Haveil Havalim — FrumeSarah-style
I have never thought that it was right to enjoy the efforts of others without making some type of contribution to the cause. Take the MANY pledge drives held by public radio. Every montik un donershtik …another pledge drive. And I faithfully contribute. I can’t help myself. Ever since the time one of the producers said that you are actually guilty of theft if you listen without paying. After all, my life is significantly enriched by what I hear on NPR. I don’t always agree with what I hear, but I certainly learn a lot. So I contribute.
Which brings me to this week’s Haveil Havalim. I have been included many times in this fun Blog Carnival. So it’s only right that I take a turn at hosting. It wasn’t so hard, actually. Thankfully, the Ima hosted last week so she was able to give some words of advice first:
It was not so bad. But I started on Thursday. I realized then that if I had started the whole thing on Motzei Shabbat I would have been up all night.
And boy, was she right! I took it a step further and actually worked on it all week so that it was mostly done by Motzei Shabbat. That left just about 15 or so submissions to handle last night.
A reminder of the genesis of this carnival:
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.’
Please please please publicize HH on your own blog and share the news about it!
And so I present, Haveil Havalim — FrumeSarah-style!
First up, Lag B’Omer
Leora wins the award for finding a connection between Lag B’Omer and Memorial Day!
Is there a connection between Lag B’Omer and Jewish nationalism? Read Tzipiyah to find out.
Shira asks some legitimate questions about a woman’s obligation…or lack thereof. Ms. Square Peg finds herself in the odd position of praying more than many women in both the Conservative and Orthodox camps.
Burn-baby-burn over at Me-ander.
Can you go home again? NY’s Funniest Rabbi reflects from a HS reunion.
West Bank Mama says you don’t check your brains at the door just because you live an observant lifestyle.
Tradition and modernity collide over at Hatam Soferet.
The Ima shows how one selfless act can bring light and love to others…and have an amazing impact on one’s self too.
Obama is working the room…after room…after room. In search of the Jewish vote, according to Yid-with-A-Lid.
The Lion of Zion as a matchmaker?
What do you know about the Jewish community in France? Ilana-Davita shares her perspective.
The Kvetching Runner’s exchange with her mother might sound a little too familiar.
Yael shares how the more things change, the more they (sadly) stay the same.
Yid-with-A-Lid shares a story that reinforces the idea that you don’t have to go to France (Dreyfus anyone?) or the south (Leo Frank) to see how anti-Semetism is alive and well.
A man after my own grammatical heart — the Lion of Zion chimes in with some great thoughts!
Yitz shares an interesting parable by the BeSh”T as told by his grandson.
The Velveteen Rabbi takes a poetic look at this week’s Parashah (which is Bechukotai in case you were wondering.)
As has been said before over at Al Tzitzit-On the Fringe, the war to determine who defines Orthodox Judaism affects all Jews.
The Tzniyyut Police strike again, as reported by The Jewess.
Along similiar lines, Tzipiyah wonders how to find the balance between a secular and sacred place.
On a similiar note, A Mother in Israel spotlights a fringe approach to frumkeit.
And more on cult-like behaviour from Dr. Savta.
Yisrael Medad writes a letter to Abbas.
Gila contemplates the insanity of the situation.
History is in the eye of the beholder according to the Judeopundit.
Esser Aggaroth takes a wild ride.
SoccerDad submitted an interesting entry about Ashkelon.
Israel@60 celebrations continue this month. Check it out here
People throw the word apartheid around and connect it with Israel. Daled Amos tells us why that is just plain innaccurate.
Treppenwitz thoughtfully shares why it is so hard not to suspect everyone.
Is peace a real possibility? Dr. Savta weighes in.
Some reflections on Olmert and Bush from Shiloh Musings.
Soccer Dad reminds Clark Hoyt (public editor of the NY Times) that better acccuracy is required in reporting.
More on the ruling in France by Yid-with-A-Lid.
Going Green in Israel from the Big Felafel.
Another look at going green in Israel…with a political complication…from Michael Green.
Simply Jews gives a little commentary on the architectural style of Tel Aviv.
Personal and Otherwise
Life in the FrummieHouse has its ups-and-downs.
Gila contemplates life after the bombing.
Rabbi Phyllis (aka The Ima) worries about how social pressure affects her son.
Don’t know about you, but as a kid I loved when missionaries came a-knockin’ at the door. So does Jack.
Batya sees a connection between righteousness and punishment.
The stuff of which fairy tales are made on (yes, this is the correct quote!!!) according to Simply Jews.
FrumTeacher reminds us to call a spade a spade.
Is there a right or wrong way to spell ‘chet?’ Check in with the Alto Artist.
Me-ander shares her thoughts and wonders if there is a connection.
I remain in awe of those who are able to write poetry. Check out what happens when NY’s Funniest Rabbi puts pen to paper..
Over at Jewview, we are reminded that “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist Sometimes.”
This was my first attempt so please feel free to leave constructive comments. That will help make it better…if Jack lets host again :)