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at the movies:
'T henever you see a movie that has an awesome car
- scene, don't you just want to hop in your old used car
and push it as fast as it can go? I know I would. These
movies can provide inspiration:
By Scott Scher
The Bourne Ultimatum: In last summer's hottest suspense film,
we were treated to Jason Bourne driving backwards off a parking
roof. With the police on his tail, he shakes them quickly. The camera
is very jerky in this scene, but it definitely makes you feel like you're
sitting right next to Bourne.
Death Proof. In the second movie to last spring's Grindhouse double
feature, Academy Award-winner Quentin Tarantino directs a long,
thrilling car scene in which a ruthless killer plays cat and mouse with
a group of girls trying out a stunt where a girl ties herself to the hood
of the car.
Heat: Nothing like Academy Award-winning actors Al Pacino and
Robert De Niro to really get your blood flowing in this car chase
scene — regarded one of the best in movie history. Pacino plays the
cop on De Niro's trail as De Niro tries to pull off a grand heist.
The Batmobile from "Batman Begins"— shown at the E3 video game show In
Los Angeles 2005.
Batman Begins: The return of the Batmobile in 2005 grabbed
everyone's attention as it raced through the streets of Gotham City.
This revamped Batmobile races from police and makes
incredible jumps along the way. Awesome scene. Watch
for the sequel The Dark Knight, this summer.
Scott Scher, 18, Is a senior at North Farmington High
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Transformers: Cars and trucks flipping over on the highway is one
thing. Cars and trucks flipping over on the highway because of bat-
tling robots is something else. It's the classic duel between the Auto-
bots and the Decepticons, and a few automobiles get in the way ...
Terminator 2: Judgment Day: Arnold told you he'd come back,
but not like this. The original Terminator helps John Connor escape
on motorcycle as the evil Terminator tracks them down with a semi-
truck. Somehow, someway, Arnold wins this battle.
A scene from 2007's "Transformers" movie
the spiritual path
By Danielle DePriest
pray as you go
With winter's snow, slush and ice, drivers suddenly become a little more
Tefilat Haderech, the Travelers Prayer, is recited by Jews worldwide as they
May it be Your will, Eternal One, our God
aware. Instead of zipping down subdivision streets or moving swiftly on
embark on a journey as a way of asking God to help ensure they reach their
and the God of our ancestors, that You
main roads, people seem to take an extra few minutes in their commute to
final destination in peace.
make sure they reach their destination safely.
Tefilat Haderech is usually recited prior to travel; however, it is permis-
For me, this extra moment of consciousness comes each time I reach
sible to recite the prayer after you are under way. I carry this keychain with
for my car keys and hear the clinking of my Tefilat Haderech keychain.
me as a reminder that I will never be far from God's protection, even while
making my way through the sometimes-frightening roundabouts.
As I scrape the ice off of my windshield and recite Tefilat Haderech each
morning, I am reminded that in asking God to protect me on my way, I also
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assume the extra responsibility to drive safely and use my best judgment
in my travels.
Teens have gained a bad reputation as careless drivers and hasty deci-
sion-makers. Although this is certainly not a universal truth for teen drivers,
May You rescue us from the hand of
every foe, ambush, bandits and wild ani-
mals along the way, and from all manner
of punishments that assemble to come
May You send blessing in our every
us peace, kindness
it is the extra moment of awareness and responsibility created when reciting
handiwork, and grant
and mercy in your eyes and in the eyes
who has the fanciest car or the biggest SUV on the road,
Tefilat Haderech provides a moment for re-evaluation and
consideration of what matters most — safety.
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peace, and make us reach our desired
destination for life, gladness and peace.
Tefilat Haderech that makes this prayer one so fit for teens on the road.
As drivers today find themselves most concerned with
Telltat Haderech keychain reminds drivers what matters.
lead us toward peace, emplace our foot-
steps towards peace, guide us toward
Danielle DePriest, /7, is a senior at the Frankel Jewish
Academy in West Bloomfield.
of all who see us.
May You hear the sound of our sup-
plication, because You are the God who
hears prayer and supplications. Blessed
are You, Eternal One, who hears prayer.