Haveil Havalim #216 The Happy 40th Birthday Jack Edition

Welcome to Haveil Havalim #216 The Happy 40th Birthday Jack Edition. Yes, it is true. As of the 9th I have been forced to wave goodbye to my thirties and say hello to my forties. A new decade beckons and I am ready to answer the call.

Of course it doesn't matter whether I am ready or not as I have not yet figured out how to stop the clock or better yet, how to turn it back. I have mixed feelings about this birthday. Part of me is completely ambivalent while another part is trying to figure out how this could be. I was twenty five last week and just a hair short of 31 yesterday.

Anyway, while I undergo my own private analysis you can take some time to read through our carnival. My apologies if this isn't up to snuff, birthday events and life activities have made it hard to focus.

I shared a joke called Baptizing The Bear that many people have found to be quite funny. I like jokes about bears, do you remember A Jewish Bear & Other Jokes.

Israel and Politics

We'll start off with Daled Amos post, Is There Such A Thing As Putting Too Much Pressure On Israel? and then we'll move along to Rubin Reports Please! Some Sanity in Evaluating U.S.-Israel Relations.

Esser Agaroth has Some Frightening Thoughts to share.

Speaking of frightening this post at Shiloh Musings will make you think. Check out Wife of Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister is a “Born Again Believer.

Visit the Augean Stables and learn about Combatant/Civilian Casualties and the Moral Hysteria/Hypocrisy of the West.

Religion and State in Israel part one and two are ready for your review. Israel Innovation 2.0 shared 12 Israel-related headlines from the week of April 26, 2009.

I don't know whether it is right to call it holy pollution. Go read Pollution in a Promised Land: Alon Tal on Israel and the Environment.

At the Muqata read Israel's Settlers Going Green for the Environment.

The Israeli Soldier writes about medicine in the army in Things you know that you don't know.

Sometimes all you can say about political satire is that This Is Too Cruel.

The world is full of contradictions, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Nuclear Arms Are Bad...Except When They Are Good!

At Mere Rhetoric Omri points out inconsistencies. Take a look at Stephen Walt: Iran Will Never Attack Israel. Iran: We're Totally Going To Attack Israel.

A Mother in Israel wrote about The Week of the Police Robots.

How to Be Israeli's post, You are never too old to wear Spandex could also be applied to Texas and Cleveland. Talk about places in need of help, oy.

Seraphic Secret blogged Honestly, Obama's Lying. Over at Don't Gel Too Soon there is a post that says religious voters like the president. Read it at Support for Obama Among Jewish (and Other) Religious Voters is High.

The Velveteen Rabbi reviews "Slingshot Hiphop" and offers reflections on hip-hop, Israel and the Palestinian territories, and peace.

Reading about the New Mashbir brought back fond memories of summers past. We used to go to the Carvel next door for ice cream. Not to mention the time when a guy offered to sell me a pair of used Levis for forty bucks. That Israel doesn't exist any more.

Did someone say pirates? Cruise ships have learned to talk to Israeli security, read more at Aye aye sir - Israeli guards fight piracy on the high seas.

Harry at Israelity says Israeli bathers - beware of matkot sightings. To Serve Again tells the story of Orthodox soldiers who have never been able to serve in the reserves and now will begin to do so.

Ben Yehuda is not pleased with an ad campaign. Want to know more, go read More Codependent YeSh"A Coucil PR Crap.

Bar Kochba discusses Israel's future as a Jewish state in The Loyalty Fallacy. Over at Elms in The Yard the discussion covers Forced Segregation on Jerusalem Buses.

Flags Over Nazareth discusses the reaction of Muslims in Nazareth to the pope's visit. Esser Agaroth is not happy about the coming visit of the pope and neither is Shiloh Musings.

Yourish has the story about the Statue of Liberty. Go read Lady Liberty’s crown will re-open: AFT.

Soccer Dad asks the important question, Serious about syria? One can certainly hope that that the news is going to be about effective diplomacy yielding positive results.

Treppenwitz tells the story of a decades old kidnapping. Want to know more, go read Seeking Closure.

Lisa is involved in some Blog Promotion.


The Rebbetzin's Husband has thoughts about Twittering in Synagogue? Frum Satire says that Orthodox Jews don't drink Manischewitz.

Mrs. S is speaking Heblish. Want to know more go read Heblish: Pesach Sheni edition. DovBear wrote about Shul seating.

I liked My Right Words response to a comment he received on this post. He also has the story of the Jewish, er Catholic priest too.

At Shearim you can read a post that had me both nodding my head yes and shaking my head no, I have to stick to my task in an outside World

A Simple Jew shared Guest Posting By Anonymous - My Questionable "Jewishness." Too young To Teach says that Everyone Loves a Conspiracy.

Jacob provides key information with his post Educational websites about Lag Ba'Omer, "Flame On."

The Ima wrote about Creating Jewish Identity. Like her, I wonder what sorts of thoughts/stories my children will tell when they are older.

A Mother in Israel blogged about Abortion in the Religious Zionist Community. It is an interesting topic to say the least, no easy answers.

Home Shuling took A shabbat stroll with a purpose.

At Daled Amos you should read EU Legalizes Kosher Slaughtering--But The Battle Is Not Over and Norwegian Media Retaliates Against Author Of Book On Nordic Anti-Semitism (Updated).

LOZ presents She'er: Wife or Relative? (Trop).

Ask Mottel about JTA's Fail Whale of a Twitter List. At The Real Shliach he recounts a farbrenger with R' Shimonke Lazaroff, head Shliach of Texas.


I don't know about you, but B'IMA SHELI is becoming one of my favorite expressions.

Seraphic Secret isn't Catholic, but he is giving confession. You can read more in Screenwriter Confesses: 'I Could Never Love a Woman Who Didn't Love The Seven Samurai.'

Shtetl Fabulous may be on Hiatus. In regard to Mother's Day go read TherapyDoc who writes You Only Have One Mother.

My Right Word asks the question, Which is better, blogging or getting a letter published in a newspaper?

Beneath the Wings has an important post called Blogging Against Disablism - (updated and expanded version).

Leora has a useful post called Pros and Cons of Self-Hosted WordPress. Batya's post The Pictures Look Nicer Than The Real Thing may make you want to take a shower.

Alternatively you could always get a car wosh.

At To Light a Spark there is a post that suggests that we resemble a certain sea creature. Go read, You Are a Fish.

This next poster thinks that Having Nothing In Common with your spouse is a spiritual challenge.

I laughed at LOZ's description of what he thinks he might have put his head in. Someone better check in with Benji and make sure that aliens haven't eaten him.

On second thought read this post and you'll know that something had to have happened. ;)

While we are speaking about things that happened, let me be clear there are
Rules For Dating My Daughter.

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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Batya said...

Mazal Tov! Happy HH Birthday Jack, Next Week I'll Be....

Just like a guy said...

Happy b-day! May you have a shnas hatzlacha b'gashmius uv'ruchnius (b'yachad) im kol bnei yisroel, with the coming of Moshiach tzidkeinu and the complete and final redemption, etc, amen!

toby said...

Happy birthday and yashar koach - it's a very nice roundup.

rutimizrachi said...

Yom huledet sameach, Kid. My mama used to say that a child only becomes interesting to talk to at 35; so you've only been interesting for five years. You're still new at the game -- which should make you feel a little less hoary. Wisdom says that you can't choose what happens to you. You have zero control over that. The only response you have is to bear it (pun intended) as gracefully as you can. Here's a bracha for a graceful transition into adulthood.

Thanks for doing Haveil Havalim again.

Benji Lovitt said...

B'ima sheli, good job, Jack! And happy birthday!

YMedad said...

Thanks for inclusions. Very good arrangement. Enjoy life!

rickismom said...

Happy birthday and thanks!

rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Great job. Happy Birthday.

Esser Agaroth said...


Thanks for hosting and for all of your work on Haveil Havalim. Thanks for the links, as well. I really appreciate it.

Happy 40th!

Haveil Havalim #216 Is Up!

Leora said...

Happy Birthday, Jack! A great job: whenever you host, it's a party.
Sweet, Bittersweet and Painful (your HH and birthday are the "sweet").

Elianah-Sharon said...

Happy birthday my friend!

Phyllis Sommer said...

happy birthday!!!! ad meah v'esrim:-) you're not even halfway there...!

very nice, thanks for including me.

Shtetl Fabulous said...

Happy birthday and thanks for including me!

Risa Tzohar said...

Happy Birthday!
40 is a good milestone. (I even felt that way when I was 40.) You have enough experience to know what you want out of life and you are young enough to plan on doing it. Enjoy!

Mottel said...

Great job - and Happy Birthday in all matters!

Mrs. S. said...

Happy birthday!
Kol hakavod on an excellent job, and thanks for the link.

Oxmyx said...

Happy 40th, Jack -- and Happy Haveil Havalim!

Esser Agaroth said...

Actually, Jack, you have a three day reprieve as your real {Hebrew} birthday is on Thursday {21 Iyyar}.

Hey, what do you call the period of time between ones Hebrew birthday and goyshe one?

Hol HaMo'ed.


Irina Tsukerman said...

Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Rivster said...

Ad meah v'esrim!!! You're 1/3 of the way, if my math is correct.

Great job, BTW.

:) R

Jack Steiner said...

Hi Batya,

Thank you.


Amen v'Amen.


Thank you so much and thank you for contributing, I appreciate it.


You are right, you can't control what happens. I know that, but it hasn't stopped my from trying. ;)




Thank you and thank you for being so good about sending in content. As a host it really helps.


Thank you too.


you do realize that you are one of the elder statesmen in the jblogosphere. Few have been around as long or longer.


I have to go into Westwood tomorrow. I'll head over to Kerckhoff and say hi for you. ;)


I hope that it is a good party and that people enjoy it. Thanks.


Thank you. I wish you nothing but the best. After all that you have been through you deserve it.

Hi Phyllis,

Thank you. You have become one of the goto people for hosting and I am very appreciative of that.


Thank you. I hope that the job search goes well.

Hi Risa,

It is funny how much better I know myself at 40 than even at 30. Time to start making life happen. Thanks for being a part of this.


Thank you. You have got all sorts of good stuff ahead of you. It should be a lot of fun.

Mrs. S.,

Thank you and thanks for your content, I appreciate it.


Thank you very much.


I am celebrating, with waffles. ;)


Thank you. You're another one of the old timers around here.


Your math is correct, but since I plan on living to at least a 130 you might have to adjust it. ;)

Esser Agaroth said...


Which reminds me,...I was at a fellow Bruin's for Shabbath, and for the life me I couldn't remember the name of the the building between Kerhoff and Ackermann.

Could you find out please?

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