By way of introduction:
The last time I hosted Haveil Havalim (it was Number 230) I had just gotten married. My wife and I were spending the weekend at the National Jewish Retreat and I figured a weekend away from the hustle of the city would give me time to work on that week's offerings. Somehow, while doing last minute editing on my cell phone - something in the Blogger WYSIWYG editor went haywire and deleted all the actual links! I was lambasted (by people I actually regularly chat with) on the twittersphere for presenting the worst HH ever . . .
Thankfully I managed to recover everything, and it all worked out in the end.
Since then I've continued to write for Lubavitch.com, expanded their Social Media initiative (please follow and like Lubavitch on Twitter and Facebook!) and - most importantly I'm now the father of a beautiful baby boy!
In the tragic days after the passing of RivkA bat Yishaya HaLevi of Coffee and Chemo, Jack made a public call for HH hosts. This offering, the best of the Jewish Blogosphere as submitted by others and gathered by me, is in her honor. By Hashgacha Protis, tonight is also the yahrtzeit of my Grandmother Malka bas Yitzchok.
May their neshamos have the ultimate aliyah with coming of moshiach - and tichiyas hameisim - right now!
So what is Haveil Havalim?
Founded by Soccer Dad, Haveil Havalim is a carnival of Jewish blogs — a weekly collection of Jewish and 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.
In the New York Jewish Week Melissa Chapman has a great piece entitled To Yeshiva or Not, That is the Question (hat tip to FFidler for this one)
Baila Olidort, Editor in Chief of Lubavitch.com - Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters - brings in a Jewish perspective of the tragic suicide of Mark Madoff in Play Now, Pay Later: Lessons From The Madoff Tragedy
Rachel Barenblat presents Prayer life changes posted at Velveteen Rabbi - her reflections on having a prayer life, and on how that prayer life always changes.
Elise presents Wrestling with God posted at Raising Asperger's Kids.
My friend Yossi has a great photo essay about his Chanukah in Houston over on his blog A Bochur in Lubavitch.
Chaviva has a vlog post asking Niddah: Cover Your Hair in Bed? over at Just call me Chaviva
Rabbi Yehoishophot Oliver presents Why won't Chabad support some worthy causes?, Chassidus: The antidote to spiritual near-death, and Where does our heart lie? posted at A Chassidishe farbrengen.
Soccer Dad presents Sharing a short part of a long journey posted at treppenwitz.
Cosmic X presents Ezra the Scribe: Valiant Warrior Against Intermarriage,Rabbi Shlomo Aviner Explains Why Not To Sell Israeli Real Estate to Arabs, and A Book That Counters the Claims of "Torat HaMelech" posted at Cosmic X in Jerusalem.
Mordechai Torczyner presents Of Sarcastic Rabbis posted at The Rebbetzin's Husband
Batya gives us Even On The Eve of Shabbat, The Fast of the Tenth of Tevet
Joel Katz Religion and State in Israel - December 13, 2010 (Section 1) and Religion and State in Israel - December 13, 2010 (Section 2) posted at Religion and State in Israel.
Another offering from Batya, she lets us know about A New "G'mach" and Another Great Tremp Story and Jerusalem Street Scenes--The Lightrail Traffic Jam and More posted at me-ander
Harry presents Baligam and I want my money back posted at ISRAELITY.
Ya'aqov Ben-Yehudah sent three great posts Two More Opinions On Renting To Arabs, Etc., Jews are still not getting the message, and No, They can not stay
Jacob Richman presents Uploaded New Learn Hebrew Video - Small Things posted at Good News from Israel.
Harper's Magazine has a fascinating write up (here reposted on Crownheights.info) on A Shtetl Divided - Messianic vigilantes, brawling Hasidim, and the battle for Jewish Brooklyn
Over on In the Pink Hadassah discusses making a Social Media Resume.
Batya presents A Tsunami To Take Over The World, Isn't That What the Muslims are Aiming For? posted at Shiloh Musings.
YS presents Day 9- ?How Can I Decide?? posted at Consistently Under Construction.
westbankmama asks us Please Help A Good Cause posted at West Bank Mama.
Mrs. S. - who was kind enough to wish me a good shabbos and easy fast (thanks!) presents Fashion Friday: Unintended consequences edition posted at Our Shiputzim: A Work In Progress.
Bernice Frankel presents Top 50 Blogs by Theology Professors posted at Master of Theology.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
By way of introduction:
Posted by Mottel at 11:31 PM