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Haveil Havalim #175 — Through the Eyes of Frume Sarah

Sunday, 27 July 2008

I hope you’ve got a lot of discretionary time on your hands because the Jewish Bloggers have been very, very busy this week.


Change is in the air over at Kikar Tzion according to Michael.

Wildbeests in Israel?? Not exactly. But close enough…

Settlements — for or against? Over at The Israel Situation, see how it’s never quite so black-and-white.

When is a tractor attack not JUST a tractor attack? Daled Amos is on the same page.

You’re either against us or you’re against us. SoccerDad weighes in on the lose-lose of the relationship between the US and Israel.

Concerning the struggle with Iran, the Lion of Zion shares the perspective of a Hasid Umot ha-Olam: John Bolton. And speaking of Iran, Daled Amos shows us what the obvious problem is.

Mmm…wake up and smell the coffee! Aroma now open in Machne Yehuda (thanks, Harry!)

If we really controlled the media, the Yid with the Lid would not have needed to write this.

Over at the Lilith Blog, Rebecca Honig Friedman reflects on the words of Udi Goldwasser’s mom.

Show your support for Gilad Shalit with this graphic from Esser Agaroth.

And Judeopundit descibes the perfect birthday celebration for a terrorist.

Read about the newest (oldest?) haute couture over at the Jerumsalemite.

Israeli bureaucracy is unlike any other, according to This Normal Life.

Snoopy the Goon shares an essay about Israel.

Now you tell us. Yid with a Lid shares the story of what really happened with Syria.

It is often said that peace will come when Jews and Muslims come together and talk one-on-one. Gila shares her experience here & here & here.

And the Urban Kvetch checks in with the winners of what has got to be one of the smartest gimmicks of the year.

Over at the Green Prophet, Karen reminds us what we learn in Proverbs (22:6): Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

And Robin shares the joys of Tel Aviv in the summer.


Juggling Frogs uses a real-life parenting situation as a vehicle to better understanding these three weeks. And Barbara shares some insight into this introspective period.

Tradition…tradition! Karen takes her daughter to the same camp she spent 10 blissful summers attending in her youth. And Meshugganah Mommy is also thinking about Jew camp (yay Colour War!!)

The tables are turnes for Tamara Eden when she goes back to school.

Speaking of school, the start of the school year is just around the corner. Are you ready?

What the heck is a Jewish Coach? Let the Jewess tell you.

Who are you? Or better yet, what are you? Chaviva explores a new way of looking at being Jewish.

Mike in Midwood reports on the lack of derekh eretz at the kiddush.

With the federal minimum wage for non-exempt workers now at $6.55 (which is still abysmally low!), it is interesting to see what Wolf has to say about what women are earning (or not earning, as the case may be) in Lakewood.

Tzipiyah explores what comes next.

The Ima reminds us that there is prep work ahead with Elul only one month from now.

Leora teaches what it means when Rabbi Ben Bag Bag tells us to turn it again and again. The Lion of Zion does just that in Piska be-Emtza Pasuk, or This Week’s Parsha Anomoly. And Jack Reichert presents yet ANOTHER way to understand Parashat Matot.

Aliza shares how challenging it can be to pray while struggling with a chronic illness.

Do you get more mitzvah points for doing the hard actions or the easy ones? NY Funniest Rabbi gets all serious with the answer here and here.

And if there is any question whose authority to follow, Daf Notes clears it up.

Batya points out the irony of the English language and writes about head coverings too.

Shira asks “in all seriousness, why is such a big deal made of wearing a kippah or hat in public?”

Still on the topic of attire, The Rebbetzin’s Husband has this to say about the proper way to approach the Supreme Sovereign of Sovereigns.

Having lived in London, MyRightWord is happy to note that Amy Winehouse buys kosher.

And speaking of Jewish food, the Goy Wonder muses about how gefilte fish and the Chosen People are not mutally exclusive over at the Queen of the Road.

Yisrael Medad zeroes in on two Kiryas Joel leavers and finds that Gitty has Friends.

FrumeSatire explains why women can’t be rabbis.


Batya wonders who is the best for Israel.

Yid with the Lid points out some odd “coincidences” about timing.

Rhymes with Right muses “Not since Antiochus Epiphanes has the site of the Temple been desecrated in such a fashion.” Curious? Read on.

Write Like She Talks reports on the shanda at the Kotel. As she points out, “if this story is true, then there is no excuse for a yeshiva student snatching Barack Obama’s note in the Kotel or Ma’ariv publishing it. Come on, people – the world is watching. This would not be right, no matter who it was.” Amen, sister!

Only in Israel! Rahel from Elms in the Yard reports on a disturbing incident in the Knesset. Why can’t we just all get along??

Yisrael means “one who struggles with God.” Jack rightfully earns his place.

Who else but NY’s Funniest Rabbi could so deftly weave together Robert Frost, writing, laziness, saying “I’m just Saying,”and more.

A story of survivial over at Blog d’Elisson.

Leah in Chicago prepares to make a location change, but has precious memories to bring with her.

See how a location change made a positive impact on Vered’s life.

Zemer reflects on his Aliyah experience.

Mottel visits “home” here and here — complete with pictures!

Yetzer yetzer rah rah rah! A Simple Jew shares his struggle.

I grouse about the lack of customer service at Peach’s daycare and how it’s all in the apology.

Channah has survived her son’s first airplane trip and has lived to blog about it.

And Raggedy Mom tries to keep all the balls in the air.


Wanna wear your identity? Jacob Da Jew tells you how.

An art show for the avant-garde. If you happen to be in Israel, that is.

Is there anything Jewish about the Dark Knight? Dan says “you betcha!”

NY’s Funniest Rabbi shares a unique and personal chain of haiku that at are neither funny nor rabbinic, nonetheless a regular feature on the blog whose name he is thinking of changing.

Say Cheese

Who knew Ken was such a Nice Jewish Boy?? Check out Hatam Soferet’s view from the other side of the mechitza.

MyRightWord asks if you’ve ever seen a car with tzitzit. He has.

A great photo essay on signs by — who else — A Time of the Signs.

LO is caught in the act by Orieyenta.

Batya tours Yerushalayim.

Around the Blogosphere

The First International Jewish Bloggers Convention has the JBlogsphere all atwitter with excitement. Hereand hereand here.

For those more local, at least in the NYC-area, On the Fringe is planning a picnic.

A tool for JBloggers.

Just for Kicks is a social bookmarking site with users (”diggers”) known for their funny comments. Jacob Shares reveals some of the funniest resume stories submitted by average folks like you and me.

Wanna see some blog diffusion? You too can be a part of the experiment.

Is it true? ARE suburban Jewish girls bigger flirts?


With that, I hope that you’ve enjoyed this week’s edition. Next up? Little Frumhouse on the Prairie.

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!

24 Comments leave one →
  1. Sunday, 27 July 2008 1:00 am

    Concisely precise. Congrats. And thanks.

  2. Sunday, 27 July 2008 1:25 am


    Thanks for the link. Thanks for hosting.

    HH 175

  3. Sunday, 27 July 2008 1:41 am

    You are right. There are a lot of links here.

    Thanks for hosting. Thanks for including me.

  4. Sunday, 27 July 2008 1:53 am

    Appreciate the double linkage very much. Thanks!

  5. Sunday, 27 July 2008 1:53 am

    Well done.

  6. Sunday, 27 July 2008 5:04 am

    Thank you! So many great links here.

  7. Sunday, 27 July 2008 5:26 am

    Kol Hakavod (did I write that right!?)! Thank you very much for hosting this week.

  8. Sunday, 27 July 2008 7:26 am

    Great job. A lot of divirse postings to check out. Thanks for liking to me, in particular for our kind phrasing regarding my Just Saying” post.

  9. Sunday, 27 July 2008 7:56 am

    Thank you for the comprehensive list and for including me!

  10. Sunday, 27 July 2008 10:24 am

    Todah rabah! This Underconstructionist Jew thanks you for the nod in this week’s Haveil Havalim

    BTW: I LOVE your blog layout … the colors are perfect and it’s so clean!

  11. Sunday, 27 July 2008 10:28 am

    Lots of reading material here!

    Thank you for including me.

  12. Sunday, 27 July 2008 10:55 am

    Wonderful job and thanks for the links.

  13. Sunday, 27 July 2008 11:10 am

    Wow! You did a great job!

    Thanks for the link, btw!

  14. Sunday, 27 July 2008 11:30 am

    Great job, and thanks for including me.

  15. Sunday, 27 July 2008 12:16 pm

    yay! good job;-)

  16. Sunday, 27 July 2008 4:39 pm

    Thank you so much for the mention!

  17. Monday, 28 July 2008 9:12 pm

    Thanks for including my post. It is much appreciated.

  18. Monday, 28 July 2008 10:44 pm

    So much to read, so many new blogs to check out.

    Thanks for hosting – what a feast!


  19. Thursday, 31 July 2008 11:46 am

    Thanks for the honorable mention!:) I can’t wait to take a look at all the bloggers you listed.

  20. Frume Sarah permalink
    Thursday, 31 July 2008 4:22 pm

    Holy smokes!! Thanks for all the comments, everyone. I had such a great time hosting the carnival and I encourage you to take a turn. I loved reading through so many interesting posts and discovering new reads.


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