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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 07, 2012 PAGE 25A Bialik's pain-coping tech- niques NEWYORK (6NoBacon)-- Mayim Bialik. who nearly lost her right hand thumb in a car accident two weeks ago, told "Access Holly- wood" in an interview that immediately following the accident, her first instinct was "to get out of the car. fearing it would explode. "Many Denzel Washington films" ran through her head, she said. Bialik also thought about her family, saying to herself, "I'm a mom, this is not happening, l have kids waiting for me. It's my son's birthday and it was. That was my first thought." The Emmy-nominated "Big Bang Theory" star de- clined to use pain killers, in- stead opting for methods she used while giving birth that "really reaffirmed my faith in pain with a purpose and the meditative properties, the ability to lower your blood pressure, which women do in labor. It absolutely is what I used to get me through all stages of this." The accident did not affect the filming of the sixth sea- son of "Big Bang Theory," as Bialik's hand is being hidden from the camera during the shooting. 'The Boss' meets Morty James Oppenheim and his family moved from the United States to Israel. but on a recent trip to New York he and the family who came for the U.S.visit four of his eight kids--drove to Boston to see a Bruce Springsteen concert. Oppenheim and his 11-year-old son. Morty, had an experience they will never' forget. The family had won a lottery giving them seats in the front rows. Springsteen. who is known for a concert tradition of brin ging kids on stage to singwith him, chose young Morty for the honor. He even gave the boy and his older brother, Mandel. guitar picks. "Boss" indeed. One person's moose ... One of the most shared photos last week was of an eBay listing of a silver neck- lace described as a "Unique vintage Navajo Moose" pen- dant. Actually it was a He- brew "chai" necklace. Want to purchase one? You're out of luck. The item sold for $5.5O. Becoming a celebrity in five simple steps Bret Cohen decided to conduct an interesting social experiment: The New Yorker pretended to be a celebritywith a fake entourage, paparazzi, bodyguards and fans just to. see how people would react. Thousands of tourists search- ing for celebrity photo ops fell for the ruse. Asked about how familiar theywerewith Cohen. some cited his work on the recent "Spider-Man" movie: others said they loved his first single. Wi[h an army of 14 assisting in the stunt, Cohen was photographed with more than 300 people. Portman goes nude for Dior Newlywed Natalie Port- man returned to the open arms of the Christian Dior design firm with a photo shoot that promoted the Rouge Dior Nude Lipcolor. As with previous campaigns, Portman promoted the Nude Lipcolor by going nude herself, though not frontal but showing her back. The new lip color collection will feature eight shades. including Portman's Grege No. 169, with the proceeds benefiting her charity of choice, the Free the Children Association. It's the first time Portman is campaigning for Dior since its former designer John Gal- liano was forced out in 2011 following an anti-Semitic rant. Last week it was an- nounced that Galliano was stripped of the French Le- gion of Honor award because of the incident. Joan Rivers raps Rihan- na's love choices Music star Rihanna re- cently told'Oprah Winfrey that she is still in love with eBa An eBay listing of a "u'nique vintage Navajo moose" necklace is actually the Jewish chaL ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, despite his history of physi- cal abuse against her. Her comments upset many, inclpding Joan Rivers. who tweeted: "Rihanna con- fessed to Oprah Winfrey that she still loves Chris Brown. Idiot! Now it's MY turn to slap her." Rihanna. known as the queen of Twitter comebacks, pro- tested Rivers' remarks. first targeting her age with "wow u really do get slow when you're on huh?" Then she added. "slap on some diapers" and cited Proverbs 15:4 in a tweet that read. "control your speech." Rivers. who took lots of heat from Rihanna fans, quickly defended her remarks by claiming, "Honey. @Rihanna, every- one knows: if he hit you once, he'll hit you again. Read the statistics." For more Jewish enter- tainment news, visit 6no~ bacon.corn, the illegitimate child of JTA. By David E. Ostrich STATE COLLEGF~, Pa. (JTA)--Ln our busy liveg. there are lots of decisions to make. Though we know that quick judgments made without all the facts can "be faulty, we do not have the time to dwell on each decision, and we Learn to live with a kind of neces- sary impatience. Whethe~ it is a route across town. what we want for lunch or the Selection of a shirt to wear, we need to make our choices quickly and then get on with the day. Thus do we approach many things in life in- cluding Stories in the news. Even when the story is im- portant, we want to finish it quickly. We want to know what happened and why it happened, and we ~vant to get some kind of expedi.tious resolution (lesson learned) before we move on. The problem, however, is that some stories do not conform to our impatience. Complex events elude quick and simple conclusions a/~d are not conducive to the few minutes we are willing to give them. Of course, when we are the ones involved in con- troversy when our repu- tations are at risk and our feelings are being bat- tered we want plenty of time to defend ourselves. Many of us have known the frustration and hurt of being falsely accused, and I suspect that this fear of false accusation is at the heart of our legal system's many safeguards.,"Innocent until proven guilty" is no abstract principle. It is one of our nation's most important protections. The problem, however, is that the time delays neces- sary for our day in court all those procedures and facts can get in the way of a good story. Altl~ough not every accusation leads to an indictment, and not every indictment leads to a conviction, there is that rush of excitement when evil is exposed and we get to watch the bad guys squirm. In many ways, the truth seems less important than the fun and titillation of lashon hara (gossip, the "evil tongue"). This year, I am particu- Jarly aware of our human tendency to rush to judg- ment. and of the injustice it can cause:because I live in a town that has been at the center of an enormous news story. State College, Pa.. the home of Penn State University, has been rocked by the indictment and con- viction of Jerry Sandusky, the former football coach who sexually victimized a number of young boys. That this happened is horrible enough, but the revelations were particu- larly shocking to this small town because Sandusky was such an integral part of the community's social fabric. When a trusted and respected member of the community turned out to be a pedophile a serial pedophile people were stunned and wondered how their judgment could have been so wrong, their trust so abused. There was grief that the crimes were committed, sympathy for the victims and anger that no one saw through the criminal's deception. This anger is overwhelm- ing, and people have furi- ously sought places to focus it. One would have thought that the rage would have been addressed by the criminal's arrest, trial. conviction and incarcera- tion. but this has not been the case. The outrage is too great for the criminal alone and from the beginning, allegations and stories of a highly placed conspiracy Creative Commons nd Centre County Correctional Facility The Penn State University :ampus and community was shaken in the fall of 2011 afer discovering about the sex scandal involving former asistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. have become well known and frequently repeated. Here's what this story says: Coach Sandusky's criminal activities were well known at-the high- est levels of the university administration. The men at the top of the Penn State power structure did not care about his crimes, al- lowed them to continue on campus, and then conspired to conceal them for the sake of the football program. As everyone knows. "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Therefore, people as power- ful as Coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier must have been corrupt. They must have known everything that was transpiring on campus, and their corruption includ- ed a criminal conspiracy to cover up child abuse. Of course, we do not actually know any of these things. While this story has been repeated again and again, the charges have never been proven. Indeed. no grand jury or governmental prosecutor has ever even alleged these accusations. What we have is a rush to judgment and a conspiratorial tale that is more entertaining than factual. In the very long'and complicated Freeh Report. a team of investigators looked into some of the ev- idence and concluded that high administrators did not adequately respond to this situation. They based their opinion on some of the evidence, but there is additional evidence and other possible interpreta- tions of it. Inasmuch as the university authorities reported the suspicious behavior to the district attorney, and inasmuch as the district attorney's official investigation did not find enough evidence for an indictment, one could conclude that the university leaders did their jobs. One could conclude that the criminal was d~- ceiwng people as crimi- nals are wont to do. In other words, rather than imagining a conspiracy that allowed Sandusky to continue his crimes, one could conclude that his de- ception worked. Therefore and tragically, he was able to continue his criminal .behavior. Creative Commons The statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who died in January 2012, was taken down on July 22, 2012 in the aftermath of the child sex abuse scandal at the school involving one of his former assistant coaches. A careful reading of the Freeh Report would have revealed this possible in- terpretation, but reading the report would have been tedious and taken a long time. Besides, what people wanted was a conclusion and dramatic punishment. Public anxiety demanded answers and action im- mediately. So instead of a careful discussion of the Freeh Report's opinions and some patience as the legal system worked its slow process, we saw the NCAA and its hurried imposition of dramatic sanctions res- cue ~ublic patience. In lieu of an actual investigation, the NCAA gave us closure. Much less interested in the truth "than in resolution, many people are happy with the penalties, regard- less of whether they are properly directed. Instead of fact finding and legal dilly-dallying, this crisis was met with a swift and decisive rush to judgment. The important thing is that we see someone punished; now we can then get on with other concerns. In the interest of clear thinking and the possibility of justice, it is important. however, to remind every- one that the oft-repeated and salacious stories have not been proven. In other words, the common knowl- edge of a high university conspiracy and the NCAA sanctions are based on nothing more than gossip, and that is a shanda a shame and a scandal in and of itself. As mortified as I am about the terrible things Jerry Sandusky is convicted of do- ing, I am also disappointed in the way that the rest of this story is being told. Rushing to judgment does not make for justice, and we should all know better. Our Jewish tradition teaches that relying on premature conclusions and gossip is not just that this kind of behavior is unfair and sinful. I believe that many people in the media, in the NCAA and in the public are guilty of these sins this year. For the sin of believing gossip, for the sin of re- peating it and for the sin of rushing to judgment, many of us have some teghuvah. repentance, to do. David E. Ostrich is rabbi of Congregation Brit Sha- lom in State College, Pa.