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
Dlevy discusses the state of marriage in America. In short, Rabbis should get out of the marriage business. Great post.
Aryeh Cohen has a beautiful new kinah for us during these Nine Days. It’s really nice. And I’m usually not big on poems.
As a follow-up to his post from last week, Kung Fu Jew has more to say about Breaking the Silence. Good stuff, KFJ.
Syrian New Jersey Rabbinic Organ Laundering
Or whatever this scandal is about.
Not quite sure what My Right Word is implying by his juxtaposition here.
Humor
At A Time of the Signs, a new photo of an oddly-worded Israeli road sign. Look out!
At Me-Ander, a blogger runs into serious trouble. The Nine Days have started, and according to custom she can’t do laundry until they’re over. Unfortunately, her washing machine is spewing water.
Rabbi Fleischman of NY’s Funniest Rabbi has this interview with author and blogger Quinn Cummings.
He also has a post with, among other things, some musings about who should play Bernie Madoff in the movie.
At How to Be Israeli, a new emotion is discovered in Israel: Green grass envy.
The Rebbetzin’s Husband contemplates what would happen in a variety of odd and unlikely in-shul situations.
Heshy Fried this week wonders about the variety of sins he would have committed in biblical times.
The Real Shliach comapres driver’s ed classes to “Chosson classes.” He also has a hilarious Nine Days poll up.
At Letters of Thought: A riddle.
Like me, Benji Lovitt spent his summer at camp. And like me, he hasn’t been blogging much while at camp. Now he’s Dusting Off the Blog.
My Right Word wonders about Britney Spears’ choice of Jewish and not Jewish jewelery.
Israel
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 Ki Yachol Nuchal, a story from Gush Katif.
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.
The blog Esser Agaroth throws in its two cents on a new documentary about the Disengagement from Gaza.
Occidental Israeli offers up this list of things he wants to do in Israel. Among them, this gem: “Hear Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah, right before the 2am news on Galgalatz.”
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.
Craft Strew has some beautiful pictures of the blogger’s home in Israel.
At The Israel Situation, some thoughts about Arabs in West Jerusalem and Jews in East Jerusalem.
At Seraphic Secret, a comparison of old Hollywood women’s head-coverings and contemporary Israeli women’s head-coverings.
Judaism
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!
Friar Yid: No Twitter in Shul, Please.
More from My Right Word: Hunger strikes!
The Rebbetzin’s Husband writes this week about the things that get him fired up enough to start Banging on the Shtender during a sermon or d’var.
At Parshablog, a fascinating discussion of the case of a missing yud in this week’s Torah portion.
Ilana-Davita: “I think the most important thing we can do is to inculcate in our children intellectual perspicacity and intellectual and moral courage.”
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
The blog First Fruits has a State of the Pantry Address for us this week, detailing the frustrations of living a culinarily kosher life and having extreme food allergies.
So I switched the category around a little on this one, but Good News From Israel has a new video for learning Hebrew kitchen vocab.
Personal
At Shtetl Fabulous, in a post titled I’m a Hustler, Baby, the blogger meets a guy who works for WNYC, NYC’s NPR station, on a train and gets a nice little oppurtunity out of the chance meeting.
At Homeshuling, we have this week the story of planning a birthday for a young member of the tribe.
The Sandman relays a very intimate story about a boy whose life was severely in danger and the role he played in helping the boy live.
More from Rabbi Fleischman: A Shavua Tov post from the beginning of the week with some musings on the role of technology in his life.
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.]”
At Random Thoughts, the story of a blogger’s bullied child. Also, JackB is Sailing in Uncharted Waters.
At tikkun olam, the blogger makes some observations about her soldier daughter’s recent visit home in My Soldier Daughter is ‘Home’ for a Visit!
Shavua Tov!