Rabbi Phyllis Sommer, blogger of Ima on (and off) the Bimah, pointed out recently that Haveil Havalim, the so-called Jewish Blog Carnival, has become a rather conservative affair. With the grand exception of a few progressive regular Haveil Havalim submitters (like herself and Benji Lovitt of What War Zone?), most of the folks submitting their blog posts to the carnival are at least a little to the right of those of us here at Jewschool. Rabbi Phyllis even called us Jewschoolers out by name, asking why we didn’t participate.
So in answer to her call for progressive voices in Haveil Havalim, here we are. And to those of you who are regular readers of Haveil Havalim, but first time visitors to Jewschool, bruchim haba’im l’Jewschool. Welcome.
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 Kohelet, (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 let’s begin.
Posts from This Week Here at Jewschool
Syrian New Jersey Rabbinic Organ Laundering
Or whatever this scandal is about.
Rabbi Fleischman of NY’s Funniest Rabbi has this interview with author and blogger Quinn Cummings.
Heshy Fried this week wonders about the variety of sins he would have committed in biblical times.
The Velveteen Rabbi, Rachel Barenblat, writes this week about the now-infamous Cellcom ad from Israel. She notes what happened when a group of Palestinians actually threw a soccer ball over the wall. She also calls a Jewschooler out on his nonchalant reaction to the ad.
At Sweet Home Yerushalayim, a blog of that whole genre of blogs by people who’ve made Aliyah, Tisha B’Av is at the forefront of the blogger’s mind. As we enter the nine days, Rena Chernin poetically recalls her first Tisha B’Av in Israel in Unburying and Rebuilding.
At tikkun olam, in From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters: Final Segment, the blogger would like to point something out about the Palestinian National Charter.
Also at Occidental Israeli: Some musings about a new and controversial piece of land ownership legislation in Israel.
Israelity asks this all-important question: How do you say Hannah Montana in Hebrew? Also at Israelity, the story of a huge clock heist in Israel. Also, a blogger vists everywhere they’ve ever lived in Israel virtually with the help of GoogleMaps streetview-like service Zoomap.co.il.
At Achas L’Maala V’Sheva L’Matta, a post that I honestly can’t figure out. Something about halachah and autism. Also at Achas L’Maala, a story about the blogger’s father, the post’s titular “Best Bachur in Yeshiva Gedola Melk-Mauthausen.”
***** Cosmic X in Jerusalem ***** is *ahem* under the impression that Obama is a “racist sleazebag.” Also, all Israelis apparently hate him and make pictures of him burning in hell. But he apparently goes nuts for Walter Cronkite.
At Good News From Israel, a completely useful item: A three-year Jewish calendar card that one can dowload and print out for free and carry around. I’m printing mine out right now.
At On the Fringe-Al Tzitzit, the blogger wants to hear from some Baalot Tshuvot. Where are you, ladies? BTW, I wish I’d thought of this blog name. I love it!
At Parshablog, a fascinating discussion of the case of a missing yud in this week’s Torah portion.
Not Just Typical wonders whether our efforts to weep during the Nine Days are all in vain. Is there, the blogger wonders, a disconnect between the aim and the method?
Lion of Zion would like to see an effort toward Bikur Cholim for non-Jews. Also at Lion of Zion, a real whopper of a post on shiduchim and families with children who have Down Syndrome.
Food and Kashrut
A Simple Jew takes a step back and considers the twists and turns his blog has taken over time, addressing comments from his readers about the blog’s changing direction.
At Beneath the Wings, thoughts about a fraternal feud in the blogger’s family. Also, this oddity: “With the amazing technology available today, you can not only play “war games” on computer, you can play against other, real people the same war games on-line. [I am NOT recommending this, and it is NOT normal Orthodox Jewish behavior.]”