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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 28, 2013 Stone's Israeli instinct Movie star Sharon Stone, who also came to cel- ebrate Israeli President Shi- mon Peres' 90th birthday, stopped by at the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem to meet with Israeli and Pal- estinian children. What mostly attracted the attention of the Internet community was a photo of Stone next to an Israeli guy wearing a T-shirt with a photo of the famous inter- rogation scene from the film "Basic Instinct." The photo was uploaded to social networks and became an instant hit. The future according to Spielberg Steven Spielberg is pre- dicting price variances at movie theaters, where "you're gonna have to pay $25 for the next 'Iron Man,' you're probably only going to have to pay $7 to see 'Lincoln.' " Spielberg introduced his theory recently in a speech at the University of South- ern California. He links it to an "implosion" in the film industry brought on by the flopping of a handful of big budget movies. The Oscar-winning direc- tor shared the stage with George Lucas, who says he believes that Hollywood will soon look more like Broadway, putting out fewer films that stay in theaters for longer periods of time. Spielberg recalled that in 1982, "E.T. the Extra- Terrestrial" stayed on the big screen for a year and four months. Even for a someone like Spielberg, making movies remains an uphill battle these days. "Lincoln," he says, almost ended up on HBO. He had to co-own his studio, he claims, in order to get the saga into theaters. Not that Spielberg has anything against televi- sion-or video games, for that matter. He is working on the TV version for the Xbox 360 game "Halo." Sounds interesting, but we'll stick with his "Lincoln"-type material, thank you very much (especially if it costs under $10). Sting doing Auschwitz Sting will play Poland for the first time at The Life Fes- tival in Oswiecim, the city that was home to the Aus- chwitz concentration camp. The British rock icon will be performing June 29 with a five-piece band as part of his "Back to Bass" tour. Festival creator Darek Maciborek, an Oswiecim- born journalist, is seeking to spread messages of peace and tolerance in his home- town. Sting is choosing to make his Poland debut here most likely because of the peaceful philosophy of the event and his involve- ment with human rights organizations, specifically Amnesty International, participating in the festival. According to Haaretz, festival organizers had no response when questioned about holding a concert in a space with such a contro- versial and violent history. The Red Hot Chili Pep- pers also were scheduled to perform but reportedly have dropped out. The Life Festival, in its third year, has featured per- formances by James Blunt and Peter Gabriel. Archie is back Archie Comics lovers, rejoice! Warner Brothers Pictures announced that it was part- nering with "Glee" writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and director Jason Moore to bring Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge and the rest of the Riverdale gang to life on the big screen. Archie Comics, founded Avi Hayon Sharon Stone visits a child June 18 at the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, as Dr. Dan Engelhard, head of the hospital's pediatric AIDS unit, looks on. by the Jewish editor and publisher John Goldwater, started publishing in 1942. Animated spinoffs have been produced since the 1960s, and NBC aired the TV film "Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again" in 1990. Now Goldwater's son, Jon, is CEO, and hopes to convey a modern "high school" nar- rative film based off Archie Comics while still appeal- ing to a teenage audience to whom comic books have become exceedingly sparse. "The idea for this is to capture a very truthful, authentic coming-of-age story with these kids that includes heartache, that includes pain, that will ob- viously temper the fun and the hijinks," Aguirre-Sacasa said. "It's going to be a fun, hopefully, summer movie, but we're not shying away from the truth and the awk- wardness and the growing pains of being a teenager." With comics stacked in my attic, and as one who has seen the '90s TV movie (twice, not ashamed), I'm greatly looking forward to this film. Nothing describes awkward, young and lovesick better than the Betty, Veronica and Archie love triangle. For the latest Jewish celebrity news, visit JTA's 6 Degrees (No Bacon) biog. v In By Binyamin Kagedan JNS .org Francesco Hayez The destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem, oil on canvas, by Francesco Hayez. Both the first and second iterations of the "Beit HaMikdash" were razed on Tisha B'Av, hundreds of years apart. that many were whispering to each other that it had been invented by the camp ]ssue... Publication Date: August 2, 2013 Advertising Deadline: July 24, 2013 It is a testament to the amazing variability of Jewish synagogue life in America that the sum- mertime fast of Tisha B'Av is for some a time of momentous communal mourning, and for others a normal and unremarkable day. In contrast toYom Kip- pur, which sees widespread observance in one fashion or another across the de- nominational spectrum, Tisha B'Av and its ritual restrictions (which are nearly identical to those of Yom Kippur) are unfamil- iar to a sizable contingent of American Jews. A bit of anecdotal evi- dence: This author recently worked as the Judaics direc- tor for a summer camp af- filiated with the JCC move- ment and was asked to put together a brief Tisha B'Av ceremony, something this particular camp had never before included in its Jewish programming. The campers were so incredulous about the existence of this holy day staff as a color war breakout prank. How could Tisha B'av, traditionally one of the most intense and salient religious experiences of the year, be wholly foreign to a large portion of American Jewry? Surely it cannot simply come down to the fact that most people are averse to fasting--if that were the case, how could we explain the ongoing popularity of Yom Kippur? The actual answer re- volves around the tradi- tional thematic elements of the fast. The narrative of Tisha B'Av centers on the de- struction of the holy temple in Jerusalem, a national calamity that marked the end of Jewish sovereignty in ancient Israel and the offi- cial onset of the long Jewish diaspora. The day's liturgy mourns the disappearance of high priests and animal sacrifices, and woven into its eulogizing is the wish for a return to these original forms or worship. It is in reaction to these sentiments that the mod- ern Jewish thinkers have diverged on how Tisha B'Av ought to be approached in the present. Unlike Yom Kippur, whose themes of repentance and forgiveness are timelessly compelling, Tisha B'Av as traditionally observed openly longs for a way of religious life that has irrevocably passed and that even the most fervently Orthodox today would find alien. Understandably, those movements and individuals in recent history that have championed Judaism's abil- ity to evolve and adapt would not be interested in the message of Tisha B'v--that what is old is best. This was the feeling that guided early leaders of the Reform movement in the 18th century to do away with the observance of Tisha B'Av. Since they were interested in making Judaism appealing to a modern, scientific milieu, the reformers emphasized the ethical elements of Jew- ish teaching and minimized ritual law. The transition from sacrificial worship to verbal prayer brought on by the destruction of the temple was not seen not so much as a tragedy, but as an important step in the devel- opment of Judaism toward pure ethical monotheism. American Jews' lack of familiarity with Tisha B'Av can likely be traced back to that early decision. The Re- form movement is the larg- est denomination among American Jewry today, and there are a significant number of Reform temples across the country that do not mark Tisha B'Av on their calendars. But in the last several decades, more and more Reform rabbis and com- munities have begun re- introducing some kind of Tisha B'Av observance into their annual schedule. In an interview with the Jewish Chronicle in 2011, Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, the Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Lit- urgy, Worship and Ritual at Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, attributed the shift to two causes. First, he attributed this to the Holo- caust and the subsequent founding of the state of Israel, events that brought the experience of national tragedy and a strong sense of unified peoplehood into the modern Jewish experience. Interestingly, the sec- ond development Hoffman identified was the growth of Jewish camps. As the anecdote above illustrates, Tisha B'Av's placement dur- ing the summer months made it a natural choice for inclusion within the Jewish educational programming at Reform Jewish camps. Rather than focus on the destruction of the temple, Hoffman explains, educa- tors taught their campers about the Holocaust and other tragic events from throughout Jewish history. Moved by the experience, young people brought the observance of Tisha B'Av back to their home com- munities. Despite these changes, Hoffman aptly described the current attitude of the Reform movement toward Tisha B'Av as "ambivalent." Like those skeptical camp- ers, manyAmerican Jews are still just finding out about Tisha B'Av for the first time. Binyamin Kagedan has an M.A. in Jewish Thought from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.