Haveil Havalim 314 — The Post-Pesach 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.’”
Without further ado…
I really love the message of maintaining mentchlikeit that Ricki’s Mom has for us.
I have long admired Rabbi Mark Hurvitz. Don’t understand him much of the time (he is that smart), but I totally get his passion to tweet Torah to the top this Shavuot. (Rabbi Denise Eger adds her thoughts about this project here.)
Thank you, Batya, for reminding (and showing) us that Jews and Arabs exist side-by-side.
Ruti writes, “Sometimes you just have to show off the writing of your kids. What can I say? A heartfelt exploration of what it is to live in Israel during scary times.”
Speaking of Religion and State, a very troubling story over at Tzedek-Tzedek about the “vandals” who destroyed charity fundraising banners just prior to Pesach.
With the apprehension of the murderers of the Fogel family, The Israel Situation hopes that this will bring some closure to the Itamar community.
Esser Agaroth questions the morality of those who express solidarity with the perpetrators rather than with the victims in A Leftist Passover.
A geography lesson from The Torah Revolution as to the proper way to refer to locations in Israel.
The town of Modiin prepares to celebrate the Royal nuptials with Seven Blessings for Wills and Kate, according to Israelity.
Take a look at this piece of satire on the politics in the Palestinian state by JewTribe over here.
An intriguing interview of an anthropologist who studies food and culture in the shuk courtesy of Truth, Praise and Help.
And Around the Island show us (once again) a unique slice of life in The Land.
New renderings of Hallel by The Velveteen Rabbi. They are stunning.
Each day that passes, as Rabbi Paul Kipnes points out, we are that much closer to our destiny. As we make our way towards the Mountain, we know that JewCamp can’t be far behind. Rabbi Marci Bellow shares the joys of summer camp at Eight Days a Week, (Camp) I Lo-o-o-o-ove You!
With Yom HaShoah being observed this year on May 2, Jacob Richman has compiled a large number of educational resources about the Shoah.
And Batya brings up an interesting point about the story of Esther as a metaphor for the futile nature of peace agreement ceremonies.
Ever wonder why kosher restaurants fail? The Rebbetzin’s Husband has the answer.
Ever on the lookout for enticing KFP edibles, this Pomegranate Popsicle (via HomeShuling) looks delicious! And check out Nosh with Me’s KFP recipes and get a head start on next year’s menu (the Frummies highly recommend the meringues and the chocolate cookies.)
Chutz MiZeh engaged his kids with a reframing of the Four Sons in The Four Children (of Star Wars).
David, of JewSchool fame, offers up this review of Susan Rosenberg’s prison memoir.
And Marjorie points out what is wrong with tween programming in Turned Off.
Chavivah shares a warm recounting of her experience going home for the end of Pesach.
A very insightful, and courageous, post about anorexia from Redefining Rebbetzin.
Over at To Kiss A Mezuzah, Susan shares the first few days after the death of her father, z”l. Ruti honours the memories of two women, z”l, from her Baltimore kehilla who both died just prior to the chag. JaneTheWriter pens a beautiful letter to her mother, z”l. And Rabbi Eleanor Steinman recounts her experience of lighting a yahrtzeit candle for the first time.
From death to life…A stunning piece about birth and conversion from Elle at Becoming Devoted. Elle also finds meaning while being stuck between a slow truck on a country road.
And happy first birthday to Nesyah Hallel. Ad meah v’esrim…but not too quickly.
And that concludes this week’s edition of Haveil Havalim. I hope that you enjoy reading these posts as much as I did!
Next week will be hosted by Esser Agaroth. You can participate in the next edition of HH by using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.