Haveil Havalim #285 — Back to the Beginning
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.’”
And just like that, the Chagim have come and gone. 5770 is history and the good news is that I have finally stopped accidentally writing 5770 on my checks.
Without further ado…
Rabbi Larry Bach shares a way of understanding the mitzvot of Sukkot and how they work in concert with one another.
Over at the Tablet, Marjorie explores the impact of coming to the end of a story. Our story.
Reflections on settlers, the Tea Party, family, and compassion from the Velveteen Rabbi.
In addition to the rites and rituals of this season, Risa pays homage to two young men whose lives were stolen at this season in years past.
Batya shares her on-the-ground experience over at Shiloh (literally and figuratively). She also shows how much her grandkids enjoyed the day. (Incidentally, if you are a “local,” Batya cordially invites you to join her at the Tel for Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Women’s Prayers in one week.)
Will the next war be fought using technological warfare? Tzedek-Tzedek wonders if the war with Iran has already began…via computer virus.
Newsflash via Lady-Light: Israelis are a resilient people. Not news to us, but Martin Fletcher has now reported it so it must be so. Lady-Light also shares some opinions on Daniel Freedman’s recent piece as well as a recent offering from Latma TV.
Want to know if you are raising an Israeli? Treppenwitz tells you how you can tell.
Judaism…with a LOT of Sukkot
And a new perspective (that’s chiddush to most of ya’ll) from NY’s Funniest Rabbi on the happiness of The Chag.
Take a look here and here at the joy in Torah as captured by Jacob Richman. There are Jews who look like me. Jews who look like my Lithuanian and Galician forebearers. Jews who don’t look ANYTHING like me. All rejoicing in God’s Revelation through Torah.
Amy, over at Homeshuling, takes us through her search for local scach in New England.
Speaking of Sukkot, Leora takes us on a virtual Sukkah hop, Chavi gives us her take on Sukkah City, the Minnesota Mamaleh takes us inside her sukkah (and subsequent sukkah conversations with her adorable kids), Truth, Praise and Help takes us along to Yosemite, and the Ima helps us define “to dwell.” Seraphic Secret also weighs in with thoughts on Sukkah City.
Hadassah asks if Simchat Torah is only for the men and I take a critical stance on the public unrolling of the Torah — which invited some serious flaming over at the RJ blog.
If we expect our children to be practicing Jews, ought we encourage their talents in activities that will lead them to break mitzvot? I know that this is something with which I struggle. The Rebbetzin’s Husband offers his thoughts here.
Over at Sects and the City, a look at independent minyanim and their effect on organizational structure.
Ever wonder how What War Zone observes the Yamim Noraim?
Sometimes, as Batya has discovered, more choices can solve the problem.
Learning from her own frustrating experience, Sara Layah shares some advice when making gravestone arrangements.
Want to know how to spark your kids’ interest in veggies? Creative Jewish Mom teaches us how to foster an interest.
With the end of the chagim, our prayers turn from acknowledging the Maker of dew to the Maker of rain. How fitting, then, is this post by Elianah-Sharon and the feelings of security and warmth she feels in the rain.
A hearty mazal tov to The Fly Fishing Rabbi on the safe delivery of his twins. May they help build up the House of Israel.
And a very happy double-chai to Benji Lovitt!!!
And that concludes this week’s edition of Haveil Havalim. I hope that you enjoy reading these posts as much as I did!
Unless someone is willing to step forward and share hosting responsibilities, Haveil Havalim will not appear until Sunday, October 24, 2010, when it will be hosted by Isramom. Please, PLEASE do not submit your blog article prior October 17. You may do so by using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.
Artwork: Giovannina Colalillo