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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH ~IEWS, APRIL 5, 2013 PAGE 11A .i By Ron Kaplan "My grandpa came from Eu- New Jersey Jewish News rope when he was about 19 and he fel! in love with Willie Mays. • A generation ago, kids Matt So I'm guessing, when Willie Nadel's age would be content became a Met [in 1972], he collecting baseball cards. But passedalongthe'Willie-loving in2013Matt!smakingbaseball genes' to my dad and my dad news.Makingandreportingit, probably thought about the At 14, Matt is the youngest players that [Mays] played with. "pro blogger" on, And so he knew some baseball writing not about his favorite history and the players of his ˘ontemporary players, or even day and I eventually learned those his dad, Steve, followed all the players they knew and as a kid, but back to the days then some. So I guess the love of Ruth, Cobb andMathewson, of baseball history comes from "It gives me a much more my grandpa2 thrilling feeling to study the Knowing that today's background and history of the younger fans aren'twellversed game," said Matt, an eighth- in the rich history of the na- grader at Golda Och Academy tional pastime, Matt said, "I in West Orange, N.J. who lives wanted my friends who really in Springfield, N.J. didn'tknowalotaboutbaseball history, soIfigured, whatbet- Nadel blogs two or three for the online New Jersey Amanda--would like to do a terway to teach kids about [it] timesaweek.Herepostssome Baseball Magazine. Matt and book.He'sworkingonaproject than towrite ablogaboutit." oftheentriestootherwebsites, his dad attended an event with the tentative title "25 He started off small by His father, Steve, an attorney, at Temple B'nai Abraham in Most Important Things Kids creating baseballwithmatt, helps him with the grammar Livingston, N.J.~ in January at Should Know About Baseball As it grew in and has also been able to help which Greg Amsinger, a host History" and has approached popularity, he gravitated to a Mattgetsome ofthe interviews • at the MLB Network, was the Marty Appel, former director probloggersitethroughMLB, he has conducted via email, featured speaker. Matt spoke of public relations for the com, the official website of over the phone, or in person, withAmsingerandimpressed New York Yankees and head Major League Baseball at the includingMilwaukee Brewers him so much he was invited "of his own PR firm, for help. suggestion of John Thorn, ownerMarkAttanasio, Hall of to appear on the Hot Stove He'd also liked to see his blog the official historian of MLB. Fame pitcher Jim Palmer, and program. "I had a lot of fun posts collected and published In an email to the New Jersey perennialAll-Star Fred Lynn. and I hope to do it again. I'm in some more,, permanent Jewish News, Thorn wrote, "J "It's really cool. I get to call up happy that people watched it, format, "before I retire [from suggestedtohimthatbypost- the players and coaches and I'm happy that people know blogging],whichwon'tbefora ing at MLB, he might widen ask them questions." about me, and I'm just happy I long time, don't worry." his audience (a good thing . Matt does not receive pay- got to talktosome of the great To see a clip of Matt Nadel for him) and communicate ment for his posts at the guys at the MLB Network." on the MLB Network, go to to kids the pleasures of know- MLB site, but he is one of the Eventually, Matt--who at- ing a thing or two about the younger professional writ- tendsTempleBethAhmYisrael Ron Kaplan is the features game's past (a good thing for ers around, contributing a in Springfield with his father, editorforTheNewJerseyJew- everyone, not least of all me)." Couple of articles a month mother Debbie, and sister ishNews. Tamar field in northern to operate the tank and could on March 28 was sentenced to Israel yields natural gas have driven away, Ben Caspit "four years in jail. JERUSALEM (JTA)--Natu-wrote in~'~he Jersualem Post Hundreds of groups back di- ral gas started to flow from a article, versity on day of Klan rally Tamar field that is expected to Alternatively, Shalit could in Memphis meet Israel's domestic needs have opened fire either from MEMPHIS, Tenn. (JTA) for at least the next 20 years, the main barrel or from a Hundreds of communal orga- The gas, which began flow- formidable machine gun that nizationsandrdigious groups ing from an offshore rig in he could have operated from joinedthemayorsofMemphis the Mediterranean Sea, was within the safety of the tank, and Shelby County, Tenn., in expected to reach an intake according to Caspit. publishing a statement sup- center in Ashdod in southern Shalitwasreleasedina2011porting diversity on the day Israel last Sunday afternoon, deal with Hamas in exchange the Ku Klux Klan staged a Some 9 trillion cubic feet for 1,027 prisoners, many rally in the city. of natural gas is believed to of them convicted terrorists "We believe our city is be contained in the field off , responsibleforkillingIsraelis, stronger and richer for its the coast of northern Israel Theterroristcellthatstaged broad array of faith- and near Haifa. the attack had seven men, but ethnic-based communities," "This is an important day at the time of the attack there said the statement, which was for the Israeli economy," Israeli were only two gunmen outside wrapped around the front page Pn'meMinisterBenjaminNe- Shalit's tank. They killed of the Memphis Commercial tanyahu said Saturday night. Hanan Barakand Pavel Slutz- Appeal on Saturday."Because "On the Festival of Freedom, ker, who abandoned the tank we don't fear thosewhoare dif- we are taking an important against regulations. Shalit ferent, we can embrace all the step toward energy indepen- came out of the tank without diversecukuresandfaithsthat dence. We have advanced the his M-16 assault rifle and told make up the beautiful mosaic natural gas sector in Israel his captors not to shoot, that is Memphis." over the last decade, which The soldiers had been Thead, spearheaded by the will be good for the Israeli warned to watch out for ab- Memphis Jewish Federation, economy and for all Israelis." duction or attacks based on drew signatories from Chris- The gas will be used for new intelligence but ignored tian, Jewish, Muslim and the generation of electricity the instructions, Caspit said. Buddhist groups and congre- at power stations, which will At the time of the attack, only gations, as well as numerous increase its availability and one crew member was awake, social action groups. allow for lower prices. Elec- though regulationsdemanded At the KKK rally at the tridty prices rose 24 percent two stand watch at dawn.Shelby County Courthouse in recent years, in part due to Shalit's commanders ar- in downtown Memphis, 61 the depletionoftheYamTatis ranged extra backup l:rom Klansmen protested recent gas field west of Ashdod. combat engineers because of decisions by the city to re- The Tamar field was dis- the elevated risk but Shalit. a name parks commemorating covered in 2009. It is next to gunner, never radioed in the Confederacy figures, notably the larger Leviathan gas field, attack, the report said.Nathan Bedford Forrest. a which has yet to yield gas, and France reportedly backs Confederate general who was will be used mostly for export, designating Hezbollah mili- among the founders of the Israel has been facing a tiamen as terrorists white supremacist group m natural gas crisis since the PARIS (JTA)The French the war's aftermath. gas flow from Egypt was dis- government supports adding The rally, held in a driving rupted by terror attacks on the armed wingof Hezbollah rain, passedwithouteventand the gas line to Israel in the to the European Union's list did not clash with anti-Klan Sinai Peninsula. Israel has not of terrorist organizations, an protests held separately. received gas from Egypt since Arabic dai~y reported. Canada's largest student 2011. Egypt recently canceled French Foreign Minister association endorses Israel its natural gas contract with Laurent Fabius informed U.S. boycott Israel. Secretary of State John Kerry (JTA)--The largest student Report: Shalit could have of Paris' decision at a meeting association in Canada passed avoided captivity on March 27, the London-a resolution endorsing the (JTA) Gilad Shalit's cap- • based Al Hayat daily reported global boycott, divestmentand ture was the result of his last Friday. sanctions campaign against operational failures and those According to the report, the Israel. by other members of his tank French government endorsed With the passage late last crew, interviews with Shalit the designation following week of the resolution. York revealed, the finding by Bulgarian University's student associa- Shalit, theonlymemberofa authorities that Hezbollah tion joins two others in Cana- three-man crewwhosurvived was responsible for the ter- da--theUniversityofToronto a cross-border, guerrilla-style rorist attack last summer on and Montrea~'~s Concordia attack on June 25, 2006 by a busloadofIsraelitouristsin University graduate student armed Palestinians from the Black Sea resort town of associations in endorsing Gaza, failed to seize several Burgas, Bulgaria, andbecause theBDS campaign, according opportunities to fire on his of the support Hezbollah is to the Ym'kUniversity Excali- seven attackers during the providing to the embattled bur newspaper. raid, according to military regime of Syrian President The campaign calls for debriefings following Shalit's Bashar Assad. universities to divest from release~ The Jerusalem Post The Burgas attack last July holdings in companies that reported, killed five Israelis and one do business with Israel >nd to According to the report, Bulgarian.Earlierthismonth,' cuttieswithIsraeliacademics. Shalit's Merkava III tank re- a court in Cyprus convicted Belarus Jewish leader con- mained fully operational even a Lebanese-Swedish man of victed of tax evasion after militiamen hit it with an plotting to kill Israelis for Hez- (JTA)--Yuri Dorn, a Jewish RPG rocket. Shatit knew how bollah.HossamTalehYaacoub community leader in Belarus, was convicted of tax evasion imprisoning war criminal in For decades Csatary, now but set free after a year in jail. Hungary 98, escaped the sentence until Dorn, presidentoftheUnion (JTA)--A Slovak court he was detained and placed of ReligiousJewishCongrega- commuted a death sentence• under house arrest last July tionsinBelarus, was arrested against Laszlo Csatary, a in Budapest by Hungarian in March 2012 on allegations war criminal whom Slovakia authorities. He has denied that he had mismanaged the wants extradited from Hun- any guilt. community's property for gary for his complicity in The sentence was changed personal gain. 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