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January 24, 2008 - Image 36

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2008-01-24

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Credit: Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. and DC Comics

at the movies:

'T henever you see a movie that has an awesome car

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- 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:

crazy
cool car

chases!

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
School.

Credit: Paramount Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures/Hasbro

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 ...
big mistake.

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

Tefilat Haderech
Translation:

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

to Earth.

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.

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