February 19, 2006

Haveil Havalim #58

A few notes before I start.

1) I didn't do a great job of tracking all entries I received. If I missed your post(s) please let me know and I'll fix it tonight.
2) Because I want to feature as many bloggers as I can, I try to keep it to a maximum of 2 posts per blogger. (There are a few exceptions.)
3) I have a strong preference for the posts to be about Israel or Judaism, not just to be by a Jewish blogger. (There are a few exceptions.)
4) If 2 or 3 apply then ignore 1.
5) I've noted before that, in the past, two of the most prolific contributors to Opinion Journal's Best of the Web Today were Barak Moore and Carl Sherer. These days both are bloggers. And both are featured below.
6) Thank you all for participating, reading, sending the link(s) on to interested friends and relatives etc. I hope you enjoy this week's tour of the Jewish / Israel blogosphere!
7) BONUS: Name the mystery blogger. (The person who gave my wife the siddur is a current blogger. HINT: It's not SerAndEz

Tu B'Shevat and Judaism

Heichal Haneginah reminds of us the great loss that was commemorated this week, the Yahrzeit of R' Aryeh Caplan and introduces us to some Tu B'shevat music.

What would Haveil Havalim be without a picture for the Jewish holiday from the official artist of Haveil Havalim? Check out Not Quite Perfect for this year's Tu B'shevat picture. Awesome isn't it?

View from a Height gives a nice concise background to the holiday in Tu B'shevat.

On Passover/ Pesach, there are four questions, four sons, and four cups of wine. Bloghead notes that on Tu B'Shevat there are four periods of time in a re-posting of last year's The Roots of Tu B'Shevat.

The Muqata celebrates the blooming of the land, especially his own almond trees.

AddeRabbi recounts three fruity Gemaras and wonders what your synagogue's name says about you.

At Radical Torah the Velveteen Rabbi promotes the decidedly non-radical view that prayer is now accessible to everyone whereever they are.

Mirty's Place is impressed with the next generation of leaders that she sees at her Shul (synagogue).

Velveteen Rabbi approves of Reform Judaism's new policy accepting non-Jewish spouses of members with a reservation.

View from a Height reviews a book on how to read Medrash and gives it high marks.

One of the signs of the coming of the Moshiach/Messiah is the appearance of a red heiffer. Mystical Paths may have spotted one in Par Adumah. But then maybe he didn't.

R' Chaim Haqoton looks into the Halachic (Jewish legal) ramifications of Sin or die.

Intolerant tolerance

My Right Word quotes from Gershon Baskin who doesn't think that we should tolerate a Museum of Tolerance.

Israel Matzav provides the research to show that such objections are simply intolerant.


The Ignoble Expriment reminds of us of Yoni Netanyahu and his heroism. (h/t Simply Jews)

Jointnik's Cafe tells the remarkable story of the Rescuer, a woman who warned Jews to leave or risk death by staying. (via A Simple Jew)

Popular Culture

Presence tells of the presence of an Orthodox Jew on the new Apprentice.

In the absence of Life-of-Rubin who's on hiatus, it's Jewish Blogmeister bringing us the scoops on Mattisyahu who's covered in Rolling Stone. He also wants to know, what kind of Jewish music do you want to hear?

One of Miriam's ideas: Oy vey! It's not just for Jews.

Why the fascination with all things Jewish? Maybe, as Daled Amos points out, It's in our DNA.

Sushi Kiddush considers what's in his DNA and his roots when he contemplates his great grandfather, Jules Sottnekov.

Crossing the Rubicon2 bears good news; Americans know who the good guys are in the Middle East according to a new Gallup poll.

Israeli Politics / Israeli Life

SerAndEz takes issue with the notion that it was hypocritical of the United States to object to the election of Hamas when it claims to support democracy in Misguided Ideals.

In O Shlimazel where art thou, Simply Jews asks an important question that Netanyahu will have to address if he is to have any credibility in confronting Hamas.

Jewish Current Issues sees the agreement between PM Sharon and President Bush as giving Israel a lot of leeway in defending itself and perhaps others.

The Mad Zionist is mad that the Academy wishes to honor terrorists, he would rather that they honor the victims of terror, such as Asaf and is concerned about a number of topsy turvy events in Israel.

Blog Free! gives failing grades to Israel's Minister of Education for comportment.

West Bank Mama reports that there is evidence that the police made some things up about the confrontation in Amona in The Camera is Mightier than the Sword.

Solomonia notes the plans of the newly elected Hamas party. Kidnap Israeli soldiers. Democracy in action!

And IRIS tells us that Fatah doesn't want to be left out!

Shiloh Musings looks at one of the implications of destruction of Amona, the plans of Hamas and how they affect her because I still have to hitch-hike.

Treppenwitz uses his photo Friday to look in on his neighbors.

SerAndEz agrees (mostly) with Treppenwitz, but not without a fight!

At a time of (apparently) growing divisiveness in Israel, Tel Chai Nation tells of the Jews of Chevron getting support from a surprising source: The Kibbutz movement.

Repeating a theme we saw a little in last week's Haveil Havalim, Shaister asks Is it me? or is the upcoming Israeli election inspiring little interest all around?

Seraphic Secrets presents What was Sharon thinking? (Parts I and II).

Smooth Stone demonstrates another way the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

Elder of Ziyon asks What the Hell was Arafat thinking noting how self defeating the "Aqsa intifada" has been.

Only in Israel presents a similarly themed Story of Baqa. (It's a few weeks old.)

Meryl Yourish observes that Hamas is bearing Burdon's burden.

Daled Amos suggests a number of topics Iran could explore in its upcoming Holocaust conference.

Kesher Talk tells of a Muslim group in Germany that might want to remind them.

Secular Blasphemy notes that Hamas makes children skip class for "skillful guidance" in lessons in hatred.

The Volokh Conspiracy adds that Hamas / the PA / etc get international help in keeping their hatred going.

Mensa Barbie (gotta love that name, right up there with Kosher Eucharist and Secular Blasphemy) compares the New Children of Palestine with the ones from 60 years ago. Chilling.

Similarly, Boker Tov Boulder meditates on Tehillim (Psalm) 94 and two radically different pictures.

Election Corner

There may be one less blogger on The Path to the Knesset but he's still promoting the platform of Yisrael Beyteynu in Marching Forward.

Meanwhile Israel Perspectives reflects in Election Reflections (Part I and Part II) about possibly forfeiting his American citizenship and other things.


Accross the ocean from Torino, Ocean Guy gives the history behind the symbol of the XXth Winter Olympics.

Greetings from French Hill is going for the gold, rooting future Israeli hockey teams and reporting on the lack of snow in Jerusalem, the current hockey teams and other things.

Yeshayah 62:1 on the other hand is rooting for this year's Israeli ice dancing team.

Cartoon Controversy

Centrerion makes 5 short comments about a recent Daniel Pipes column but rejects the "right to insult."

Multiple Mentality draws a line that At least would be honest

In Cartoon Bonanza, Greetings from French Hill notes the ironic charge that the Arab world is making now: that Israel's intimidating Germany.

Life and Death

The Ignoble Experiment considers blaming the victim.

Talking to Myself considers the proper use of words when talking of others. (h/t Shiloh Musings)

Jack's Shack remembers A Boy named Mookie.

Elie's Expositions finally dreams of Aaron.


Me-Ander is back blogging after Netvision and Google conspired to interrupt her. And in one of her identities she's created a Kosher Cooking Carnival (that's KCC not to be confused with KFC - but that's Kosher in Israel) so if you've posted a Kosher (or potentially Kosher) recipe or have some comments on Kosher cooking send her your link at shilohmuse at yahoo dot com. You have till Wednesday, so don't dally.

Since this is about the J-Blogosphere I would be remiss if I didn't mention a post that received more than 500 600 who knows comments, Science of Judaism. That's more than I get in a year of blogging. So if you'd like to help me, add a comment and encourage your relatives, friends, neighbors and pets to add a comment too. Maybe then it will only take me 6 months to reach that total. (h/t SerAndEz )

Any volunteers for upcoming editions? 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.

Feb 26, 2006 - Edition 59. Daled Amos has asked to host. We have indulged him. His e-mail is daledamos at gmail dot com.

March 5, 2006 - Edition 60. Life-of-Rubin returns to life (blogging that is). e-mail him lifeofrubin at gmail dot com.

March 12, 2006 - Edition 61. Jack's Shack has volunteered to take on the pre-purim spiel. His e-mail is talktojacknow at sbcglobal dot net.

March 19, 2006 - Edition 62. Shiloh Musings (or one of her alter-egos; "gam shiloh ha-blog ahsita mishtei nashim") is scheduled to host the post purim shpiel. Her e-mail is shilohmuse at yahoo dot com.

A new host has asked to host in future but I haven't finalized plans yet. Watch this space.

Thank you for volunteering and having volunteered; you're the ones who do the work to keep this project going!

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