Sunday, June 21, 2009

Haveil Havalim 222: The The The The The Edition

Welcome to the I'm-writing-this-Haveil-Havalim-on-Tuesday-because-I-have-a-smicha-test-(melicha, simanim 69-78)-on-Sunday-morning-and-I-need-more-than-three-hours-of-sleep-the-night-before-edition of HH!

Or maybe it's the My-kallah-is-in-town-and-I-have-better-things-to-do-(I know your skeptical, but it's true)-than-sit-in-front-of-a-computer-screen-for five-hours-reading-people's-posts-edition of HH!

Perhaps it's the I've-always-desperately-wanted-attention-and-I've-finally-figured-out-a-sure-fire-way-to-get-it-edition of HH!

Or maybe it's the I've-just-used-more-hyphens-in-four-paragraphs-than-the-average-blogger-uses-in-a-month's-worth-of-blogging-edition of HH!

Because, as you know, every Haveil Havalim has to have a theme, a leitmotif, a general idea running throughout that connects the disparate posts into the semblance of a whole that we might wish them to be, an association of thoughts that act together (in concert) in a presentation of commonality that might be missing if the theme weren't there, a... you get the point. So, without further ado, I present to you THE GREATEST HAVEIL HAVALIM TO EVER BE (PARTIALLY) TYPED ON AN iPOD TOUCH (OS 2.1!) IN THE HISTORY OF MAN OR MACHINE!

But first, a word from our sponsors...

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.'

So here we are, all ready for a new edition of HH, and the time has come for me to make a big admission of guilt: Whenever a new HH is hot off the press I immediately scroll down looking for my name and seeing what was written about me. Because really, isn't that the point? I'm sure I'm not the only blogger who engages in this shockingly narcissistic behavior, and therefore I'm saddened to have to tell the vast majority of you that in fact I won't be writing anything particularly special about you. Sorry. Now on with the show.

First of all, most importantly, my wonderful Kallah le7 blogged all about our meeting and engagement for The Jewish Wedding Network with First Comes Blog, Then Comes Marriage, and she also blogged about other facets of being engaged on her own blog, Free Elisheva!, with Stream of Unconsciousness: Wamma Bamma Engagement Update Edition. For really cute pictures of my (and her future) nieces, check out The Day After: A trip to the Brooklyn Children's Museum over on the TRS+le7 blog.

presents When Jews are Targets posted at My Views on the News, saying, "Delusions become dangerous not when we start to believe them but when we stop questioning. Why are we afraid to face the obvious facts? Because the facts hurt too badly. So we hide behind two-state solutions, and pullouts, and dialogue and bridge building..."


Chaim presents The Jailhouse Bar Mitzvah Scandal posted at Chaim Rubin, saying, "About Jailhouse Bar Mitzvah"

Leora Wenger presents Haveil Havalim and JPIX posted at Here in HP, saying, "Please advertise JPIX. So everybody, whatever JPIX is, go do it!

presents Noodle posted at Tikkun Olam, saying, "Don't know if this falls under the category of culture or religion or humor or...tragedy."

HistoryLady-Light presents We Are Settlers: Plain and Simple posted at Tikkun Olam.

rutimizrachi presents It's not about the Holocaust, Mr. President. posted at Ki Yachol Nuchal!, saying, "Rabbi Cardozo gives a little history lesson to Mr. Obama."

e presents Internet is Evil at The Highway back to Krenitz.


presents Who Is Rabbi Lemming? posted at Esser Agaroth.

Toby Curwin
presents No, it doesn't really say that... posted at A Time of the Signs.


Joel Katz presents Religion and State in Israel - June 15, 2009 (Section 1) posted at Religion and State in Israel, saying, "Shalom, Religion and State in Israel is the only review of media coverage on issues of religion and state in Israel. Religion and State in Israel is not affiliated with any organization or movement."

Joel Katz presents Religion and State in Israel - June 15, 2009 (Section 2) posted at Religion and State in Israel.

Yisrael Medad presents West Bank Birthing posted at My Right Word.

Jacob Richman
presents Good News from Israel: Pictures of the Ma'ale Adumim Anglo Forum posted at Good News from Israel.

Ariel Ben Yochanan presents IDF Is Not a Jewish Army posted at The Torah Revolution.

presents Adam Adama posted at Israelity.

presents The iPhone finally makes it to Israel posted at Israelity.

Yisrael Medad presents OU Goes Up to Temple Mount posted at My Right Word.

presents Liev and Naomi’s Israeli vacation posted at Israelity.

Avraham Rephael (aka Bar Kochba)
presents One Land for One People posted at For Zion's Sake.

presents Beach Grievance posted at Esser Agaroth.

presents Why Can't Israel Be A "Normal" Country? posted at Shiloh Musings.

Mrs. S.
presents Guest Post: Rak Smachot posted at Our Shiputzim: A Work In Progress, saying, "Thanks for all your efforts!"

presents Disengage posted at Occidental Israeli.

Robert J. Avrech
presents Obama's Anti-Rational Losing Streak posted at Seraphic Secret.

Ben-Yehudah presents Speaking The Truth posted at Esser Agaroth.


Devorah presents A soul's sole concern posted at Mashiach is coming.

Schvach Yid presents Schvach - פני דל posted at Schvach - פני דל.

Rabbi Leigh Ann Kopans presents Let's Talk About Hair posted at Ashi & Rami.

Schvach Yid presents Schvach - פני דל posted at Schvach - פני דל.

Cynthia Samuels presents Don't Gel Too Soon : Sunrise, Sunset: an Amazing Day of Jewish Rituals posted at Cynthia Samuels, saying, "This is an account of a single remarkable day of Jewish ritual - from bris to funeral to wedding to bar mitzvah, and what it means."

Eliyahu Fink
presents What Is The Appropriate Reaction? posted at Pacific Jewish Center | Rabbi.

presents Conversations in Klal: Ordering Klal's Problems posted at Conversations in Klal.
presents New Blog: An Archivist Discovers the Rebbe posted at The Blog, saying, " launches a new blog exploring the Rebbe's life and teachings. Manuscripts, letters, firsthand experiences and more."

presents Silencing Dissent, Hushing Up Scandal posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS.



Baila Brecher
presents a powerful post, The executioner in my living room posted at Ill call Baila.

Home Shuling
presents It doesn't take $95 posted at Home-shuling.

presents Don't Have the Answers, But Glad You Asked posted at Nad-ned Nad-ned.

rickismom presents Spouses and Parents: Giving us Wings posted at Beneath the Wings.

presents American Jews: Obama or Torah? posted at APRPEH, saying, "Will Obama finally be the tool to wrench American Jews from the Democrats? Also a review of Bibi's Bar-Ilan talk."

Josh Waxman presents Was Rachav an innkeeper or a harlot? posted at parshablog.

presents The Fool Who Beats His Head Against the Wall posted at Tikkun Olam, saying, "self-explanatory"

presents Presidential Seal of Approval posted at Movin' On Up!, saying, "It is a little self-aggrandizing, because I also want to get my comment on her article out there; but I think this is a very good essay by Laura Ben-David."

Barbara presents U.N. to Sue Israel? posted at BARBARA'S TCHATZKAHS.

APRPEH presents Will The Jews Choose Obama Over Israel? posted at APRPEH, saying, "Based upon articles by Jeffrey Goldberg and Samuel Freedman, this post takes the opinion that Jews should not support Obama's efforts to stop Jews from living in Yehuda and Shomron."

Them Random Shtuff

Aaron Honung presents Why The Forward is Wrong on J-Org CEO Pay posted at TJC Newsdesk.

Something Different
presents Basar V'dagim and WHICH Matamim? posted at A Blob of Something Different.

Mordechai Torczyner
presents Who needs rabbinic leadership? posted at The Rebbetzin's Husband.

CA presents "
Corpse in the living room; a girl’s best friend" posted at V = I·R "[the real modern Orthodox blog]"

Lion of Zion presents Tzitzit Wearer and the Most Beautiful Girl in the World (Idan Yaniv) posted at Lion of Zion.

Yossi presents Facebook Frustrations over at A Bochur in Lubavitch.

Cheerio presents I'm Back at Questing.

C Presents Talking about little kids making jokes... at Not Really THAT Frustrated....

Altie presents It's raining, it's pouring at BLoGGinG FrOM ThE HoLy LAnD.

Auntie Mims presents A letter to G-d at Dichotomy: A split by which a person experiences or sees opposing forces.

Sarabonne presents Jolly Green Giants at Musings.

C presents Ramblings of Procrastination at Not Really THAT Frustrated....

Cheerio presents Sarah Rifka at Hip in the Heights.

Mottel (Mazel tov!) presents Picture of the Week: Still Alive After the Wedding Edition at Letters of Thought.

Altie presents Blog Name at BLoGGinG FrOM ThE HoLy LAnD.

e presents This Is Your Religion, Part I: Healing Clothes at The Highway back to Krenitz.

The end.

Please send your posts for the next edition of the Haveil Havalim Blog Carnival via the Blog Carnival Submission Form. If you're interested in hosting or receiving more information about the carnival, please contact Jack at talktojacknow-at-sbcglobal-dot-net (and please, for the sake of our hosts, try not to submit more than 3 posts a week!)

I'll be hosting the Kosher Cooking Carnival next week, and I should have a little more time for it than this one... so send your shtuff in! Excellent.


Jack Steiner said...

Yaasher Koach!

YMedad said...

First, Mazal Tov. And blogging is the new shitah for shidduch.

Second, great HH work.

Altie said...

wait, that was it? wheres the whole post? that was it?

yay!!! i see my blog!! so cool.

how does this work, could i do havel haveillim, or do u need to have some supernatural skills?

wait, that was it?

Cheerio said...

whats this kosher carnival thing?

Esser Agaroth said...


Thanks for hosting, and thanks for the links.

Haveil Havalim #222 Is Up!

BTW, when's the wedding?

Is the entire JBlogosphere invited?

What about a JBlog-themed Sheva Brachos?

Altie said...

BY: dont u live in israel? howd u be able to attend?

Esser Agaroth said...



That's not the point. It's nice to be invited. :-}

Esser Agaroth said...

...and it makes sense to have a JBlogosphere-themed 7 Brochos, doesn't it?

Altie said...



and, u missed it tnite. ok, i KNOW the other bloggers have met b4, but this was my 1st time, it was so much fun. see my blog soonish (tomorrow?) for update on story.

toby said...

First, well done and thanks for the link!

Altie and Ben-Yehuda: maybe they'll get married in Israel? I think it should be up for the next vote :)

Altie said...

lol i highly doubt it, unless moshiach comes from now till then, which it obviously will.

Batya said...

me-ander: A Real Mazal Tov, HH!

Leora said...

Thanks for mentioning JPIX so high up in HH.
J = Jewish
PIX = Pictures
Take a picture. A good one. Post in on your blog. Submit to carnival. Be featured with a linked thumbnail photo along with other Jewish photo bloggers from around the planet. Lots of visitors like JPIX!

Mazel tov on the upcoming wedding. May you both know many years of happiness together. And a Jblogosphere Sheva Brachot sounds like a great idea. Is that legal?

Mrs. S. said...

Mazal tov! May you and your kallah be privileged to build a bayit neeman b'Yisrael!

Kol hakavod, and thanks for the link.

Baila said...

Mazal Tov! What a great way to meet--I'm going to have my daughters start blogs in a couple of years!

And thanks for the link.

bonne said...

I've already said Mazel Tov a dozen times and then once more but mazel tov again. Thanks for the mention and good luck on the smicha test.

rutimizrachi said...

Mazal tov, to the Kallah and her Future Rabbi! I give you the bracha that you will be as happy together in 25 years as The Dearly Beloved and I are, bli ayin hara, puh-puh-puh.

I'll make something delish for the virtual sheva brachot, if Jameel will provide waffles.

Altie said...

what is HH?

Just like a guy said...

Jack+Y Medad+Toby+Muse+Mrs. S+Baila+Sara+Rutimizrachi: Thanks!

Altie: Sure you could. Just contact Jack.

Cheerio: It's the Kosher Cooking Carnival. Read the link.

Ben Yehudah: It's going to be right before Rosh Hashanah in Milwaukee-we'd love to have you, and all bloggers!

Leora: You're welcome. Why wouldn't it be?

Altie: It's a carnival of Jewish-themed links, appearing once a week every week.

Altie said...

thats it? just a carnival? and i thought u actually had to write something of importance.....

Just like a guy said...

Check out my other two HHs which featured much lengthier expositions.

Altie said...

i still dont get it. you just put up tons of links to other blogs, but dont actually write something yourself? whats the point in that?

Just like a guy said...

Did you look at the first two I wrote? I wrote a lot there.

Altie said...

oh i followed the link and saw the newest one so i thought there wasnt anymore. after i scrolled down down down down doooooown the page, i saw some more. will read them when i have a chance, but busy now. thanks.

Esser Agaroth said...

You can post some of your stuff.

There are many reasons to host a blog carnival.

You can meet other bloggers you've never met before, get publicity and added bumps in traffic on your blog, all sorts of reasons.

Altie said...

id never know how to do it. it looks so confusing.

Just like a guy said...

It takes a few hours, but it's not difficult.

Altie said...

hours??? seriously? i dont have that kind of time

Esser Agaroth said...

The more editions you read, the more ideas you get.

There's a user friendly insta-carnival you can edit, or stick with good ol' HTML or Blogger's Compose mode.

The more you do it the less time, and the less Motza"Sh all-nighters, you do. ;-}

Start as soon as start getting stuff on Sunday.

Ask Jack, for more info.

Just like a guy said...

You stay up until 7 AM anyway most nights, I'm sure it won't be that much of a sacrifice.

Altie said...

yes, but i stay up doing IMPORTANT things. do not mistake that.

maybe i will try to host it.

Lady-Light said...

You sound sooooo happy!!! I-also-am-happy-for-you-!! (See, I can use hyphens, too.).
This is a lovely, happy post; and (by gosh) I expect you to invite ALL of us bloggers (uh, and pay our airfare, too...heheh).
But really, Mazal Tov to you and your Kallah, and thank you so much for linking my posts!
Kol tuv.

Just like a guy said...

I am soooooo happy! Thanks!

Everyone is invited. You may all pay your own plane tickets, but you get a free dinner if you come!

Altie said...

that is so generous!! free food??? i am so there!
(according to a sem girl, free food is like gold. ha. i am so not coming for the food.)

Esser Agaroth said...

Pay for my own plane ticket?


You're probably only handing out benchers to your guests instead of a whole set of Sha"s.

Just like a guy said...

I was thinking of giving out "The complete TRS"...

Altie said...

that is a good idea. but think of how much it would cost to print all those papers....

Mottel said...

Thanks for the link drop on a week I was too busy to submit to HH! But a million links for LE7 . . . Talk about an over kill on sap! Groan!
I'm so happy that you got the new firmware for the iTouch - it must be amazing to write a blog post with cut and paste (something my PRE did from the start . . . Oh and my TREO 700p.) Enjoy the $10 well spent (Did I ever tell you my Zune gets all firmware upgrades for free?)

e said...

Ok. Whenever I subscribe to TRS' posts too late, there are bajillions of comments, and I can't wade through them all. I'm gonna need to comment earlier next time.

Just like a guy said...

Altie: Or else we just provide free netbooks for everyone!

Mottel: Thanks for your kind and generous words.

e: Or just ask me to have you put on the comment subscription list... btw, did you sign me up for your post subscription list?

e said...

I unsubscribed from that because I didn't like how comments from different people came as separate conversations. It made the blog IMPOSSIBLE to follow.

e said...

I'll subscribe you ASAP.

e said...

You're subscribed! Would you like comments too?

Just like a guy said...

e: thanks. And re: comments... No thanks, I'd have the same issue.

Yitzchak Goodman said...

Does this edition of HH ossur a kedei klipah?

Just like a guy said...

No, it's Chan"an!