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Title from caption.
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"The Jewish newspaper at the University of Florida"--Masthead.
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17 Tevet 5769 1 Sh'vat 5769

Israel supports I

for gay rights, U

SHPiEL staff writer

Israel signed on to a United Nations
anti-discrimination declaration in early
December supporting rights for gays
and lesbians even as the United States,
Arab states and others have resisted
accepting the document.
The introduction of the 13-point
nonbinding Declaration on Sexual
Orientation and Gender Identity was
presented to the UN General Assembly
on Dec. 18 and was intended to mark
the 60th anniversary of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, the first
major international human rights

January 13, 2009 January 26, 2009

.N. declaration A new "Goal" for the Middle East

.S. doesn't sign

Of the 192 UN member countries,
66 signed the declaration, which does
not call for a vote because it is not a
resolution. Co-sponsored by France and
the Netherlands, the 66 UN member
states include the 27 European Union
states as well as Japan, Mexico and
Israel has joined the human rights
pact. The Israeli political advisor to
the UN, Meirav Eilon-Shahar, told Tel
Aviv-based newspaper Haaretz that,
"Israel respects the human rights of
all her citizens irrespective of their
sexual orientation or identity" and
supports the "principles of equality in


SHPiEL staff writer

Countless leaders and dreamers
around the world would love to unite
Israelis and Palestinians and bring
peace to the Middle East. Some envision
a vast field where the two sides come
together, shake hands, respect each
other and enjoy the 90 minutes they
have together.
That's the 90 minutes spent when
Israelis and Palestinians meet on a
soccer field for the 2018 FIFA World
Cup we're talking about here. The
game, thought up by peace movement
OneVoice, may, God willing, be held
in Israel in nine years. OneVoice, a
self-described grassroots movement
promoting the voices of moderates
in Israel and Palestine, is one group
pushing for such a match.

Along with Goal2018, another group,
OneVoice supports holding the World
Cup in a peaceful. Israeli/Palestinian
"The idea is to provide Israelis and
Palestinians with something tangible to
look forward to for the future," said Erin
Pineda, director of communications at
"It allows them to step outside of
the daily violence and think about the
smaller things that a peace agreement
would bring. Because both Israelis and
Palestinians share a fanatical love of the
sport, the vision to bring the exalted
World Cup to the area is something that
can motivate everyone."
Measures have already been made
in pursuit of OneVoice's goal. Stadiums


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(Madoff scandal hits AJCongress}
The American Jewish Congress, founded in 1918, has become the
latest Jewish communal organization to be hit hard by the collapse
of Wall Street investor Bernard Madoff, who federal investigators say
defrauded investors of $50 billion in a giant Ponzi scheme.

Officials at the group, called the AJCongress to distinguish it from
the American Jewish Committee, said on Jan. 8 that the Madoff scandal
had cost them $21 million of their $24 million endowment.

Marc Stern, AJCongress acting co-executive director, told the
Jewish Daily Forward that, "We're regrouping and going to rebuild the
organization. But I wouldn't deny that it's a serious blow."

Others believe
final part of the
raising funds and

that the Madoff situation
group's long decline; it has
a higher public profile in

could be the
had difficulty
recent years.

{Police investigate Chicago-area synagogue vandalism
A spate of vandalism at synagogues in Chicago has police
investigating whether the incidents are connected.

Vandalism occurred on Jan. 1, when four synagogues in Lincolnwood
and Rogers Park north of Chicago had glass doors shattered and words
written on walls, including "Free Palestine" and "Death to Israel" on
walls at one congregation.

Witnesses told investigators that two men were seen running from
the building at 4 a.m.

The vandalism may be related to Jan. 10 vandalism at three
synagogues in West Rogers Park on Chicago's North Side. The same
people may be responsible for a Dec. 29 Molotov cocktail attack on
Temple Sholom of Chicago, which was founded in 1869 and is one of
the city's oldest congregations.

The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force is taking part in the

U.S. sides with Syria against rights proposal


human rights."
But a grouping of countries opposed
to the resolution has also emerged,
including the United States, Israel's
most important ally, and a broad
array of Muslim states often opposed
to Israel, as well as China and Russia.
U.S. diplomats took exception to
parts of the declaration that clashed
with the U.S. military's "don't ask,
don't tell" policy and state laws that do
not prohibit discrimination based on
sexual orientation or gender identity.
But nations that often publically
clash with the U.S. also were opposed
to the declaration. A Syrian-backed
statement supported by the 57 member

states, including the members of the
Organization of the Islamic Conference,
condemned the antidiscrimination
Jsrael is considered to be the most
tolerant state for same-sex couples in
the Middle East, which includes several
of the 77 states in which homosexual
conduct is a crime.
The country also recognizes same-
sex marriages performed in other
countries (although not in Israel) and
prohibits discrimination on the basis
of sexual orientation in business and
the military. In Nov. 2005, an Israeli
court ruled that a lesbian spouse could
officially adopt a child born to her
current partner.

A letter from the editor:

Hello, loyal readers of The SHPiEL,

My name is Zahara, and I am the newest possessor of the ever-fiery
editor's torch for this Jew-ish publication. Our last editor, known by
some as Josh Fleet, is serving a semester of exile in Jerusalem (page 12).
Meanwhile, I hope to turn the paper into a completely unrecognizable
product using lies, scams and my generally disreputable nature.. It's
all part of my plan to aid Bernie Madoff in his unsettling of the entire
Jewish community (page 8).

Kidding. Just trying to keep you reading, as always. We, defined as me
plus the glorious crew that is The SHPiEL staff, are embarking (a word
I always wished meant more like how it sounds) on a semester full of
exciting changes.

Most importantly, we're going national. Our next issue (out on the
streets Jan. 27) will also be featured at Tulane University in New
Orleans. We happen to think this expansion is a small step and
potentially a giant leap for Jewkind.

So, readers, friends and enemies everywhere, please let us know what
you think about our paper. Send me an e-mail if you tried one of
Esther's recipes (page 4) and thought it was too mushy or if you think
our rabbi needs to think a bit more outside the lox (page 9). Whatever.
We want to hear it. Promise.



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East and West: not lost in translation

SHPiEL staff writer

On March 20, 2003, the U.S. invaded
Iraq. That month, some 1,700 airplanes
dropped bombs across the country. The
newest generation of American citizens
was suddenly, violently exposed to a
whole new world east of Western Eu-
The gulf between the different cul-
tural worlds seemed huge. But, technol-
ogy opened communication lines, giv-
ing people-especially youth-direct
-access to other individuals in ways that
bypassed the mainstream media.
Meedan.net, a social networking Web
site, is one example. Direct communi-
cation between Arabic speakers and
English speakers is rare. Most people
from both ends of this spectrum garner
opinions based on biased media out-
lets, according to Ed Bice, the creator of
The establishment of Meedan was
inspired by the Iraq War, Bice said. He
said he wanted to encourage people
from different parts of the world to con-

nect and share what was really going on
in their countries despite the barriers of
language and culture.
Meedan, in a trial phase since 2007,
is based on creating an easy access
point through the ease of the Internet
and providing a top translation team to
assist in communication. Initially, its
founders envisioned a global network
of users of every language. Late they
narrowed their focus to users of two
of the world's three most-spoken lan-
guages, English and Arabic (the other is
Now, Meedan has extended its reach
to Facebook, the fifth largest site on the
Internet. In hopes that Facebook's broad
user base would attract potential new
Meedan network invitees, the Meedan
team has set up a group inviting Face-
book users to post comments and news-
paper articles for free translation.
The Meedan blog is not yet open to
the public. Users who come directly
from a link on meedan.net will be sent
an invitation, although the response is
slow. The users who do take part are
prompted by what Meedan refers to as

"events." Headline
news articles are
meant to provoke
debates and wall
posts stem from
previous com-
ments, much like
any other news
site that allows
friendly com-
ments. The key is
immediate trans-
One challeng-
ing aspect is the
subjectivity in translation. Meedan
instantly translates on its blog using
software developed by their partner
IBM. But, many Arabic phrases do not
easily translate, so translators must
paraphrase as closely as possible to
convey the true meaning. The question
is whether this will cause translators to
editorialize, whether intentionally or
Harvard linguistics professor Stuart
Shieber, quoted in The New York Times
in an article about Meedan, said that

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"languages play a huge role in putting
barriers between groups of people."
Meedan's mission statement says
the site is non-partisan and unbiased.
But, then again, so does Fox News.
Web sites like Meedan are easily ac-
cessible and even replicable, but few
have received the extraordinary praise
for accurate translations and thought-
provoking prompts that Meedan has.
Maybe Meedan-like technology is what
Middle East and Western peacemakers-
or warmakers-are missing.

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U.S. states to adopt plans for electric cars

SHPiEL contributing writer

The promise of wildly innovative
technology used to be the stuff of "The
Talking robots and flying cars were
envisioned as plausible inventions to
make life easier. A futuristic utopia
hasn't yet materialized. But, a company
called Better Place has taken steps to
change the auto industry and eliminate
global dependency on petroleum.
The CIA World Factbook reports that
the U.S. consumes an estimated 20.68
million barrels of oil each day. In 2007-
with oil prices rising and consumer
demand rising with them, ex-software
entrepreneur ShaiAgassi-an Israeli who
immigrated to the U.S.-started Better
Place, a company aimed at creating
battery-powered, zero-emission
electric vehicles to promote global oil
independence, reduce greenhouse gases
and create new markets for renewable
Last year, a prototype debuted in
Tel Aviv after Better Place partnered
with a Renault-Nissan Alliance
to build the cars, powered by
rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
The key to the plan is the creation
of an electric recharge grid. "Charge
spots"-plug-in stations for car owners
to tap into the grid and recharge their
car batteries-will be placed in retail
locations, parking garages, homes and
other various locations.
Battery exchange stations designed
to extend the driver's journey beyond

the 100-mile range of a fully charged
battery will replace gas stations, with
depleted batteries exchanged for fully
charged replacements in less than three
Since 2007, Israel, Denmark and
Australia, as well as California and
Hawaii, have announced agreements
to work with Better Place to create the
needed transportation infrastructure.
InHawaii, BetterPlace representatives
said they hope for "mass adoption"
of electric cars by 2012 after building
planned battery-exchange stations on
the islands of Kauai, Oahu, Maui and
Hawai'i (the main island).
In California, a state where the
vehicle ownership rate is among the
highest in the world (about 1.8 cars
per household), implementation of an
electric-recharge grid will begin in the
San Francisco Bay area, extending from
Sacramento to San Diego.
The mayors of San Francisco, San
Jose and Oakland announced last
November that planning and permitting
will begin this month, with target
deployment in 2010. California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger praised the
public-private partnership and credited
the state's low carbon-fuel standard and
zero-emissions vehicle program.
Electric-car evangelist Agassi hopes
the U.S. is prepared for the monumental
challenge ofrestructuringtransportation
systems for electric vehicles-even if
gas prices are lower than last year.



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Esthe Answers to all your kosher
E sther culinary questions

Dear Esther,
Kugel is an interesting Jewish dish. I've always wondered about its origin
and history. Can you tell me anything about my bubbe's favorite entree?

Before receiving this question, I had never heard of
kugel. Imagine my surprise when I found out that
it is very old, very common and played a pivotal
role in the development of a culinary tool.
Through research online, I learned that kugel is
originally German and comparable to a pudding or
casserole. It is hearty, basic in its components and
is a staple in Jewish households.
I could find no exact record of the first kugel,
but the dish has evolved greatly over the course
of approximately 800 years and continues to
change. The first kugels were made with a flour
and water base and were round in shape, as the
dough expanded in the form of a ball. Kugel gets
its name from its structure:. In German, the word
means "round" or "ball."
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can take on a savory or sweet flavor, depending on
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Despite the shape of the modern kugel, this
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Words from a wandering Jew

SHPiEL staff writer

"Are you the guys in the tent in the
garden?" asked a soft-spoken, time-
worn, blue-eyed drifter as he paid for
his board at a hostel in the Everglades.
Named Bill, he is "family" and has trav-
eled south from his off-the-grid fruit
tree farm in upstate New York.
I've reminisced about the souls I'd
come into contact with on my winter
travels--memories cued when I returned
for spring semester and heard the ice-
breaking. question, "What did you do
this break?" Well, I wandered with a box
of cloves, some wine and an ear open to
the hairy vagrants who shared with me
their travel horror stories.
Hostels are cheaper alternative ac-
commodations for travels-offering
less amenities and relative comfort
than a hotel but with heightened op-
portunities for an unforgettable experi-
ence. Each hostel seems to have its own
In Florida, there are 10 hostels, start-
ing in Key West and ending at the Pirate
Haus Hostel in St. Augustine. Each pit
stop provides Amazing Race-like ad-
vice to the next with pamphlets and the
travel tales of like-minded wanderers.
Ashtrays fill, instruments make their
rounds and teeth redden as wine bottles
get drier.

Hostlers and veterans are eager to
share their stories and life lessons with
willing travelers, with the general rule
being that the more wrinkles, the more
truth the teller has to share.
Gainesville has its very own Zen
Hostel, which began as a Zen center
offering hospitality and a place where
one could explore his or her own true
nature without the prescriptions of a
teacher or doctrine.
Most hostels offer this simple, com-
munal environment requiring a mini-
mum of 15 minutes of chores, which
could include sweeping, washing dishes
or garden work.
You won't get a private room or
bathroom or room service, and you
may overhear laughter, chatting and
copulation into the wee hours of the
morning, but hostels have been rocking
the lives of wanderers since 1912. Best
Western has nothing on these "simple
I don't know why I find such charm
in hostels. Maybe it's boredom with the
same old furnishings and creepy, not-
so-washed comforters, Muzak and mini-
bars. Or perhaps it's the ancestrally in-
grained nomad in me.
What I do know is that I would take
an unforgettable stay at a hostel any
day over the fridge-buzz and A/C of any
hotel chain.

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predominantly Jewish
cities such as Haifa,
Tel Aviv and Mitzpe
Ramon, as well as
stadiums in large Arab
cities like Tulkarem,
Ramallah and Gaza.
And of course, a
stadium will be built
in Jerusalem.
Although the site
refers to the area as
"Israel/Palestine," the
organization does not
actively advocate for
either side more than
the other.
"We are just looking
for an immediate end u
to the conflict. We are
looking to mobilize moderates on
both sides, in order for them to voice
their opinions and put pressure on
their leaders," Pineda said.
Members of .OneVoice are doing
their part to help bring the voices of
the moderates out.
One way the group .seeks to do
so is through the youth. OneVoice's
new student outreach program,
Imagine2018, is a short- story contest
for Israeli and Palestinian students
ages 13-18. Students are asked to
envision what 2018 will be like if a
peace agreement is reached in 2008.
One hundred students-evenly
divided between Israelis and
Palestinians-will have their short
for Imagine2018: Directors' Cut, a
program that will pick the top short
stories and turn them into short
films; Noted screenwriters and film

producers, including Danny DeVito
and "Minority Report" creator Scott
Frank, have signed on.
So how have the potential Cup
co-hosts fared in actual current
competition? Surprisingly, the Israeli
team-part of the mainly European
UEFA league-is making a run for the
2010 World Cup, Ranked second in
its qualifying bracket, Israel will be
taking on top-ranked Greece early
next year. If it defeats the Greeks, the
Israeli team will go on to World Cup
play; if they lose, the team still has
a shot in a second set of qualifying
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country's team: Israel has qualified
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If you spin the FM dial in Tel Aviv, you may be lucky
Enough to come across the work of Israeli music group
.Soulico, a funkadelic trip through modern pop with a taste
.,--.-iof Middle Eastern/Western fusion. Using slap bass, Hebrew
.:.':.:'yrics, jazz brass and hip-hop synth, all four members of
.'?.i-iie- group-Ronen Sabo, Ido Saar, Michael Emeth and Eyal
R-: Rob-act as DJs as well as perform.
S "Soulico" means "doing things on your own" in Hebrew

"There were four of us, so we liked the irony of it," said
--dfb. "It sounded pretty cool-you know, with the 'soul' in
'fit-so we kept it."
J K: Soulico cites a wide range of influences. Rob said be
Started collecting records at the age of 13, starting with
David Bowie's "Let's Dance" from 1983.
"I'd say anything with a good beat, groove, chords, (that
are) wellplayed and produced might influence me...anything A fan with Sabo and Eyal of Soulico. Photo courtesyij
.from Primus via Ghostface, Miles Davis, James Brown, Nick
SDrake and on and on." Rob said he is inspired by a range of things. "Music. Tel Aviv. Good food, hummus,;
for that matter. Interesting people. Women. Used to mix them with a spliff, but I gave that up a while ago."
The group's main audience is Tel Aviv youth, especially with metropolitan hipsters.who have experience f,
with English and Hebrew and exposure to many musical genres.
S Even those not fluent in Hebrew would likely enjoy Soulico's music. The group's album "Archaeology
SMixtape: A Deep Dig into Israeli Grooves" can be downloaded for free from the band's Myspace (myspace.
Scom/soulicocrew). Listen to it, and you'll hear the band's composition as a mash-up of Israeli music. The
album reflects the indigenous Israeli melodies and well as references-some obvious, others subtle-to
Western music.
., "Archaeology" reminds me of Miles Davis's "On the Corner," also noted for its unique fusion. Davis gave
Khalil Balakrishna a chance to use electric sitar on an American jazz album, pairing the Indian instrument'sV:..
melodies and percussion with a Western sense of harmony. Soulico successfully
attempts to resolve seemingly clashing styles in a refreshing way.
Live performances by Soulico, which are substantially improvised and change
in theme spontaneously, have a distinct jazz-like quality. This means no two
songs ever sound exactly alike. Also, each one sounds fantastic.
Soulico is produced by JDub Records, the same label that produces The
Sway Machinery. Like The Sway Machinery, Soulico seems to take cues from the
Western African practice of applying Islamic prayer chants to their traditional.
percussion instruments and styles by using African-sounding percussion and'
Hebrew lyrics.
Soulico's excellent example remix is a sampling of the synth background from
M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" accompanied by ragga (reggae-like hip-hop) lyrics. The
track-less artisanal than the "Archaeology"-is still evidence of creative talent
that is a pleasure to listen to.
Some may critique Soulico as a musical collage rather than a creator of original
rhythms and melodies. But, Soulico makes music, just with unconventional
instruments. Instead of a trumpet, the group uses turntables and a laptop;
instead of notes, the band plays samples.
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to be touring again-with hopes of a U.S. visit.

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Anti-tourist sees 18,000 miles of America

SHPiEL staff writer

Gerry Goradesky understands the
importance of being a citizen of the
world. He knows the difference between
needs and wants. When inconvenienced
with a wet floor, he knows how to put
on his pants without getting them wet.
Goradesky is a traveler, not a tourist.
Family camping trips across the
country were the beginning.
"It allowed me to be responsible for
myself," Goradesky said about packing
his own bags when he was eight years
old. Driving cross-country with a family
of six, sleeping outdoors and cooking
over fires all taught Goradesky to
appreciate life in its simplest form.
Goradesky, 45, grew up in north
Miami Beach with a typical Conservative
Jewish background. This included
Hebrew school, youth group, a bar
mitzvah and a confirmation.
It was leadership retreats with the
Leadership Training Institute, a year
at Camp Blue Star and his time at the
University of Florida that taught him
independence and exposed him to all
walks of life. But, Goradesky wanted to
see more.
A bus ride from Miami to Tucson was
one journey that first gave him what he
wanted. At the age of 20, instead of
flying to a summer camp job in Tucson,

his father suggested taking a bus ride
so he could see the country. It was
during this ride that he was exposed to
a side of the country he hadn't seen and
wasn't expecting.
"People in this country lose touch
with the lower socioeconomic class,"
Goradesky said. He said he believes in
the importance of knowing all aspects
of one's own country, and the bus ride
from Miami to Tucson got him better
"There's more to London than
Madame Tusseauds and Trafalgar
Square and there's more to America
than what the news is telling you,"
Goradesky said.
After working in the family business
for a couple years and seeing the world
through the eyes of Tom Brokaw and
Ted Copal, he was ready to gain his own
perspective. With no plan and an open
mind, he sold his car and Rolex to buy a
one-way ticket to London.
He traveled through the United
Kingdom, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Greece
and various other places in Europe over
the span of one year.
It was early on in this trip he knew
he didn't want to be a tourist, instead
dubbing himself a traveler.
"I travel a very serendipitous style,"
said Goradesky. From this trip, he
learned to go off the beaten path and
stay open to whatever lay ahead.

Goradesky traveled 18,000 miles through 22 states from Oct. 2006 to March 2007 with a
mission to see the country. Photo courtesy of Gerry Goradesky.

He calls this trip a world history
lesson, one not learned in school. He
was in Europe at the time the Berlin
Wall came down and attended the
famous Pink Floyd concert there. "It
was not a concert, it was an event," said
Goradesky of its enormity.
This lesson included a cultural
experience he couldn't have gotten
anywhere else. He recalls attending
a "Skinheads for Peace" party for the
purpose of experiencing every corner
of the country he was in.
After many years back home,
Goradesky wanted to see the United

States. From Oct. 2006 to March 2007,
he circled America with a clear mission:
to see the country. He drove 18,000
miles through 22 states solo, with his
life packed in his car, stopping along
the way to visit friends.
Goradesky said this was more than
sightseeing: this was deeper. He did not
take shortcuts to destinations or drive
at night. He wanted to see the span of
every mile.
The last heard of Gerry Goradesky:
he bought an open-ended ticket to
Okinawa, Japan.

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On Gaza


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It is said'
that truth
is the first
casualty of

is the


casualty, for in the vortex of armed
conflict, the order of attacks and
reprisals is often a blur to combatants
and observers alike.
Looking at the timeline by Tim
Butcher of the London Telegraph,
I can see in context the lead-up to
Israel's bombing raids into the Gaza
Strip and the subsequent invasion
over the past several weeks.
The antecedents of the conflict, of
course, go back hundreds of years.
But the more immediate causes of the
conflict began in 2006 when Hamas
won the Palestinian parliamentary
elections, came into conflict with the
more moderate Palestinian political
party Fatah and seized control of the
Gaza Strip.
An uneasy ceasefire with Israel
endured until late last year. But
series of rocket attacks into Israel
led.to a Israeli military operation in
Gaza just before the new year.
Assigning blame is difficult
and painful. But I want to look at
the larger picture, rather than just
keeping track of the violent cycle

and who did what first.
War is terrible. Yet, I can
understand why soldiers and fighters
are killed. Targeting civilians, on the
other hand, is immoral, regardless
of the rectitude with which each
side views its cause. I reject totally
Hamas' targeting of Israeli civilians.
No matter how small or large the
target, deliberately attacking civilians

This month, most of us

not block us from understanding
the suffering on the other side.
I understand that it is the Israeli
people who want to live in peace,
and the innocent kids are the ones
who suffer without guilt. I won't be
shocked in the least if the timing
of the Israeli attack was political,
designed-at least in part-to boost
the current government in the

will be beginning classes

and seeing friends in a world that seems very far
removed from the crisis in Gaza. But even here,
we should try to understand both Jews and Arabs
and to come up with ideas that reject prejudice
and simplistic answers to complex questions.

is wrong, end of the story.
The massive numbers of
Palestinian civilians killed by
the Israeli military, then, shocks
me. The Israeli Defense Force is
technologically far superior than
Hamas and has the ability to be more
precise. And yet of the approximate
640 Palestinians killed, some 200
have been civilians. I can only
imagine that the number of injured
people, somewhere around 2,800,
has a similar proportion of civilian
Great catastrophes should

upcoming February elections.
Over the winter break, I was
walking with my cousin in New
York. A Haredi Jew approached and
started to speak with me in Hebrew.
He had mistaken my Arabic accent
in English-or my local colloquial
Arabic, which has tons of Aramaic-
for Hebrew. He was close.
I told the man that I was a Muslim
Arab, and wished him a happy new
year. My cousin smiled and wished
him shalom. The Jewish man was
traveling with others in a car. (We
laughed at the lit Chanukah menorah

on top of the car).
The differences between Israelis
and Palestinians are real. And yet
those differences are not enough to
cover up the equally real common
ground--in culture, language and
religion-that will be the pillars for
a peaceful coexistence. Perhaps the
violence is in the land far away.
This month, most of us will
be beginning classes and seeing
friends in a world that seems very
far removed from the crisis in
Gaza. But even here, we should try
to understand both Jews and Arabs
and to come up with ideas that reject
prejudice and simplistic answers to
complex questions.
As for Gaza-Hamas must stop
the rocket attacks on innocent Israeli
civilians and Israel must end its
current military campaign which has
taken the lives of many Palestinian
civilians and has made the already
dire economic situation in Gaza even
worse. Both sides need negotiations
as soon as'possible.
All sides fear losing a war, but
what they should fear even more is
losing their ethical standing. Both
sides can win, and I like win-win
I wish you a happy new year. May
it be more peaceful than the previous

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Madoff $50 billion scam provides fodder for anti-Semites

Anyone know this one?
If you were thinking "Eighth
Command-ment," you got it.
Somebody should explain that to
Bernard L. Madoff, the Wall Street
financier who has beenwas indicted on
federal charges last month.
Federal prosecutors say Madoff
i-ran an enormous Ponzi scheme and
swindled investors out of some $50
billion dollars-the largest investor
fraud perpetrated by a single person.
In addition to his investors, some of
whom Madoff knew personally, many
Jewish philanthropies were hit hard.
Madoff was a generous giver to Jewish
charities and schools, and now these
institutionss will be left out in the cold,
with Madoff's pledges almost certainly
never to be fulfilled.
Madoff did not hold up banks and
make off with sackfuls of cash. What
he is accused of doing is far worse:
Manipulating the trust of individuals
for private gain.

In a world where anti-Semitic
stereotypes of Jews as being greedy
and guileful still endure, the Madoff
scandal-like the Abramoff scandal
before it-is an embarrassment.
We Jews are often noted as being
business savvy, but stealing and
cheating is not savvy but morally wrong.
Business savvy is excelling in business
Either Madoff wanted to get high on
the hog faster, or he could just not live
up to what it takes to honestly make it
big. Regardless of his reasons, if the
accusations are proven true, he will pay
for his sins.
As we say "an eye for an eye, a tooth
for a tooth." Justice will be served both
here and eventually at the pearly white
No group is free from counting
sleazy individuals from among its
number. Every group of people has its
bad eggs.
It's safe to assume that Madoff is the

bad egg in the Jewish basket. We all have
them. In fact every single categorization
of society has them. There are good
and bad people in all groups: Jewish,
Christian, and Muslim; Chinese and
Puerto Rican; Arab and American.
In Yiddish, the phrase shenda fur de
goyim, "a shame before the Gentiles,"
was used in situations in which the
behavior of a Jew, toward either other
Jews or non-Jews alike, damaged the
collective reputation
of the community.
From the ashes of
the Madoff case arise
Scandals (and all
other forms of sin
and wrongdoings)
are everywhere.
All we can hope
to accomplish is
bettering ourselves
morally so when
temptation rings the

bell, we can say no.
Apparently Madoff heard the bell
ring, opened the door and let greed
walk right in.
He cheated his way to the big bucks,
but it is now his time to pay the piper,
both in this world and the next.
Those he scammed and swindled are
being heard in the courts, and Madoff's
immoral actions will be dealt with.

Tonya Blackman

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Thinking OutsideMidnight in the world
Thinking Outside the Lox: of goodand evil


It has been
a vacation
r n i, of extremes,
5 eventful to say
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Week, I had
the honor of
i officiating at
UF Hillel Rabbi the marriage
of my brother,
Richie, and my new sister, Julie, both
UF graduates.
It was a night of euphoria and the
Beginning of a week of rejoicing the
new couple at friends' and family's
houses all over South Florida.
But, this moment of joy came with
other baggage. On the Friday prior
to the wedding, my uncle and cousins
lost their grandfather.
One night, our family rejoiced at
the wedding of two family members,
and the next night, we attended a
shiva meal, a traditional Jewish meal
of consolation, for other members of
our family.

On a national level, we also had
a week of extremes. We celebrated
the new year at parties all across the
world, and we have a lot of sports to
rejoice for, yet, the attacks in Gaza
and the protests against Israel were

all in the
of our
can we
live with
these two
the good
and the
As I

This line may be familiar to us all,
but it is not the original quote. The
original quote comes from the book

of Isaiah.
"I (God) form light
darkness, I make peace

We celebrated the new year
at parties all across the
world, and we have a lot of
sports to rejoice for, yet,
the attacks in Gaza and the
protests against Israel were
all in the back of our minds.

about this, I realized that our people
struggle with this idea every day
and we show this through the first
blessing that we say during the
morning service, Shacharit.
"Blessed are you, Lord our God,
King of the Universe, who forms light
and creates darkness, makes peace
and creates everything."

and create
and create
the Rabbis
that this
was too
dark of an
idea for a
so they
changed it.
But both

reveal a larger issue that we struggle
with: how can God create both good
and evil?
In the end, our tradition
acknowledges that God creates
everything, both good and evil.
The two sides.are not as far away
from each other as we think they

Good often follows evil, and
evil often follows good. They live
together, close to each other, like a
wedding and a funeral.
The other question that usually
follows is about which one prevails,
good or evil?
Even though God is the creator of
both sides, we learn the answer from
the holiday that we just celebrated:
Hanukkah involves the lighting
of candles during the darkest time
of the year, the winter. This light is
a metaphor; it gives us guidance in
times of the unknown, the darkness.
On New Year's Eve, minutes before
the ball dropped at midnight, my
newlywed brother went around the
room and asked each person what
they wished for the new year.
My answer was that I hope that
the good outweighs the evil, that the
lights we lit during Hanukkah will
guide us into the next year.
Most of all, I hope for more
weddings and less funerals'.

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Year U.S. car companies plan for the big
electric-car push:
Efficiency ratio of electric-powered to
gas-powered cars:
States that still use the electric chair for
capital punishment:
Amps it takes to stop a healthy human

Year the National Hockey League team
Tampa Bay Lightning was founded:
Average annual deaths in Florida due to
lightning strikes:

Minutes in which you must complete
the Egyptian level on 00 Agent mode in
Goldeneye 64 to get the taser:
Copies of Metallica's album "Ride the
Lightning" sold:
Fuel capacity of-a Merkava tank that is
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Jewish communal
organizations suffer
as funds dry up
The credit crunch and larger
financial crisis hit Jewish
communal organizations
from the American Jewish
Community to Hillel. Casino
magnate and Birthright Israel
financier Sheldon Adelson
backed off of earlier pledges,
causing the program to
considerably decrease its free
trips to Israel- for young Jews



Emanuel topped as
White House chief
of staff

Famously aggressive Jewish Chicagoan and
Democratic pol Rahm- Emanuel, a former
Clinton White House staffer and member of
Congress, came aboard as Obama's chief of
staff. Obama taps other Jews for-key posts,
including Harvard Law dean Elena Kagan
for solicitor general, former campaign,
strategist David Axelrodas senior adviser
and ex-Harvard President Larry Summers
for National Economic Council chief.

Seeking to quell Hamas rockets,
Israel invades Gaza

End-of-the-year Hamas Qassam rocket attacks from the Gaza
Strip on cities in southern Israel-and a rapidly approaching
election-led to [DF bombings and a ground incursion. Eight in
10 Israelis support the move, but the international community,
minus the U.S., loudly protests.

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See next issue for solutions to this puzzle

1. Old woman
4. Desert station
9. Competent
13. Hamantasch?
14. Zaftig (Eng)
15. Measures
17. Noodge (Eng)
18. Abraham to Isaac
19. Stuffed ___
20. Macher.(Eng)
22. Yahrzeit remembrance
24. "Hebrew Hammer",
25. Pollard's plea
27. Screech
29. Ballet impresario, Hurok
30. Rosen's base
32. Plagues
35. Potato pancakes
38. Rabbi Silver
39. Got ya!!
40. Evil__
41. Likely
43. Leah to Rachel
44. Terrorist target
45. Israelite conquest
46. Father of Ham
48. Dead Sea Kibbutz

50. King David__, Jerusalem
51. Shavuot month
53. Ever to Bialik
54. __ Aviv
55. Steve and Eydie
59. "The Mummy", actor
62. Shatner's milieu
64. Comic Mort
65. Moan
67. Shema ender
69. White Sox' Abrams
70. Mandel
71. Seven (Hebrew)
72. 52
73. Transmitted
74. Desert cool spots
75. Mems (Eng.)
1. Wasserstein's chronicles
2. Brother to Moses
3. Winning poker player
4. Dreidel
5. Tent for Abraham
6. Say the Vidui
7. Haman's third son
8. Sinai condition
9. Total
10. Wedding glass action
11. Tref shortening

12. Poet Lazarus
16. Gompers or Davis
21. Castle for Gelfand
23. Flutist Mann
26. Prepare for Pesach
28. Lou Grant actor
31. Literary initials
32. Ark
33. PM __ Olmert
34. Famous Sephardic
35. Samson's triumphant
36. Alephbet member
37. Canaanite booty
42. Hebrew letter
47. Jewish law
49. Gimels (Eng.)
52. Good fortune
54. Transport to Dachau
56. Make the Tallis?
57. Potok
58. Island of entry
59. E-I connector
60. Ginzburg publication
61. Writer Irving
63. Sephardic shekel?
66. Biblical fishing device
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Nazis latest among oddball Israel backers

It's said
that politics
makes strange
but what do
.... Likudniks and
g I neo-Nazis have
in common?
(It's more than
a shared right-
wing ideology).
Recently, a group of German citizens
established themselves as the National
Socialists for Israel. That's right-Nazis
for Israel.
The organization, which has yet
to go public with its members and
agenda, has made one thing clear: its
unequivocal support for the State of
Israel and the Zionist movement.
The group's first and only public
statement came on its Web site launched
earlier this year. After emerging from
unending persecution, the anonymous
Web site creators write, the Jewish people
have earned the respect necessary for a
right to a national homeland.
Further, it is the duty of all neo-
Nazis to "defend this supreme success,
not just for the German people and
the European cultural sphere, but also
especially for Israel."
The group levels attacks at the
National Democratic Party of Germany--
a small white supremacist party in
- . . . _

Germany that holds about a tenth of the
seats in the Saxony state legislature-
for failing to realize the relationship, in
terms of nationalism, between Zionism
and national socialism.
The bizarre Web site is worth a deeper
look from a historical perspective.
National socialism, in its political
context, was a movement aimed at
uniting the proletarian classes among
racial and ethnic divides. Historically
anti-Semitic, the movement achieved
the height of power in Germany in the
1930s toppling the Weimer government
in pursuit of world domination and a
ruling Aryan class.
But, the movement was more than
political. Some National Socialist
factions emphasized mysticism and the
"Third Position," a term used to describe
the view of German nationalism as one
manifestation of a universal nationalism
that is valid for all people.
These individuals refer to themselves
as "national anarchists" or "national
This form of pan-nationalism- is
not unique to the world of national
socialism, with other movements-such
as Malcolm X's black nationalism to
pan-Arab nationalism-similar in their
placement of culture above currency.
Because the Jews have outlasted their
enemies and have an enduring culture
and strong nationalist movement of

their own, National Socialists for Israel
asserts that Jews they have earned their
place in history as part of a global pan-
nationalist community.
At a time when Israel must wage a
constant battle with the international
media, stand up for itself before a hostile
United Nations and ward off rocket
attacks and bombings from Palestinian
terrorist groups, it may seem as though
Israel can use all the help and support
it can garner.

So, is this Nazis-for-Israel group a
positive development? Generally, Israel
takes what it can get. After all, Israel
is no stranger to weird supporters.
Evangelical groups like Christians
United for Israel are huge boosters for
the state-albeit to hasten the Second
Coming of Jesus.
Still, we have to draw the line
somewhere, and this group, probably a
handful of Bavarian nutjobs, might be a
good place to start.

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