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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Taking On A New Mitzvah

It's rather risky, making plans for an 89 year old, but my family is planning a mitzvah very new to us.  We're working hard to bring my father to Israel.  Our empty nest won't be filling with our progeny, but with the family patriarch.

My children and grandchildren, too, are helping as much as possible, no, more than you can ever imagine.

We're filling in forms, finding documents etc to fulfill the requirements of Nefesh B'Nefesh and JAFI.

That's what's behind my blogging slience recently.

Last night when I couldn't sleep I posted the latest Kosher Cooking Carnival.  I'll be jetlagged before I even board the plane.

G-d willing my mother will join him here in a few short months and they should both live out their lives, until a 120, surrounded by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The Blog Will Be Slowing Down For A Bissel

G-d willing I'll be facilitating a great mitzvah in bringing my father on aliyah.  He'll live with us until my mother can come, too.

Four generations will be here in Israel, G-d willing.  Who would have guessed?  Who could have imagined thirty-nine years ago when my husband and I boarded that great ship and floated/chugged/sailed whatever the verb is to Israel...

So, if things are suddenly quiet here, it'll just mean that I'm otherwise occupied.

The 'Grand Slam" Edition of The Kosher Cooking Carnival

As one of the veteran hosts of Jewish Blog Carnivals and one of the very select few to have hosted all three, Havel Havelim, JPIX and my "baby" the Kosher Cooking Carnival, this month is special, yes, even for me.  Because this month, September, I've possibly insanely now with the posting of this 46th  edition of KCC, done the super grand slam of JBlogging.  Yes, all three in the same month, the same month as all most of the main Jewish Holidays.  Jack, Leora and I wouldn't mind if you'd like to join this very exclusive club.  And if hosting just isn't your thing, send in your links, please, because we wouldn't have Jewish Blog Carnivals if it weren't for the great jbloggers who submit their posts.  I sincerely thank you one and all.  HH, KCC and JPIX  are for all, so please don't keep them secret.  Blog about them and pass around the links.

Here's a lsiting of all the previous KCC's:

  • #1

  • #2

  • #3 Thanks Ezzie

  • #4 Thanks Sarah

  • #5

  • #6

  • #7 Thanks Sadie

  • #8

  • #9 Thanks Sarah

  • #10 Thanks, Elf

  • #11

  • #12 Thanks Renegade KC

  • #13

  • #14 Thanks Elisheva

  • #15

  • #16

  • #17 Thanks Baleboosteh

  • #18

  • #19 Thanks Baleboosteh

  • #20 Thanks Mom in Israel

  • #21 Thanks Juggling Frogs

  • KC meta-Carnival, Thanks Juggling Frogs

  • #22

  • #23 Thanks Help! I Have A Fire In My Kitchen

  • #24

  • #25

  • #26

  • #27 Thanks Gillian-Food History

  • #28 Thanks Little Frum House

  • #29 Thanks Mother in Israel

  • #30

  • #31 Thanks West Bank Mama

  • #32 Thanks Soccer Dad

  • #33 Thanks Leora-Here in HP

  • #34 Thanks Risa-Isramom

  • #35

  • #36 Thanks Baila

  • #37 Thanks Leora

  • #38 Thanks Ilana-Davita

  • #39

  • #40 Thanks Material Maidel

  • #41 Thanks A Mother in Israel

  • #42 Thanks Gillian

  • #43 Thanks Real Shaliach

  • #44 Thanks Leora

  • #45 Thanks Chana

  • Honestly, I must admit that I'm taking the easy way out, no surprise considering all I've done this month.  I'm back teaching, which isn't all that simple.  I'll begin with the listing from blog carnival, and then I'll add other posts which had been sent in.  Thanks for the overwhelming participation.

    anything kosher!

    Annette Berlin presents Tomato Pesto Sauce posted at Craft Stew, saying, "I’m constantly experimenting with pasta sauces, and Tomato Pesto Sauce is my newest creation. To be honest, this sauce wasn’t hard to come up with. How could tomatoes and pesto NOT be delicious together?"


    Leah Lipszyc presents Kosher Recipes & Menus for South Beach Diet - Topic: Fruit Sorbet posted at Kosher Recipes & Menus for South Beach Diet, saying, "This is a great diet recipe, but if you want more calories for some reason, just use sugar instead of the fructose. Either way, it's great. I make this with sugar for Pesach."

    Risa presents Let them eat cupcakes! posted at Isramom, saying, "Cupcakes and the Jewish question"

    Mrs. S has a great sounding crumb bar recipe.

    Every day meals

    Ilana-Davita presents Pumpkin Soup posted at Ilana-Davita.

    Leora Wenger presents Crunchy Quinoa Salad posted at Here in HP.


    mominisrael presents Insects Keep Falling on My Head (on Sukkot, that is) posted at A Mother in Israel, saying, "Don't miss the comments about avoiding insecticides and other suggested solutions."

    I confirmed the medical advice about fasting with our local doctor.

    Jewish holiday food

    mominisrael presents Cooking Ingredient Spreadsheet | Cooking Manager posted at Cooking Manager, saying, "Combining cooking with modern technology!"

    Restaurant or Cookbook Reviews

    There's nothing like Jerusalem restaurants.  Here's a double review.

    I liked the food at the 2nd Annual JBlogger Convention. It's hard to please everybody.

    Don't buy cheap coffee; it's not worth it!

    traditional food

    Mimi, who will be hosting next month's KCC, presents I'm Cooking Cholent This Week posted at Israeli Kitchen.

    Jerrod Foster presents Grandma's Recipes: July 2009 posted at Grandma's Recipes.

    Ricki's mom posts some very necessary survival techniques for coping with all the cooking and preparation before the holidays.

    That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of
    kosher cooking carnival using our carnival submission form.
    Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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    Tuesday, September 29, 2009

    Dark Start To The Morning

    I awoke early with lots of plans and energy, but then I was stymied by lack of electricity.  The fall dew seems to be leaking into something shorting our area's electricity.

    Eventually, when there was enough light, I washed dishes.

    Now, obviously it has returned.  But who's going to return the time I lost?

    Is the clock back to standard time in New York and Arizona?  Here in Israel it is.

    Monday, September 28, 2009

    Welcome to Benji's HH Birthday!

    It's HHappening right HHere.

    While you're wishing Benji a HHappy Birthday, you can enjoy this week's Havel Havelim!

    How Can I Change My Watch Back To "Winter Time," When...

    ...When that little knob is stuck?

    I bought a nice comfy, neither heavy nor bulky, Speedo watch a few years ago.  It was waterproof, yes, "was," because once I had to have the batter changed, I could no longer go swimming with it on, and I don't shower with it either.

    I've always had trouble pulling out the knob to change the time, most probably because it was made to be waterproof.  Actually Saturday nighty was the "change back" night, and now it's Monday (post-Yom Kippur night.)  I managed to pull it out far enough so that the "second hand" has stopped moving, but I can't move the knob back.  I'm leaving it out and hope to remember to stick it back in when it becomes the right time.

    You must know what they say about broken clocks and watches, too.

    They are right twice a day!

    Sunday, September 27, 2009

    Today, On The Eve of Yom Kippur, Yom HaDin, The Day of Judgement...

    I should be concentrating on the spiritual, how to improve myself and repent in terms of both types of mitzvot (G-d given Commandments) those between Man and G-d and those between Man and Fellow Man.

    Instead, my mind is buzzing with other things. 
    • I have to plan and email a series of "extra" lessons to the high school where I work.  It's required that we have a few emergency lessons on file.  I haven't taken care of it, and now I must.  As a high school teacher I have extra days off, and I really ought to use them for work.  I usually love writing up these sorts of lessons.  As soon as I start it should be fun.  That's why I'd probably be good at textbook writing.
    • I must cook the food for the pre- and post-Yom Kippur fast.  Last week, I cooked the chicken.  Hopefully, it will be enough for both meals.  My husband is making his chicken soup, which he and my married daughter and crew enjoy.  I'll be making a complex carbohydrate-rich vegetable-lentil soup.  And of course, I have to cook the side-dishes, enough for both meals.
    • And what's really paralyzing my mind is how to get to New York and bring my father back very quickly while I'm still on vacation and make sure he has medical insurance here, until we can make him an oleh chadash, new immigrant.
    So, that's my game plan.  Using my coaching skills, another future career, writing it out is a first step.  Time to get on with my day.  At least the house is clean, being that it's only Sunday, and it didn't get dirty on Shabbat.

    Saturday, September 26, 2009

    Fasting Safely and Easily

    Before the 25 hour Yom Kippur Fast:

    Fasting safely-
    Follow doctor's orders.  If you're on medications, you must check with a doctor if fasting is permitted at all.  Give that information to a rabbi qualified to make those sorts of decisions.  Some people are required to drink small quantities throughout the day.  For them, that's fasting.  We're not supposed to kill ourselves or endanger our health.

    Don't overdo any physical strain.  If you live far from your synagogue, try to arrange to sleep closer by.  At least spend the "break" near the synagogue, maybe even in the synagogue itself.  The first year we were in Shiloh, the only synagogue was a mile away.  The neighbors who lived in that neighborhood invited all of us who lived further away to to rest in their homes.

    There's a very fine line between "safe" and "easy" when it comes to fasting.  If the fast becomes too hard, it may not be safe.

    Fasting Easily
    Start a few days ahead to drink more water than usual.  Spread the drinking out over the day, because if you drink too much at one time, it won't stay in the body.  Cut down on salty and spicy foods.  Eat simply, especially, complex carbohydrates which take longer to break down into sugars. 

    Make a nice rich and hearty vegetable, lentil or pea soup, lots of it, because it has complex carbohydrates for before the fast and is filling and easy on the stomach after the fast. 

    Friday, September 25, 2009

    Finally, A Good Night's Sleep

    Last night I think I fell asleep before my head hit the mattress; I sleep sans pillow.  This morning I woke up early, but I had that feeling one gets after a very deep sleep.  That's good, because the night before I was all tense and had trouble falling asleep, and then when I woke up, I didn't feel rested.

    Let's see, what did I do yesterday...
    I tremped to teach.  For the second time in maybe a week or less I found my "twin" (he's a couple of days my junior) neighbor getting into his car on his way to Jerusalem.  We had a nice talk and took care of a few "projects" we're involved with, and he dropped me off at the high school. 

    The trip home was also well-timed by our G-dly travel agent.  The last stage was one of the women I diet coach.  We finally scheduled a meeting, which I later confirmed with the rest as OK for next week.

    Then I called another neighbor who has been altering my clothes to suit the lesser me, and we scheduled for her to come over later for a fitting and a walk.

    Later on I did some of the Shabbat cooking and also cooked the chicken for the pre-Yom Kippur meal.  I even found some time to crochet a hat I'm working on.

    Then suddenly, I knew it was time to go to bed, and clunk.  I was asleep.

    Good morning!

    Thursday, September 24, 2009


    Ya'aqov, how could you?  Me, tagged** in the super-power meme?  I'm superized.  Actually the Jewish Babysitter was the first to tag me.  I don't know why you think of me as a possible Wonder Woman.  No big deal.  Let's start with the rules:
    1: Write one superpower you would like to have and what you would do with it.

    2: Write why you chose that super power over everything else.

    3: Tag and link lots of people, and write why you think they will have an interesting meme.

    4: fix your broken links.
    I'm back to EFL teaching, and just like I tell my students that they can do their tests in any order they want, I can do this meme in any order I want.
    Let's start with 4.  Hmmm...?  What's it supposed to mean?  I don't know, so let's skip it.  Yes, that's what I tell my students.  Don't get all miserable and frustrated wasting your time on an impossible question.  You can always go back to it later, or just ignore it.
    So, now I'll do #1.  OK, now I'm warning you that my idea of a "super power" is probably very different from yours.  Don't laugh.  When I first glanced at the title I thought this was a political piece, dealing with international politics and intrigue.  Once I caught on that these are real comic book concepts, not jokes masqerading as serious diplomats, I changed channels in my mind.

    I'd like the power in Dorothy's Ruby Slippers.  I'd like to use it more broadly than Dorothy did.  I'd like that power to bring all Jews home, bring them all to our Holy Land, Eretz Yisrael.

    About Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious of Mary Poppins fame, that's for a few of the female jbloggers, whom I will tag.  Ladies, please forgive me!
    I will start with my dear friend and fellow blogger, Isramom.  Just look at Risa's banner, and you'll know why I have no doubt she'll do a super job.
    Next I wish to introduce a new jblogger.  Sharon Katz of Voices fame, was at the Second JBlogger Convention.  No doubt her blog will prove popular once you know it.
    To join my tagged friends is Lady-Light, who although is living in the galut, would prefer joining us here.  darling, if I had the power of the ruby slippers, I'd bring you here no delay!
    Shabbat Shalom and Gmar Chatima Tova

    Never Dull in The JBogging World!

    The dust has barely settled on the latest Havel Havelim, and I must start planning the very next Kosher Cooking Carnival.  it's due in less than a week!  So, please get your posts in ASAP, thanks.

    KCC isn't just a recipe collection.  It includes Halacha, Jewish Law, traditions, menus, funny stories, cookbook/restaurant reviews and... of course, recipes.  Being that we're in the main holiday and fasting season there's lots to blog about.

    October's will be at Mimi's, and if you're interested in hosting subsequent months, please contact me, shilohmuse at gmail dot com


    Wednesday, September 23, 2009

    Lovely Morning, Thank G-d! I Needed It

    For those who are hoping for a real juicy reality show, sorry, I don't feel like exposing myself and family on what's driving me crazy at the moment.  No doubt I will at some point, but I need to let things simmer and settle and jell and wait for further develpments and surprises etc.

    But now for what I did this morning.  My neighbor and I were up bright still dark and early and took the 6:30am bus to Jerusalem.  We went to the pre-Yom Kippur study day at Matan.

    For me the best shiur was the first, by Dr. Yael Ziegler, who started off by reminding us of some basic chronology.  Ruth and Chana lived in pretty much the same time period.  These two women changed the world, changed Jewish History.

    It's not that I agree with every single thing she said.  She didn't place enough importance of Eli the Priest's failure as a prerequisite for Chana's contribution.  If Eli had been of greater talents, leadership and understanding, Chana wouldn't have had to pray for a child to take over.  Yael mentioned that both Elkanah (Chana's husband) and Eli were in favor of status quo, and I think that's the basis for Elkana's obnoxious statement to Chana in which he says he's as "good as ten sons."  He didn't understand that it wasn't her maternal instinct, biological clock,  that she was worrying about.  She was worrying about the self-destruction of the Jewish People.

    Sounds rather familiar...
    Maybe this should also go on Shiloh Musings....

    Team Blog

    I consider my other blog, Shiloh Musings, to be a team blog. There are a few other people who blog on it. One goes by the name of goyishebrebbe. He has written a few very interesting posts recently. One about security and justice, and the other one is more personal and philosophical.

    I definitely recommend reading his stuff. I'm happy that he blogs on my blog. To tell you the truth, I don't always agree with him, but that's fine, too. Food for thought is important and his opinions are well thought out. Besides that, who says that I'm always right? Certainly not me.

    On days as busy as this one is planned to be, it's great to wake up and discover that there's no need to add a post on each blog.

    Now, on with my day...

    Tuesday, September 22, 2009

    Public Diet Update

    It's close to a year since I changed my way of eating.  Yes, some people would call it a diet, but I don't like the word.  There's something temporary in the concept.  You do it until you've reached the desired amount of weight, and then you end up returning to your old way of eating.  Eventually the weight returns, sometimes "with interest," as the Israeli/Hebrew expression/idom goes.

    If that's the pattern, I'd rather not start.  Not that I looked for this change.  Yes, I knew I had to lose weight, but I also knew that dieting wasn't for me.

    So, nobody's more amazed than I am to know that I've lost fifteen kilo, over thirty pounds.  My guess is that more weight will slowly come off for another six months or so.  Whatever weight I reach is fine with me, as long as the weight doesn't return.  I don't expect to look like I did twenty plus years ago.  And I'm not willing to stress myself out on a strict exercise regime to try to return to a shape, much slimmer than I am now.

    I can now find clothes in any store.  Honestly, I'll miss some of my "women's" stores and their styling, but now I can walk in wherever the prices are great and the styles attractive.  I fit into normal sizes.

    I've given away a lot of my large clothes.  And some things have been altered to fit the new me.

    Basically, I'm on a modified low carbohydrate diet.  I eat my favorite foods and haven't made anything "dietetic."  I don't use fake sugar.  I have the real thing in my morning coffee, just a bit.  I don't remove the skin from the chicken, and I don't go near the 1/2% or 0% dairy products.

    I eat real food and lots of it, especially lots of cooked low carb vegetables.  Once a week I eat bread and starchy vegetables.

    I don't suffer from food cravings, which proves to me that I'm on the right track.  I'm eating what I should be eating.

    I'm coaching a few neighbors in "dieting."  And I hope to do that as my next profession.  Of course I'll blog about it.

    Fasting Sickly, and One of Those Siyate D'Shmaya Classics

    Yesterday, I was focused on three things:
    • Finishing Havel Havelim
    • Going to Work
    • Fasting, since it was Tzom Gedalia
    Scroll down to see that I did finish Havel Havelim, which is also posted on Shiloh Musings.  It looks a bit different on the diffeerent template and has different comments, too.  What's this using the word "different" three times in one sentence?

    Yes, I fasted, though I was very thirsty.  By the time I got back from work, I wasn't feeling well either.  Usually, I pamper myself by resting on a fast day, but I was scheduled to go to work in Ofra.  I also hung out two washes.  I broke the fast early by drinking water and later on had some homemade applesauce.  

    Now, for the Siyate D"Shmaya--
    As I said in the previous paragraph, "...was scheduled to go to work in Ofra."  My Monday schedule is a short one, three lessons, starting at 12.  Since it was a fast day, the studies ended at 12:45, meaning I'd have to leave the comfort of my house on a summer's fast day and find a ride or bus to Ofra for one lesson.  Of course I went.

    When I entered the classroom, I noticed that it was empty, no sign of students.  I began asking around and discovered that the girls I teach weren't there.  It had been announced on our board, but I didn't realize that my students were that program/group that wouldn't be there.  A teacher who's a neighbor promised me a ride home, so at least my return would be easy.

    Had I really travelled for nothing?  What could I do?  Suddenly I remembered that I still needed help to find out how to record attendence on the internet program the school uses.  I had tried at home, just before going to work and couldn't figure it out.  So, I sat at one of the computers in the teachers room and signed into the program.  Then I asked other staff members what to do and learned how.  I managed to do more than half when I heard the bell; the lesson was over.

    I  went looking for my ride.  It seemed like the neighbor had left without me.  I guess she didn't see me sitting at the computer.  No big deal; at least there were schoolbuses.  I took the one to Shiloh.  The driver dropped us off as far as he could from my house.  Of course, not intentionally, but at "high noon" on a summer's fast day, walking up the hill to my house was not what I needed to be doing.  I started walking to the place across from our supermarket (much larger than a simple makolet, grocery store,) and to my great surprise I saw an elderly neighbor who had been away for awhile struggling with her bags after getting off the bus.

    I rushed over and helped her to get a ride up to our neighborhood.  Yes, I went up, too.  I wouldn't have known of her return if I hadn't gone for nothing to Ofra. I wouldn't have known of her return if I hadn't been forced by circumstances to take the school bus.  I wouldn't have known of her return if I hadn't been let off in such an inconvenient place.

    Suddenly, after seeing that she had made it safely to her house, I had the energy to walk to mine at the other end of the neighborhood.  It had become so clear why all those things had gone seemingly wrong.  They weren't wrong at all.  It was G-d's way of planning things, G-d's hand, Siyate D'Shmaya.

    Monday, September 21, 2009

    JBloggers Unite! The Post-JBlog Convention Havel Havelim aka The Slow Fast Edition of Havel Havilim

    Presenting the Slow Fast Edition of Havel Havilim

    #235, If The Count is Correct

    It's the day after Rosh Hashannah, Tzom Gedalia, the Fast of Gedalia.

    Havel Havelim is the most veteran of the jblogger carnivals and probably one of the longest running blog carnivals there is. Blog carnivals are like "floating" internet magazines. They float from blog to blog, like "floating crap games," l'havdil.

    Havel Havelim, the international jblog carnival, was established by
    Soccer Dad, and is now run by Jack. 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 preserve our words for so long.

    Being that this edition of Havel Havelim follows the Second International Jewish Bloggers Convention, I like to give more of my opinion about it. Yes, I mentioned some points previously, but the more I think about it the more I think it missed what many of us needed. Many of the serious JBloggers are writers, journalists if you recognize blogging as news media. Twitter and Facebook are very different. I'm not alone in just wanting to use the social media to promote my blogs, not to "socialize" with "friends."

    It was also pretty strange to have speakers telling us from the podium that they aren't quite sure what we do.  Most of us jbloggers who showed up at the conference, even those who post infrequently, do more than rant about how the kids spilled juice or that the neighbor's dog barked the night before or that we are looking for a date.  Ok, sometimes I do look for a date to reference a historical fact.  Some of our blogs are very serious, dealing with politics, current events, health, parenting, cooking and Jewish Law.

    Again, the blog carnivals were off the program.  If you're reading this, that means that you're familiar with our Jewish blog carnivals.  Or at least you will be by the time you finish reading.   
    Please send in posts for JPIX, Havel Havelim and the Kosher Cooking Carnival. If you'd like to host a KCC, please let me know, shilohmuse at yahoo dot com And if you'd like to host a Havel Havelim, contact Jack, For JPIX, contact Leora, . To get an idea of how to put together blog carnivals, read How To Host a Blog Carnival #1 and How To Host a Blog Carnival #2

    I must admit that this time I haven't been sticking to my "rules." Please forgive me. Also, I hate to admit it, but I'm relying on blog carnival's time-savings help. Enjoy!

    International JBlogger Convention #2 (more in the Israel category)
    Let's start with name the pictured bloggers!  If you know who they are, add the info in the comments. 
    Ben-Yehudah presents JBloggers Website An Insult to Blogging posted at Jew ✡ News, saying, "JBloggers Convention: from Itamar at Jew ✡ News"

    Jacob Richman presents Good News from Israel: Photos of the Jewish Bloggers Convention posted at Good News from Israel, saying, "Thanks! Shana Tova! Jacob"

    Miscellaneous (It Helps the HH Host, if you "file" in categories)

    Home Shuling presents Teaching teshuvah posted at Home-shuling.

    Chaviva presents Passion, Fire, and Self-Respect: Part II posted at Just call me Chaviva, saying, "PART II: I wring out my frustrations with the noise and rudeness found constant in many Orthodox communities." (Part I is under "Judaism")

    Mrs. S. presents Dining al fresco, the Israeli way posted at Our Shiputzim: A Work In Progress, saying, "Thanks for doing this! May you and your family have a shanah tovah u'metukah and a ktivah v'chatimah tovah!"

    David Morris presents The Smoking Gun on Iranian Terror posted at Tzedek-Tzedek, saying, "New book exposes the direct link from the current Iranian Regime to the Buenos Aires terror attacks..."

    Shmuel Sokol presents Likud Deputy Minister Calls To Strip Arabs Of Citizenship posted at תורת ישראל, saying, "My incendiary interview with Deputy Minister Kara."


    Ilana-Davita presents Raoul Wallenbergs Torg posted at Ilana-Davita.

    Soccer Dad presents Rosh hashanahs past posted at Soccer Dad.


    Toby Curwin presents I would take it in a heartbeat posted at A Time of the Signs, saying, "Thank you!"

    Trip'n Mommy presents Tuition money well spent! posted at Trip'n Up.


    David Morris presents When Abuse Becomes Mundane posted at Tzedek-Tzedek.

    In the USA, there's lots of talk about Obama's health care plan; it's better here in Israel.

    rutimizrachi presents The Second Annual J-Blogger Fest posted at Ki Yachol Nuchal!, saying, "...And a good time was had by most. We definitely need that program-free picnic, though."

    harry presents Entrepreneurial posted at Israelity.

    harry presents Tarantino takes a stab at Israel posted at Israelity.

    My Right Word cleans out the cobwebs in the ethnic cleansing myth re: Tel Aviv and Yafo.  He, also, corrects the Jabotinsky quotation.

    harry presents The Milkman posted at Israelity.

    Raizy presents How Amazing Is This? posted at SuperRaizy.

    Shmuel Sokol presents Bloggers and Press Cards posted at תורת ישראל, saying, "Why the government should be careful about issuing bloggers press cards"

    reader presents When right seems wrong... posted at A Soldier's Mother.


    Chaviva presents Passion, Fire, and Self-Respect. posted at Just call me Chaviva, saying, "I wring out my frustrations with the noise and rudeness found constant in many Orthodox communities."

    David Morris presents Please Pay Me Early... posted at Tzedek-Tzedek, saying, "What makes Lema'an Achai different?"


    Rivster presents The Next Link posted at Frume Sarah's World, saying, "Another milestone for this Jewish mama."

    rutimizrachi presents What is in a name, anyway? posted at Ki Yachol Nuchal!, saying, "A bit of in-house fun at Key -- uh -- Qi -- Nachos U-Haul -- uh -- whatever it's called."

    I guess my neighbors and I are getting older.  Not everyone dies of old age, but statistically there's more of a chance of fatal illness.  We're mourning a neighbor who in our "olam hazeh" way of seeing things, seemed too young to die.

    Lady-Light presents Preparations on the Eve of 5770 posted at Tikkun Olam, saying, "Especially before the chagim, I miss my family. . ."


    Mordechai Torczyner presents ... and I'm an alcoholic posted at The Rebbetzin's Husband.

    Cosmic X presents English Torah posted at ****** Cosmic X in Jerusalem ******.

    Next week's Havel Havelim will be hosted by Benji's "war zone." What war zone? Click and find out! Submit your blog article to the next edition of haveil havalim using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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    Please mail the HH link to all of your friends and put up a blurb on your blog to encourage your fans to visit Havel Havelim.

    If there are any foul-ups/mistakes, please let me know, thanks.

    Shavua Tov U'Mevorach—May You Have A Good and Blessed Week!