05 July, 2009

Haveil Havalim #224 - The Fourth of July Weekend Edition

Well, look at me, the longtime lurker, hosting my own edition of Haveil Havalim. I'm a newbie, remember - so please forgive me if I screw anything up too badly :) By the way, if you haven't been here before, do feel free to take a look around while you're here. And now, with no further ado, here's

Haveil Havalim #224 - The Fourth of July Weekend Edition!

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.'

What a lot of categories there are! Let's go in reverse alphabetical, just for fun:


TRS delves into the laws and customs of saying Tachanun in Tachanun II: Knowledge is Power.

Rabbi neil fleischmann looks at love in the parsha at Turning A Curse Into A Blessing.

Muse examines last week's parshat shavua in
Moses and Aaron, Burnt Out Leaders.

Lion of Zion compares ta'amim at Leining Minutiae for Parshat Hukat.

Josh Waxman brings us Galen on the Jews; the Jews on Galen.


William A. Jacobson looks at the latest case of "racism" in London, at Jewish School Held "Racist" For Preferring Jews.

SnoopyTheGoon found a really bizarre photograph - twice! at The Guardian goat guy and a few questions.

Robert J. Avrech examines America's financial future in Obama's Plan to Bankrupt America in One Easy Lesson.

Cosmic X shares a burning image at בראכ חוסיין אובמה, ימח שמו and another at Cynthia McKinney: We demand that the Israeli government call off their attack dogs!


TRS presents us with a little piece of (hopefully) fiction in Bel and the detective.

Shtetl Fabulous reflects on her newly unemployed life in Hitting the Snooze on Type A.

Rutimizrachi shows how insightful her soldier son can be, at Old Guys Through Young Eyes and then shares her happy adventures in One of those days. No! I mean the GOOD kind.

RivkA shares some frightening news at
Medical Update: Unexpected Diagnosis -- Bad News. RivkA, keep strong - we love you! (I just saw that she has posted two more updates since this one, so check them all out.)

Rickismom gives a great speech at Graduation.

Some of the younger heroes in Raizy's household went to camp in
Be Good Be Smart Be Safe Behave.

Muse gave us a whole new definition of sandwich, at How Can I Help From So Far Away?

Mottel gives us a lovely photo-tour of his trip in The Legendary London Trip - Part I.


Yechezkel has an intriguing discussion at Curing Cancer the Torah Way.

The Rebbetzin's Husband begins to look into which organizations share their financial information at Transparency in American Orthodox Jewish Institutions.

Schvach Yid presents A Bissele Moslem Shiur
. I very much enjoyed the third video, but, to each their own :)

Nitzana has really been planning ahead in Hanukkah in July.

LB pleads with Jews worldwide to keep a strong connection to their language at On the Importance of Hebrew.

Ilana-Davita adds a new post to her Mesorah Project at Mesorah Project II.

Harry-er than them all urges us not to be complacent at Purple Haze.

Child Ish Behavior hopes that you vote wisely at Re-Elect The God of The Universe.


Rickismom has a good story at My Son the Soldier and the UN bluff.

Rena Chernin gives us an inside view of weddings in Israel at
No RSVP Required.

Maya shows us some breathtaking photos at Sunset on the Mediterranean and goes on to give us an impressive quiz at Can you read Hebrish?

LB has an interesting take on the current Shabat crisis at Pro-Shabbat or Anti-State? and then goes on to show us a chilling picture of Israel at Zionist Crime.

Joel Katz presents both Religion and State in Israel - June 29, 2009 (Section 1) and Religion and State in Israel - June 29, 2009 (Section 2).

Jessica wants you to know that lots of information about Jerusalem is now available at a click, at Jerusalem online. She also introduces us to a Tel-Aviv coffeehouse at Cafe Birnbaum.

Jacob Richman shares some inspiring news at Good News from Israel: Israeli Grows World’s Longest Cucumber.

David shares his impressions of graduating high school in Israel, at From high school into the frying pan.

Ben-Yehudah reviews and presents a new film at Israel: Rise of the Right (Updated). He then begins to tell us a very moving personal story at Return To French Hill, part 1.

Raizy recaps the events of this past week in A Summary Of The News...For Dumb People.

Mrs. S. presents a "funny because it's true" list at
Top ten ways you know that summer vacation has arrived.

Lady-Light shows us the fun she's having with her grandkids at Tripping Through Life with Dr. Seuss*.

I found a non-Israeli blooper at So fashionable... almost.

Child Ish Behavior shares this opinion of The Psychology of the Kosher Restaurant Consumer.


Lion of Zion seems to have come across some big news at Did A Jew Invent Printing?


The Rebbetzin's Husband wishes it wasn't the way people talk in It’s just the way people talk, right?

Leora presents JPIX: Spring Review Edition - how nice! Maybe I should try to get onto this carnival... although I may need to take pretty pictures, rather than goofy ones...

Eliyahu Fink thinks that our celebrities don't have to be our role models in his Obligatory Michael Jackson Post.

DovBear hosts E. Fink (yep, that E on the line above) who ponders Anonymous vs. Onymous Blogging.

Daled Amos found an intriguing new game show at From Turkey: A Game Show Featuring A Rabbi, A Muslim Imam, A Greek Orthodox Priest, And A Buddhist Monk.


Well, that was fun! Shavua tov to all, and to all a good night.
Please send your posts for the next edition of the Haveil Havalim Blog Carnival via the Blog Carnival Submission Form. The method is very helpful in organizing your posts this week. If you're interested in hosting or receiving more information about the carnival, please contact Jack at talktojacknow-at-sbcglobal-dot-net.


Batya said...

Great job. Thanks!

Jack Steiner said...

Well done. Thank you!

Just like a guy said...

Nice. And no worries, that story wasn't fact.

Maya / מיה said...

Thank you for calling my photos "breathtaking" and including me!! You made my day! And I'm hosting next week... *quakes*

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Cool job, and thanks for the link.

YMedad said...

Very good collection. I forgot again so I'll leave here my follow-up post on my LATimes op-ed.

Anonymous said...

Very nicely done. Thanks for the link and the hard work.

rabbi neil fleischmann said...

There is a great ta'am - flavor to the way things were put together this week. Thanks very much for that.

Rabbi Neil Fleischmann

Esser Agaroth said...


Tanks for hosting, and thanks for the links.

Nicely done. :-}

Haveil Havalim #224 Is Up!

toby said...

Thanks for coming, everyone! I just want you all to know that I truly had a great time doing this carnival - I got to read a lot of blogs that I hadn't seen before. And Maya, don't worry - just work on what is submitted each day, and it doesn't build up too badly :)

Leora said...

Thank you so much for hosting. Yes, definitely, submit to JPIX for September carnival - Batya will be hosting.

Mrs. S. said...

Kol hakavod to you for a wonderful job!

Thanks for the link, and have a great week.

Nitzana said...

Thanks! I found some really great blogs this week. And thanks for the link.

Schvach said...

Super post; I'm glad you enjoyed at least one of the vids. Shavua tov!

Originally From Brooklyn said...


Marjorie said...

awesome job. that must have been a ton of work!

Baila said...

Thanks for hosting. You did a great job.