The term “Havel Havelim” is from Kohelet, Ecclesiastes, which was written by King Solomon, who built the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and later on got all bogged down in materialism and other “excesses” and finally realized that it was nothing but norishkeit, “havel” or in English “vanities.” I think that King Solomon and his father King David were the original "bloggers." The books they wrote, when you take them chapter by chapter, can easily be described as blog posts. The stones they used to write on made them last, so that we can read them now. I doubt if today's technology will give our words any lasting effect.
I don't want to give this edition an "eyin haraa" as I put this together, but I must say that the quantity and quality of posts jbloggers have been mailing me is very impressive. #122 won't be organized in any way, just haphazard, since many posts came in emails, not the form with the topics. It's ok.
Now for the show:
Can you identify the blessing that inspired this?
Light, darkness, and peace
These, and everything, you made
G-d, King of the world
Barry, the irrepressible English teacher from northern Israel sent three, which he posts on ETNI. One, two, three!
Here are tales of the Trisker Maggid from yitz.
And nuch epes ah chosid wrote Grace is deceitful - שקר החן and about Writers Block. What do they have in common?
There's always something to photograph in Jerusalem.
Not quite perfect posted a perfectly good Torah Numbers Chart.
It's nice when the neighbors work together, even though it would be even nicer if it didn't have to be because of a fire.
This is very interesting from Yid with a Lid about Britain and Concentration Camps. And another about how badly Arabs treat their "brothers."
Dixie Yid mulls over why we sleep.
The Lakewood Venter gives us ...Crazy Colored Child Caption Contest for Charity Post.
Here's Parsha Chukas 5767: Tefillot for Tikkun of Chait, Unity and Rachel Imeinu - Revisited from Moshe Burt.
My husband mocks Ma'ariv newspaper for their incorrect prediction.
And here's Question & Answer With Chabakuk Elisha - The Kherson Geniza: Chassidus & Historical Accuracy from A Simple Jew.
Solomonia has some surprising news about the Hamas Prime Minister.
Barbara wonders about G-d.
I agree with Shmuel, Inspirations from the Golan. Just lovely.
Shvach Yid writes about the Rebbe. And so does Life of Rubin.
Cross-currents is pleasantly surprised by an article in the media.
Last year, Israel went to war for Gilad Shalit, but he's still in enemy hands. Here's some news.
Here's some impressive news about Israel on Planck's Constant.
Lemon Lime Moon writes about real action heroes.
Treppenwitz follows up a possible family link.
The Chainik Hocker writes of jigsaw men.
Slightly Mad is coming together for laughs.
This was very, very, very off, off, off Broadway, not even the same continent!
Read The Best Father’s Day Gift Ever on Temunot.
For a little Parshat Shavua, Kadima is a Korach kind of party.
Here's something special from Fred.
Not quite a Trojan Horse, but Marallyn's UPS story makes a good reason to boycott them.
One, two, three strikes you're out at the first ballgame!
If you need a laugh, read Judy Gruen's latest.
I'm (a) biologist writes an excellent post about being a working mother in Israel.
Cosmic X protests the "gay parade."
The 19th Kosher Cooking Carnival is at Baleboosteh. It's a great one, and if you're interested in hosting an edition, especially this coming July's, please let me know. Thanks!
Irina writes about her experience attending the farewell event of AJC for the departing German Political Consul. As usual, her observations are fascinating.
Travel to Israel offers ways to commemorate the Lebovitcher Rebbe.
And Yitz has a very full post of stories about the Rebbe, including one about Rav Shlomo Carlebach.
Read the J Blogger Interview Featuring Dafnotes! on Jewish Blogmeister. And for more on ~Daf Notes~ check out: Coffee Heated by a Gentile - Yevamos 46 - Daf Yomi, Computers Searches Cannot Fool Reb Chaim and NOT KOSHER ENOUGH - Yevamos 45 - Daf Yomi.
And there's The Bostoner on Fish & Ba'al Teshuva by Tal Moshe Zwecker.
Ari tells about Poetry With Trop In Early Baltimore: Part I.
For the greatest jpix from the past two weeks, the Bagel Blogger brings you the 10th JPIX Carnival! Submit a post to the Next JPix Carnival The 11th will be at the Baleboosteh, and if you're interested in hosting contact Mr. Bagel.
Read about the young Jewish Israel author, Shifra Shomron.
NY's funniest rabbi is getting serious.
Here are some Torah Thoughts on Parshat Chukas.
Rafi G. tells a Halitza story.
The Zionist Youngster writes about Dr. Reality-Based and Mr. Fiery Ideologue.
According to Sin of Expulsion: Gay Bash a Bust, But Watch for Precedent.
From the Elder of Ziyon: A Psychological History of Palestinian Arabs, part 6
Yid with a Lid writes some strong things against the Chabadniks who call the Rebbe the Moshiach.
Oh, wow, the Seraphic Secret also f2f-ed with Kesher!
Frumhouse writes of "joobs;" the male jbloggers will be disappointed, but the females will relate!
From Little Green Footballs we have A Visit to Fatah's Torture Chamber.
According to Beyond Tshuva, You Don’t have to be in the Middle to be in the Middle. He also writes about what he considers the biggest sacrifice he made when becoming frum.
Joshua Pundit shows how unsuitable Blair is to be envoy. And more on the same, from the Spine.
Chana gives us a guide to Jewish Chicago. So, if I ever visit my cousin near there, I'll know what to do.
Mottel has Smicha! Look at all the pictures his proud mother took!
From the Israeli Satire Laboratory, we have: Olmert: Hamas Takeover – Opportunity For Peace With Settlers!
Life in Israel posts a very Israeli story about a hitchhiker.
There's a well-known Passover song that teaches the significance of numbers in Judaism. So, yes, we, or most of us, have no problems with numbers up to 13. Soccer Dad posted a number quiz from his nephew's Bar Mitzvah, with many, many more. Try it!
Scottage asks US Kills Children In Afghanistan ג€“ Will This Light The Fuse? And on the "lighter" side he writes about the sexy Israeli women in the Maxim spread to attract horny male tourists to Israel.
Will more "gestures" bring Israel peace?
My husband sort of won against the NY Times.
Reb Chaim HaQoton has updated his classic Ruste Taurus essay.
DAG has opened a T Shirt Store; take a look. And DAG also posts about the new strawberry halachot. Will we ever get to eat strawberry jam again?
Tamar Yona was at the parade.
Akiva asks if we want the Moshiach now.
tnspr569 has landed back in chutz l'Aretz. Good luck! Hope to see you back home real soon.
Toronto Pearl and her husband heard some great Jewish music, From Kol Nidre to George Gershwin.
What should we eat on those late Friday night Shabbat meals?
Unlike many bloggers who may have sent me as many, links if not more, as Carl did, Carl sends the week's supply in one large package, and I can't spread them around. So I just find it easier to give him a special corner. They are always interesting, so dig in and enjoy.
Israel Matzav: Thinking outside the box
What Hamas really wants
How much for a Nobel Peace Prize medal on E-Bay?
Israel Matzav: Israel to attack Hamas in Gaza?
Israel Matzav: Olmert goes to the US to schnorr for Fatah
Israel Matzav: Hamas bans Gaza terrorists from wearing masks
Israel Matzav: Who's to blame?
Israel Matzav: US and EU taxpayers paying Hamas
So much for the 'Hamas-free' 'Palestinian government'
When Congress says "jump," Egypt asks "how high"
Alan Johnston is caught in a clan war
Fatah's torture chambers - do they matter?
A definition of terrorism
Sultan Knish writes the truth of today's Goliath.
For the truth about Rashid Khalidi, read Sandbox!
And for the truth about Hamas, read Secular Blasphemy.
And for the truth about Abbas, read The Colossus of Rhodey.
And for the truth about what ordinary "Palestinians" think read History News Network.
On In Context, you'll read the truth about what Israel does for the Arab fighters.
Meryl Yourish writes the truth about how Italy punishes war criminals.
The Gates of Vienna tells the truth about Europe.
Schvach tell the truth about Britain's latest boycott of Israel.
Danny Bermant tells the truth about who's to blame for Hamastan.
What's the truth about the Evangelical Christians? Read Schvach Yid.
Read about the true crisis on Israel and the Sin of Expulsion.
Neil G. tells the truth about Zionism.
Mark tells the true story about Holy Land Baseball.
Read the truth about American support of Arab terrorists.
Law hawk tells the truth about what's going on between the Arabs and Israel.
Sultan Knish tells us the truth--Reductio Ad Occupationum - Blame Israel for Everything .
Rafi G. tells us the true story behind the scenes of the OSIRAK bombing!
Ezzie give us a true lesson in micro-terrorism.
Yid with a Lid tells the truth about Jimmy Carter's Legacy.
On Seraphic Secret, we learn the truth about the Arabs.
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I've been taking my turn at hosting Havel Havelim for quite a while, (maybe Soccer Dad will tell us when my first was,) and I'm awed by the growth and changes in the jblogging world. There are such richness, depth, intelligence and perception in the posts I've read. Also, now jbloggers know to send their posts. I'm pretty sure that this is the largest Havel Havelim I've ever hosted, and almost all of the posts came either from the blogger or from other bloggers who felt that they should be included. It's definitely a privilege to be of this period of time and part of the international jblogger community.
Thanks to Soccer Dad for his hard work keeping this going, and if you want to host, please let him know at dhgerstman at hotmail dot com.
This appears in the UberCarnival.
Yes, that's Soccer Dad on King George Street, Jerusalem! I just wonder what happened to the picture he took of me.