Best of The Jewish/Israeli Blogosphere-Haveil Havalim #261

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.'
It has been a busy week so my apologies if this is not up to my usual work.

Cosmic X blogged about the King David Hotel and Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations and the Jblogosphere. Eric covered it as well in United States and Israel Squabble Over New Homes. Don't forget to read The United Nations: Let Us In!

Esser Agaroth wants to know Why Doesn't Anyone Seem To Be Embarrassed By Joe Biden Now

Batya asks Where's Your Backbone, Bibi, The U.S. Deserves A Slap Back.From The Muqata BERKELEY STUDENTS VOTE AGAINST ISRAEL.

Over at Israelity they're Volunteering for Rhianna and driving up and down the countryside. At Daled Amos The Simpsons Beat Obama To Israel

Yoav is back after a hiatus for his officer's course. The dependable Joel Katz offers Religion and State in Israel - March 15, 2010 (Section 1)and two.

This is worth celebrating, Reopening of The Hurva Synagogue. Check out WestbankMama's You Can Be A Victim, Or You Can Build.

Over at Artzeinu he shares thoughts about the Negative Responses to his making Aliyah.

Go see Snoopy to learn more about Tammy Obeidallah: a self-portrait of an "anti-Zionist."

Mrs. S. has a guest post from a mother whose oldest just joined the army. Go give her some support. At Good News From Israel we have Photos of the Mister Zol Supermarket in Canion Adumim.

Lady Light has the very cool story Israeli Company Develops Bio-Retina to Restore Sight.

Bookworm blogged about Obama and Israel.


From A Chassidishe farbrengen we have Learning Chassidus before prayer. While you are doing your Pesach prep you might want to stop and read the Passover Humor Files.

You might ask Who Arranges The Seats. Yechezkel and I have a difference of opinion on the Conservative perspective of halacha versus Orthodox.There is literal and there is divinely inspired and that provides a world of difference, but we'll address that at a later time.

My friend the Rebbetzin's Husband shared This Is a Shul Rabbi which reminded me of some conversations with my father about what is appropriate and what is not. He also wrote How To Lynch Your Rabbi which also helped to remind me why I chose not to follow that path.

In The Pink wants to talk to you about selling Chametz and the Pesach Master Shopping List. And finally posts like this make me want to scream and berate people who exhibit sheep like behavior. Really, it is ok to help, Chazal said so. Ugh. People need help, you help.

Lo yodeya shared mi.yodeya - An online community for Q&A about Jewish life and learning. At Fear No Question they discuss how to determine if religious innovation is heading for the slope.

Frum Satire is handing out the Best of Shul Awards. What do you do when Rabbonim Defend the Indefensible. Maybe we aren't Frummer Than the Pope.

Parsha Blog wants to know Is the Samaritan spelling of Yimatzei (with an aleph) correct? Do Chazal have the same? and Introducing the Absolut Haggadah, 2010 Edition.

The Ima is Tweeting the Exodus. Frume Sarah blogged And on the 7th day…


Elms In The Yard Me and My Big Mouth. Chutz Mizeh is Redefining Success. Ricki's Mom shared The Hidden Garbage Can.

Batya wrote Traffic Will Only Get Worse, Until... and Unpleasant Memories.

Lady Light says goodbye to Uncle Jack. It is a JBlog Surprise, Almost Like Family! 

Speaking of surprises you might want to Watch Out!!!! And while we are on the topic of surprises we have another MOT who is celebrating a birthday and is interested in a special gift. Anyone want to help.

Seraphic Secret continued Friday Footwear. Ann's Rants shared The Saddies. Don't forget to check out Ilana Davita's Weekly Review with Butterfly.

Therapy Doc wrote about Sandra and Jesse.

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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Anonymous said...

Thank you Jack for including my weekly review.

Batya said...

Thanks for the Perfect Passover Cleaning Break.

Esser Agaroth said...


Thanks for hosting and thanks for the link!

Haveil Havalim #261 Is Up!

Go Padres! ;-)

BigLittleWolf said...

What a lot to choose from! (I should've titled my morning post "the importance of kvetching")


Enjoy your weekend!

Religion and State in Israel said...

Thanks for all the work!


Melissa said...

Hi Jack,

I am reading the Midrash Says. Intersting because I am just reading about Hevel and Kayin.

May you have a great week.

If you get a chance, please visit my other blog at

Jack Steiner said...


You did a good job and the pictures were a bonus.




The hated ones will never succeed-never! Go Blue! ;)


Kvetching is a skill that one can improve over time, believe me, I know. ;)


Same to you, I appreciate your efforts.


I will check it out.

Lady-Light said...

Was sick Sunday so couldn't comment (nor read HH) until...later--'cause I'm supposed to be cleaning for Pesach now instead of commenting!

Thanks for the links, and for the hard work. I'd like to the future...maybe...if I get the courage to...forget I said that!!!

Mrs. S. said...

Great job!
Thanks for the link, and may you and your family have a chag kasher v'samei'ach!

Jack Steiner said...

Thanks for the links, and for the hard work. I'd like to the future...maybe...if I get the courage to...forget I said that!!!

You'll make a great host.

chag kasher v'samei'ach to you too!

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