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PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 5, 2012 The Media Line As the war to topple Syr- ian President Bashar AI-Assad grinds on, an increasing num- ber of Islamist fighters are trickling across Jordan's po- rous border into Syria to fight alongside rebel forces. Leaders from the Salafi movement, who adhere to strict Islamic teach- ings, say the fighting in Syria has become sectarian, and they must now get involved. PresidentAssad is a member of the Alawite movement, a branch of Shi'ite Islam, and he is being supported by Iran and Hizbullah, both Shi'ite- majority movements. The Salafis say they are helping the rebels, who represent the majority of Sunnis in Syria. "The Shi'ite versus Sunni conflict raised the alarm among hardliners and young Salafis that the Shi'ite cres- cent is casting its shadow on Jordan," Hassan Abdel Rahman, a Salafi cleric from the eastern city of Russeifa told The Media Line. "They fear the tsunami of the Iran- Syria-Iraor triangle is com- ing to the kingdom sooner rather than later. The war in Syria is no longer an is: sue of freedom; it's an issue of existence between Sunnis and Shi'ites." Jordan, a monarchy, is over- whelmingly Sunni with gov- ernment statistics showing a guns Shi'ite population of just two percent. Several Salafi leaders have issued a fatwa, or religious decree, calling for jihad (holy war) in Syria and commanding followers to join ranks. aConditions of jihad have been fulfilled in Syria," saidAbu Sayaf, an influential Salafi from the southern Jordanian city of Ma'an said days after a celebra- tion of the "martyrdom" of a Salafi fighter killed in Hama. "Those who die in Syffa will be martyrs in the name of Allah." Abu Sayaf said he is urging his followers to cross the border into Syria and help the rebels. "The conflict started in a peaceful manner and then became an armed conflict," Abu Sayaftold The Media Line. ing to Afghanistan, Iraq and '~Salafis want to emulate the Referring to reports that Iran's other countries, but they have experience of their compatriots proxy force, Lebanon-based neverposedathreattoJordan," in Egypt and North Africa by Hizbullah, is now fighting analystHassanHanyatoldThe entering the political fighting alongsideA1-Assad's troops, he Media Line.-"I don't see any ring and this is more worrying said that, "Now, with Iran and difference in the Syria case." to authorities than security is- Hizbullah involvement, the Aformer Salafi fighter, Abu sues," he said. Syrian rebels need the support Omar, told The MediaLine that Salafis also oppose the entry of theirSunnibrothersamund Jordanian authorities would of any foreign troops into the the world." prefer that Salafi fighters leave region. That is a particular The Salafi said that more Jordan to fight abroad rather challgnge to Jordan, a key U.S. than 100 fighters had already than remain in Jordan where ally, whichhostslargenumbers traveledtofightinSyria.Jordan they could be a destabilizing of foreign forces. Jordan also has stepped up security along force.Analyst Hanyaexplained receives nearly one-half billion itsborderwithSyriaandseveral that Jordan is more concerned US dollars in military aid from fighters have been arrested that the Salafis try to become Washington andworks closely trying to. cross the border. Yet, involvedinthepoliticalprocess withtheAmericangovernment Jordan does not seem con- in Jordan, as they have done andmilitary.Jordanianofficiais cernedthat these Salafis could in several other countries. In worry that Salafis could try to pose a threat to the Jordanian Egypt, Salafis won 20 percent pressure the government to government, of the seats in parliament in force American troops out of '~Ne have seen fighters leav- the first democratic election. Jordan. By Paul Foer The river was perfect for Slovin, who arrived at Ad- JNS.org a hot July afternoon. That amah with a stronger Jewish same river, however, had background than Stern, was FALLSVILLAGE, CONN.-- floodedtheprevioussummer, searching for a deeper rela- Nadav Slovin cultivates the wreaking havoc in the fields tionship with what he calls fields of potatoes and other around harvest time. What- "my source, myself, and my crops in the rural Litchfield" ever the weather brings, the surroundings." Hills of.northwestern Con- Adamah taffandfellowswork "Connectingwiththeland, necticut.Ashemovesbetween together to produce food for the physical source Of my therows, hecouldbemistaken their Community Supported sustenance, is connecting for an Amish farmer, espe- Agriculture (CSA) members, with my creator," he tells cially with his reddish beard whobuysharesintheAdamah JNS.org. "Working the soil, and straw hat. Then again, Fram produce. In addition for me, has become play, a maybe he looks more heimish to produce, they sell pickles, creative dance that magnifies thanAmish--especiallywhen cheese, berry preserves and Hashem's gifts." younoticethetzitzitprotrud- other items produced on the ButthesummeratAdamah ing from his pants and the farm, and they also provide "was by no means Pleasant- yarmulke beneath his hat. food for the kitchen of the ville," Slovin says. The 22-year-old Slovin, Freedman Center, which"Conflict grew as profusely raised in a Conservative hosts Jewish groups and as the flowers of acucumber Jewish home in Worcester,conferences. _ plant,"he says. "Yet out of the Mass., is among a new breed Early one~norning, Rachel flowers grew cucumbers, glo- of Jewishyouthlearningfarm- Stern gathers eggs as if she riousrelationshipsandlearn- ing skills--as well as Jewish wereanoldpro--theGoucher ing experiences that taught sensibilities and teachings-- College senior did grow up mehowIfitintoacommunity, as a fellow with the Adamah on a small Vermont family how I relate to Judaism corn- Farm, a unit of the Isabella farm. However, other than pared to my peers, how I can Freedman Center. some Passover and Hanukkah improve upon myself in order On a blazing Friday after- observances, mainlywith her to be a more appreciative and noon this summer, about a grandmother, she says, "Juda- caring individual. Ultimately, dozenAdamahfell0wsjoined ismplayedaverysmallrolein learning how to be a more in a circle in the shade to go my upbringing." She began responsible, caring, humble over the week's work and plan to explore and study Judaism person is learning how to be for Shabbat and Sunday, the in college and now majors in a better Jew. My experiences annual farm day open to the religion, which helps herfind atAdamah have deepened my public. They went off to the "more and more meaning in connections with my source, mikvah, enjoying a tributary Judaism in my personal life." my self, and my surround- of the Housatonic River that "My decision to attend Ad- ings." served to irrigate not only amahcameoutofmypersonal Adamah'sdirectorisShamu the fields but also their souls, journey with religion and a Sadeh, the son of Hungarian Separated from the women, craving to experience life in Jewswhomovedwithhisfam- the men stripped down to Jewish community," she tells ily from Washington, DC, to a the suits given to them by JNS.org. "While I was there ruralareainMaryland, where nature, sliddownapathtothe my most exciting discovery they enjoyed fresh produce refreshingly cool water and was the incredible meaning and milk and cheese from gatheredinadeepbendofthe to be within an intentional theirgoats. 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S~ Certified Mastm" PlmnbcT Li # CFC-056536 Pearlstone' Center Participants at the Pearlstone Center's 2nd Annual Early Childhood Conference in Jewish, outdoor education get their hands dirty, planting micro-greens in the shape of the Hebrew alphabet. The Center is located near Baltimore. from Jews who farmed in small jars. able living through experi- Europe. On Farm Day, Jack Wer- ential education grounded Sadeh, his wife and chil- tenteil and his two children ifi Judaism, agriculture, and dren live near the farm, but Pinny and Sara, all observant ecology." Pearlstone is not he does much more than Jews, enjoyed pizza baked in quite as rural and is more merely overseeing the farm. an outdoor wood-fired oven "upscale" than Adamah, but Adamah provides a setting while learning about a farm among its staff are graduates for work, study and reflection truck powered by vegetable of the older and more estab- for the fellows who come to oil, and they made pickles lished Adamah program. participate in a three-month to take back home to New That afternoon, about leadership-training program Jersey. Other friends and sup- 50 teachers were led past called the Adamah Jewish porters enjoyed fresh fruits goats and into the fields and Environmental Fellowship. and vegetables and milked greenhouses to gather the TheprogramforJewishadults the goats. Jon Greenberg, an evening meal. An hour later ages 20-32 "in,tegrates organic agronomistspecializinginttie they returnedwith eggplants, agriculture, farm-to,table study of plants arid nature in tomatoes, peppers and other living, Jewish learning, corn- Torah and Jewish tradition, produce, splitting into groups munitybuilding, andspiritual led a "Torah and Flora" tour toprepareIsraelisalad, grilled practice." Fellows work in the of the nearby farm fields vegetables and other dishes. farm, the commerciai kitchen and orchards, peppering his One group stirred a pot of and the goat pasture, and in audience with Midrash and warming goat's milk to make theeveningstheylearnabout exegesis about the plants cheese seasoned with fresh Judaism and sustainability, they encountered (see www. herbs, l vo huge pans ofIsraeli building community and cul- torahflora.org), meatless Shashlik, madewith tivating leadership skills. Twoweeks later, atthesimi- freshly gathered eggs, were Adamah says it "connects larly Jewish-focused educa- brought out as the crowd people to their roots, to the tional farm of the Pearlstone gathered toenjoyacommunal land, to community, to Juda- " Center just northwest of Bal- farm meal. ism and to themselves by pro- timore in Reisterstown, Md., So what's more Jewish viding educational programs Morris Panitz--a graduate than Jewish food, especially to build a more sustainable of Adamah--was showing a pickles? At the Adamahand world. Cultivating souls and groupofJewisheducatorshow Pearlstone farms, growing, soils, harvesting people and to make pickles so they could harvestingandenjoyingpick- pickles." teach their young students les, vegetablesandcheesewith They are not kidding about when they returned home. other Jews in an environmen- the pickles. On Ad'amah's Similar to Adamah's mis- tal, educational and spiritual annual "Farm Day," a group sion, the Pearlstone farmsays settingmakesthose activit4es gleaned cucumbers from thatit"embodiesandinspires even more heimish--but the fields to pickle them in vibrant, healthy, and sustain- definitely not Amish.