Saturday, March 12, 2011

Haveil Havalim #308: It's Almost Purim!

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.'
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Welcome to the It's-Almost-Purim edition of Haveil Havalim... 

Batya posted Does Jealously Have a Place in the Cause of Antisemitism and Anti-Israel Actions? and Why Is Caroline Glick So Surprised? at Shiloh Musings.
Joel Katz presents Religion and State in Israel - March 7, 2011 (Section 1) and Religion and State in Israel - March 7, 2011 (Section 2) - always an interesting read.
Israel At Level Ground shared: Israeli Firm to Give Bionic Vision to the Blind, They Cry 'Apartheid,' While Israel Fast-tracks Arabs Into High-tech, and Mt. Hermon (photo)
On Israelity this week: Pamela Anderson brings Biblical message to the streets of Tel Aviv and Peter Yarrow helps young Israelis respect themselves
Daniela, a newish blogger reviewing Israeli products at Isreview, offered a review of Klik's Orange & Bubblegum Chocolate Cereal Snack (sounded kinda icky to me, but I'm not a big flavored candy fan) and Roladin's Oznei Haman (sounded much yummier to me!)

Jewish music
Frume Sarah's World is recorded! Seriously! Go see this post about her new CD... You Sing Too?!?
And in case you missed it, The Maccabeats are back with their new Purim song. Can't wait to see what they come up with for Pesach.
And here's a Purim playlist from yours truly.


Just call me Chaviva responds to an earlier post about Dating During Conversion Jacob Wing Jacob Da Jew is trying something new: Wing Chun Jew- First Post.
Elle of On Becoming Devoted is musing on inner change with my way.
Mystery Woman is not ready to lose her live-in fashion consultant: Separation Anxiety.
Allison Josephs, aka Jew in the City shared this post: In Pursuit of Perfection: A Humbling Experience.
The Challah Blogger is making Pizza Challah. Yum!
The Frugal Ima is thinking about Day School and/vs Jewish Camp. What do you think?

Risa, aka Isramom, wrote about International Wormen's Day - We Could Be Doing A Lot Better!
Izgad posted Ban Circumcision and the Orthodox Will Finally Realize That It was Wrong All Along
Liberty's Spirit thinks Jewish-American Leaders are Chicken...

Torah and Judaism
The Rebbetzin's Husband wonders about our attention spans at Entertain us! and also posted Anti-Academic Judaism. 
NY's Funniest Rabbi posted Vayikra: The Heart of the Sacrifice
Batya put up: Ladies, Let's Party!
Elise of Raising Asperger's Kids wrote a very interesting post on Purim and a Question of Hypocrisy, and has this follow-up post too: Maccabeats do Purim; UPDATE An Answer to the Purim Question
On the Fringe (Al Tzitzit) examines Baal tefillah vs. baal koreh and Creating 1 problem while trying to "solve" another?
Ilana-Davita wrote From Paris to Antwerp.
Rabbi Rosenberg is talking about Pooping and Praying.
To Kiss A Mezuzah is thinking about Being Vulnerable with God and asking What Does Building the Mishkan Have To Do With Kashrut?
Achas L'Maala V'Sheva L'Matta reviewed a book: Common Sense of a High Order- a book review posted at, saying, "A review on Rabbi Moshe Averick's new book: Nonsense of a High Order"
Jacob Richman presents a new Learn Hebrew Purim Video (and there are links to tons of Purim videos there too!)
Do you need tips for your Hamantaschen baking? Here are some of mine
Kosher on a Budget is running a Purim Challenge - you donate cans, she will match your donations!

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.  (and please, for the sake of our hosts, try not to submit more than 3 posts a week!) 


Mara ~ Kosher on a Budget said...

Aw, thanks so much for plugging my Purim Challenge. I'm getting excited to write a big fat check to Meir Panim. Purim Sameach :)

Batya said...

Thanks for the wonderful HH! Shiloh Musings: Bima Ima's Back at Work

Jack said...

Thank you for your help, it is very much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Great job! Thanks for linking to my blog.

Risa Tzohar said...

Welcome Back!
Thanks for the lovely work.

Isreview said...

Thank you so much for including my links.
Yes the Oznei Haman were tastier than the Kilks but I think many kids will think the Kilks are fun too :)
Thanks again.

Elise and Liberty's Spirit said...

Thanks for including all my posts.

Izgad said...

Thank you.

Hope people have fun with my take on the war on brit milah. :P

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Jacob Richman said...

Thanks for the link.

Anonymous said...

Great job, as always.

I LOVE the new font on the masthead. Did you do it yourself?? It has such a great feel to it.

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Leigh Ann said...

Thanks so much for including me! Great job with HH this week lady. :)

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