Sunday, January 08, 2012

Squeezing Myself Back Into HH Hosting

According to Ya'aqov, this must be #342 of Havel Havelim.  Just doing a quick calculation; it seems like this veteran weekly blog carnival must be about ten years old by now.  It was started by Soccer Dad who hung up his blogging mitts a few years ago.  He passed the buck,  the baton, the torch whatever on to Jack who has been lost in his random thoughts of late. 

Next week's Havel Havelim will be hosted by Chaviva.  To send her a link click here

So the bottom line is that HH is rather rudderless at present, but you can't hold a good blog carnival down...

Here's the spiel:
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, for JPIX Leora and for HH Jack.
Blog carnival has been limping along, and now for months.  It hasn't been sending out the links to the hosts, but carnival owners can still access the instacarnival, so I still recommend sending them your posts and to be double safe also join the facebook page and find out who's the next host, and then message or email the host.  And who's the next host?  Good question.  But don't let that stop you from sending us links.  Just put hh in the "subject."  I'll post a PS when I get more more news.

And now on with the show!

Let's start with the good news!  A מזל טוב mazal tov to Heshy Frum Satire Fried, who just got engaged!

LadyLight reviews Rabbi Trugman's (of Ohr Chadash) new commentary on the Torah, Orchard of Delights and really enjoyed it.
Shari blogs about her feelings living here in Israel, truth behind the headlines.
Sharon shows us security walls.  Some are even pretty!
Shoshanah complains about difficulties for handicapped olim.  If anyone can help, contact her in the comments.  She also helps needy kallot; read all about it.
Ricki's mom gives us a very important reminderHighly recommended
Read about Miriam's winter gardening.
Susan gives good advice re: antibiotics and the importance of consulting with a pharmacist.
Here's something serious from Jenifer about kids growing up.
West Bank Mama predicts war in Gaza.
It's summer time in Baleboostehland.
Miriyummy blogs about knitting not cooking this time.
Rafi G. lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh, so if you want to know what's happening from a first person perspective, check out his Life in Israel.
Here's a little halacha lesson from Leora and her new Mayor, Gary Minkoff.
I've been trying to make sense out of the new Jerusalem bus routes which aim to get force travelers to take the lightrail.
Seraphic Secret and I both blogged about turbans.  I prefer them, wrapped scarves and kerchiefs, to other hair-covering options.
Love of the Land is a good source for pro-Land of Israel articles.  Here's one by Naftali Bennett.
Elder of Ziyon tells the truth about the fake refugees of 1948.
Ruti hits the perfect note in her article about kol isha, the sound of women's voices.
How's this for a tongue twister? "Risa's red mailbox in Rechovot"
Ima 2 Seven writes of the problem in Nachlaot.
doc writes about a serious problem, choosing a guardian for her child.
Frume Sarah writes about an organization that gives a break to families who have a special needs child, Refua V’Chayim.
Paula writes about Shabbat.  I can't imagine a life without it, even though I wasn't raised with it at all.
The multi-lingual Ilana-Davita gives advice about learning a language.
Shelly's goal is Ahavat Chinan.
Our Shiputzim blogged food while fasting.
Read Pesky's history lesson.
I blogged about how healthy laughter is and the Rebbetzin's Husband wrote about the importance of 8 hugs a day.
My husband criticizes Daniel Kurtzer's policy towards Israel.  He also sees improvement in American policy.
Hadassa's kids are growing up, but she still posted about babyproofing.  Is that a hint?
The bima ima seems too busy reading to blog.
Shirat Devorah bakes challah in memory of her sister.

And let the show go on.  Please share this far and wide and visit all the blogs and comment etc. Thanks to all of you.


Miriam said...

Wonderful, wonderful and thank-you for the mention. So many interesting blogs for me to check out....


Batya said...


Yosefa said...

Great issue! I can't wait to explore some blogs that aren't in my usual rotation.

YMedad said...

thank you for upping those of mine.

The Husband

Sharon A said...

Thanks. Glad you liked my pics enough to use one! Too bad all the Chanukah ones got lots in cybernet.

The Real Jerusalem Streets

Batya said...

thanks to all of you, couldn't have done it alone

Mrs. S. said...

Great job! Thanks for including my post, and shavua tov!

Batya said...

my pleasure

Leora said...


Thanks for including my Gary is Mayor post. Local politics will be even more interesting around here. Yesterday, Cong. Ohev Emeth had a big kiddush for Gary, speakers mentioned Gary becoming mayor, and he had an aliyah (I didn't go, but my father did and reported back to us).

You are very brave taking on HH (I mean more than just hosting this week - trying to get it going again each week).

Batya said...

Leora, I think that JPIX, which you handle is the hardest, davka, because it's so infrequent.

Baleboosteh said...

Great job Batya, loads of great links to check out....and thanks for the mention too :)

Susan B said...

I'm glad to hear the Instacarnival is working, although I wasn't able to access it the last time I was supposed to host.

I sincerely hope we can get the blog carnival emails of submitted posts working again, and breathe some fresh life into HH!

Batya said...

Baleboosteh, thanks, enjoy
Susan, when I hosted KCC a couple of weeks ago, I got the instacarnival, but I'm the carnival owner. Jack didn't send me anything for this.

Risa Tzohar said...

OK, so I'm hosting for January 22.
I am writing a post now (ta da) and will link to this one.
Thanks for linking to me.

Batya said...

Risa, that's great. Nu, any chance for a KCC?