Monday, November 28, 2016

Planned Post Seems Embarrassingly Trivial

I was all set to post about the fact that I just noticed that not only had my blogroll disappeared a few months ago, but apparently my list of book reviews had also taken a hike. Or "blogger" ate them. I wanted to find the link to one of the reviews, and suddenly I couldn't find the list.

The past few months I've been trying to replace or remake my list of blogs, which is hard work. If I don't get it as complete as it once was, it's not a tragedy. There's always a dynamic in blog rolls. They change. But there's no way I can reproduce, remember all the books I've reviewed.

And while thinking of exactly what to write about it I was on Facebook and saw the post and pictures about the artist  Yoram Raanan's loss of decades of work in the aishtafada, the terrorist arson attack.


And as difficult as the fire has been for some people, families and communities, there has also been a great miracle. So far, bli eyin haraa, no lives were lost directly due to the fire. There are fires that kill and main, and while the terrorists who are responsible for this aishtafada have destroyed property, so far, bli eyin haraa, they haven't killed anyone.

And I stopped myself from writing that the destruction of Raanan's pictures is like a death, because no matter how unpleasant and painful, it isn't like a death. Sometimes we use the work "death" too easily.

Gd made a great miracle here in the Holy Land.


A Reader said...

I actually thought you had cleared your blogroll on purpose. If you go to the Internet Archive (aka the Wayback Machine) you can see previous versions of web pages. For instance, here's your blog as it appeared on March 24, 2016. You can see who was on your blogroll then, and use that to reconstruct the blogroll if you want.
(I also want to add in simple links the list of your book reviews, but I'm putting that in a separate comment, because I fear posting a bunch of links as a comment will cause it to be marked as spam, and you won't see it. You don't want to just copy the links from the archived site; it is linking to archived versions of every page on its own site, instead of here on the blog. See next comment.)

A Reader said...

Links to your list of book reviews, part one:

"Cook in Israel" New Cookbook
"If Only..." A Book Review: "Letters to Talia" by Dov Indig
"Journey to Heaven," Is it The Next World?
A Bit of Wit, A World of Wisdom
Adol Olam, A Search for Meaning
Almost Biblical Harry Potter, Boaz
Benzion Netanyahu's "The Founding Fathers of Zionism," Part 1
Blind Angel
Confessions of a Jewish Cultbuster
Darkness to Destiny Hagaddah
Destiny's Call
Diet According to The Rambam
Doublelife: One Family, Two Faiths and a Journey of Hope
Effy Does the Job
Elisha Davidson, Part 1, Anxiously Awaiting Part 2!
Elisha Davidson, Part 2! In Suspense!!
Every Picture Tells a Story
Ezra's Aliyah
For Better And For Worse
Grains Of Sand The Fall Of Neve Dekalim
Great Persian Cookbook
Hope Merchant
I Only Want to get Married Once
John Lennon and The Jews

A Reader said...

Links to your list of book reviews, part two:
Kapora, Kapora, Getting Priorities Straight
Koren Yom Ha'atzma'ut & Jerusalem Day Machzor
Kosher Elegance
Kosher by Design, Teens & 20 Somethings
Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew
Lessons in Leadership by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
Let my RV Go!
Living Beyond Terrorism
Living a Year of Kaddish
Long Hard Road to Israel, Ethiopian Aliyah
Miriam Peretz, An Inspiration
Modern Menu
My Mom, My Hero
Quick & Kosher, Meals in Minutes
Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Chanukah
Running From Giants
Sarah Honig's "Debunking The Bull"

A Reader said...

List of your book reviews, part three of three:
Saturday Night, Full Moon;
Search Committee, Not Quite "a novel"
Sipping From the Nile
Soul to Soul
Spark Ignited
The Fire and the Cloud
The First Ten Days
The Pater
The Princess of Dan
The Scroll
The Wolf Within
To Hell in a Handbasket: Carter, Obama, and the "Arab Spring" by Ruthie Blum
Welcome Home, Akiva
Yael Ziegler's "Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy"

I do hope this gets through. I worry that the spam filter will eat it.

Batya Medad said...

Thanks a gazillion!