January 17, 2010

Haveil Havalim-The Year of Jack Edition

Welcome to Haveil Havalim -The Year of Jack Edition. Also known as the Best of the Jewish/Israeli blogosphere. 

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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.'
Go visit Rav Fleischmann who unfortunately lost his mother, Baruch Dayan Emet.


Aussie Dave blogged about Kathy Ireland and her feelings about Israel. Lady Light wrote Israel Sends Emergency Aid Team to Haiti and Israel is Not the Problem- (Guess Who Is?)*.

Shiloh Musings covered Natural Growth. The Rebbitzin's Husband had Fun with Israeli Security.

Mrs. S. discussed the confusion caused by trying to create a list of names in a post title Who's on First? Over at Remember Jerusalem Sharon talks about winter getaways in Israel. On a side note I want to mention that I never understand why fellow MOTs like cold weather. We're desert people.

At Torat Israel you can read PA Rejects Federation Proposal. Want to know the key to aliyah? Read Can you say "adaptablilty"? Sure. I knew you could.

Chaverim, another member of our Jblogosphere family is going to be visiting soon.Elms In The Yard is dealing with Peer Pressure of a Different Kind.

Our resident comedian Benji wrote Israel: Where a Senior Citizen Can Be a Gever Gever, all I have to say is Yeehaw or is that yeehah, yi-hah etc. Kind of like Chanukah, Hannukah and Hanukah.

And while we are talking about Benji (Chumus baby!) we need to provide support because he seems to have an issue with the metric system and real football, the American kind. One of these days the Big B and I are going to hash this out over Chumus. See, still working on maintaining my position as top dog for Chumus on Google. ;)

All this talk about Chumus makes me hungry, I could practically go to war over it.Soccer Dad has an interesting piece called From HAL To Chaim: Israel And The Robotic Age Of Warfare--And International Law.

Go visit EOZ and read Today's future martyr. Alternatively you can attend an academic conference with Yisrael Medad on the subject of the Temple Mount.

Tzedek Tzedek asks Should Israel be Turkey’s Wet Rag? Ben Yehudah asks the age old question, Hey, Jews! Still Want To Live In America? 

MyRightWord suggests that Tzipi Livni doesn't know her Jabotinsky and discusses Arab Non-Violence.

Yourish covered Idealizing terrorism. Omri put together Past Anti-Israel Diplomacy Makes Obama's New Peace Push "Doomed From The Outset" Because Of Inflated Palestinian Expectations.

Joel put together his usual bits with Religion and State in Israel - Section 1 and 2. Joshuapundit writes about Answered Prayers - Rain For Israel.

Over at The Augean Stables there is an interesting post,Ben Wedeman trying to undermine Israel on its Aid to Gaza: But even he has to admit…

The Muqata has an update on the IDF in Haiti. Watch the video: IDF Spox: Footage from Haiti (baby Israel). A Soldier's Mother has information about Israel's role in Haiti too. You can see it at Haiti Rescue.


Miriam Shaviv wrote a post in response to Treppenwitz called How bad is Jewish life in Britain?
Lady Light shared Dressing to Greet the King?* (*Nablopomo Day#12).

Jew in the City talked about taking advantage of the time we have. In the Pink has a question entitled Rabbi Mouse.

Over at Parshablog you can read What does ויעש להם בתים mean?  and  Dodato as female first cousin.

The Sexing of Judaism's Founders poses some interesting questions to consider.While we are at it let's talk about Jewish Birth Control.

I certainly relate to Westbankmama's discussion about the Orthodox middle class. School tuition is a pain in my...

Yachdus covered one of the more interesting stories,  Rav Batzri First Dybbuk Exorcism. Heshy wants you to know Why I love being an orthodox Jew.

I enjoyed Mottel's Tale of a Table.It reminded me of my zaide, he would have had plenty to say. The family has been out of Vilna for a long, time but I sometimes wonder if the Vilna is out of the family. Food for thought.

Cosmic X recalls The Lion of Monsey. A Jew in the City talks about why women don't read Torah in Orthodox shuls.

Jacob has a list of educational resources for Tu B'Shvat. At Solomonia you should take a look at: 'Lady Al Qaeda' Aafia Siddiqui Wants Jews Tossed From the Jury Pool 

From the midwest we have Being a Jew in C-U: Save a Life, Save the World. Batya has an opinion about The Advantages of the Traditional "Ezrat Nashim," Women's Balcony.

The topic of Jewish Philanthropy is covered  by David at Those "Illustrious" Men Who Watch Our Money. Ask Batya about Jewish music or just read Chazzanut, Traditional Jewish Prayers, Can Be Fun!

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Seraphic Secret included The Last Jews of Yemen.The Rebbetzin had One Kick-Ass Kabbalat Shabbat.

At SupeRaizy we are learning Yiddish With Dick and Jane.Rafi has his own round up too. Some good links to read.


Take a moment and go see the Velveteen Rabbit,  Read Write Poem #109: six weeks. At Everybody Needs Therapy you should read Earthquakes.

Over at Leora you should read Protect Children from Abuse.

With gas prices like this who needs a family car. Want a way to help Haiti? Go visit Ann's Rants and leave a comment on It's Delurking Day! Let's chat, shall we? [Edited: 1$ per comment for Haiti]

Scary Mommy shared Murphy’s Laws of Parenting.

I wrote If I Was a Professional Blogger and Is Private School Worth It.

From my son a video

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of haveil havalim using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Benji Lovitt said...


Religion and State in Israel said...

Thanks for all your work on HH!


Leora said...

Thanks, Jack.

David Morris said...

jolly good job! Well done!

Heather Kephart said...

Way to stick together! That's quite a list!

Batya said...

It's a great HH!

Jack said...


And how. ;)


It is my pleasure.

Hi Leora,

Thank you for your post, it is important.

Hi David,

Thank you for your submission. It makes a world of difference when the community helps to provide content.


H.H. has been going for a long time now, this marked the 252nd edition. We love it.

Hi Batya,

Thank you again for all your help.

YMedad said...

Thanks for the labor.

Mrs. S. said...

Excellent job, and thanks for the link.

Have a great week!

rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Great job, It was so kind of you to mention the sudden loss of my dear mother. I haven't submitted in a while, and was surely not going to submit this as a post. It was thoughtful of you and a welcome surprise.

Jack said...

Thanks for the labor.

My pleasure. Thank you for your hard work too.

Shavua Tov Mrs. S, thanks for your participation.

It was so kind of you to mention the sudden loss of my dear mother.

You're part of our community, we look out for each other.

Ben-Yehudah said...


Thanks for the hard work, the audio intro. and the links!

Haveil Havalim #252 Is Up Plus A Special Message From Your Fearless Leader!

Please make sure to check out "Perhaps An Apology?" by Yoel Meltzer, and then ask yourself this question:

"Is Israel REALLY a democracy? Or is it a deMOCKracy?"

Jack said...


Westwood misses you.

Ben-Yehudah said...

I'm sure it's changed a lot.