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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Haveil Havalim #230

Note as of 2:08 p.m.: Links are working again - I'm so sorry for the problems!

Welcome to Haveil Havalim Number 230 - The Disaster Edition.

This past weekend, my wife and I were invited to attend the National Jewish Retreat in Greenwich, Connecticut. Unfortunately, fate would have it that the evening hours of Motzei Shabbos, time I'd set aside to add in the last few late submissions to HH - you know who you are :) - and smooth over the entire post, was instead spent driving a student to New Jersey . . .
So after a few brief hours of sleep, we packed up for our return to Brooklyn. Not wanting to delay the post, I put it up "as is," figuring I'd be able to edit it from my Palm PRE on the ride back.
Big mistake.
For some reason, editing the post in the mobile browser caused all the links to brake. ALL of them!

So I ask you all to forgive the problems in this post, and enjoy it for what it is . . . a great set of (working) links to the best of the JBlogosphere!

What is Haveil Havalim?

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.'
We start with Israel, the land that G-d's eyes are always upon:

Israel is emerging as a global economic powerhouse, according to George Gilder. Lady-Light seems to agree, see it in Not Intel; rather: Israel Inside* posted at Tikkun Olam.

David Morris takes the Israeli government to task in Woops – Apocalypse, and then discusses the recent shooting in Tel Aviv - asking the critical question Did Chareidim Murder 2 Gays? over at Tzedek-Tzedek.

Ben-Yehudah presents National Union: "I Told You So" posted at Esser Agaroth.
Yitzchak Goodman presents The two-state-style solution posted at Judeopundit.

Joel Katz comes to emphasize that Religion and State in Israel is not affiliated with any organization or movement in the two part Religion and State in Israel - August 10, 2009 (Section 1) and Religion and State in Israel - August 10, 2009 (Section 2) posted at Religion and State in Israel.

Soccer Dad, the august founder of Haveil havalim has dug up Flying with the 'shanti-shanti' crowd posted at treppenwitz and Israel Matzav: Yahrtzeits posted at Israel Matzav . . . Be sure to check out his own post, entitled Holy water posted at Soccer Dad
Risa presents 5 Words + 1 picture says it all! posted at Isramom.

Lion of Zion gives us a Frum Jew that can pack a punch . . . and a kick in Frum Kickboxing Champion! (Video Link Fixed) posted at Lion of Zion.
And since we know women can do everything men can do (better), Risa shows us From the heart to the heart! posted at Isramom - self defense for women.
Yaacov lozowick presents Israel's Incursion to Gaza: The Official Report posted at Yaacov Lozowick's Ruminations.

Ben-Yehudah gives us an interesting look into dichotomy of mindsets found in Jerusalem in A Tale Of Two Neighborhoods posted at Esser Agaroth.

QuietusLeo reminds us that there's the right way, there's the wrong way, and there's the army way in Plov and Army Logic (or the lack thereof). posted at The Sandman.

Having just moved myself, I could more then relate to NMF #7's OII #16- Moving In. Check it out ,as well as her Favors and Neighbors posted at Israel Chronicles.

Mrs. S. - who along with a wonderful mazal tov in her submission to me *thanks* - sends us a post on the quirks of online translations: Translation time posted at Our Shiputzim: A Work In Progress.

Harry presents It’s a dog’s world, Speaka da language, and Woodstock in Jerusalem posted at ISRAELITY.

Jonathan Degani presents how to save ₪ 1000 on your next vacation posted at Shomer Shekalim - ₪.

After an in-depth immersion in Hebrew, Chaviva gives us her first English post, I went Waltzing with Bashir on her fabulous blog, Just call me Chaviva.

Anti-semitism (found somewhere between Israel and Judaism):

Batya gives us New Israel Fund, Paving The Road To Hell With "Good Intentions?", as well as A Constant Fear at Shiloh Musings.

My friend Seth Menachem has a great entry on his lovely blog Life Advice from Old People entitled The Kosher Maven

Harry-er than them all brings a new way of looking at our fellow in Everybody's Special posted at Harry-er than them all.

As the summer ends, so do the summer camps. Chaim, The Flying Dutch Jew over at Chaim's Gallery gives us his photos taken while working in the Machne Yisroel - Queens Summer Camp

Mordechai Torczyner presents Is Gd my concierge? and I am my money posted at The Rebbetzin's Husband.

Friar Yid looks at the slippery slope between censorship and dishonesty in No Intellectual Honesty, No Gedolim posted at Friar Yid.

Lady Light argues that we need to reevaluate how we conduct ourselves and how we 'observe' our religion in the light of corruption and violence in Are We At a Crossroads? posted at Tikkun Olam.
Yisroel gives us a Dvar Torah in honor of Tu B'Shvat: Why Jews Always Dance in a Circle (Bnei Yisaschar) posted at Artzeinu.

In another Tu B'Av Tradition, Homeshuling presents Life is sweet. Not salty. posted at Homeshuling - A Jewish Parenting Blog.
Bar Kochba presents The Missionary Vaccine posted at The Truth About Moshiach.

We all know that the Jews run Hollywood, Jacob Richman has made it easier to see by compiling those in the cinema, in Movie Quotes added to The Jewish Wisdom Database over at Good News from Israel. While you're there check out his Photos of Ma'ale Adumim's Dog Day

Sharona let's us know about the importance of showing the world what it means to be an observant Jew in Caring Enough to be Careful posted at Lulei Demistafina.

For those not familiar with the history of my blog - it was conceived in Vilna, started in Venice, and matured in in Poland. Thus Naomi's A Jewish literary rebirth… in Krakow, Poland posted at Climbing Sinai touched a subject near and dear to my heart.

In her weekly series of Torah poems, Rachel Barenblat over at Velveteen Rabbi gives us This week's portion: ear - exploration of the verses about what to do if an Israelite chooses to remain a slave instead of going free in the 7th year of servitude.

Who 'knows' more about love then a young, recently engaged Yeshivah-Bochur? (I'd know, as I just was one myself) Check out my buddy TRS's All it takes is love on his site The Real Shliach. On a more personal note, you can also enjoy his Black and blue.
Last but not least, Ilana-Davita presents Mesorah Project VI posted at Ilana-Davita.

westbankmama presents Getting the Word Out posted at West Bank Mama.
Sammy Benoit presents The Chutzpah of the National Jewish Democratic Council posted at Pajamas Media.

Friar Yid tells us just how good a friend Ann Coultur is in Why not just come out and say it? posted at Friar Yid. He then concludes his trifecta of posts in A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

Barbara presents "God Hates Jews and Obama" posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS.


Life is varied in it's tapestry of events . . . From the heart wrenching Miscarriage (Tough Read) of Hadassah Sabo Milner posted at In the Pink, to the beginning of the new with the wedding of some Mottel at Letters of Thought.

We all have 'those' days sometimes, Batya seems to have had a Strange Week - check it out at me-ander.
Over at
Beneath the Wings rickismom has given us Acceptance of Yourself.
Robert J. Avrech gives us Endless Love: A Brief Treatise posted at Seraphic Secret
Benji Lovitt from What War Zone??? is celebrating 3 years of Israel and blogging....and another ridiculous t-shirt found only in Israel in Holy Crap, You Start a Blog and Next Thing You Know, You've Been Living in Israel for 3 Years


Baila presents Second Annual Jewish Blogger's Convention posted at Ill call Baila.

Some times humor is so completely of the mark, it almost becomes funny again. DovBear talks about the Yankeles - a movie that, to me at least, looks so cliched and awful, it almost becomes funny.

Toby shows us a hilariously poor translation for the instructions of a Tupperware box in Available for all your bending needs at A Time of the Signs.

Enjoy JackB's Too Much Information- The Girl in the Men's Room posted at Random Thoughts- Do They Have Meaning?.
There's nothing more Jewish then food, and no food is more Jewish then the Falafel ball . . . or is it? Check out David's Battle of the Balls posted at Double Triangle: Jewish Food, Life & Community.
What would the humor section on a Haveil Havalim be with out everyone's favorite comedian - Frum Satire. This week Heshy Fried posted about Kipah Sruga Burning in Bnei Brak.

Thus concludes my be-troubled tour of that's best of the Blogosphere. Please link to the post so as to let others know, and don't forget to check out next week's addition hosted by Ben-Yehudah on Esser Agaroth!
See you all then!


Esser Agaroth said...


Thanks for hosting and thanks for all the links. Not commentary.

But, Dude, it's the 230h edition.

Haveil Havalim #230 Is Up!

Jack Steiner said...

Thank you for your help. I appreciate it!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the linkage!!

Religion and State in Israel said...

thanks for hosting! hope to meet up at the Bloggers Convention.

toby said...

Thanks - and great job! My link is up.

Mottel said...

-Ben-Yehudah: Fixed

Esser Agaroth said...

Thank your for your tolerance of nit-picky Virgos.


Risa Tzohar said...

Thanks for the mention. Nice blog too.

Just like a guy said...

Where are all the links?

ProfK said...

Links seem to be missing.

Esser Agaroth said...

It looks like some stuff got erased.

Lady-Light said...

Aha! You are the MISSING LINK! (Mine is missing, too).

homeshuling said...

thanks for including me, but the link to my post is incorrect as well -

Mottel said...

Oy oy oy! Something must have gone wrong when I updated the post via my phone. I'll be home shortly and fix it. Sorry all!

Mottel said...

OK. Peoples, the links are good!

Just like a guy said...

Much better.

Chaviva Gordon-Bennett said...

Todah rabah for the inclusion :) I'm SO GLAD to be back to the English-speaking world, only because most people I know don't manage with Hebrew.

איזה רישימה!

Also, so bummed I couldn't manage to see you and the Mrs. while you were IN MY STATE!

David said...

Nice job, and thanks for including my post!

Batya said...

Great job! I love your Letters of ... Havel Havelim!

e said...

You were at the Jewish national retreat? Nice. Getting invited to the fancy parties to rub shoulders with the rich and famous.

Mottel said...

-Everyone: I'm glad you all liked.
-Chav: I thought of contacting you, but our schedule was so full, I didn't see a meet up working out. Od chazon l'moed.
-e: And I got to eat a lot of good tasting food (for the soul) too!

Mrs. S. said...

Wonderful job!

Thanks for the link.

Lady-Light said...

(Phew--they're baaaaack!) Thank you for the link repair. Don't worry about a thing-great job (and get some sleep!)

Esser Agaroth said...

Be honest.

It was a trick to get us to check by more often, thus accumulating more hits on your blog.


Mottel said...

-Ben Yehudah:
I wish you were right :)

Friar Yid (not Shlita) said...

Great job and thanks much for the links!

Anonymous said...

Indeed this is a great effort on your part! Thank you for all these links. The job is beautifully done!

This is Joshua from Israeli Uncensored News