Welcome to the 37th edition of Haveil Havalim the Jewish/ Israel blogging "carnival". I'll have more to add later, but I really have to run now.
UPDATE: I've been considering some changes in Haveil Havalim. For one thing, it's been suggested that I change the name of Haveil Havalim to something more accessible. We don't get a whole lot of publicity and that could be due to the obscure name. So question #1 should I change the name of the Jewish/Israel blogging carnival and if so to what? Please comment or e-mail me.
The second idea I've had is moving Haveil Havalim to its own site. So while the editors would rotate it would alway be in the same place. The downside is that then the editor probably wouldn't get as much traffic when he/she hosts. But it might be more accessible.
Whatever I do, it probably won't be done quickly unless there's an overwhelming response. Overall, I've been pleased with the results of recent weeks. Haveil Havalim is getting increased readership and more volunteer hosts so things have been picking up.
First an important public service announcement. Batya has a friend, Judith Nussbaum, who needs a kidney. If you or anyone you know is in a position to donate one please contact Mrs. Nussbaum.
The Jewish World
You might think that I'm only or mostly interested in politics. But that's not true. I love the offbeat and uncommon. Thanks to Kesher Talk, I came to this story at Normblog (from the Jerusalem Post):
It's an item about Shlomo and Dina Jin of Kai Feng, reconnecting with a Jewish past.
A few days ago I blogged about the visit of the Washington Post to the Jewish Autonomous region in Eastern Russia.
One of the perverse things about the Palesitnians is that they haven't gotten their stories about the Holocaust straight. I've seen them claim that 1) the Holocaust didn't happen 2) that it did happen and that Israel was founded because of the resulting sympathy for the Jews at the expense of the Arabs 3) that it did happen and that Zionists assisted the Nazis and that 4) that what Israel's doing to them is another Holocaust. (I think I've seen one or two others but don't remember them right now.) IRIS, in its nicely re-designed website notes that even smaller issues get a variety of different and contradictory treatments in 8 Conflicting Explanations of the PA Synagogue Desecration
Washed out Torahs
Mystical Paths has a photo essay A Sad Sight - Recuing Flooded Torahs from New Orleans. (via Life of Rubin, via Dov Bear)
Knocking on the Golden Door tells us that the Israeli Supreme Court Orders Rerouting of Security Fence. While I'm no fan of the High Court's actions in this case - they have told Israel to ignore the security establishment and listen to activists - it nonetheless demonstrates a contrast between civil society on one side and the homegrown anarchy on the other.
In Proud Parents she praises a young girl who took a stand.
On the other hand, using the attempted arrest of Gen Almog, Random Jottings argues that this was one more argument for voting for President Bush who opposes the International Criminal Court that would almost certainly increase the number of these outrages.
Other stuff in Israel
Elms in the Yard writes about the Jerk Tax as a way of improving driving safety in Israel. (This reminds me of a few months old post by Biur Chametz demonstrating that despite popular perceptions traffic safety in Israel is actually improving. The "Jerk Tax" will hopefully continue improving this trend.)
Well two out of three ain't bad.
In Another War Criminal* Escapes Britain *(yeah, yeah . . . “alleged”), Lean Left regrets the escape of Gen Almog from England. (The first comment is excellent.)
Elsewhere and Otherwise
Angry in the Great White North is bothered by the decision to allow Muslims to handle their own civil matters in their own courts and then the further decision to disqualify all religions from having matters resolved in their own courts.
Finally in an appropriate coda to a feature that could be called Vanity of Vanities, Crossing the Rubicon2's obsession with all things Israel and Jewish in the blogosphere may get her computer confiscated :-).
UPCOMING HOSTS AND HOSTESSES and Administrivia
Next Week's (edition #38, Sept 25, 2005) hostess is Kesher Talk. Please e-mail her with your nominations at judith at yehudit dot org. The following week, (edition #39, Oct 2, 2005) newcomer SerandEZ has volunteered to host. Please e-mail him at serandez at verizon dot net. As always you may e-mail me directly at dhgerstman at hotmail dot com or use Conservative Cat's handy dandy carnival submission page. Thank you very much.
Haveil Havalim (The Jewish/Israeli blog carnival) can also be found at The Truth Laid Bear's ÜberCarnival.
If you'd like to host Haveil Havalim - Vanity of Vanities - The Jewish/Israel blogging carnival - send me an e-mail at dhgerstman at hotmail dot com and I'll pencil, er electron you in.
Continue reading to see past editions
#36 Velveteen Rabbi
#35 Israel Perspectives
#33 Soccer Dad
Tisha B'Av Blogburst
#31 Soccer Dad
#30 Jack's Shack
#29 Crossing the Rubicon2
#28 Soccer Dad
#27 Mirty's Place
#26 Shiloh Musings
#25 Soccer Dad
#24 Mirty's Place
#23 Soccer Dad
#22 Mystical Paths
#21 Rabbinical Authority Consortium of HACKers
#20 Shiloh Musings
#18 Soccer Dad
#17 Mystical Paths
#16 Critical Mastiff
#15 Soccer Dad
#14 Multiple Mentality
#11 Kesher Talk
#10 Biur Chametz
#9 Soccer Dad
#8 It's Almost Supernatural
#6 Willow Tree.
#5 Crossing the Rubicon2
#4 Dov Bear
#3 Biur Chametz