 95,000 where public
water pumps are still needed. The students
were there to see a small Jewish village that
is fueled by passion alone to survive.
According to the unofficial leader
Gregory, the village has grown from very
few to several hundred Jews. The fire in
their hearts was palpable during a small

.. S'.., photo courtesy of Doug
or the The UF volunteer group poses under a gazebo they erected at the Jewish
Center in Konotop.

Klezmer concert that welcomed the UF
students to the village. To leave their mark
in Konotop, the students built a-playground
at the Jewish center. A few went to shovel
coal into a cellar for a widow who pleaded
for them to take her money for their work.
What hit many UF students hardest
was the Holocaust memorial. To see a
memorial in a village where there are only
several hundred Jews and very little money
was an inspiration to carry on Judaism that
cannot be explained. This inspiration took
form when the group planned their follow
up mission for the coming school year: a
charity effort dubbed Adopt A Babushka
(Russian for grandmother or old lady). The
goal of the program is to raise, awareness
of the plight of the impoverished old Jews

and to raise at least $7,000. to send to the
Hesed in Ukraine. This sum is sufficient to
aid about 10 elderly clients for a year. To
reach their goal, the group is organizing an
on-campus goods drive, letter campaigning
and presentations in Jewish communities
and Hebrew Schools all around Florida.
It difficult to understand the hardships
suffered in the world unless they are
witnessed first hand. Ihe least an individual
can hope for is to inspire other privileged
people to visit these real-life tragedies and
then encourage others to do the same.
The volunteers took this lesson to heart,
and all left enlightened with the fact that
sometimes to change your life, you have
to help change the life of someone less
fortunate than yourself.

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Ask me what
I did all summer,
and I'll feed you
the automatic
response: I
migrated to
Chicago, had fun,
made friends,
blah blah blah.
But my mind is
just itching to you,
Tony the Tiger style, that I finally lost my virginity:
"I had S-S-S-S-S-SEX, and it was G-G-G-G-G-
Yes, just two months shy of 21, I finally I lost my
V-card. On a queen-sized air mattress in a cramped
room with a real live boy, two weeks before I left to
come home. .
OK, so the g-g-great part wasn't exactly true. I mean
the boy was fine (not that I had much to compare it
S to, G-d save his ego). Sure it hurt, but not as bad as I
No, unlike the horror stories I've collected, I didn't
'take it like ripping off a Band-Aid'as one friend's story
went, or scream in (literally) bloody pain like another.
Nor did I suddenly 'become a woman,' sprout
golden wings and transform into a divine goddess
possessing i fir it. i'.ir'.i orldly knowledge.

And unlike cheesy after school specials, we didn't
breathily whisper "I love you" to each other in some
dramatic manner for a falsified sense of comfort.
Yes we liked each other and had gotten to know
each other, and I wasn't pressured into it. We had
talked about having sex, but I decided when it would
happen. So then one night it happened- cautiously
and carefully. Less sexy, more matter-of-factly. This is
how you have sex. This is how sex works.
Afterward, I didn't feel any different except that I
can now understand what the greatest love songs are
all about, why rap videos are so especially offensive and
why they say that breaking up is hard to do.
Because as he put it, my leaving Chicago was
like we were forced to break up due to circumstances
beyond our control.
I had another year to finish up at school, and he
would go back to his job at a ski resort in Colorado,
one Emergency MedicalTechnician's degree richer. We
had agreed not to do the long distance thing, but we'd
keep in touch. And contrary to everyone's predictions
'(Mother), we have.
Still, everyone was right about one thing- the
first few times suck. I became afraid that I, a girl with
such high sexual energy, creativity and curiosity, would
never enjoy sex.
"I want it to feel good for you, I want to make
you happy," he said, as we werc .jir.2 at it. Now I

understand why some girls fake- it. Look, if you really
want to make me happy, you'd magically make it stop
hurting and start feeling awesome. But like everything
else in life, practice makes perfect.
Once knocked off, you've gotta climb back up on
the proverbial horse. Just like riding a. bike. A bird
in hand is worth two in the bush. Two wrongs don't
always make a right, and when life hands you lem-
So I spent my last night in Chicago at his place
climbing back up on that proverbial horse. Completely
magnificent- I'm totally sold. Maybe it was the
whole, "We may never see each other again" thing
that heightened arousal, but it worked. The sex was
gorgeous and I enjoyed it thoroughly...twice.
Most of my friends were between 14 and 18 when
they lost their virginities, so after comparativelywaiting
so long, you can imagine the pressure built up to lose
mine in just the right way.
But I wouldn't have wanted to lose it any other way.
And it just goes to show you: keep your shirt on, and
don't get your panties in a twist because patience is a

Game Show Network's popular show "Without Prejuice?" is not without

FARYN HART I had just
returned from a
summer in India
&. during which I
was temporar-
Sily freed from a
constant grapple
with preconcep-
tions and stereotyping. In South Asia I was
welcomed by those honoring the custom
ofAthithi Devo Bhava, Guest is God. Ac-
cording to the custom, wherever you went,
people treated you like God. I would be
floating benightedly if I thought this was
a selfless characteristic of an entire society,
as most civilizations have a history of wars.
and a presence of xenophobia. But it was
still magnificent to feel instantly accepted
and treated with respect and genuine love
without initially having to prove anything
or create a favorable impression.
And after those liberating weeks I
stepped off the plane at JFK airport and
through the security check after which the
frisking long continued.
While getting an updated TV fix I dis-
covered a new game show on the Game
Show Network, "Without Prejudice?" For
those of you who have been lucky enough

to miss out on this painstakingly para-
doxical waste of air time, the show abuses
the very vice it wishes to abolish. I guess
the use of the question mark gives them
authority for this. Five contestants sit in
a green room awaiting the possibility of
being granted $25,000 if they can simply
outwit a panel and seem needy or desirable
enough. The first contestant is booted after
an unimpressive self introduction and the
hopefuls are whittled down after we find
out about their background, education, oc-
cupation, opinions on certain controversial
issues and a hidden camera test on ethics.
"It is up to you," the show said, to deter-
mine whether prejudice was a factor in the
panel's judgement. "Discuss amongst your-
selves until the next program begins."
I am not sure if it was the unsuccess-
ful, close-minded program or the adver-
tisements during the show that bothered
me more. During the first "business with
America" break my sitting room.fell silent
for at least a full minute after an advert for
The Council on American-Islamic Rela-
tions. The ad had three citizens dressed in
stereotypical Muslim attire declaring their
service to the country and the slogan "I am
an American Muslim."

I'find it tragic that prejudice is some-
thing that has to be so directly addressed
and corrected while we waste away in front
of the box that entertains by caricaturing
and satirizing ethnicity.
It is the mystic pursuit of enlighten-
ment that desires an existence free from
burdens of the mind: beliefs, opinions, ide-
als, concepts. I don't expect the nation to sit
together chanting for an hour a day. All I
ask is for a convincing argument as to why
the intolerance exists.
What made the Aryan of the ancient
Indus Valley Civilization the apotheosis -
the mold- while all others deemed worthy
of subservience or disadvantage?
In another 30-second slot during the
program's advertisements actress Julianne
Moore calls to "Promote Freedom; Embrace
Equality" in a public service announcement
for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation. See, even the famous people
are doing it it must be cool.
I am sorry if I have unfairly judged any-
one in my attempt to voice one of the very
few things that bothers me, but I simply
don't understand why one would limit one's
view when there is so much beauty to en-

If there is anything I bring to share, as
a former citizen from a newly freed South
Africa, it is the appreciation of Ubuntu.
This concept (disregarding just for a mo-
ment my enlightenment), a humanist ap-
proach to allegiance and relationships, is
explained by Desmond Tutu who coined
the term "Rainbow Nation" to describe
the young democratic country as such: "A
person with Ubuntu is open and available
to others, affirming of others, does not feel
threatened that others are able and good,
for he or she has a proper self-assurance
that comes from knowing that he or she be-
longs in a greater whole and is diminished
when others are humiliated or diminished,
when others are tortured or oppressed."
We honor those like Elie Wiesel, Mar-
tin Luther King Jr., Emmeline Pankhurst,
Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Abra-
ham Lincoln and even Bono, who actively
fought (or fight, to include our mono-
nymed hero) for equal rights and justice
for the silenced, if not to make the world
a better place and accelerate our journey to
utopia, then to work on the ego and cure
Or at least ensure that fourth graders
quote you in their oral history reports.

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The Desert Within


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After a year of
making the Israeli
desert my home, I
had to come back
to Gainesville
to finish college.
While there, get-
ting closer to the
Bedouins, my Is-

raeli heritage, and the real Israeli/Palestin-
ian conflict meant more to me than having
a typical study-abroad experience.
To begin, it's amazing how naive Amer-
icans are about Israel. While I was away
I got all these e-mails asking about my
health. Did I feel as threatened as the cor-
porate American media trained me to feel?
From my experience, living in Israel never
felt dangerous. My Arab friends taught me
a lot about myself, and the truth is that al-
most everyone here wants a peaceful two-

coming up with a territorial solution.
There's also something quite special
about the desert. When most people think
of Israel they picture the holy land as Je-
rusalem or the metropolitan Tel Aviv, but
they've got it all wrong. Most of the coun-
try is made up of desert which is where I
felt the most spiritually connected. It makes
sense why all the Zionist Americans immi-
grate to the classic Jerusalem but imagine if
there were no malls, bright lights or ancient
holy sites. There's nothing except canyons,
rocks and sand (oh my). Instead of looking
at all the things around you, you see your-
self. When the night comes, you can't see 5
feet in front of you. You are wrapped in a
blanket of silent darkness.
As a rabbi once told me, you need to
go out there and scream out to the heavens
with all your heart and hear the echo rever-
berate for miles.

residual withdrawal symptoms make me
ache for a fix. It takes some time to get used
to the materialism, junk food and party
world that I'd forgotten so quickly. Having
to buy a watch at Target, I couldn't help but
notice all the anorexic girls posing for fash-
ion merchandise and pretending that this
was beauty.
Beautiful was watching the 65-year-old
Arab Druze woman make me hummus
and promise me that I'd eat until I couldn't
Beautiful was waking up on the molded
desert sand and walking all day just to find
the house where they made the best dried
mangos ever tasted. Some day, I'll find
my way back and maybe do some organic
farming there.
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who've never even lived in Israel explain
what needs to be done and how the coun-
try should be run. When you spend some
time there, you see how all sides screwed
up and that the issue runs way deeper than

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need to stand still while the sand storm
flows through and paints your body with
the earth. The Bedouins tell a million sto-
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closer I felt to the desert the more con-
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paying much attention to. I wanted to tell
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more than that. It is where we return to
ourselves." I wanted to scream to them,
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when we're physically too far to embrace

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Also check out the Hillel Sports lounge and the
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Plaza of the Americas
Weekday afternoons
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milk of the mother'thing.

Ward's Supermarket
515 NW 23rd Ave.
(352) 372-1741
The store is locally owned. The produce is locally grown.
You will never look at grocery shopping the same way.

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4216 NW 16th Boulevard
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Other than Hillel, the only place in town serv-
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1800 NE 23rd Ave.
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The environment alone is worth the
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Despite their pro-Palestine, ann-Zionist literature, we have
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The biggest and best venue in town, CC's is host to most
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This old house was converted
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with Rabbi Yonah
I am random parking lots and rest stops when-
not sure of ever I stopped to open the back hatch to
the hour excavate some deeply embedded item. Us
Sor where wandering Jews, we traveled to 22 states
exactly I and 10 major cities. Oh, and of course,
was when the most precibus cargo-our three kids,
my wife all under the age of 6, the youngest at 18
Allison, months young.
God bless There are so many stories to share, and
her soul, though I won't do that now, what I will say
first told is that the trip was not a disaster. In fact,
me about The Insane Idea. Now, I consider it was amazing. There were the backseat
myself a risk-taker, and I generally don't flare-ups, where.all the kids simultaneously
shy away from a new experience for fear worked themselves into a crying crescen-
of harm. However, The Insane Idea struck do-a symphony of red-faced fury. Yet, so
me with a terror similar to the fear I felt infrequent were these episodes that they
as a younger man when encountering my were almost funny.
eighth grade 230-pound crazed enemy, Touring on the road, I had the chance to
Tony Callis. My first religious experience see which food I found to be essential, what
was when he miraculously allied himself clothes I actually wear and what thoughts
with me when we started high school, continually resurface. As travelers, we have
The scariest thing about The Insane an improved ability to sniff out who we are,
Idea was that is was born from my wife. In what are our dreams, our goals and what we
terms of plans, she doesn't get ideas-she think is important. Traveling seems to have
gets decisions. At the moment I heard The the unique ability to bring out what's most
Insane Idea, I knew that was exactly how pertinent in life. We are now in the Jewish
we were going to be spending our summer month of Elul, a time when we try to take
vacation, all 230 pounds of it. a hard look at ourselves as we head towards
And indeed, after a brief obligatory Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Perhaps
"discussion" about the wisdom of such a this is one of the reasons why the Jews are
plan, we began packing our car with tents supposed to wander. I think JRR Tolkien
(2), clothes (approximately 200 articles), a said it best, "Not all those who wander are
cooler, reading material (to keep the adults lost." Whether we are on the road or just
human), children's books on CD (a bunch: travelling around in our thoughts, this year,
to keep the kids quiet), camping stove, -let's get a better sense of who we are and
beach toys (kept to minimum), diapers where we want to go.
(never can have too many) and much much
more. On many occasions our overstuffed Questions? Comments? A topic you want
car elicited a "glad I'm not you" chummy addressed? Hit up Rabbi Yonah at
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And this summer was no different.
June saw virtual civil war in Gaza. After
weeks of bloody infighting, Hamas suc-
cessfully kicked out their Fatah counter-
parts and set up home base there. Fatah
withdrew to the West Bank.
Palestinian National Authority Presi-
dent Mahmoud Abbas then dissolved the
Palestinian unity government which had
only been established in March. From
there, Abbas called a state of emergency.
Now, fear that Hamas may attempt to gain
control over the West Bank mounts. Ten-
sion abounds.
On the streets of Jerusalem a proposed
gay pride parade in late June. 2007 drew
thousands of marchers as well as thou-
sands of ultra-Orthodox protesters. A po-
lice force of 7,000 was deployed to ensure

the marchers' safety.
Days before a similar parade was set
to take place in September 2006, the ul-
tra-Orthodox actually rioted in the streets,
setting fire to dumpsters and blocking traf-
fic. This time incidents of violence and de-
struction- were less apparent, though one
protestor was arrested after Israeli police
found a makeshift explosive device on him.
The man said he aimed to blow up the de-
vice along the parade route.
Further- south at the border of Egypt,
Israel now faces a moral dilemma that is
turning into both a tense societal and major
security issue. As refugees from the Dar-
fur region of Sudan flee genocide, they are
turning more and more to Israel for help.
Earlier this summer, the number of
people entering the country through this
border grew. Many kibbutzim in the Negev
region of Israel welcomed the refugees into

their communities and empathized with
their plight. Israel was after all founded
"out of the ashes" of another case of mass
genocide-the Holocaust.
But still, the citizens of Darfur come
from a fundamentalist Islamic country that
is on Israel's enemy list. And the addition
of so many non-Jews threatens the status of
the Jewish majority (the Jewish percentage
of the population pie is already decreasing
due to Arab birth rates) that the Jewish
state is naturally expected to maintain.
On top of this, as word -spreads of Is-
rael's treatment of refugees from Darfur,
Africans from countries other than Sudan
are traveling to the Egypt-Israel border.
They see opportunity on the other side of
the fence. Israel sees a growing threat to its
ever-shaky security.
Chovav, who recently wed and finished
with his army service, tells me of a tradition

in Israeli families to say a special prayer for
newborn children. It's a prayer of hope that
in 18 years the child will grow up and need
not face compulsory military service. His
parents said it to him and-he will say it to
his unborn. It's a prayer of hope for peace.
It's a prayer for a time without so much
Not much is certain in Israel. This sum-
mer, as over every summer of its near 60
years of existence, tension was assured. Ev-
ery relationship, every conversation, every
word, every breath tightly wound, perpetu-
ally on the verge of snapping. Israelis and
Arabs. Jews and Muslims. Haredi (reli-
gious) Jews and secular. New immigrants
and Sabra natives. Radical youth and be-
nevolent old, radical old and innocent
youth, radical right and far left. Labor and
Likud. Hamas and Fatah.
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