Best of the Jewish/Israeli Blogosphere #303

Welcome to the February 6, 2011 edition of haveil havalim. Here is the standard boilerplate

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 me.

My apologies for not having a more comprehensive HH, but I have been jammed for time so this sort of a makeshift, thrown together deal. We need hosts. It would be great if you could help carry the load along with the others who have stepped up. And now on to our carnival:

The Rebbetzin’s Husband presents What Parents Do and Defrocking a chassid. Kiss a Mezuzah, one of our newer hosts and someone who has helped quite a bit presents My Rabbi Made Me Buy an iPhone

Israelity shared Cow chocolate, Just another day in the neighborhood and Egypt revolt strangely missing Israeli element.

Seraphic Secret offers Israel, Alone Again. Daniel Ben Shmuel presents Reflections on “Meraglim” (the documentary) and Animal Day In Egypt

Michael Lemming presents The Rabbi Lemming Radio Show-“Crying For Egypt”. Ezzie shared The Kotel in 1932

Judaism

Eli presents Forgive and The Jewish Chronicle – Local couple to hold Twitter organized wedding in Israel

Cosmic X presents Arutz Sheva Interviews MK Einat Wilf and From Song to Song. Chavi presents Convert Rants: Discouraging the Conversion Candidate

Rabbi Yonah blogged about the Sklar Brothers at the coming Jewlicious Festival. Netanel presents Getting Closer

Josh Waxman presents Why I am in favor of murex techelet, pt ii and Should one study secular subjects, independently of Torah?

Nina blogged about The Rise of Reformadox Judaism. Reggie Perrin presents The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara by David Kertzer. Chaviva might have experienced A Mikvah Miracle?

A Mother In Israel shared Video: Undercover Reporter Infiltrates “Taliban Women”

Personal/Miscellaneous

Batya presents Only In Israel Are There Bus Drivers So Great. I don’t know about some of these Red Sox fans and their East Coast driving skills. 😉 The Kosher Cooking Carnival is live.Speaking of recipes you can find A Frugal Ima Frugal Recipe: Thai-Ish Chickpeas’.

At Ima2seven there is It Could Always Be Worse. Maybe we should all work on Celebrating the BIG Stuff. Jessica Gottlieb writes about Motherhood and that Sinking Feeling, which if you ask me is a parenting feeling.

Benji Lovitt presents It’s The ”I’m Homeless” Comedy Tour! and WWZ Vlog #5: Apartment Fire? ‘NOOOO PROH-BLEM!!! Check out Simply Jews Mossad’s Egypt dept: more clarity, please, folks
The Ima is on maternity leave. Check out her Snippets. Someone is doing Jewish Birthday Math.
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.

Best Of The Jewish/Israeli Blogosphere #301

Administrative Notes:

It should be noted that this edition may contain opinions that I disagree with. A blog carnival is a collection of posts from bloggers. This one focuses on the Jewish/Israeli blogosphere. We are no different than any other group of people in that the opinions swing from the far left to the far right. I prefer not to censor voices that I disagree with. I may find your opinion to be misguided, foolish and based on the sort of logic that makes the wise men of Chelm seem like Rhodes Scholars, but you are probably included.

Nor does inclusion mean that I think that all voices are entitled to a forum because they are not. Yet sometimes it is important to display those posts that we think are wrong because they speak for themselves, because they are like the proverbial, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Yes, some of your posts are indeed worth a thousand words but bear in mind that isn’t always a compliment.

Welcome to the 301st edition of haveil havalim. In many editions you might read the following:

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.

Except, I feel kind of funny talking about myself in the third person so… This week was going to be hosted by Frume Sarah but she is ill and so I stepped in. Drop by her blog and wish a Refuah Shleimah.

Anyhoo, I have a house filled with boys, ten year-old boys to be precise. They are here for a slumber party and if you listen carefully you can hear them shrieking, screaming and engaging in all sorts of rambunctious behavior. It is all age appropriate, but I am shell shocked from it.  Sometime soon I need to host this thing again when I have time to do a proper job of it.

I’ll start by promoting one of my posts called, Whiny Bloggers Quit Because It Was Work. Believe it or not, I can build a whole shiur around this. Perhaps we’ll save that for a later date. And now on to the rest of the carnival.

Mordechai Torczyner presents Repent! Signed, Anonymous.

Home Shuling presents Jewish children’s books for grown-ups. And a give-away.

Culture

Avi Green presents The Four Color Media Monitor: Detective Comics Annual 12: Batman hires an Islamist.

Home Shuling presents The best Jewish children’s book of the year – says who?

Humor

Benji Lovitt presents ‘Didja Hear the One about Bibi and the Chocolate Shawarma?’

Israel

Avi Green presents Meet Rami Levy, Zionist entrepreneur posted at Tel-Chai Nation.

Batya presents Jews and Arabs, Can We Live Together-Nearby Peaceably?

Yisroel presents Tu B’Shvat in Israel (My First!) posted at Artzeinu.

Judaism

Susan Barnes presents Discovering Meaning in Ritual.

Chavi presents What to Do If You Question the Validity of Your Conversion and Status Wars: Not Nearly as Fun as Star Wars posted at You’re Not Crazy.

Cosmic X presents Five Levels of Pleasure.

Personal

Mirjam Weiss presents Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates posted at Miriyummy.

Elle presents righting our wrongs posted at On Becoming Devoted.

Politics

Avi Green presents Israeli site reports on the JLA/99 subject posted at The Four Color Media Monitor.

SnoopyTheGoon presents A short keen for Israeli Labor party posted at SimplyJews.

Elise/ Independent Patriot presents Lawfare: From Wansee to the Present posted atLiberty’s Spirit.

Cosmic X presents Gideon Levy’s Intermarried Messiah Lets Him Down posted at****** Cosmic X in Jerusalem ******.

Avi Green presents French FM attacked for country’s support of Gilad Shalit posted atTel-Chai Nation.

Allison Josephs presents The Maccabeats: A Modern Day Chanukah Miracle? | Jew In The City posted at Jew in the City.

leah aharoni presents The Incredible Edible Tu Beshvat Kid Craft posted atIngathered.

Allison Josephs presents You’re Covered: God’s Presence is Closer Than You Think posted at Jew in the City.

Israel

Batya presents Breaking The #1 Safety Rule and Surviving posted at Shiloh Musings.

Challah Hu Akbar presents Internationalizing the Temple Mount posted at Challah Hu Akbar.

Challah Hu Akbar presents Spain & USAID Involved with ‘Travel to Palestine’ Website that Eliminates Israel – Update posted at Challah Hu Akbar.

A Soldier’s Mother presents Rockets are Falling Again posted at A Soldier’s Mother.

Batya presents Dramatic, Photogenic, But No Connection to Their Cause.

davebender presents Israel: ‘Can You Do This Where You Live?’ posted at Israel At Level Ground.

Rivkah presents Dear FeistyFrummy and This Would Never Happen in America posted at Bat Aliyah.

westbankmama presents Assertiveness Training ? Part 2 and Assertiveness Training ? Part 3.”

Sara Layah Shomron presents Gush Katif Education Week: Remembering is the First Step to Rebuilding posted at Shiloh Musings.

Daniel Ben Shmuel presents “Brother Esau” posted at THE JEWISH FIST: A Call to Resurrect the Jewish Scholar-Warrior of Old.

harry presents The end of the line on Jaffa Road posted at Israelity and From Sudan to Jerusalem posted at Israelity.

harry presents Munich memories posted at Israelity.

Joel Katz presents Religion and State in Israel – January 17, 2011 (Section 1) and  (Section 2).

Jewish music

Rivki @ life in the married lane presents I am a rock-star mommy (and you can be one, too).

Judaism

Lady-Light presents Tu b’Shevat and the Holiness of the Land of Israel.

Ben-Yehudah presents Two Rabbis On Messianism.

Rachel Barenblat presents A Short Haggadah for Tu BiShvat.

Batya presents The Fun of Living Here in Israel, A Jewish Country posted at me-ander.

Mirjam Weiss presents No Awful Offal posted at Miriyummy, saying, “Memories of preparing for Shabbat — nothing tastes as wonderful as a memory.”

Rahel presents Elms in the Yard.

Batya presents Haunted Simcha (Joyous Event).

Torah

David Tzohar presents Pharaoh’s plea to the heavenly court: “G-d made me do it”.

Rivki @ life in the married lane presents Torah Tuesdays ? No pain, no gain.

Daniel Ben Shmuel presents Why Did The Feminist Chicken Cross The Road?

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.

The Best of Jewish/Israeli Blogosphere

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Haveil Havalim-The Empty Seat At My Seder Edition

Welcome to Haveil Havalim-The Empty Seat At My Seder Edition. This past week we lost my grandmother, Miriam bat Shoshana and as a result will have one less seat to fill at my seder.

At a hair short of 41 I have been privileged and blessed with grandparents for longer than many of my friends. I have learned much from them and taken great joy in watching them play with their great grandchildren. Due to family obligations this edition is a bit rough.

This one is for you grandma.

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.’

Israel

Rubin Reports presents The Obama Administration’s Coolness to Israel is No Mirage but it is a Manageable Problem. A Soldier’s Mother wrote The Vision of an Art Sale.

Yourish Shares Why no Israeli ships are hijacked by pirates. At Bookworm you can read Israel and the liberal noise machine.

My Right Word Asks In which Country Italy thinks Jerusalem is in. Perhaps they should watch this video.

Yoav shares some thoughts about a soldier’s feelings on guns and responsibility. Read About Ruti’s Obstacle to Peace Kit.

The always dependable Joel Katz shared Religion and State in Israel parts one and two. Shiloh Musings writes that The EU official is Right, Jerusalem is Not Tel Aviv and International Media Incitement Against Israel.

Here are 8 Ways to Improve Your Hebrew. Israelity is Hiking The Himilayas The Jewish Way.

Jessica is Celeb Spotting in Jerusalem. Want a reason to visit Israel? Go read Ok, Kids, Stop Texting for Five Seconds and Listen to Uncle Benji.

In his Jerusalem Post blog, Yisrael Medad goes “oy” over Jerusalem. Don’t forget to see what Came To Shiloh.

Judaism

Schvach wrote Brain Melt. In the Insanity before Passover I Couldn’t Resist, or so she said. 😉

Dov Bear wrote about The Jewish Reformation. Mottel covered the bbq with Lubavitch.com Hosts Jewish Digerati at SXSW Festival’s Kosher BBQ. Don’t forget to also read The End of Austin.

Reb Chaim HaQoton wrote Vayikra—Positively Burnt.

Frume Sarah is Conflicted about Kitniyot. Jacob shares 102 Cool Passover YouTube videos.

Jewlicious covered Passover, Bondage, Goofy Dancing Teens and Gilad Shalit.  Harryer Than Them All wrote The Song of Silence.

Artzeinu blog wrote A Calm View of Raging Issues.Ki Yachol Nuchal wrote a bit about cleaning for Pesach. Parsha Blog asks Should there be a petucha before Vayikra 7:22 or before Vayikra 7:28?

Tzedek Tzedek asks the important question about What Can Parents Do To Prevent Sexual Abuse.

Binyamin Miller presents The freedom of being slaves to G-d and Using Grape Juice for Four Cups.

Chabad Lubavitch presents The Rebbe in 1964: On Jewish Education, Community, Responsibilty.

TRS presents 11 Nissan approaches

Phyllis presents It’s OUR Story: TweetTheExodus. Frum Satire says that some Sephardim say that Kitniyot Laws are Racist.

The Rebbitzin’s husband wrote Burying a Suicide Victim in a Jewish Cemetery and Shh…the Rabbi is coming.

Chaviva,  in the midst of making Passover Haikus she also wants to know Pesach Cometh, Have You Shaken Your Books?

Personal

Have you ever considered whether there is a distinction between being a spouse or a partner? Friday Confession: I Don’t Want To Be A Partner.

Dr. Helen poses the interesting question Is there such a thing as male or female blogging?
Benji wants to see Nathan Lane as Herod.

Go read Our Heart-i-versary – The First! Part I.

Hadassa presents Thank You for All the Cleaning by Hadassa DeYoung.

SnoopyTheGoon presents In defense of my mixed feelings.

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.

P.S. If you have any feedback on the new design please feel free to leave it in the comments.

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.

Israel
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.

Judaism

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…

Personal/Miscellaneous

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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