Sunday, February 14, 2010

Chodesh Adar Tov! Havel Havelim Rosh for Chodesh Adar, Not A Joke

Chodesh Tov one and all.  This year we have one Adar but two days of Rosh Chodesh Adar.  It's supposed to be a happy time, but somehow my computers aren't cooperating in publishing this Havel Havelim.  I tried the method I used when blog carnival was down, but things change in Adar, and it didn't work.  Eventually, G-d willing, I'll have this posted on both my blogs, and I hope and pray that you intrepid jbloggers will post about and pass the links around so a maximum of readers will have the great opportunity to to read the posts from the humongous international collection of Jewish bloggers, jbloggers as we're known.  

I've probably lost some posts along the way, those I added, because they didn't arrive via blog carnival, so if you can't find yours, please send it in the comments.  I'm pretty sure I caught all of the junk/spam they forwarded, if I missed something, please let me know via the comments.  And of course please feel free to write something nice in the comments if you think it applies.

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.

There are two other jblogger carnivals, the Kosher Cooking Carnival and JPIX 
which showcase everything about kosher food and picture posts with Jewish themes. If you're interested in hosting a KCC, please contact me.

leah aharoni presents Game Theory Exercises for Children posted at Ingathered.

Allison Josephs presents Birthday Musings | Jew in the City posted at Jew in the City.

rickismom presents An Open Letter to My Fellow Chareidi Community MembersBeneath the Wings, saying, "I really don't know where this fits best. Perhaps Israel...." posted at

Mordechai Torczyner presents Poll: What makes a great Purim Seudah?The Rebbetzin's Husband. posted at

Yisrael Medad presents My Right Word: COUNTERPOINT"S 1986 NIF ReportMy Right Word, saying, "MyRightWord reminds us that the New Israel Fund was unmasked back in 1986 - but few paid attention" posted at

Yisrael Medad presents Mocking Tonge Site Up posted at My Right Word, saying, "MyRightWord hopes the new mocking Jenny Tonge site will go viral"


Lady-Light presents Shouting One Down: Better than Intelligent Questions?Tikkun Olam, saying, "(Please forgive me for the last-minute submission. I have an excuse...!)
Heckling on campus: the answer to "free speech.""
posted at


Mimi presents Shuk: Nazareth in the Galilee posted at Israeli Kitchen, saying, "Walking through the Nazareth shuk was like visiting another country."

Neil Fleischmann presents Mr. Rogers Goes To The Senate posted at NY's Funniest Rabbi.

Yosef Greenberg presents A New Face on the Grandfather Clock posted at Yachdus, saying, "Trends in the Chareidi marketing, especially relation to the Internet."


Shifra blogged about Gush Katif Remembrance Day on Ink and Quill.

Yosef Greenberg presents Thank You David Ben Gurion For Spreading Torah Learning posted at Yachdus, saying, "Why is there so much Torah learning in Israel?"

Lady-Light presents Honest Questions about Israel and Palestine posted at Tikkun Olam, saying, "If people admitted the truth about the history of how Palestine became Israel, and the role of the Arabs in that history, they would see that the Arabs and British are to blame for the state of the Middle East today."


SnoopyTheGoon presents Ahmadinejad discovers Avatar posted at SimplyJews.

Ciaran Blumenfeld presents The Tastemaker Challenge: Show me the Kugel!Momfluential Media, saying, "Thought this was a funny post about a recent blogger potato challenge - they left out the Jews! Must have been afeared of our Kugel." posted at


Joel Haber presents When a Handshake Isn’t Just a Handshake posted at Fun Joel's Israel, saying, "Based on a response to the post I included in last week's Havel Havelim."

mother in israel presents Wedding Costs posted at A Mother in Israel, saying, "Part of a series on Israeli weddings in the religious community."

Jacob Richman presents New Israeli Educational Stamps Posted Online posted at Good News from Israel, saying, "Thanks!

harry presents Listen to the music posted at Israelity.

harry presents Super group jams in Jerusalem posted at Israelity.

Ben-Yehudah presents Good News! ...But Not Really That Good posted at Esser Agaroth.

Ariel Ben Yochanan presents Israel Is Anti-Jewish posted at The Torah Revolution, saying, "B"H - Israel is the only country in the world today who's regular army engages in distructing synagogues and harrassing its Jews."

SnoopyTheGoon presents The Point of "No Return" posted at SimplyJews.

Joel presents Oren Smiles at J-Street: So? posted at The Israel Situation, saying, "My weekly addition to the Israel Situation. This week, we discuss Michael Oren and J-Street"

Soccer Dad presents Israel Adds Cyber-Attack to IDF posted at Defense Tech.


Paul Kipnes presents I Almost Made Myself Cry at the Bar Mitzvah posted at Or Am I?, saying, "A Bar Mitzvah of a special needs child brings tears all around."

Soccer Dad presents Bernard Lander, ז?ל posted at Cross-Currents.

Hadassah Sabo Milner presents Tznius Question posted at In the Pink.

Hadassah Sabo Milner presents Teens and Purim Drinking posted at In the Pink.

~JP~ presents Shabbos Practices posted at NGOmeter, saying, "My (almost) weekly Jewish post that relates to NGOs @NGOmeter. Thanks for putting in the work this week!"

Lady-Light presents Another Jew comes Back to Tradition posted at Tikkun Olam, saying, "(Batya, please choose the 3 posts of mine which you like the most). I always love these stories of secular Jews returning to the fold; it warms the cockles of my heart...!"


Ilana-Davita presents Kosher Meals on Cathay Pacific posted at Ilana-Davita.


Bored Jewish Guy presents Guys have feelings too posted at Bored Jewish Guy.

Rahel presents My Audition Adventure posted at Elms in the Yard, saying, "What happens when a middle-aged American expat auditions for Kochav Nolad? Find out...."

rutimizrachi presents Amazing, but true. posted at Ki Yachol Nuchal!, saying, "G-d was clearly teasing me. Yes, He does have time to play jokes on people, even while He's busy with maintaining Creation. He's G-d, after all..."

I've also discovered that it's best to just go where G-d sends us.

Lady-Light presents My Virtual Family posted at Tikkun Olam, saying, "Thank you--I love you all!!"

And here's more in the saga of my caring for my very elderly father, are all these expensive aids a scam?


Lady-Light presents Afraid to Name the Enemy? Take it Away, Latma TVTikkun Olam, saying, "This is under "politics" because of political correctness, the prevalence of which, in the United States, is preventing it from seeing the truth and acting accordingly.
It's also funny--especially that American Hebrew accent!"
posted at


Binyamin miller presents FNQ – 5 q's for the Week - Controversial Stories in Tanach posted at Fear No Question, saying, "5 questions on how to deal with sins of Biblical characters"

Josh Waxman presents The Samaritans make Yisro bow posted at parshablog, saying, "It is a general feature of the Samaritan Torah that they "fix" the text to solve difficulties. This is something to keep in mind if you would think to rely on a Samaritan variant as preferable to the Masoretic text. Three examples from this week's parsha alone. They make Yitro bow to Moshe; they make the nation hear the sounds; and they emend Har Eval to Har Grizim, which they deem holy. There are others. Also, Ibn Ezra argues against Lower Biblical criticism."

Josh Waxman presents Charoses and the authenticity of the Zohar posted at parshablog, saying, "If named Tannaim or Amoraim mentioned in the Zohar think the tapuach is the apple, but according to true Chazal the tapuach is the citron, then how could the Zohar be anything other than a forgery?"

Yechezkel presents Ad K'dei Kach - The Ten Commandments Revisited posted at Achas L'Maala V'Sheva L'Matta, saying, "Looking at the Ten Commandments from a new perspective. It's deja vu all over again."

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Mrs. S. said...

Great job, and chodesh tov to you and your family!

Batya said...

Thank you and chodesh tov!

~JP~ said...

todah raba, v'chodesh tov.

Batya said...

my pleasure

Fun Joel said...

Danke schoen for the post! Hope to hear from may of you. :-)

Chodesh tov! Let's be marbeh b'simchah!

Batya said...

amen! I trust that people will visit the blogs, G-d willing.