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PAGE 4A By Gary Rosenblatt New York Jewish Week EIN PRAT (in the Judean desert between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea)--How do you encourage young Israeli Jews, both secular and observant, to deepen their "Israeli-ness," exploring their Jewish and national identities in a way that is serious, thoughtful and open? Micah Goodman, 38, a popular and re- spected Religious Zionist thinker, author and lecturer here on Zionism, Judaism, the Bible and contemporary Jewish life, has come up with a creative model that could have a profound impact on Israeli life. And his ap- proach seems almost the opposite of that of Birthright Israel's founders, who sought to encourage young diaspora Jews to strengthen their Jewish identity. Each society has its own needs and chal- lenges. While Birthright offers a 10-day experi- ence for large groups, at no cost to the par- ticipants, Goodman's Mabua program is an intensive, 24-7 four-month course in Jewish and secular texts from Talmud to Kant, plus a healthy dose of yoga. What's more, the 50 By Ed Ziegler Everything I ever heard about slavery is despicable. The West is familiar with the his- tory of slavery in the New World. However, few people in the West know about Islam and slavery. Muslims were enslaving black Africans long before any slave ships sailed for the New World. Slavery still exists today in Islamic com- munities and is condoned in the Quran. There are Islamic religious leaders who approve of Muslims raping infidel females and. having sex slaves. The Quran actually devotes more verses; such as 33:50, 23:5, 23:6 to making Muslim men know they can keep women as sex slaves than it does telling them to pray five times a day. In 2013 The Telegraph.UK .co reported that Dr. Taj Hargey, an imam of the Oxford Islamic Congregation, said race and religion were in- extricably linked to the recent groups of Mus- lira men targeting under-age white girls. The victims are sexually assaulted and frequently forced into prostitution and sold as slaves. I n May 2011 Salwa al-Mutan, a female Kuwait politician, spoke in favor of the Islamic practice of sexual slavery of non-Muslim women. She stated that it is in accordance with Islamic law and the parameters of Islamic morality. Furthermore, she asked the Mufti: Is sex slavery forbidden? He answered, "Absolutely not. Sex slavery is not forbidden." In the Quran sex slaves are called milk al-yamin. In America, in May 2013, it was reported that Arial Castro was charged with kidnap and rape of three women and kept some as long as 10 years. Castro's crimes are pale compared to the fact that a religion (Islam) has condoned rape and sex slavery since its formation. According to, Muslims are encouraged to live in the way of Muham- mad, who was a slave owner and trader. Using this, the Quran and the Hadith Islamic leaders openly preach its practice in current time. HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 21, 2013 i Post-army text study could draw religious and secular together or so participants--young men and women who recently completed military or national service--pay their way, and it's not cheap. (Goodman believes that the more you invest in a program, the more you'll commit to it.) Most of Goodman's graduates have gone on to become active alumni, helping to create and extend a vision of young Israelis who are com- mitted to a deepened level of Jewish life, not necessarily becoming more religious--that's not the goal--but more educated and engaged. "Our graduates are building a-living com- munity," Goodman said with pride during a visit on the morning of June 10 to this remote, bare-bones trailer camp in the West Bank settlement of Kfar Adumim, where the young people live and study. Mabua (Hebrew for wellspring) is but one part of Goodman's Ein Prat: The Academy for Leadership, which has been praised by many for its combination of classical text study (Jewish and Western) and joyful expression of mind, body and spirit. Its overall goal, he says, is to create a na- tional movement of young people who are fervently Jewish without necessarily being ritually observant; in love with their country Women and Islam Ibn al-Arabi, a Muslim spiritual leader, con- firmed that a man's sexual right is grounded in the Quran. He said that payment (dowry) creates a master-slave relationship between husband and wife. According to the Quran a wife can be treated no better than a sex slave. Nonie Darwish, writer of "Cruel and Usual Punishment" was born and raised a Muslim in Egypt. Darwish claims that Qazi Khan states, "No wife shall refuse her husband what he wants from her except on religious grounds; when fasting or at the time of menstrual flow. If he does not believe her, it is lawful for him to have inter- course with her anyway." Even though sex slavery is against the law in some Islamic dominated countries, such as Dubai, it still exists. The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted five men of sexually exploiting a 30-year-old woman, abusing her neediness and forcing her into the sex industry. In May 2013 the "International Christian Concern" reported that, in Bangladesh, more than 140 children have been rescued from Islamic training centers (madrassas) in the previous nine months. The majority of the children were targeted because of their Chris- tian faith. The females, accounting for nearly half of those rescued, reported that they were used for forced labor and sex slavery. It is interesting to note that, in Islam, women are required to be obedient and totally submissive to their husbands. The husband is permitted to beat his wife and not be ques- tioned, according to the Hadith. Combining all of the above and the fact that Muslim men have permission to have four wives, own sex slaves, are allowed to marry children as young as or younger than 9 years of age and still enter into temporary marriage contracts (legalized prostitution) it is easy to see why sex slavery is in practice in the Islamic world. Ed Ziegler is past president of the New Jewish Congregation's Brotherhood. He can be reached at even if they may be critical of particular govern- ment policies; passionate about views that are moderate rather than extreme; and strongly individualistic while caring about others. To date, 1,400 young people have completed the various Ein prat programs (which include a five-week study program in the summer, and a summer Tikvah course for top American college students). More than 1,000 are still involved, to varying degrees, from active vol- unteers based in one of three locations--Tel Aviv, Beersheba and Jerusalem--to those who attend lectures, classes or social events planned by the alumni themselves. Ein Prat's staff of 26 is made up mostly of graduates of the program and they take pride in the fact that the alumni are creating their own events and projects, including a singing group and prayer services with both separate and mixed-gender seating. At a meeting June 10, staff members were discussing a planned new app that would give graduates information on upcoming Ein Prat events. "I wanted to create the fantasy yeshiva I never learned in," Goodman said with a Smile as he took a break from his classes. A big, friendly man with an easy laugh, he said his ideal house of study would be a co-ed place that combined the passion of traditional yeshiva study halls with the rigor of university inquiry and debate. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT.   CENTRAL FLORIDA'SINDEPENDENTJEWISHVOICE   ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 41 Press Awards Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor Assistant Editor Gene Starn Mike Etzkin Kim Fischer HERITAGE Florida Jewish News ( ISN 0199-0721) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad- Society Editor Bookkeeping dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Gloria Yousha Paulette Alfonso Central Florida Jewish News, Inc., 207 O'Brien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park; FL 32730. Periodicals postage Account Executives paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. Barbara do Carmo Marci Gaeser POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Contributing Columnists Fern Park, FL 32730. Jim Shipley Ira Sharkansky Tim Boxer David Bornstein Terri Fine Ed Ziegler MAILING ADDRESS PHONE NUMBER P.O. Box 300742 (407) 834-877 Production Department Fern Park, FL 32730 FAX (407) 831-0507 David Lehman David Gaudio email: news@rlandheritage'cm Elaine Schooping Gil Dombrosky Caroline Pope I A student of the late Rabbi David Hartman, Goodman started the Mabua program seven years ago with six students. The next year, he recalled, the small staff celebrated when the program's enrollment grew to seven. By now, more than 100 a year complete the four-month curriculum, With two sessions given each year, and its reputation is growing, entirely through word of mouth. "We're helping to empower this genera- tion of Israelis to radiate" their qualities of openness and curiosity about what it means to live in Israel today. "They need a language, they need heroes. We whnt to cultivate their idealism through reading great books and discussing what they learn through chavruta (study partners)." What's the appeal of paying to study from 6:30 in the morning to late at night all week, for no university credit? Tommy Geibart, 23, took a break from a chavruta session to tell us that she "wanted to be a person who knows more about Israel" and "to confront" what it means to be Israeli, in- cluding how to deal with the political conflict. "This has been very meaningful," she said of the program, which attracts students from all backgrounds and levels of interest in, and observance of, Judaism, from completely secular to observant. She had studied Talmud in high school in Jerusalem "but this is a totally differ- ent experience," she said, crediting her teacher, Rabbi Daniel Segal, for making Study on page 19A Not the same old story By Andrew Silow-Carroll New Jersey Jewish News When it comes to an even-handed look at Israel, the forthcoming film "The Attack" doesn't sound very promising. Based on a novel by an Algerian army officer, directed and co-written by a Lebanese Arab and tackling a Tel Aviv cafe bombing from the perspective of a terrorist's family, you might expect "The Attack" to show up as the AI Jazeera movie of the week. In fact, "The Attack" is a nuanced, intimate look at the complicated identities of Israel's Arab citizens. And its reception in the Arab world is a case study in the failure of Israel's neighbors to consider a narrative at odds with their own. Directed by Ziad Doueiri with financing from (gulp) Qatar, Egypt, France, and Belgium, "The Attack" tells the story of an Israeli Arab surgeon whose wife is suspected of carrying out a suicide attack that kills scores of Israelis, including children. Amin Jaafari is a respected surgeoh, with a modernist home in a sleek Tel Aviv suburb. He socializes easily with his Jew- ish colleagues, and offers a call for coexistence at an awards ceremony that opens the film. Jaafari is on duty when the attack's blood- ied victims are brought to the hospital, but one nightmare gives way to another as he is subjected to harsh interrogation and told of the accusations against his wife, Blindsided, Jaafa.ri travels across the Green Line to Nablus and: Jenin, seeking answers from his wife's relatives and the shadowy factions that seem to operate out of both a mosque and a church. None of these answers is pat, however. Doueiri suggests how an Israeli raid on an Arab village and the daily indignities of occupation could radicalize an otherwise bourgeois Arab Israeli, but he also allows Jaafari to rail against the + terrorist ringleaders who blithely send others to do their dirty work. He portrays the suspicion that surrounds an Arab citizen who has otherwise entered the Israeli mainstream, but also shows a cosrhopolitan Israel that creates the conditions for such integration. Because the film refuses to take sides, at least overtly, pro:Israel viewers might have a hard time with it. Some Arab viewers definitely have a hard time with it: Although the film earned rave reviews at film festivals, Lebanese authorities refused to enter it into competition for an Academy Award, ostensibly because Doueiri, a Lebanese citizen, traveled to Israel and used Israeli actors. Last month, the Arab League asked its 22 member nations to boycott the film. "The Attack" had its U.S. premiere June 21, although I got a chance to see it as part of the New York Film Critics Series in ParamusN.J. I also got to exchange e-mails with Doueiri, who still faces legal action in Lebanon for his role in making the film. "The film showed at the Marrakesh film festival then at the Dubai film festival," he told me. "The reactioq was positive overall, but there was also heavy criticism against it because the film shows the Israeli perspective. The nuance in the film was viewed as being sort of sympathetic to Israel instead of taking a hard line against it." Others criticized the casting of a Jewish actress, Reymond Amsalem, as the surgeon's Arab-Christian wife. "It's considered too pro:Palestinian for Americans and too pro-Israeli for Europeans," said Doueiri. "The truth is, we wanted to be neutral, show everyone's point of view, whether or not we agree with it. And it's not just about the conflict; it's also very much a love story bhtween a man and a woman." I asked him how easy it was for a Lebanese director to work in Israel and the territories. While he was hassled whenever he crossed back ihto Israel, "both sides were very coopera- tive all the way through," he said. "The crew was mixed between Palestinians, Israelis and Europeans. It went very smoothly. All the Nablus people asked us was not to portray Nablus in a negative aspect, but the Palestinian authorities didn't ask us to examine or look at the script. They trusted us and made the filming very smooth." The director was adamant that the movie was made without pressure from either side. "It was filmed the way it was written; no ac- tor or producer has once asked me to modify anything whatsoever," he said. When we spoke, Doueiri wasn't sure how much trouble he faced in Lebanon, towhich he has returned after long stints in Los Angeles. "I doubt the Lebanese authorities would apply the law since it would be an embarrassment to a government already under scrutiny by the international community. But still, I am planning to contest the decision to ban the film." Given these pressures and the nature of the Middle East conflict, I asked Doueiri how he was able to resist the tug of propaganda, or ethnic loyalty, or the one-sidedness that infects the Arab-Israeli discourse. "I believe that the film's drama stems mainly from this character's journey into trying to un- derstand the nature and the secret of someone he thought he knew," he told me. "This has been the essence of this story. Of course, the Middle East context is very relevant, but we were not interested to repeat the same slogans or discourses we're used to hearing." Andrew Silow-Carroll is editor-in-chief of the New Jersey Jewish News. Between columns you can read his writing at the JustASC blog. This article was reprinted by.permission.