Monday, January 5, 2009

Haveil Havalim #199

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Welcome to Haveil Havalim #199:
The We Can't Stop Twittering/Blogging/Reading/Worrying/Watching/What's Going On in Israel Right Now Edition....
or....The Stuck To My BlackBerry Like Glue Edition....
It's been a stressful week for our friends and family in Israel as well as all of us chutz l'aretz.
As Jameel blog turns toward Israel.
The standard opening line:
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!

Israel on our minds and our blogs...
Let's start with what's on-going...Jack, in his amazingly put-together way, has been posting regular updates and round-ups of posts.
Make sure to check them out, they are incredible:
(Sorry, Jack, if I'm not caught up with you. But y'all get the idea...go see what he's got.)
Live blogging here: and
and if you're not on Twitter, I think this is the time to join or at least look at it.
I recommend for a pretty interesting roundup of Tweets.
And in case you missed it, the Israeli Consulate held a Twitter-press-conference. It was pretty darn cool.
(In case you're getting started with Twitter, see Leora's post: Intro to Twitter at Here in HP.)
While you're at it, checkout - and help to digg, facebook, tweet, and blog about Israel.
Then again, we all seem to be doing pretty well considering the volume of posts I got this week! (and I thought I had picked a quiet week to host...) There are tons of posts below about how Israel is being portrayed in the media, what's being done about the "PR War" and so on.
Okay, onto the posts. I tried to get them all in. Sorry if I missed any.

Jill Miller Zamon (Writes Like She Talks) wrote this really great round-up post on BlogHer. (quotes and links to some of you!) I think it's particularly good because I'd guess that the majority of BlogHer's readers aren't as intimately connected to Israel as most of us HH'ers are.
A Soldier's Mother is getting a lot of traffic on this post What I Want...What I'll Do.

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, had this to say about the Gaza War. I'm proud of him.

Leah in Chicago quotes Rabbi Yoffie and agrees: "War sickens me, but I stand with Israel." had this post: We Will Not Put Our Heads Down In Shame! about Israel's PR image.

Tikkun Olam muses on the confluence of Chanukah and the war with Last Night of Chanukah,or: Oferet Yetzukah

Did you know that Jews barred from Nachmanides cave, Maara given to Wakf (posted at Expulsion pictures - תמונות של הגירוש בחברון) Very interesting in light of the current crisis.

Esser Agaroth asks What Took 'Em So Long? and also says Now We're Talkin'! (about the elections)

Avodah Ivrit עבודה עברית asks to stop the Insanity and also posted Common Sense.

Joel Katz shares Religion and State in Israel - December 29, 2008 (Section 1) posted at Religion and State in Israel, reminding us that despite the matzav, life goes's part 2: Religion and State in Israel - December 29, 2008 (Section 2)

SuperRaizy is Supporting Israel From Far Away, like so many of us. Great post, Raizy.

Read this really great first-person account of living under the rocket fire: Out of the Frying Pan – Into the Fire posted at Shiloh Musings, and here's more on the "Sewer Shelters": Life-protecting Sewers for Gush Katif Expellees. Epileptic Seizures, Expulsion, and War Related Stress also gives a first-hand look at the effect this is having on everyone.

SimplyJews muses on the words of Amos Harel with Apparently Amos.

FrumeSarah encountered some nasty comments and responded strongly with Answering Hatred. (We continue to wish you a refuah shleimah, FS!)

Duckrabbit בירושלים describes an afternoon wtih her roommate in Galgalatz, spaceheaters and tea in Niv's room. a great capture of life in Israel during the crisis...

Ronni Rosenblatt shares this beautiful photograph of SheshBesh Game in Mahane Yehuda.

me-ander is thinking about a different kind of pop than you might think in I'm Afraid of That "Pop!" (which just goes to show that life must go on...)

Jewish Life and Culture...

Ari's Blog is sharing the music of Maya Bouskilla.

Shiloh Musings presents Burying The Dead, End of the Goyishe Year (2008) Update and also I Don't Drink The Stuff (which was probably my favorite pic of the week).

NY's Funniest Rabbi thinks about conversations and what they mean in GNAGB.

Shtetl Fabulous wonders if there's a yenta gene in this post, A Blessing on Your Head. (If there is one, I think I've got it)

Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf died this week. He was a truly amazing man. Here's one remembrance.

If you haven't heard, the story of the apples was a hoax. See what Batya said: A "Corny" Con at Shiloh Musings.

Moshe Kranc@Hasidic Management actually has something nice to say about Madoff!? Before you flame, go read....A Few Observations on Madoff. I think it's a great piece.

Heshy@Frum Satire makes me laugh again wtih Metrosexual Fashions come to the Yeshiva World. (I never ever ever thought I would read "metrosexual" and "yeshiva world" in the same headline. You?)

Joel M. Hoffman compares our current economic situation to the famines our ancestors faced in the Torah: There's a Famine in the Land (kippah tip to Rabbi Rosenberg)

Everything Else...

Nad-ned Nad-ned shares this anecdote from her work "You Should Have Met Me Before..."

Yechezkel wonders about age and adulthood in Parsha Challenge - Parshat VaYigash: A Breech in Protocol.

Batya is also thinking about the parasha in This Week In The Bible--Just Wondering.

On the subject of Torah, Ilana-Davita has this excellent parasha post too: Serah, Joseph and Speech.

New blogger on the scene Ahava Ariel launches her blog with It is Hardly Her Fault, a conversation about intermarriage and Miketz. Go and welcome her to blogland!

Ari's Blog examines the First Koren Bibles in a pretty neat historical post, inspired by the upcoming new Koren siddur. (post by Ilana-Davita.)

People have been talking about books they're reading, like Baila and Leora and Ilana-Davita and MominIsrael and SuperRaizy and even the Ima (that's me). (did I miss anyone? Sorry.)

That's all for now....
Please send your posts for the next edition (#200!)
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!)
Send your posts to Ilana-Davita for the Kosher Cooking Carnival this month.

Please please please publicize HH on
your own blog and share the news about it!

You can just copy and paste this nice little
sentence into your blog if you'd like:

A very nice edition of Haveil Havalim, the Jewish Blog Carnival,
is now up over at Ima on and off the Bima. Check it out!
(you might have to copy with properties. Some software just takes it all in...)

We now return to our regularly scheduled programming...
come back regularly to see what's cooking here!

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(And feel free to follow me, too!)
And if you're not in the HH Facebook group, come and join that too!


Leora said...

I'm way too tired to publicize your fabulous HH tonight, but bli neder will do so in the morning.

"" sounds really cool, but I'm getting cannot find server.

I look forward to reading your post about reading, and I'll have to read so, so, so many of these tomorrow, when my eyes are a little more open.

Shavua tov, and great job.

Phyllis Sommer said...

oops, thanks for catching that. i left out an "e" - fixed the link.
shavua tov!

Anonymous said...

How do you have time to compile this? Amazing!

I sure passed it on to my peeps.

Religion and State in Israel said...

Thanks Phyllis for all the work putting together this HH!

Jack Steiner said...

Yaasher koach. Well done.

YMedad said...

Good show.

Esser Agaroth said...


Thanks for hosting and for the links.

I think that's the best subtitle for HH we've had in a long time!

Haveil Havalim #198 [199] Is Up!

Friar Yid (not Shlita) said...

Many thanks for the good work and the link!

Anonymous said...

You've done a great job. Thanks for including some of my links. I'll advertize HH on my blog asap.

Batya said...

Thanks for the Super HH and including so many of my posts.

SuperRaizy said...

I'm impressed with how clearly you've organized all that material. Great job, thank you.

Anonymous said...

Wow, outstanding aggregation. I can't believe all the sources you have here. Great job.

Oh, and thanks for the link to, I'm constantly looking for ways to improve it, so if you or your readers have ideas let me know! @jevnin on Twitter.

Thanks for the hard work!


Baila said...

Great Job!

Oxmyx said...

What a terrific job, and thanks for keeping us informed.

Shtetl Fabulous said...

Great job and thanks for the shout out! We can schmooze about our shared yenta genes anytime.

Jill said...

Kol Hakavod - great job - how did I get to be first! :) Thank you and stay safe.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Great job indeed, and thanks for the link. Let's all have a better week.

Avodah Ivrit said...

Thanks for the links.

Haveil Havalim Blog Carnival #199