Saturday, January 23, 2010

HH 253: The Real Work Edition

Do you know what time it is? It's Haveil Havalim time! As always I'm doing this at a time way past my bed time, because my good friend Yossi Shomer (Toronto) just got engaged to Batsheva Schreiber (West Hartford) and their lchaim was recently the scene of much celebration by myself, which resulted in, as I said, a rather late putting together of this week's HH. Nu nu. Meanwhile, welcome to another exciting edition of Haveil Havalim, number 253, and as always:

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.'

Moving right along, on with the show, and remember that just because I wrote something doesn't mean I meant it, and just because I didn't write something doesn't mean I didn't mean it.

So then... this week blogged about the Friendship Circle in West Bloomfield, Michigan, which this week inundated everyone's inboxes and Facebook and Twitter and whatnot's with pleas to vote for them. For those who don't yet know, the FC finished in fourth place and received $100,000 which is a pretty nice chunk of change, though it's obviously not the big payday we were all hoping for.

Next up we have
Haiti, that penniless island nation with a penchant for bad news. Jacob Richman wrote about an IDF Search and Rescue Team Saves Man while Batya presents Trying to "Whitewash" The Israeli Contribution in Haiti . Harry gave us some more love with Israelis do their part in Haiti, while Lady-Light had More on Israeli Efficiency and Chesed* and Eric had A Reader Comment About Haiti. Fern Chasida Rabinovitz told us about her National Pride, which is quite understandable. The message from all, of course, is that Israel rocks the house, even if they can't qualify for the World Cup, and anyone who stands in the way of our world dominat-I mean, world salvati-I mean, helping people out, will be swiftly dealt with by us Jewish blogger people. Providing a glorious opportunity for a nice little segue, Batya has a very serious critique of Israel (as opposed to the utterly non-serious previous sentence directly preceding this one about Israel's plans for taking over the world [I just had to make sure y'all understand that was a joke]) with Bullet-Proof, The Fashion I'd Rather Not Need Again, And Thoughts About Israel Helping Haiti, which calls to mind the Talmudic dictum regarding charity starting at home.

As I said, that was a nice segue into some more postings about Israel, including Joel Katz with Religion and State in Israel - January 18, 2010 (Section 1) and Religion and State in Israel - January 18, 2010 (Section 2), very convenient, I know. Continuing in the Israel-religion (aren't the two mutually exclusive?) vein, Batya gives us Religious Freedom in Israel, Bad News for The Jews, and Harry has a post (Second Seasons) about an Israeli tv show called Serugim. Far be it from me to offer an opinion, but from his description of the show, it sure didn't seem like it was about religious singles. Soccer Dad has Galaxies Apart, which features pictures of our holy land (always a good thing), Harry has some more on that landscape with Nostalgia Sunday – Pressed Wildflowers, and Anthony rounds this sentence up nicely while he questions the Israeli High Court with Route 443: Is the High Court Correct?.

Next up is the Yisrael Medad section!

Yisrael Medad presents My Right Word: Amy's Very Jewish Father posted at My Right Word, saying, "MyRightWord notes that Amy Winehouse's father is no different than any Jewish father."

Yisrael Medad presents The Mumble-Jumble of Mondoweiss posted at My Right Word, saying, "MyRightWord decided to take on a leading antizionist."

Yisrael Medad presents There Went Another posted at My Right Word, saying, "Yisrael Medad discovered another Israeli media star who has returned to Judaism. What's happening in Tel Aviv?"

Other shtuff

Chabad presents BLOG: About Black Boxes and Jewish Pride posted at Chabad-Lubavitch news site. As in, next time you're on an airplane, remember that sometimes exciting things happen.

Mottel presents Of Ivy League Towns and Good Beer posted at Letters of Thought, saying, "have a good shabbos" to which I say, "Thank you very much, I did, and I hope yours was equally fulfilling."

Suzy presents The STILL suggestion posted at A bit of Light, and once I'm finished this Haveil Havalim I'll be sure to take her suggestion under consideration, probably in bed. Asleep.

Yossi presents Worldwide Cooties Pandemic which is pretty much self explanatory.

Yossi also presented Running of the Hats, which describes one of the cultural institutions for which Brooklyn is justly famous.

Risa presents The Banality of Love posted at Isramom, saying, "Review of a play"

Batya presents G-d's Canvas posted at me-ander.

Lady-Light presents Screwy U.S. Airline Security Measures-Ripe for Satire posted at Tikkun Olam, saying, "This is so silly, it could have been under "US Airport Security"--er--"Humor."


Soccer Dad presents Remembering the Lamed Heh -- 35 who fought to save Gush Etzion posted at The Muqata جميل في المقاطعة.

HumorLady-Light presents BEST Made-Up Family Word EVER (nablopomo day#10) posted at Tikkun Olam.

Judaism (Our glorious religion)

Micah Streiffer presents Virtually Jewish posted at חוץ מזה - Chutz Mizeh - Otherwise....

David Morris presents Jewish Press - Saving Our Children From Abuse, by David Morris posted at Tzedek-Tzedek, saying, "An article from Tzedek-Tzedek now published in Jewish Press - about the problems of reporting child abuse cases to the police in orthodox communities.

Mordechai Torczyner presents Rabbi Herschel Solnica, z"l posted at The Rebbetzin's Husband.

David Morris presents Directed Anger - Surviving Child Sex-Abuse & Incest posted at Tzedek-Tzedek.

Rachel Barenblat presents Velveteen Rabbi: The nursing mother tallit posted at Velveteen Rabbi, to which I say, "Hey, I've been using my wool tallis for months now without washing..."


Shira Salamone presents Creeping toward consistent kashrut? posted at ON THE FRINGE—AL TZITZIT, saying, "Believe it or not, frozen pancakes help me keep kosher."

Shira Salamone presents Consistent kashrut? Not quite posted at ON THE FRINGE—AL TZITZIT, saying, "Good luck try to keep kosher without convincing your family and friends that you think you're "holier than thou."


leah aharoni presents The Danger of Parenting Books posted at Ingathered.

Mordechai Torczyner presents The Tyranny of the BCC posted at The Rebbetzin's Husband.

Laura Weisskopf Bleill presents Being a Jew in C-U: Quality, Not Quantity posted at, saying, "Thanks!", to which I respond, "You're welcome!"

Hadassah Sabo Milner presents Blatant Racism and Judgmentalism « In the Pink posted at In the Pink, saying, "i wasn't sure which category to place this in - I trust your judgment"-to which I say, "That's funny, because I sure don't trust my judgment."

Hadassah Sabo Milner presents My kids are in shidduchim!! posted at In the Pink, which must be the most stressful thing in the whole world. Do you want your kid coming home with some creep? I didn't think so.

Home Shuling presents Talking about God posted at Home-shuling.

Home Shuling presents Taking care of ourselves posted at Home-shuling.


SnoopyTheGoon presents The water libel: Zionists flooding Gaza to drown Palestinians posted at SimplyJews.

SnoopyTheGoon presents Extremist in Egypt, teacher in London, what else are you, Reza Pankhurst? posted at SimplyJews


Batya presents Transition Leaders, Moses and Samuel posted at Shiloh Musings

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Mottel said...

Good job! Yes, I think my Shabbos was equally good!

Religion and State in Israel said...

Thanks for all your work on HH!

Batya said...

You did Another Really Great job, thanks so much.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Capital job, and thanks for the links!

YMedad said...

Thanks for sectioning me.

Just like a guy said...

Mottel: very glad I am to hear it.

Joel: my pleasure.

Batya: Sure thing, glad you like it.

Snoopy: Thanks!

YMedad: I figured it was time someone appreciated your true worth.

Yossi said...

thanks for linking, and mazal tov to yossi and batsheva!

Jack Steiner said...

Thank you!

David Morris said...

Thanks for all the hard work! Yeshar koach!

Chaviva Gordon-Bennett said...

Bravo! Yet again, I forgot to send in posts :( Beautiful list at any rate!

Just like a guy said...

Yossi: My pleasure.

Jack: You're welcome.

David: Sure thing, t'was my pleasure.

Chaviva: Well, you do have slightly more important things occupying your mind...

Lady-Light said...

...was away for the weekend; just returned today (Monday) to see your beautiful rendition of this week's HH; thank you so much for the links (& the comments).

Just like a guy said...

Such kind words...

wool tallit said...

The black Tallit is used for mourning while the blue one looks like the Israeli flag. Other colors can represent various aspects or things.