Haveil Havalim #238- The We Love The Dodgers/Angels Edition!

Welcome to Haveil Havalim #238, The We Love The Dodgers/Angels Edition!. Also known as the Best of the Jewish/Israeli blogosphere. (My apologies for the formatting, it is a little wonky today.)

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.’


Read Rabbi Daniel Gordis’s post No Right to Exhaustion in which he discusses the challenges of loving Israel and who has a right to be tired. 

My Right Word disagrees with the OU position on The Temple Mount.

EOZ shared The diplomacy of fear, 2009. At Solomonia Vanessa Redgrave Gets It…Almost Right?

At Good News from Israel you can read about the first Israeli woman to win a Nobel Prize. Other bloggers such  Artzeinu covered it too in Israel Professor Wins Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Life in Israel blogged about Painted Donkeys. Everyone loves Pin Ups. Israelity remembers Mercedes Sosa and talks about Cleaning up after desert.

Religion and State in Israel has their usual round up parts one and two.

Baila wrote about Gilad’s message. Reminds me to remind you to keep tweeting, “Free Shalit.” I am not the only one thinking about Gilad.

At Torat Zion you can read Israel enters into “alliance” with Rappahanock Tribe. At Harry’s Place you can enjoy Nora Clean’s guide to boycotting Zionist entities.

Daled Amos shared The Goldstone Report: Protector Of (Palestinian) Women. Maybe this is a J-Street Joke.

Yaacov Lozowick blogged Goldstone: Curioser and Curioser. Israellycool shared The Day In Israel: Sun Oct 11th, 2009.


President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. I tried not to go overboard on this, but there are an enormous number of posts covering it. Incidentally, for those who claim that this is a right wing carnival I did my best to include posts from left wing bloggers as well. 

Guess what, they don’t like it either.

Yourish had The Miss America President wins the Miss America Peace Prize
Joshuapundit covered it over here
The Rebbetzin’s Husband issued an opinion here.
Fink or Swim
Jewish Atheist 
Conversations in Klal
The Muqata
Daniel Pipes
Daled Amos
Tel Chai Nation
Oleh Girl

Daled Amos New Poll Reveals Whether Being Pro-Israel Matters To American Jewish Voters.

At Commentary Noah Pollak compares and contrasts the leadership styles of Obama and Netanyahu in  Compare and Contrast.

Ingathered compares Obama to Chamberlain. Joshuapundit has the results from the Watcher’s Council.
Somebody has the Post Yom Kippur Blues. At Boker Tov Boulder take a look at 63 pct Support Negotiations with Iran, but 64 pct Say Negotiations Won’t Succeed.

From The Rebbetzin’s Husband, A good minyan is like a well-written novel and Spawning a  Kugel Generation.

Shtetl Fabulous is writing about the Spirit in the Sky. A Simple Jew shared the New Tactics of My Holy Yetzer Ha-Rah.

If you were Harry-er-than them all spoke about Shidduchim. From The Torah Revolution we have the Shallow Truth about Har Habayit and the Kotel.

Balashon greets us all with a Petek. Ingathered cautions against using Etrog Jam.

Ilana Davita has a Must Read post. The Real Shaliach writes about the love that Esau has for us. There is food for thought there. Do you agree.

Have Succah Will Travel– If that headline doesn’t encourage you to read I don’t know what will. Jewschool covered Succot as well.

The Velveteen Rabbi wrote about what it means to celebrate in our Sukkah. Snoopy wrote about Mad Mahmoud’s Jewish Roots.

Planck’s Constant covered The Number of Jews Who Have Won Nobel Prizes. Schvach defined What a Shiksa is.

My Right Word has proof that Psalms do Protect. Shira writes about touching others. The Wolf says that some people think He is Deviant.

Isramom is reflecting on Women, Torah and Brachot. Ariel is talking about Avinu Malkeinu.

Leora discussed Sephardi Piyut of Rosh Hashanah. Esther’s Television is Jewish.

One of the many reasons I like Seraphic Secret is because we are in agreement about The Sound of Music. At Ben Yehudah’s joint you’ll find Orthodox Jewish Boxer To Vie For Crown.

You have to read about Mottel and The Dragon Man. NY’s Funniest Rabbi is thinking Deep Thoughts. More importantly in some respects, please go to his blog and wish his father a Happy Birthday.

Shtetl Fabulous has recipes to share. KRG covered Jewgrass at Jewschool.
I wrote A Fearful Society- Rearing Children in a Scary World.

Ann’s Rants blogged about a first blogiversary. The Ima has been reading a lot of books. Elms in the Yard wrote about hiking.

Go read Benji’s Can I Get A Freaking Vowel In Here. GP has a Hankering for Challah.

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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Authentic Judaism

Typically I don’t link to Hirhurim very often. Gil has been blogging for quite some time now, at least as long as I have and as a result we have had occasion to pass each other here and there.

While we have relatively divergent views about many things I usually find that though we disagree it is done in a tasteful manner. And that makes all the difference to me.

I don’t care if everyone agrees with my point of view. Makes no difference to me whether friends, relatives, neighbors or landsmen think that they have a better way, provided that their way does not hurt people.

Once you cross that line I haven’t any problem in doing what I can to protect others and to thwart the desires of the morons, numbskulls and mental midgets who believe that their blog should be used as a cudgel to inflict a monolithic perspective upon others.

And that is why I have linked to Gil’s post about authentic Judaism. I can guarantee that he and I disagree about it. It is certain that our views are not in line on many of the issues. I am not positive that we would even agree on what authentic Judaism is except in the broadest definition of the term.

But sometimes we set aside the needs of the one for the needs of the many and so this is why you find a post here about authentic Judaism. Perhaps later on I will flesh this out and prepare something that illustrates my view on matter.

Send a Blogger To Israel For The JBlogger Conference

The denizens of the Jblogosphere have the chance to send a blogger to Israel. Yes, friends and neighbors you can help one of your fellow bloggers win a free trip to Israel to attend the Second International Jewish Bloggers Convention.

I am short on time so I am going to quote the Elder here:

Nefesh B’Nefesh is asking Jewish/Israeli bloggers to nominate other bloggers to fly to Israel on a NbN flight, with the proviso that they must write about their experience.

The catch is that we can only nominate other bloggers and must write a blog post as to why we chose that person.

And I am actually going to bend the rules and nominate two people. The first is the inimitable Soccer Dad, my predecessor as the admin of Haveil Havalim.

Every so often you will see posts such as The Golden Age Of The JBlogosphere in which silly old timers talk about how much better things were in the past. Soccer Dad is responsible for many of the positive developments of the present.

He has been a consistent and stable presence within the Jblogosphere and has always been good about trying to help others. His is a labor of love. It is not easy dealing with all of us crazy MOTs and all of the mishegahs surrounding us, but he does it daily.

My second nominee is another elder statesman of the Jblogosphere. The Elder has been around for what seems like forever now. He produces high quality posts that have served as an excellent resource for Israel advocacy.

And again he does so with great regularity. It takes a lot of time and effort to do what these men do and they deserve our thanks and recognition for it.

Links from Around The JBlogosphere

Did Benji ever get a date?
The Big Felafel Discussed The Hebrew U Bombing
Ben Yehuda Shared the Temple Festival
Thanks to Gail
you can learn about Crazy Restaurants from around the world
Feeds impact blog traffic. I need to blog about that.
Soccerdad speaks about Linky love
I liked Leora’s picture.
Read Jameel’s piece about the IRS in Israel

Second Annual JBlogger Conference

Friends if you haven’t heard the Second International Jewish Bloggers Convention is coming soon. Once again it is going to held in Jerusalem. If you haven’t been you don’t know what you are missing out on.

Our favorite wafflemaster Jameel will be there again as will our pal Benji. With any luck you’ll get a chance to enjoy some waffles with Jameel and Chumus with Benji.

Last year we laughed as David took on Bibi. Who knows what can happen this year. The possibilities are endless.