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Haveil Havalim #285 — Back to the Beginning

Sunday, 3 October 2010

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…



The Rebbetzin’s Husband takes a hard look at the concept of one’s personal relationship with God. I am wondering (aloud) if Buber‘s I-Thou approach might help shed some light on this.

The Edible Torah starts us off on the right foot with a look at the beginning. The Rabbi from the Pacific Jewish Center also has words on B’reisheet as does ThreadzOfBlue.

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.)

Stay on top of the religious happenings in Israel (and believe me, there are MANY this time of year), thanks to Joel Katz.

Will the next war be fought using technological warfare? Tzedek-Tzedek wonders if the war with Iran has already began…via computer virus.

Esser Agaroth has some definite opinions about the current dilemmas facing Israel. See here and here.

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.

Speaking of the media, Simply Jews shows us what the Aussies are saying. And some thoughts over at Israel News about the reports of rape in Palestinian villages.

Want to know if you are raising an Israeli? Treppenwitz tells you how you can tell.

Judaism…with a LOT of Sukkot

I LOVE this post by A Simple Jew and the way he puts Sukkot into context.

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.

Inspired by an old “Ask Shifra” post, Kosher on a Budget shares thoughts on her own experience of dealing with debt here, here, and here.

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.

Along the lines of being practicing Jews, BOTH of the Rebbetzins (Melissa and Jessica) share their experiences of being Jewish in the workplace. Important explorations.

Two new finds in the realm of modest, yet fashionable, dressing: Nina over at AllTumbleDown and Ally at Modestly Fashioned.

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

31 Comments leave one →
  1. Sunday, 3 October 2010 12:12 am

    Good job! And thanks for including even last moment contributions (you know whom I mean)…

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 3 October 2010 9:39 am

      Believe-it-or-not, there were others that came in even later 😉


  2. Sunday, 3 October 2010 12:25 am

    Great job! Thanks for including my links. I see I have my reading cut out for me with this great lineup.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 3 October 2010 9:48 am

      Thanks for sending them. And for sharing your story.

      There were a lot of great things going on in the Jewish Blogosphere…happy reading!

  3. Sunday, 3 October 2010 12:35 am

    Yaasher koach. Thank you for your help.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 3 October 2010 9:46 am

      Glad that I can help out more now that the chagim have passed.

  4. Sunday, 3 October 2010 2:15 am

    Frume Sarah, thanks for the wonderful HH. You did a great job!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 3 October 2010 9:46 am

      Thanks, Batya. Anything to help the cause!

      • Sunday, 3 October 2010 10:19 pm

        I replied to the comment on my blog and couldn’t find your email. Strange. I was sure I had it.

  5. Sunday, 3 October 2010 3:46 am

    Thanks for putting this together – and I agree on “I-Thou” as a helpful piece in the puzzle.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 3 October 2010 9:45 am

      As always, it was truly a pleasure. And I’m glad to see that I was thinking along the right path with the Buber idea.

  6. Sunday, 3 October 2010 3:58 am

    Thank you for including me in this issue of HH. Thanks for your hard work, and I enjoy the colorful Breishit at the top.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 3 October 2010 9:43 am

      Isn’t it lovely??

      Thanks for providing so many sukkot for us to visit!

  7. Sunday, 3 October 2010 4:11 am

    thanks for all your hard work on HH!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 3 October 2010 9:42 am

      Thanks, Joel. Hard work that I enjoy as it forces me to carve out the time to do reading for which I don’t always make the time.

  8. Sunday, 3 October 2010 4:45 am


    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 3 October 2010 9:41 am

      Anytime. In fact, I’m slated again for November 7 !!!

  9. Sunday, 3 October 2010 7:51 am

    Wow – thanks for the shout out in this issue of HH. I didn’t even know it existed until now.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 3 October 2010 9:40 am

      Now you know 😉

      Whenever I host, I like to bring new voices into the conversation. Welcome to HH!

      • Tuesday, 5 October 2010 2:04 pm

        I tried to put the HH widget on my WordPress blog and it just disappears when I hit “save”. Any ideas? I’ve contacted them to see if they can help.

  10. Sunday, 3 October 2010 8:08 am

    AWESOME! Thank you for including me 🙂 I totally forgot to send in my links … including one to a review of Kosher Nation, Sue Fishkoff’s new book. Yargh!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Sunday, 3 October 2010 9:39 am

      I almost included that one…but I really liked your description of Sukkah City. I can add the review link if you’d like…

  11. Sunday, 3 October 2010 9:56 am

    I forgot to send a link but am glad you put up HH for us this week.

  12. Sunday, 3 October 2010 10:45 am


    Thanks for hosting and for including my posts!

    Haveil Havalim #285 is up.

  13. Sunday, 3 October 2010 12:50 pm

    What a great picture at the start. What a wonderful job. I was happy/pleased to see my post here!

  14. Sunday, 3 October 2010 2:55 pm

    thank you, lady! beautiful job as always!

  15. Sara Layah permalink
    Sunday, 3 October 2010 8:16 pm

    GR-8 hosting – I enjoyed reading this round-up. And thanks for including me!

  16. Monday, 4 October 2010 1:39 pm

    you did awesome – i’m so impressed that you got this up right after the chagim….you rock!!!!
    (and thanks for including me, since i’m quite sure i forgot to submit anything!) xo

  17. Monday, 4 October 2010 5:58 pm

    Thank you, Frume Sarah for a wonderful job–and right after the Chagim, no less! And also, I thank you for including my links.
    Shanah tovah!

  18. Wednesday, 6 October 2010 3:33 pm

    Everything that got pushed off till ‘after the chagim’ attacked me this week. It is a really great edition of HH and thanks for including my post. I am the next HH and it will be my first. I can only describe this as a hard act to follow!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 6 October 2010 11:40 pm

      You will be great. Look at others’ versions if you think it will help. And then do it YOUR way!!!! The first one is the hardest. They get fun after you’ve gotten your feet wet.


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