Sunday, September 14, 2008

Back in The Saddle-- HH Rides Again!

This will also be cross-posted on Shiloh Musings.

Back In The Saddle
Returning To Havel Havelim

It has been a very long time since
I've hosted a Havel Havelim, though I've hosted my share of the Kosher Cooking Carnival, and I'll be hosting the very next JPIX.

They say that you never forget how to ride a bike. Is hosting a Heval Havelim the same? I hope I don't have to go back to "training wheels" for HH #182.

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.

I'm trying to organize this edition in categories. Of course, you may not agree with my filing system, so please check out all the headings or you may miss out on something really great. Enjoy! And please remember to visit the various links and of course to blog about Havel Havelim on your blog to bring more readers to everyone!

I'm opening this edition with Jameel's post about the "
most wanted," the men who refuse to give their wives a Gett (Jewish divorce,) in order to "chain them" Without a Gett, those women are considered married to the guys who fled.

And this announcement is second. Hopefully, you'll see it in time. Shira Salamone announces:
NYC-area blogger picnic rained, er, in(doors).

Life In Israel

Tremping," aka hitchhiking, is a very acceptable mode of transportation in my neck (not Great Neck) of the woods. Ya'aqov provides us all with a guide on how to be a good passenger.

Generally after Arab terror attacks, people are amazed at how much personal freedom Arabs have in Israel. Sometimes it's
hard to decide whether to hire Arabs or Jews and where to purchase various supplies.

Bar Kochba writes about the
desecration of Jewish Holy places in Israel.

Here's a
very special illustrated post by Rahel about a Bar Mitzvah she attended.

Israelis think they know English and don't have their signs and labels checked, as Toby Curwin points out
sometimes they're just too easy... or too stupid…

Treppenwitz writes of Right wing
Arieh Eldad and Left wing Zahava Gal On working together. Can the Moshiach be arriving?
Lots of us were happy to hear that the army/government no longer restricts Jews to bullet-proof vehicles when going to Kever Rachel, but Alex King was disappointed to discover that
Kever Rachel is Not For The Two-Wheeler.

Rahel writes about a
great victory!! Read about the difference she made, because she filed a complaint.

A Soldier's Mother writes of her
driving her son back to his base.

Sarah has
conflicting feelings about the results of Disengagement.

Ahuva writes about
two major discoveries made last week by a team of (sober) archaeologists, including the remarkably intact remains of a city wall dating back to the Second Temple period, as well as some pretty cool vintage bottles of beer and wine they found in the 120-year-old dig site. She also presents Jerusalem Metro Blog - A conversation with Ayala Sabag, Black Panther, of the Israeli variety.

Mother in Israel presents
Young and old in Ramat Gan, yes, Life in Israel. And she also writes about Tolerance in the Religious Zionist Community.

Ahuva Goldstand presents
Jerusalem Metro Blog - Israel's best kosher restaurants in Tel Aviv? Uh, no. -

"Saladness," I've never heard that term before, but Zemer explains
here with some great examples.

See these two
great signs! G-d willing, life should be good for all.

Life--In General

Schvach doesn't regret
throwing out his TV! We've lived without during various points in our married life, most recently for a few months. Actually it was recently fixed, but we only get two channels.

A Living Nadneyda presents
The Five-Minute Bedtime Challenge, which is nothing like what I didn with my kids. I'd climb into bed with the youngest and see who'd fall asleep first, me or them.

A Simple Jew quotes
simple advice on Shalom Bayit.

A Mother in Israel reminisces about her grandparents' Jewish life in
Sacramento, CA.

And Leora gives us some very interesting
family history.

Jacob Da Jew shows us
his garden!

Chaggim, The Jewish Holidays

Trust Leora to be posting about
Rosh Hashannah's "simmanim" already. I'm glad she's organized; I'm not.

From Gail, there's an inspiring
Jewel of Elul.

The Rebbetzin's Husband reveals
Apples and Honey and Superstition (nichush) for Rosh HaShanah, adding another flavor to the tradition.

Ilana-Davita explains why
she supports Meir Panim.

Israeli Politics

There's an
interview with Mark Regev on Israeli Girl.

Religion and State in Israel - September 8, 2008 (Section 1) has some very interesting posts and is not affiliated with any organization or movement.

Cosmic X is posting a series called
Elul Thoughts, just right for this season. Scroll through his blog for more of them. He also has a dream.

Eric sent in the first in his series of posts about Israeli Prime Ministers. This highlights
Ben Gurion's life in the creation of Israel.

Jill Miller Zimon presents
Finally, NYT profiles Palestinain-Israeli Arab-Israeli Jew stories of hope.

American Politics

Lady-Light provides us with a very
comprehensive view of Sarah Palin in light of history and Golda Meir.

Heshy, of Frum Satire, mulls about
Sarah Palin's "Jewishness." Check out the comments, too.

Soccer Dad wrote about how "all of a sudden" everyone wants Jews in their family when they're running for high office in the states, even though you don't have to be Jewish to eat Levi's Rye Bread, nu.

Ellen presents
Grasping at Flags and Straws, trying to make some sense out of Sarah Palin and the Christian scene she's part of.


Smooth writes about young Welles
Remy Crowther who was killed seven years ago on 9/11 while heroically helping others survive the World Trade Center terror attack.

Cosmic X
remembers what happened that September 11th.

Dan shares his memories of 9-11.

zt at Jewschool remembers 9-11.

World News

My husband points
out that resurgent Islam is dangerous for Christians, too. And then he puts down Marty Peretz on the Biden-Begin Confrontation.

Eric asks if there will be a
new cold war.


ProfK presents
What Color Isn't, which is a fascinating post about idoms.

Rebbetzin's Husband tells us about a very special wedding,
a Noachide Wedding.

Frum Satire didn't have to work hard writing about the
YU professor born male now on female hormones. The straight pshat of the situation is a satirist's dream. As with all of Heshy's posts, the comments are wild.

Eliya presents
17 Tamuz :: Malchut Israel 72: Saturday, a very deep look at things.

Here's an important history post by smooth,
The hunt shall always glorify the hunters.

Ya'aqov posts an article by Rabbi Dawidh Bar-Hayim about
proper Hebrew pronunciation.

Mrs. S. presents
The Heblish-English Dictionary to help those of you linguistically deprived and think our Hebrew is "al hapannim," or full of "shtuyot."

House hunting? Are you interested in moving to the
new Dotan or the old?

Daled Amos posting on Soccer Dad asks if all the pc pressure on Israel will cause security laxity in the airport.

It's generally hard to find fiction books which don't conflict with Halacha, so I was glad to read
Sondra's Search.

Tikkun Olam muses on that Old "Loyalty" Question
Israel vs America...

SuperRaizy presents
How To Sanitize Your Little Germ Factory, something we need to know to stay healthy.

Read the
Mussar on DovBear.
Is it possible that female Kashrut mashgichot would have prevented the
OU meat scandal?

Benji's out of the war zone and in the
puffer, and he's also endangered by Ike. And he Hasn't Had Chumus in a Week and is Starting to Shake.

Praise for the Praiseworthy by Schvach Yid.

Does anyone know what happened to
JRants? It comes up blank.

Yitz post an interesting post about a great
Chassidic Rebbe, his hometown & his grandson. He also has a tribute to Musa Berlin & his 50 years as a professional Klezmer musician.

Rabbi Without a Cause just surfaced with some
blogging thoughts for Elul.

Sammy Benoit says:
WHOOPI GOLDBERG->PLEASE CHANGE YOUR NAME !! Maybe she's like those politicians who show their Jewish connections?

Lethal Politics: Antisemitism as Human Rights on ICJS.

In the Eye of The Storm, we discover that
our presumptions are wrong.
Smooth reports that Jewish Tomb of Patriarchs was Desecrated by Muslims.

A disproportionate amount of American Jews were accused of being communist spies during the "cold war."
Was Ethel Rosenberg really guilty?

First Jack took over
Soccer Dad's Havel Havelim and now Jack writes about being a Soccer Coach! What next?

Par for the course, there have been a bissel foul-ups, electrical stoppages etc, and I may have lost a link or two, so if you sent me a post which you don't see included, please let me know. I posted at least one from each blogger who submitted posts. Thanks

This appears in the UberCarnival.

And now for a few reminders:
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 frumhouse at gmail dot com.

To get an idea of I put together blog carnivals, read my guides on hosting blog carnivals: How To Host a Blog Carnival #1 and How To Host a Blog Carnival #2

And don't forget:

Please put up a blurb on your blog to encourage your fans to visit Havel Havelim.

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


Anonymous said...

Thanks for including my post. A great compilation; I'm glad it isn't so anorexic after all.

Batya said...

Baruch Hashem and thanks to all the great jbloggers who came to the rescue!

Jack Steiner said...

Very nice. Thank you again for your help.

YMedad said...

I am so techie-limited that even my notice of this post came in at 10:40, an hour late. Good work!

rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Great job! This seemed like an extra eclectic mix.

Esser Agaroth said...


It's fab, Batya, simply fab!

HH #182

Batya said...

jack, thanks for your hard work.

wink, late? but glad you enjoyed it.

reb neil, thanks you enjoy it.

ya'aqov, glad you like it.

YMedad said...

Let me take advantage of the fact that dozens if not hundreds of bloggers will be visiting here to announce that at 12:30 Israel time, I will be on Israel Radio, English News, doing an interview with David Ze'ev. Subject: Yitzhar.

Leora said...

A wonderful job, Batya! I linked to you (twice, once for each blog) in my latest post:
Images: how to do img
I hope someone finds something useful in my latest techie explanatory post.

Solomon and David as bloggers? Hmmm...

Mrs. S. said...

Kol hakavod!
Thanks for the link.

Batya said...

Leora, bli neder, I'll try it. On Wed. I'll be going to that blogging/tech event, publicized by webads on my blogs. Click for more info.

wink, missed it

mrs S, thank you!

A Soldier's Mother said...

Thanks for mentioning my blog - this is a great listing of so many of my favorite blogs.

Shana tova to you and everyone else - may it be a year of health and happiness, a year we finally get the government we need (if not the government we deserve).


Batya said...

Thanks, your blog is great. My sons are now miluim soldiers. Funny that nobody asked about the soldier in the picture...