Saturday, October 9, 2010

Haveil Havalim #286: Return to "Normal" Blogging

Welcome to the Returning to “Normal” Blogging AKA the Cheshvan isHere edition of Haveil Havalim

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What's going on here today?
Founded by Soccer Dad, Haveil Havalim is a carnival of Jewish blogs -- a weekly collection of Jewish & Israeli blog highlights, tidbits and points of interest collected from blogs all around the world. It's hosted by different bloggers each week and coordinated by Jack. The term 'Haveil Havalim,' which means "Vanity of Vanities," is from Qoheleth, (Ecclesiastes) which was written by King Solomon. King Solomon built the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and later on got all bogged down in materialism and other 'excesses' and realized that it was nothing but 'hevel,' or in English, 'vanity.'
Please please please publicize HH on your own blog and share the news about it!

In the news...

David Levy of JewSchool presents Dear Queer Kids, Please Stop Killing Yourselves.
Other posts on this subject are:
If Only Tyler Clementi had been to a Gay Synagogue posted at
The Holy One Created Tyler posted at Or Am I?
Still in Shock posted at Walking Humbly, Seeking Justice.
It Gets Better posted at Velveteen Rabbi

And along the same line, this post from JewSchool reminds us that we must be a light unto the nations and Hold them to a Higher Standard.

Funny Stuff...

Jewish Blogmeister offers suggestions on Jewish Slogans: How to Market Your Neighborhood...
The always-funny Benji Lovitt presents WWZ Vlog #2: Israeli Taxi Driver.
Eric @ examined Stereotypes Come Out in HaMisrad (The Office).


Shiloh Musings posted: Mubarak, Stop The Threats! and Dangers of The Jewish and Israeli Lala Left, also Proper Use of Strength, Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Fathers.
Our Shiputzim: A Work In Progress talks about National Parks: Apollonia Edition
Israelity shares these posts:
An alternative Nobel for Israel
No red lights for TV’s ‘Ramzor
Sleeping with the enemy. It’s OK, really
Yoel Meltzer posted A Trip to Outpost Land.
Esser Agaroth says that Israel Must Say "Yes" To Torah, Sooner Or Later.
Good News from Israel shared Photos of Ma'ale Adumim's Dog Day.
Daniel Ben-Shmuel presents Rachavam Zeevi's Misguided Message (audio).
Occidental Israeli wrote Unlikely Mythbuster and Entitled.
The Real Jerusalem Streets always has beautiful photos and a taste of what’s going on in the Holy City.
Wikibias offers us More on the Deletion of Israel Articles.

Kashrut and Food

The 59th Kosher Cooking Carnival is up for Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan!
Elianah-Sharon of Irresistably Me wants to know Did I ever tell you the one about my dad and the clams?
The HomeShuler and the Edible Torah got together for this guest post on Tuxedo Potatoes (and other things).

Torah and Judaism

A Chassidishe farbrengen posted Loving rebuke and Seraphim: Passionate love for Hashem, also The Moshiach paradox: Preparing and praying.
The parshablog wrote Rav Yonasan Eibeshutz's Rocket Ship and also An analysis of Rav Yonasan Eibeshitz's Space Elevator.
A Simple Jew talks about Why am I a "Weekday Vegetarian"?
The Rebbetzin's Husband wrote Rav Saadia Gaon tackles Chivi haBalchi and Of Bobby Cox and Synagogue Rabbis.
Yechezkel gives a Chareidi perspective on What It Means to Convert.
Adventures in Mama-Land is hosting Jewish Homeschooling Blog Carnival #1: Cheshvan 1, 5771 - a new carnival for Jewish Homeschoolers. Check it out!
DovBear wrote Noach is the most difficult parsha: Questions and then Noach is the most difficult parsha: Answers.
Just call me Chaviva discovered A New (or Old) Convert!
I posted these thoughts on Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan. FrumeSarah has a slightly different take. I think we’re both right :-)
Will Social Networks Change the World or do we still have to do the heavy lifting? posted by Ira Wise.

Personal and Other Stuff

Miriyummy wrote Headless Chicken.
Frume Sarah muses on A Purse is just a?...a strange Facebook phenomenon.
Dov ben Avraham, seeking information, sent in this post from Just call me Chaviva: A Friendly Request: Gerim!
The Minnesota Mamaleh presents About Threes.
JewWishes reviewed War On the Margins (among other books and stuff this week).
An interesting post from the JDC about The Race for the Cure in Sarajevo.

Oh, and did everyone see these interesting things: Jewish New Media Innovation Fund is offering grants and such. And for those in the Reform movement, the URJ is doing a Techie award

The Jewish Book Carnival will hit newsstands (okay, blogstands?) on the 15th of October, so I think there's still time to get your posts in for that one too (maybe they'll go to an automated system soon....?)

That's all for now, folks! Hope I didn't miss anyone. Feel free to share your own favorite posts from this week in the comments.

Please send your posts for the next edition of the Haveil Havalim Blog Carnival via the Blog Carnival Submission Form. If you're interested in hosting or receiving more information about the carnival, please contact Jack at talktojacknow-at-sbcglobal-dot-net (and please, for the sake of our hosts, try not to submit more than 3 posts a week!)


Batya said...

Thanks so much for a great Havel Havelim!

Jack said...

thank you again for all of your help.

rbarenblat said...

Thanks, Ima on-and-off the bima! I'm glad mine wasn't the only post about the "it gets better" project and the sad news of GLBT kids in dire straits.

Mrs. S. said...

Nice job, and thanks for including my post!

Shavua tov and chodesh tov!

Ben-Yehudah said...


Thanks for hosting and for including my post!

Haveil Havalim #286 Is Up!

Yoel Meltzer said...

Thanks for hosting and including my post. Very much appreciated!

David Levy said...

Thanks for leading with the hard stuff, and for being a leader with the GLBT Safe Zone badge. (And, of course, for including me!)

Rabbi Yehoishophot Oliver said...

Thanks for including my posts!

Daniel Ben-Shmuel said...

Thanks for including my post. I know that from an idealogical point of view it probably bothers you to include my posts which to you probably ring of intolerance and fanaticism. I respect the fact that you allow views that diverge radically from your own to have a place on your blog when you host the carnival. Have a good day.