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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 14, 2013 PAGE 11A By Edmon J. Rodman LOS ANGELES (JTA)--As the new Superman movie "Man of Steel" flies to an opening on Father's Day weekend, we earthbound Jew - ish men have the superhero's creators--Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Jewish teenagers from Clevelandmto thank for setting such a super high bar. Especially if Superman, the ultimate immigrant, is a member of the tribe, as cultural commentators like Harry Bred in his book "Su- perman is Jewish?" maintain,~ Finally, then, we have an explanation as to why Jewish men are expected to fly over all obstacles, see through our family's problems and leap with a single bound over the water shooting out of our broken washing machines. This model of Jewish mas- culinity in his home world of Krypton was called Kal-El, which in Hebrew can be taken to mean "voice of God." But in the home world of Jewish dads, who listens to us? It's not that Superman is the first man of Jewish origins whose light outshines ours. Jfist look at the Bible:Moses parts an entire sea; Jacob wrestles with, and defeats, an Edmond. Rodman A cape for Father'sDay? Super Jewish dads leap family issues with a single bound and boast their own superpowers. angel; and Judah Maccabee, whose name means "Hammer of God." On those mornings when you couldn't run faster than a rolling bagel, how does that make you feel? Guys, chill. So you're not a man of steel. We are men of shpiel--super rationaliz- Cheer our powers with fire: Though red-hot beams do not shoot from our eyes, Jewish men have been known to display other skills with heat. Recall that it was Jacob who sat around the fire all day cooking, and had a hot bowl of stew ready when his brother Esau came home hungry from ers who have developed and the hunt. We also figured out carefully crafted a number of Jewish powers. It's not like we are going to be invited to join the Legion of Super-Heroes anytime soon, but on Father's Day, Jewish men should be applauded. how to make matzah in the required 18 minutes. Thoflgh I thinkwe'll pass on the credit for cholent. We're in kosher barbecue cook-offs in Kansas City, Atlanta and Memphis. On TV we have tlan Hall, a winner of Season 2 of "Top Chef," and Eric Greenspan and Alex Reznik, contestants on the "Next Iron Chef," as examples of successful Jewish men in the kitchen. Inspired by their success, I recently took a challah baking class. Does "bread of steel', make me super? Cheer our mastery over conflict: Many Jewish men have learned to mitigate the PeWs! and BAMs[ that life can throw. In the Bible, Moses ne- gotiates with God to save the Children of Israel. In Pirkei Avot, Hillel says, "Be like the di 'ciples of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace.', In Israel, Gerald Steinberg, founder and president of NGO Monitor, also is the founder of Bar-Ilan University's graduate program on conflict manage- ment and negotiation. In the U.S., Kenneth Feinberg, an expert in mediation and alternative dispute resolu- tion, served as the master of the September 11th Victim Compensation 'Fund. With three sons, my own skills as mitigator often were called into action; as boys they used to fight over video g~mes. My super solution? I powered down the conflict by flipping off the circuit breaker for the TVroom. Worked greatmun- til dark, that is. Cheer our super design sense: It's not that we mean to criticize the new cape, tights and boots, but surely we can come up with a bet- ter costume.. Hailing from the planet "Schmatta," we come from generations of tai- lors, garment designers and maflufacturers. As far back~ as Joseph, we understood the importance of a good coat. To- day there are several blocks of downtown Los Angeles where many of the fabric stores have a mezuzah on the doorpost. Men like Dov Charney of American Apparel, Marc Ja- cobs and Mark Ecko--born Marc Milecofsky--as well as Michael Kors, one of the judges on "Project Runway," are all designing men with Jewish backgrounds. My own contributions? One hot night in Los Angeles, with only a pair of flannel pajamas, with scissors, I cut short the sleeves and the legs. Bloomingdale's, are you listening? Cheer our superpowers in the bedroom--just not the bedroom you think. In our kids' bedrooms we make the greatest storytellers. Backed by a line of Jewish ancestors who were dreamers like Jo- seph and Jacob, and the tradi- tion of the maggid--the com- munity storyteller, how could we not tell a good tale? Writers like Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Bashevis Singer and S.Y. Agnon have set the tone. To- day, Harvey Pekar, author of the comic book series "Ameri- can Splendor," and Barry Deutsch whose "Hereville" b~oks about a "troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl," have addled a new edge to the tradition. At Chanukah, one year, tired of the same old holiday storybooks, I made up one of myown to ~hare with my kids--"Chaim and the Cha- nukah Derelicts." As I recall telling them: It's about this downtown parking lot and Chaim, he's a lawyer who often works late. Well, one night during Chanukah, after getting off late from work, while walking to his car, Chaim gets .... " As to my superpowers? The next morning you should have heard me try to explain that one to mywife. Edmon J: Rodman is a JTA columnist who writes on Jewish life from Los Angeles. Contact him at edmojace@ gmaiLcom. Keys keeping Israel gig (6NoBacon.com)--This girl is on fire--and she's a woman with her own mind. Alicia Keys said M:y 31 that she will perform h Tel Aviv on July 4, despitecalls from some artists to nix the Israel gig. "I look forward to my first visit to Israel," the R&B singer told The New York Times."Music is a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of our show." The appeal to Keys to boycott Israel came first from author Alice Walker in an open letter posted on the writer's website. "It would grieve me to know you are putting your- self in danger (soul danger) by performing in an apart- heid country that is being boycotted by many global conscious artists," wrote Walker, who won the Pulitzer Prize for "The Color Purple." Britney to the rescue for Bynes? The meltdown of the once beloved Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes feels like sitting nextt0 a crying baby on a plane--it's annoying, it's painful, it's slow and we are stuck with it for what seems like an eternity. But hey, we may a.~ well report about it. "The latest was Amanda unleashing an inexpli- cable Twitter war against Rihanna, saying, "no one wants to be your lover so you call everyone and their mother that I almost named my new dog Rihanna." She later deleted the tweets, not before getting a response from RiRi: "Ya see what happens when they cancel " Intervention?" In addition, Amanda turned to celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and "kindly" wished that he would kill himself. So who can help her? Australian blog Celebrity Fix is claiming that Britney Spears offered to help Bynes. "Britney had a brief con- versation with Amanda the week before her arrest and promised to personally help Amanda get her career back on track by helping her record music," Celebrity Fix said. Spears also reportedly recommended that Bynes takes the steps she took to recover from her pub- lic breakdown a few years ago--having her parents take guardianship. "Britney also opened up to Amanda about her painful breakdown and about how site was so against her dad taking out a conservator- ship--but she told Amanda that it wound up being a life, career and fortune saver." Could this be what Aman-' da needs, or is it just more fuel for this incredible fire? We'll find out soon. Help a 'Girl' Sing Zosia Mamet; who plays Shoshanna on "Girls," is the latest star to create a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a project. Her goal, Gawker reports, is to raise $32,000 so she and her sister Clara Mamet-- daughters of the playwright David Mamet--can make a music video. For those not tapped out from helping Zach Braff rjnake a movie, $8 000 will buy Zosia's di- rector chair from Season 2 of "Girls" with Shoshanna stitched on the back. And for a mere $2,500, a signed banjo is all yours. The Cabin Sisters, as they call themselves, say their video for "Bleak Love" will "bounce from opLflence to sparseness, French Baroque to a simple, timeless and heartbroken,,' In other "Girls" news, Michael Zegen, the Jewish actor who played the Jewish Chris Graythen/JTA Alicia Keys, shown here singing the national anthem during the Super Bowl in February, said she will play Israel in July despite pressure to cancel her perform'ance. gangster Bugsy Siegel on "Boardwalk Empire"--will join the cast nL~t season, Vulture reports. No news on whether he'll be wooing Marnie now that Chris Abbot has jumped ship, but at least we can take comfort in the knowledge that the show is replenish- ing its cute guy stock. For a preview of what you'll be getting, check out "Frances Ha," in which Zegen stars alongside an- other cute "Girls" guy, Adam Driver. .... Rogen wants more 'Freaks and Geeks' "Arrested Development" fans who have begun sea- son four (or already fin- ' ished it--all 15 episodes were uploaded to Netflix at once on Sunday) have had the pleasure of watching Seth Rogen play a young, non-bald George Bluth Sr. It seems taking part in the revival of a prematurely canceled cult TV series has gotten the Jewish actor thinking about reviving another prematurely can- celed TV series, "Freaks and Geeks." That show, which launched Rogen's career, as well as the careers of fellow Jews James France and Ja- son Segel, was canceled in 2000 after just one season. Rogen would love to bring back the entire cast, plus creator Paul Feig and execu- tive producer Judd Apatow, for a new season, according to Shalom Life. "If they were able to do that, I would be very open to doing more 'Freaks and Geeks,' " Rogen told the Canadian Press on June 3 while promoting his new film, "This is the End." There's already one big player unwilling to commit: Feig, who'has said it prob- ably could never work. "I've never seen a good reunion--in real life or on film," he told Digital Spy. "There's always something that's wrong. Half the time you're just thinking, 'Oh, look how old they are.' " After watching "Freaks and Geeks" star Linda Cardellini play Sylvia Rosen, Den's middle-aged lover on "Mad Men," we think maybe he's right. Pooches .saved in the Negev The winners Qf this week's "aww" awards goes to three adorable puppies who were rescued in Israel's Negev Desert. Wendy, Winnie and Willie were found aban- doned in a box of rotten tomatoes in the southern Israeli town of Netivot and rescued by a couple work- ing as volunteers for canine welfare. A(ter much cleaning, the canine trio is ready for adoption--one is already claimed--and we have a plethora of heartwarming photos of the three. For the latest Jewish celebrity news, visit JTA's 6 Degrees (No Bacon) blog. 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