Harry Potter & Haveil Havalim #226

Harry Potter & Haveil Havalim #226

Founded by Soccer Dad, Haveil Havalim is a carnival of Jewish blogs — a weekly collection of Jewish & Israeli blog highlights, tidbits and points of interest collected from blogs all around the world. It’s hosted by different bloggers each week and coordinated by Jack. The term ‘Haveil Havalim,’ which means “Vanity of Vanities,” is from Qoheleth, (Ecclesiastes) which was written by King Solomon. King Solomon built the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and later on got all bogged down in materialism and other ‘excesses’ and realized that it was nothing but ‘hevel,’ or in English, ‘vanity.’

Hello and welcome to Haveil Havalim #226, the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince edition. This is a different sort of edition for me. I hadn’t intended on doing it, but a change came up at the last minute and I found myself standing in the on deck circle.

I had several ideas for what I wanted to do with it, but it just didn’t work out that way. So my apologies because this isn’t up to my normal standards. Anyway, if I can find time I’ll update this a few times and try to give it a little more spit and polish.

And in response to some reader emails here are some links to some of the music that I listened to while constructing this. Please be advised that some of these videos are adult in nature. I didn’t have time to go searching for clean versions, so do what you will with it.

Mansions of the Lord
It Was a Very Good Year– Frank Sinatra
I Gotta Feeling– Black Eyed Peas
King Without a Crown– Matisyahu
You’re Gonna Miss This– Trace Adkins
Come Back– Moshav

If this is your first time here, welcome. You’ll find almost seven thousand posts about life, parenting, politics, Judaism and more. Links to some of my favorite posts can be found on the right hand side of the page.

And now on to our carnival:


Many people are questioning some of President Obama’s policies. You can read about some of that at The case against Obama.

Seraphic Secret reminisces about a man from his youth who would scream about and the end of the world and those who do it now in Apocalypse Now and Then.

The Muqata reports about Washington and Israeli Ambassador in Michael Oren hold his ground.

Avi Green presents DC becomes Dhimmi Comics posted at The Four Color Media Monitor.

At the Rubin Reports take a look at A brief guide to the differences between Palestinian Authority, Syrian, and Iranian Strategies toward the West.

While you are there you might be interested in reading The Obama Ideology and World Affairs Part I, II andIII.

Yaacov Lozowick has a must read piece entitled Complicated Afghanistan and Just War. Daled Amos shared Israeli Settlements: Olmert vs. Obama.

Yourish covered Obama ups the ante on “settlements”


I really enjoyed reading Nostalgia Sunday – Asimonim, maybe because I still carry one on my keychain.

Israelity also sent in the descriptive post, Tel Aviv’s Sh*t Mountain Gets A Green Light for Environmental Remediation.

And in technology news you can read Just another ghost in the Wall, a new Internet startup G.ho.st, launched last night by an Israeli entrepreneur and Palestinian software developers.

Batya said I Could Never Understand The Mentality.

Cosmic X relates a number of news stories in his post Truth Sprouts From the Land!

The Occidental Israeli discusses the Haredim and says thatTerrorism Pays. Agree or disagree? Go read it and let him know. Ask Lady Light about Civil Strife in Jerusalem: Protesting a Parking Lot.

Child Ish thinks much of it has to do with boredom.

Tel Chai Nation blogged about the impact of the Gaza war with British Antisemitism in Britain stops arms exports to Israel. Yourish covered it also in The U.K. Israeli arms embargo: Hypocrisy defined.

And let’s not forget the marriage proposal that Meryl included in Thursday Snark News.

Jewschool covered Gaza Soldier Testimonials.

Soccerdad sent over a link I had missed Breaking the Silence: More Rumor & Hearsay. Daled Amos shared Again, The Media Jumps On Questionable Report Of Israeli War Crimes (Updated)

Dave shared A Video Postcard from Hell: The Gaza War Up Close and Personal

Over at My Right Word I had to read about the Erotics of the Occupation twice because I just couldn’t believe it.

Our friend and long time blogger the Elder has The transcript of the “plot to assassinate Arafat” and the story about Hamas belief that they will acquire a WMD within 20 years. Now what nation of non Arabs who are descendants of Cyrus might say that.

Back at My Right Word there are beautiful pictures of the Ohel Yitzhak Synagogue in Jerusalem and don’t forget to read Tourism in Tuscany, Sorry, Make That Binyamin.

My friend Snoopy and co-blogger writes about the mishegahs surrounding road signs in Minister Yisrael Katz, road signs and Zionism. Eric wrote about it as well in Battle of the Signs in Israeli Cities.

In between rooting for the Bruins Ben Yehudah keeps a fine blog in which he writes about many things. One of his recent topics covered the protests, go read The Other Story: Israeli Leftist Rags And Feminazis.

At The Muqata you should read Israel’s High Court Targets Widow and Orphans of Fallen IDF War Hero.

Here is An interesting perspective on why the Palestinians keep saying no to peace deals. And then again there are posts that illuminate A senseless and irresponsible provocation.

Don’t forget to read Religion and State in Israel – July 13, 2009 (Sections 1 and 2) Ben Yehudah discusses an ad right here.

From Solomonia What Olmert Offered Abbas.


I am not sure if there are topics that are more important than protecting children. Chabad offers Responding to Child Predators in the Jewish Community.

A good philosophical discussion can be found in the questions of Isn’t it Enough to Just Believe? – What Does Judaism Think? From Chabad we have Lightning Doesn’t Strike the Same Place Twice
Divine Providence Does!

Mother in Israel has practical tips you can use to keep your food warm and your house cool on Shabbos.

Questions, questions, questions, Is the Ran an apikores, by his own definition?
Don’t forget to read part two.

Lion of Zion brings up the question of Calling a Sinner for an Aliyah.

From the Real Shaliach we have Say it ain’t so!

Ever wonder about how Jews said Kiddush during prohibition? You might enjoy reading this next piece called Booze and Jews: Some fun American-Jewish history ephemera .

One day Donald Trump may be at a bris for his grandson, maybe. Read more at Mazel tov to the newest Jew – Ivanka Trump.

At Schvach you can read Eishes Chayil, that discusses Jewish Women. Child Ish thinks that many Orthodox Jews haven’t spent time thinking about why they believe what they believe. For more on this read Kiruv: Answering the hard questions.

From the Velveteen Rabbi This week’s Torah poem looks at the slaughter of the Midianites through the lens of the newly-released Breaking the Silence report about IDF behavior in Gaza.

The Rebbetzin’s Husband provides valuable information with How to attract people to your shul. Over at Ilana Davita there is a very interesting guest post by Shimshonit about her Judaism. Go read it.

Schvach’s post The Conflicting Demands of Life is definitely worth a read.

In The Pink has what I consider to be a ridiculous invention, a Tefillin sweater. Twenty seven years of laying Tefillin and I have never had a problem rolling up the sleeve. In fact if you buy one I want to speak with you about loaning me $50.

Prof K’s post gives food for thought. Go read The Things That Bring Us Happiness…Not

Use this link to Tweet your prayers at The Kotel. Or you can go here and ask someone to daven for you at the Kotel for 40 days.

I am a bit of a rabble rouser. Correction, I am big rabble rouser. I am often the fly in your ointment, the guy who will press your buttons. So why am I sharing this, well because I almost didn’t include a few posts from Frum Satire.

Let me be clear, I think that Hesh is a good guy and well meaning. But he intentionally writes posts that stir up a hornet’s nest. I know this because I have commented there and been assaulted by a number of the other commenters.

I mention this because I think that some of his commenters are troglodytes that wear Borsalinos and think that halacha says that you can beat a woman for not sitting in the back of the bus.

Anyway, I do not include Hesh as part of that crowd. And now that he has received a ton of press I am not going to include separate posts. You have the link to his blog. Go spend some time reading there. Not every post is controversial.

All the really cool blogs started roughly five years ago, just ask Jewlicious.

A Simple Jew is another one of the old time bloggers. He is among the first bloggers that I read and interacted with. Go take a look at “You Seem To Have Removed Yourself From Your Blog.

What happens when you are almost 30
and you have a list of things to do.

The Real Shaliach has Some important questions. Will someone please ask Mottel to move. I have been blogging here for more than five years now. 😉

The Rebbetzin’s Husband reflects upon the impact of being a parent in Changed by a decade of Parenting.

Take a look at some nice photos at I really should get a tripod.

This is the sort of problem I miss having. Go read A hard day [camp] night and Israeli teenagers – 1; Anglo parents – 0.

Apparently there is a new King of All Media. When you are through with that you can read On Tops and Tales because it is all about the people.

There is something very nice about passing on traditions. Home shuling blogged about bedtime issues.

When I read the next title I instantly thought about my post A Bad Case of Stupid Seems To Be Going Around to be clear there is no similarity other than title, which is why you should read We’re Not Immune to Stupid Just Because We’re Jewish

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of haveil havalim using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Haveil Havalim #216 The Happy 40th Birthday Jack Edition

Haveil Havalim #216 The Happy 40th Birthday Jack Edition

Welcome to Haveil Havalim #216 The Happy 40th Birthday Jack Edition. Yes, it is true. As of the 9th I have been forced to wave goodbye to my thirties and say hello to my forties. A new decade beckons and I am ready to answer the call.

Of course it doesn’t matter whether I am ready or not as I have not yet figured out how to stop the clock or better yet, how to turn it back. I have mixed feelings about this birthday. Part of me is completely ambivalent while another part is trying to figure out how this could be. I was twenty five last week and just a hair short of 31 yesterday.

Anyway, while I undergo my own private analysis you can take some time to read through our carnival. My apologies if this isn’t up to snuff, birthday events and life activities have made it hard to focus.

I shared a joke called Baptizing The Bear that many people have found to be quite funny. I like jokes about bears, do you remember A Jewish Bear & Other Jokes.

Israel and Politics

We’ll start off with Daled Amos post, Is There Such A Thing As Putting Too Much Pressure On Israel? and then we’ll move along to Rubin Reports Please! Some Sanity in Evaluating U.S.-Israel Relations.

Esser Agaroth has Some Frightening Thoughts to share.

Speaking of frightening this post at Shiloh Musings will make you think. Check out Wife of Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister is a “Born Again Believer.

Visit the Augean Stables and learn about Combatant/Civilian Casualties and the Moral Hysteria/Hypocrisy of the West.

Religion and State in Israel part one and two are ready for your review. Israel Innovation 2.0 shared 12 Israel-related headlines from the week of April 26, 2009.

I don’t know whether it is right to call it holy pollution. Go read Pollution in a Promised Land: Alon Tal on Israel and the Environment.

At the Muqata read Israel’s Settlers Going Green for the Environment.

The Israeli Soldier writes about medicine in the army in Things you know that you don’t know.

Sometimes all you can say about political satire is that This Is Too Cruel.

The world is full of contradictions, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Nuclear Arms Are Bad…Except When They Are Good!

At Mere Rhetoric Omri points out inconsistencies. Take a look at Stephen Walt: Iran Will Never Attack Israel. Iran: We’re Totally Going To Attack Israel.

A Mother in Israel wrote about The Week of the Police Robots.

How to Be Israeli’s post, You are never too old to wear Spandex could also be applied to Texas and Cleveland. Talk about places in need of help, oy.

Seraphic Secret blogged Honestly, Obama’s Lying. Over at Don’t Gel Too Soon there is a post that says religious voters like the president. Read it at Support for Obama Among Jewish (and Other) Religious Voters is High.

The Velveteen Rabbi reviews “Slingshot Hiphop” and offers reflections on hip-hop, Israel and the Palestinian territories, and peace.

Reading about the New Mashbir brought back fond memories of summers past. We used to go to the Carvel next door for ice cream. Not to mention the time when a guy offered to sell me a pair of used Levis for forty bucks. That Israel doesn’t exist any more.

Did someone say pirates? Cruise ships have learned to talk to Israeli security, read more at Aye aye sir – Israeli guards fight piracy on the high seas.

Harry at Israelity says Israeli bathers – beware of matkot sightings. To Serve Again tells the story of Orthodox soldiers who have never been able to serve in the reserves and now will begin to do so.

Ben Yehuda is not pleased with an ad campaign. Want to know more, go read More Codependent YeSh”A Coucil PR Crap.

Bar Kochba discusses Israel’s future as a Jewish state in The Loyalty Fallacy. Over at Elms in The Yard the discussion covers Forced Segregation on Jerusalem Buses.

Flags Over Nazareth discusses the reaction of Muslims in Nazareth to the pope’s visit. Esser Agaroth is not happy about the coming visit of the pope and neither is Shiloh Musings.

Yourish has the story about the Statue of Liberty. Go read Lady Liberty’s crown will re-open: AFT.

Soccer Dad asks the important question, Serious about syria? One can certainly hope that that the news is going to be about effective diplomacy yielding positive results.

Treppenwitz tells the story of a decades old kidnapping. Want to know more, go read Seeking Closure.

Lisa is involved in some Blog Promotion.


The Rebbetzin’s Husband has thoughts about Twittering in Synagogue? Frum Satire says that Orthodox Jews don’t drink Manischewitz.

Mrs. S is speaking Heblish. Want to know more go read Heblish: Pesach Sheni edition. DovBear wrote about Shul seating.

I liked My Right Words response to a comment he received on this post. He also has the story of the Jewish, er Catholic priest too.

At Shearim you can read a post that had me both nodding my head yes and shaking my head no, I have to stick to my task in an outside World

A Simple Jew shared Guest Posting By Anonymous – My Questionable “Jewishness.” Too young To Teach says that Everyone Loves a Conspiracy.

Jacob provides key information with his post Educational websites about Lag Ba’Omer, “Flame On.”

The Ima wrote about Creating Jewish Identity. Like her, I wonder what sorts of thoughts/stories my children will tell when they are older.

A Mother in Israel blogged about Abortion in the Religious Zionist Community. It is an interesting topic to say the least, no easy answers.

Home Shuling took A shabbat stroll with a purpose.

At Daled Amos you should read EU Legalizes Kosher Slaughtering–But The Battle Is Not Over and Norwegian Media Retaliates Against Author Of Book On Nordic Anti-Semitism (Updated).

LOZ presents She’er: Wife or Relative? (Trop).

Ask Mottel about JTA’s Fail Whale of a Twitter List. At The Real Shliach he recounts a farbrenger with R’ Shimonke Lazaroff, head Shliach of Texas.


I don’t know about you, but B’IMA SHELI is becoming one of my favorite expressions.

Seraphic Secret isn’t Catholic, but he is giving confession. You can read more in Screenwriter Confesses: ‘I Could Never Love a Woman Who Didn’t Love The Seven Samurai.’

Shtetl Fabulous may be on Hiatus. In regard to Mother’s Day go read TherapyDoc who writes You Only Have One Mother.

My Right Word asks the question, Which is better, blogging or getting a letter published in a newspaper?

Beneath the Wings has an important post called Blogging Against Disablism – (updated and expanded version).

Leora has a useful post called Pros and Cons of Self-Hosted WordPress. Batya’s post The Pictures Look Nicer Than The Real Thing may make you want to take a shower.

Alternatively you could always get a car wosh.

At To Light a Spark there is a post that suggests that we resemble a certain sea creature. Go read, You Are a Fish.

This next poster thinks that Having Nothing In Common with your spouse is a spiritual challenge.

I laughed at LOZ’s description of what he thinks he might have put his head in. Someone better check in with Benji and make sure that aliens haven’t eaten him.

On second thought read this post and you’ll know that something had to have happened. 😉

While we are speaking about things that happened, let me be clear there are
Rules For Dating My Daughter.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of haveil havalim using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Haveil Havalim #210- Locke, Hurley and Starbuck Edition

Haveil Havalim #210- Locke, Hurley and Starbuck Edition


There are moments when hosting Haveil Havalim very much reminds me of the cabin scene from A Night At The Opera.

There are so many different thoughts and ideas that can get crammed into one of these things. A smarter host than I am minimizes all of the noise and focuses upon one theme. But that is just not how I play this game, or maybe it is my not so subtle way of imitating the guys who wrote that finale to BSG.

So here we are at Haveil Havalim #210, entitled the Locke, Hurley and Starbuck Edition, also known as two dead people and an escapee from a mental institution. My apologies if that doesn’t make sense to you.

One more thing before we go on. Driveshaft was one of my favorite bands. Charlie LIVES! And now onto the carnival.

Haveil Havalim is the weekly “blog carnival” of the Jewish/Israeli blogosphere, created by Soccer Dad and currently maintained by me.


Daled Amos has a heart warming post called Today, My Son Is A Jew. Follow that bridge to Kesher Talk to read the story of a Jew turned Baptist who returned to Judaism.

Shira covered Reward and punishment: Blaming the victim. It is a good topic and well worth thinking about. Remember, if you don’t comment on this post you deserve all that comes to you. 😉

At Achas L’Maala V’Sheva L’Matta there is an essay called Absolving the Casualty – The Torah’s Perspective of Victimhood.

A Simple Jew shared a Question & Answer With Rebbetzin Yehudis Golshevsky – The Next Mitzva.

Drew Kaplan shared Torah on Twitter. Learning in 140 characters or less, kind of cool.

Elms in the Yard reminds us all that it is Rosh Hodesh Nissan, which means that we are just a few weeks out from Pesach. Speaking of Pesach if you want to make a lot of people happy offer to go help them clean their homes.

If you think that is not going to bring a smile to a lot of faces spend a few minutes surfing the jblogosphere and see how many families are gnashing their teeth about how far behind they are in getting ready for the chag. Take a look at The Velveteen Rabbi’s Haggadah for Pesach!

Josh Waxman reviews a haggadah at a post called Introducing the Absolut Haggadah, 2009 Vintage.

Rafi has a post that is going to make a few people I know say huh? The reason being is that they would never believe that someone is going to Kasher Their Computer for Pesach.

I’ll pick on Baila for a moment. Her post about Pesach preparations made me smile. Leora shared some recipes for Pesach.

Come over here to read about The Harry-er side of dating. Somewhere in the archives is a post I wrote about why I think that shidduch dating is shortsighted and problematic, but that is a different story altogether.

Frum Satire has a list of Awkward Shomer Negiah moments which frankly reinforces many of the reasons I am not now and have never been Shomer Negiah. Who wants a hug. 😉

The Real Shaliach thinks Kabbalos Ol just doesn’t cut it. Mottel has some funny comments that kids have made. Judeopundit’s post about Jewish Canadians shows that some people just don’t get it.

LOZ’s post Hungarian Rabbis in 19th C. America reminded me of some stories that I used to hear as a child. He continues his history lesson with Kashrut Scandals and Birkat ha-Hamah in New York (1897) .

We’ll riff of of Birkat Ha-Chamah with Ezzie and E-Book: A Blogger’s Guide to Birchas Ha-Chamah.

At Chabad they ask about The AIG Debacle and if we are losing our morals.

At the grouchy old bear read Why did God tell us to bring sacrifices? (Summary of Sources).

David wants to know Why do Jews push and push and push this?

Aliza wrote about a topic that we need to pay attention to called Latinos against Jews. Better to be proactive and try to get to the bottom of this than to ignore it.

Schvach provides a lesson about Schadenfreude.

Tuvia is involved in The kosher confusion. Ever wonder what a rabbi does in their spare time. (Excuse me while I duck as the 167 pulpit rabbis who read Haveil Havalim are cursing my name. Better watch where I step, hate to be the second coming of Korach.)

Anyhoo, go read The Rabbi Watches YouTube. Home Shuling thinks that there is Something Jewish about breastfeeding.

At Yourish take a moment to review Two quotes on the struggle of Jews.


Eric is concerned about the impact of Labor’s joining the Likud coalition. Dan at Tzipiyah says Im Tirtzu – Bringing Zionism Back To Israel.

Soccer Dad writes about a near miss in Northern exposure. The Israel Situation mulls over a potential missile strike against Iran.

If you aren’t familiar with Tipat Chalav then you should click here and learn more.

Oleh Girl wrote about the Greatest disgrace in Labour’s history. Jewlicious shared 30 Years of Peace.

Canadians in Israel sounds like the title of a comedy bit, but it is a serious post that you should read, eh. For an only in Israel moment go read I Guess They Weren’t Shomer Shabbas.

At Israelity you can read Nostalgia Sunday – Personal care, a post that reflects upon Israeli ingenuity. While I was over there I also read about Milo, the Wonder Dog. Good old Milo would make my daughter exceptionally happy.

Did I mention that they offer to ship Milo to Honduras. On the other hand if they can’t get Milo to you then you have the option of heading off to the holy land to pick him up. While you are there you can partake of a Yom Kef retreat at The Dead Sea.

At Israel Innovation 2.0 you should take a moment to read Israel is the new Israel (Alternatively, if TechCrunch is the go-to online tech publication, will TreeHugger be the new TechCrunch?)

Ever wonder if Olmert’s lightrail is ever going to be completed? You are not the only one.

An important question that remains to be answered is Where will Gilad Shalit be this Passover? Joel Katz sent in Religion and State in Israel – March 23, 2009 (Section 1) and part two.
Time of the Signs discussed Duck/Er Duct Tape. Aussie Dave is checking out the singles section.


Batya has beautiful photos of a beautiful country. Ben Yehuda shared Umm al-Fahm March: Typical Leftist Double Standards and K’far Tapu’ah’s Last Concert Of The Season.

On my blog I wrote a post called Israel & Gaza. It was picked up by Yahoo! I appreciate the extra traffic I’ll never understand how someone can say that they are aren’t antisemitic and then tell me to stop with my “Jew propaganda.”

Of course they are the same people that think that To Serve Man is a documentary about an evil Zionist plot.

At Solomonia you should read MEMRI: Saudi Cleric Khaled Al-Khlewi Teaches Children to Hate Jews and Melanie Phillips: Meet the Real Lobby.

Yaacov Lozowick offered Media on IDF Brutality in Gaza and Israel and Innovation.

Don’t forget to read On Campus: The Pro-Palestinians’ Real Agenda. At Backspin check out the Daily Telegraph’s Twisted Headline.


Psychotoddler returned from exile to issue this insightful post, Battlestar Galactica Finale Impressions. Maybe he should read Treppenwitz’s Announcing spoilers.

Continuing our trip around show business our next stop is at Seraphic Secret’s Hollywood is Burning, Part III: Gauntlet.

Schvach has a post about a different sort of profession. Hyscience offers the troubling Washington Times: Hezbollah uses Mexican drug routes into U.S.

SuperRaizy has named all Seven Dwarves. This next post get’s in because of the following line, how could I eat something that looks like Snuffleupagus’ ding dong, right?

The Rebbetzin’s Husband is packing up The Batcave. Go read OkayIsaidit. Shorty has Earth Hour and random Parashah Thoughts.

Israel Chronicles offers some perspective on laundry.

Someone ought to tell Ben Yehudah that people are people so that he’ll stop this black celebration. Help him at Poll: Should I Go To The Depeche Mode Concert? BTW, someone should tell him to read the first comment here.

Over at Shtetl Fabulous there is a nice rundown about her trip to New Orleans called Keep on Trying Til I Reach the Higher Ground.

Ruti has Geula on My Mind.

More than one reader is going to want to read what Esther has written about Social Media Jungle NYC: My Last-Minute GeekCon Experience.

New York’s Funniest Rabbi’s posts grab me. I enjoyed That Sometimes Grips Me. Chaviva shared a Readership Overview!

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Haveil Havalim using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.Technorati tags: haveil havalim, blog carnival.

The next edition is going to be hosted by Ima on (and off) the Bima.

Haveil Havalim #209: Ahhhhh……Spring!

Sorry for the late notice but it is hard to get on the computer on days like this where it is 85 degrees outside and not a cloud to be seen in an endless blue sky.

Anyhoo, the incredible Mr. Lovitt not to be confused with Mr. Limpet has graced us with the latest edition of Haveil Havalim. Go read Haveil Havalim #209: Ahhhhh……Spring! and don’t forget to tell your friends, family and neighbors about it.

If you have any questions about hosting, life or more contact me here. And if you haven’t yet signed up you are cordially invited to join the Haveil Havalim Facebook group.

See you around,


HH 183- Lost But Found Again

Welcome to Haveil Havalim #183, the best of the Jewish/Israeli Blogosphere. This is a weekly blog carnival in which we cover a variety of topics including but not limited to Personal, Political (Domestic and World), Judaism and much more.

This edition is called Lost But Found Again because of technical difficulties that occurred during production. I won’t bore you with details, other than to say that music helped relax me so that I could reconstruct my work.

For those who are interested here is a short snapshot of what I listened to:

Mansions of The Lord
Crying– Roy Orbison
I Drove All Night– Roy Orbison
The Thrill is Gone– B.B. King
While My Guitar Gently Weeps– The Beatles
5th Symphony-Shostakovich
Adagio for Strings, op.11– Samuel Barber (This is the 9-11 tribute, very powerful.)
Ten Years Kashmir IICorner Stone Cues
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Soundtrack Part 8– Howard Shore

And now on to the carnival. If you have any questions please feel free to place them in the comments of email talk-to-jacknow-at-sbcglobal-dot-net.


Seraphic Secret covered The Hacking of Sarah Palin. Israpundit says Mess with Sarah at your peril.

From Daled Amos: Sarah Palin Disinvited From Rally–And The Games Politicians Play.

Jill at Writes Like She Talks blogged RJC’s “message test” on Jews heavily debated by Dems, GOP.

The Hashmonean shared Poll This: Obama behind negative Jewish polling?

Dry Bones offered Conventional Thinking. Meryl says that Democrats threaten to kneecap Jewish nonprofits.

There is plenty more on the Dems. WestBankMama thinks that More “Recovering Democrats” Surface and Bookworm is among those Questioning whether Hillary will be the October surprise.

Lenny Ben David shared Things you never knew about LBJ.

Bernie covered Mayors in Underwear and Muslim Culture.

Joshuapundit is ready to say Bye Bye,Britain. Tel Chai Nation told us that UK’s youngest terrorist to date jailed.

Michael Totten covered Al Qaeda’s Defeat in Iraq. Daniel Pipes discussed whether a Counterinsurgency war can be won.

Over at LGF you can read Iraqis Want to Prosecute Politician Who Went to Israel.

The Elder can tell you why Disney might feel a bit nervous, Saudi cleric: Mickey Mouse must die!

Mere Rhetoric says US Public Diplomacy – Winning Arab Hearts And Minds By Promising To Sell Out Israel

The Blog just might be full of crap, but it is worth reading Without a prayer.

The Fiery Spirited Zionist blogged about Yale Radicals and Elisson issued his own command, TAKE YOUR MEDICINE.

EOW discussed This Islamic obsession with goodwill to all mankind

Anecdotes: Just what are they teaching at The War College.

Balabusta in Blue Jeans has words for Dennis Prager in The Doctrine According to Bush.


The Blogosphere had plenty to say about Lauren Booth’s visit to Gaza. Check out the following:

Aussie Dave thinks that Lauren Booth has been well fed. Pajamas Media presents Tony Blair’s Sister-in-Law’s Gaza Media Circus.

MyRightWord has some advice for Lauren Booth about using cell phones and is upset at blog censorship at the Jerusalem Post.

Judeopundit shared IRNA today: “Zionists are infidel” and more!

Rafi knows that it is all a matter of perspective. Joe Settler says it was A Healthy Reaction, but he is not talking about Jameel’s waffles.

Mom in Israel wrote about her daughter’s High School In Israel.

Smooth Stone shared The Myth of al-Aqsa: The Holiness of Jerusalem to Islam Has Always Been Politically Motivated.

Yoni The Blogger says that we should Be Afraid.

According to Soccer Dad Jealous arabs make the best peace partners. Speaking of peace Seraphic Secret shared Peace Now Activist No Longer.

Shira is Of two minds on the two-state solution. R.R. is looking for A new era?

It would be a bit hokey to link to All You Need is Love before these next few posts. Instead I’ll give you Band on The Run as the lead in to the Rabbi Yonah’s Will McCartney risk his life to play in Tel Aviv?

SuperRaizy was prepared with Don’t Threaten My Beatle!

Chayyei Sarah wants you to Meet Liz.

Our next blogger shares a name with my favorite beagle, Snoopy shared Israel: too many prophets and no king and Caroline, Tzipi, Bibi, frustration

Esser Agaroth blogged Jerusalem Demonstration In Support Of Ami Meshulam and his family.

Over at Jerusalemite you can enjoy a conversation with Laizy Shapira, Srugim director. Dan at Tzipiyah is watching Srugim and says No is also an answer.

Toby found a sign.

I know more than one person who thinks that you have to be crazy to live in Israel. I don’t know if I agree with that, but to be a fan of some teams requires an affinity for pain. There is a reason why the Cubbies are the way they are. But what do I know.

Go read life in israel … as a cubs fan.

Benji is always in search of some excitement. Go read What Hurricane Zone???: When Boarding the House Goes Awry and I’m Alive…and Maybe I’m Becoming Israeli.

LOZ has the story of the 19th Child Born to Tzefat Mother. Bar Kochba presents Addicted to Victimhood.

This video has generated more than a little bit of controversy.

Rahel shared a tale about citizen activism and the Raggedys say that they run into Israelis all over the world.


In New York there is a thing going on with the Hotties and Hasids. At Emes Ve-Emunah there is a question Should Orthodoxy Promote Social Justice?

Jewish Atheist discussed The Necessity of Sheltering Orthodox Children.

The Rebbetzin’s Husband has thoughts about The Agunah Crisis and “End of Life” issues and Rabbinic Insecurity.

MyRightWord manages to see the Jewish element in a visit Madonna made to a Church in Rome and Esser Agaroth shared Islam is Not Immune.

At Beyond BT they are Taking the Next Step in Teshuva while Orthonomics shared Love, Marriage, and Money.

From a Simple Jew Question & Answer With Moshe David Tokayer – Sfas Emes & Rebbe Nachman.

At the Augean Stables we learn that the Parisian Police Say that Attacks Are Not Antisemitic and Daled Amos wonders Why Are There Muslim Calls to Kill Jews on the USC Server.

Esser Agaroth presents The “Rebbe.

Cosmic X has Elul Thoughts #7: The Secret of Happiness and Elul Thoughts #4.

They have a response to Questions About Aviner.

I always enjoy learning things at Balashon. Today you can read about dod. Arejewtino conducted a social experiment.

You might want to check out The Jewish Internet Defense Force: Problematic YouTube Channels and Videos.

Schvach asks, Do You Really Think So? LOZ shared Throwing $ at the Shidduch “Crisis”: An Explanation.

Live Immune presents Kabbalistic Speech & New Year and Avi blogged about How To Work On Your Character Traits.

A Hasid and a Heretic shared Im nin’alu –. Shira has words For those who think female leaders are immodest.

Rickismom presents The Torn/Missing “Dots” Communication Sheet. SuperRaizy wrote In Response.

Mottel presents A Walk in Old Montreal and Go Back to the Garden you were Picked From.
Gil typically doesn’t send readers over to H.H, but maybe that is why he has his own roundup of reading.


The beauty of Haveil Havalim lies in the wealth of information and posts that are offered. On my own blog I shared When I Grow Up and I Talk In My Sleep.

The Ima shares Why Spin Instructors are Like Rabbis and LOZ shared A Perfect Husband/Father and Dealing With Sexual Predators.

Here in HP offers some helpful instruction with Images Inside Links.

Who knew that Jacob is really a dog.

Mochassid has the right idea about Quiet Time. Ask Shifra has had quiet time too, but for another reason.

Frume Sarah is playing The Game of Life. Ricki’s Mom discussed The Reading Machine.

Gail is a proud mother. In the Pink offered Dear Lord.

Shira said the Bloggers’ picnic turned into YCT mini-convention. Cosmic X is going Yellow.

Batya went to another blogging conference. She also shared how you can never plan for some things.

Ahuvah went to Tachlis2.0 as well.

New York’s Funniest Rabbi presents I Miss Quigley while QuietusLeo presents “Lasts”.

It is worth seeing Ilana Davita to take a look at Favorite Posts – Part I. Don’t forget to talk to Batya about the next edition of J-Pix.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Haveil Havalim using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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The Blog Carnival Of Our Community

Hi folks,

I am Jack and I am the admin for Haveil Havalim, the blog carnival of our community. Now that the dust has settled somewhat from the conference I wanted to take a moment to promote H.H. again.

If you are unfamilar a blog carnival is a sort of blog event in which a series of posts are highlighted/promoted about a particular topic. In respect to Haveil Havalim it is a weekly event that is hosted on various blogs within the JBlogosphere.

Each week the host serves a variety of different posts that deal with Israel, Judaism, Torah, Culture, Politics and Personal. If you are new to the JBlogosphere or interested in finding out what is going on it is a great way to gain some insight.

It is also a fantastic way to gain more exposure for your blog and to learn about other blogs that you might find to be of interest. One of the things that I like about it is that it is inclusive and not exclusive. It is one of the few places in the world where you will find all Jews interacting with each other.

Blogging has enriched my life and I have made some good friends through it that I probably never would have met otherwise. H.H. has been a valuable part of it.

I’d like to encourage you all to participate in it. Even if you choose not to host you can always submit posts. The best way to do so is through the Blog Carnival form. Please remember that we ask that you submit no more than three posts at a time.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at my blog or via email talktojacknow-at-sbcglobal-dot-net.

For a list of past editions of H.H. please click here.

Crossposted at The Muqata.

Haveil Havalim #179

You can find the latest edition of Haveil Havalim right here. And for those who are lazy, here are links to a number of the most recent editions.

Aug 17, 2008 Rechovot: A Place to Expand
Aug 09, 2008 SimplyJews

Aug 02, 2008
Little Frumhouse on the Prairie
Jul 27, 2008
Frume Sarah’s World
Jul 20, 2008
Esser Agaroth
Jul 05, 2008
Daled Amos
Jun 29, 2008
Ima on (and off) the Bimah
Jun 22, 2008
Soccer Dad
Jun 15, 2008
Writes Like She Talks
Jun 08, 2008
Random thoughts
Jun 01, 2008
Frum Satire
May 25, 2008
Frume Sarah’s World
May 18, 2008
Ima on (and off) the Bimah
May 11, 2008
Random thoughts

Haveil Havalim & The JBlogger Conference

Many of you know that I was supposed to attend the Nefesh B’Nefesh International Jewish Bloggers Conference in Jerusalem. Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond my control I was forced to back out at the last minute, and I do mean the last minute.

Much has been written about the conference. Jewlicious has a roundup of the roundup that is worth taking a look at. I may provide my own feedback in a separate post, but for now I’d like to focus on a few comments made by Rabbi Gil Student of the Hirhurim blog.

I don’t have a clear transcript so this is going off of what was seen in the feed, which means it may be off a bit.

The good rabbi said that he does not like Haveil Havalim because he is uncomfortable with some of what is presented within. Presumably he doesn’t want to appear to be endorsing positions that he disagrees with

For those who are unfamiliar, Haveil Havalim is the Jewish/Israeli Blog carnival. It is a weekly roundup of posts from the Jewish/Israeli Blogosphere. I am the administrator for said carnival, having taken over the post from the founder Soccer Dad. You can find recent examples of Haveil Havalim by clicking here.

That is not entirely unreasonable. One shouldn’t be forced to pretend to agree with positions that he/she finds disagreeable, especially if you are looking at issues that are not classified as being benign.

So you might ask what the official position is for submissions to Haveil Havalim. That is simple. If it is anti-semitic or anti-Israel it is banned. The hosts have latitude to ban submissions that fall into these categories and frankly can bounce other posts that they find to be offensive.

However I strongly encourage them to construct a carnival that is not limited solely to their own perspective. Legitimate criticism of Israel is welcome also welcome, provided that it is legitimate.

While I respect Rav Student’s belief, I have a problem with his boycott. Maybe it is because I am a believer in the Marketplace of Ideas or maybe it is because I have long enjoyed challenging my own. But I think that it is a mistake on his part to do this.

If your beliefs are strong and based upon logical and rational thought then they should hold up to being challenged. They shouldn’t just crumble because you see/hear an opposing view. Much as I hate to admit this, I learned long ago that I am not always right. I am wrong more often than I’d like to admit.

The second part of my disagreement with him is based upon his assertion that we are not part of a community. I disagree. We’re part of the JBlogosphere, we are all Jews. Now I won’t get into a discussion about Halacha or how we should act as Jews. That is a separate discussion that will never end.

I suppose that one could try and define the Jblogosphere a bit. We could spend more time trying to determine what you have to blog about to be a member. Maybe it is as simple as saying that if you sometimes blog about being Jewish and or Israel you’re part of it.

I don’t know, have to think about it.

But if you’ll forgive me for sounding like a fearmonger, this I am sure of. The people who hate Jews will not distinguish between those who are Torah observant and those who aren’t. It doesn’t matter if you are an FFB who fell off of the derech, a BT, a ger, Conservative, Reform, whatever. Jewish blood is Jewish blood and those who hate us do not discriminate based upon how we think of ourselves.

Haveil Havalim #177 – Tisha B’Av Edition

Snoopy has done a very job with Haveil Havalim #177 – Tisha B’Av Edition. Don’t forget to check out past editions here, or use the list below to see some of the work our fine hosts have done.

Aug 02, 2008
Little Frumhouse on the Prairie
Jul 27, 2008
Frume Sarah’s World
Jul 20, 2008
Esser Agaroth
Jul 05, 2008
Daled Amos
Jun 29, 2008
Ima on (and off) the Bimah
Jun 22, 2008
Soccer Dad
Jun 15, 2008
Writes Like She Talks
Jun 08, 2008
Random thoughts
Jun 01, 2008
Frum Satire
May 25, 2008
Frume Sarah’s World
May 18, 2008
Ima on (and off) the Bimah
May 11, 2008
Random thoughts

Haveil Havalim #173: The Wait For Avrech To Name It Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Haveil Havalim, the Best of the Jewish/Israeli blogosphere. Read, comment and enjoy.


Breath of The Beast says Sometimes War IS the Answer- Ask any Recovering Victim of Abuse. LOZ asks/states The Consolidation of Two Israels?

Seraphic Secret asks and answers Will Israel Attack Iran? Duh. Check out the TerrorWonk’s Force vs. FARC: Israel’s Contribution.

Judeopundit covered MPAC-UK asks “Will The Zio-Powers Attack Iran?

This Normal Life asks Bridge of Strings: Monstrosity or Beauty?

At Tzipiyah you can read “If you Will it, It is no Dream”” Binyamin Zeev Herzl. Soccer Dad has news about Israel’s International Influence (The Good Kind).

Imagine that you are a screenwriter and in search of new material you might want to read the following: Israel Becoming Popular Source For TV Shows In US.

Yid With Lid says that Norman Finkelstein Hits NEW LOW and shares Abbas’ PA Continues Anti-Israel Blood Libel.

Tomer Devorah says Eisav Wants the Birthright Back. Ben-Yehudah wrote More Tapu’ah Nights Live!

I don’t think that most bus riders are interested in this sort of rout. Imshin has strong feelings take a look at Despicable man.

Leora’s post When Ancient is New reminded me of an amazing experience I had in Hezekiah’s tunnel.

At Antigonos’ Annals you can read about The Cousins. In other news The Velveteen Rabbi spends a day with ICAHD — the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.

You might want to read Avodah Aravit. At Shiloh Musings you can read That’s Why!


The XGH asks Why people become Conservative. Hirhurim shared Symposium: Why People Become Orthodox IV.

Ilana -Davita offered Before Pirkei Avot: The Torah. From Writing The Wrongs Secular Don’t Want ‘Judaism’ – But Seek ‘Torah’.

This sort of behavior is unacceptable, Israel – Followers Make Plane Wait 90 Minutes for Rabbi and His Staff.

Ima Shalom shared He’s a He, I’m a She. KRG discussed Holey Cow!

Sheyna wants to know Yes, But Did It Speak?

From Ezzie we have Charedi Community: The Good & The Bad. On a different tack you should Gila’s post Ki Iti El”

Yaldah Publishing has a A Shabbos-Related Reading Poll. LOZ sent in The Histical Resonance of Yiftach (or an Ancient-Day Prof. Kedar).

You can help provide answers on a survey about Yiddish words. Want to know more, click here.

Dan writes The All-Spiritual Afterlife, the Torah, and Me. (Jewish Olam Haba) Part Four and The All-Spiritual Afterlife, the Torah, and Me. Part Five .

Shira offers How to put on the head tefillin undercover and a useful discussion about Frumspeak, so you can ask her what to do about the BT’s who are learning the ABCs with the FFBs etc. Just remember to use your thumbs while talking.

Jameel has the scoop on the Anywhere in Israel program.

Abacaxi Mamão wrote Text Two: Torah’s Relationship to Me. While over at the Jew and the Carrot they have Hummus-related Mishegaas.

That leads me to The Jerusalemite who says make it a Hummus Weekend. And to complete the hummus trifecta go read This and That.

A Simple Jew continues to run his Q&A series With Akiva Of Mystical Paths – “Aseh Lecha Rav
Prof K discusses appropriate reading in Moving Beyond Fishele and Fraydele.

Yehuda shared Four Assumptions Created the Bible: a Lecture by Prof James Kugel.

Batya asks a question at The Pigua and The Parsha. LOZ blogged Hallel and No Tahanun for July 4th.

Rafi has the skinny on The next ban: Vaseline and Hellman’s Mayonnaise. From Yo Yenta you can read Southern Jewish Life in the News, Part One.

RivkA discussed Shabbat in Hareisha. Cosmic X presents The Amazing Private M., Bravery, and the Spirit of the Lord.

Therapydoc has the scoop on Single Jewish Female Seeks. . .


Frume Sarah is Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Barbara’s post is Just Because They Are Women.

My buddy Attila is proud to say We can believe in it. Boker Tov Boulder has words for The Huffington Post.

Daled Amos remarks If You Think The Price of Gas Here Is Bad–Look At Israel .

There are all sorts of lessons to be had from reading the classics. Consider this: Jane Austen on Killing Jihadists.

Jewish Atheist has a blurb about a new blog. Over at Writes Like She Talks you can mull over Immigration – remember that topic?

From our friend the Elder of Ziyon UNRWA official shows his bias.

Meryl is upholding her second amendment rights. Revolvers are great for taking care of cat problems, oops, probably best not to mention my love for felines to her.

Smooth shared Muslims continue to lie about Jews in America.

Someone should ask Bernie what he thinks about PETA. Or perhaps take a moment to ask DryBones about Iran’s Missiles.

At My Right Word read Support Harry’s Place. At Solomonia you can peruse Cairo to Damascus: Recruiting for the Jihad in Britain.

Gateway Pundit wrote about more shameful behavior from the Iranians: Iran Pulls Swimmer From Olympic Trials After He Draws Same Heat As Israeli Athlete.

Daniel Pipes blogged How Europe’s Counterterrorism Laws Differ from America’s.


We learn from Verbatim the name of the American breakfast joint that Jameel The Waffle Master is intent on crushing.

Juggling Frogs is blogging again. Check out My knife block overfloweth.

Gila discussed Miracle Hunting. The Babysitter isn’t fond of Spoiling Children.

Over at Tzvee’s blog you can read about another Jewish ballplayer, Times: Youkilis is an All Star (TTB: and a Jew).

Soccer Dad found A Contrived Palindrome, Madam I’m Adam. 😉 I probably should pay attention to what the good rabbi has to say at I’m not deceiving myself, I just think positively.

Besides he offers The Next Phase in Rabbinic Training: SimCity, SimPlant, SimChildren, SimShuls.

Our favorite cartoon character Snoopy knows The real Harun Yahya and UCU conundrum – remarks of an outsider.

Heshy has an answer for what to tell your date if you need a long bathroom break. Sometimes the secret language is not a secret at all.

Frume Sarah knows about The Darkened Corners . Balashon explores av and em.

Perhaps someone can explain why a Walk in The Mall is so difficult. Sometimes the wish you make is answered many years later. Read a A Balding Scalp.

Elisson shared GOING BROKE(N) .
Sarah did a bit of guest blogging with The (Suit)case of the “Disappearing” Shofarot.

Shira is going to help organize a blogger get together. I wrote The Challenge of Aging
For information about hosting, email Jack at talktojacknow-at-sbcglobal-dot-net.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of haveil havalim using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Some Links To Check Out

Ok, it is 3:30 and I still can’t fall asleep so I decided to do an impromptu roundup. Before I get into that let me remind you that Soccer Dad is making his triumphant return as host of the next Haveil Havalim.

Over at NY’s Funniest Rabbi check out Today’s Thoughts.

Pillage Idiot has the scoop on the Mohel who Beat a Speeding Ticket.

I asked for your help in compiling The Best Break Up Songs.

The Rebbetzin’s Husband discussed Ethnic Cleansing.

A Whispering Soul is still silent.

Therapy Doc discussed Dissociative Identity Disorder. Right now I’d like to identify with my bed.

Frume Sarah is Objective, Reflexive, & Subjective.

And now I am going to try to get some shut eye, again. If I can’t manage it than I’ll probably do something with Fragments of Fiction. See you in a couple of hours.

Haveil Havalim #168- The Celtics Must Lose Edition!

Welcome to Haveil Havalim #168- The Celtics Must Lose Edition! We have a couple of orders of business to attend to before we begin:

Here are clips from the last two times The Lakers destroyed the hated ones in the championship: 1985, 1987.

More important than basketball, let’s wish Ezzie and Serach a hearty Mazal Tov on their daughter’s birth.

One more thing to mention. As I was working on this I stumbled across old edition of H.H. from two years ago, called Haveil Havalim #72- Handed Down From the Mountaintop. Take a look at it and let me know if you agree that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

And now onto the carnival.


Treppenwitz did the normal Yom Yerushalayim post, but there is really nothing normal about it. Smooth Stone wrote about it as well with Jerusalem Day: Monday, June 2.

Jerusalemite has 31 facts for 41 years. The Unpacked Blog had a Happy Jerusalem Day! Heichal HaNegina shared REB SHLOMO’S JERUSALEM MESSAGE.

Me-Ander shared her Yom Yerushalayim experience, or should I say transportation challenge. Irina made it to the parade too.

Leora and the Scouts Marched for Israel.

The Jblogosphere had a float in the parade too. Israellycool covered the NY Israel Day Parade Photos: Terror Supporters Inc.

Zombietime has pictures from the 2008 Israel in The Gardens event.

You can watch Rav Elon on Yom Yeroushalaim Tish.

Rafi discussed another important event Today is Hebron Day (video).

From the Elder we see Arabs freak over a logo change.

Solomonia had A very short cross-country trip. Gail shared Remembering the Hatuels.

Yid with Lid blogged about The Source of Ahmadinejad’s Fanaticism. The Israel Situation wonders aloud Prime Minister Livni?

Ben Chorin says that Olmert will be brought down by the Knesset, not the justice system.

From the Augean Stables we received Help for the Drowning: Derfner Wrestles with the Data.

On my blog I covered More Christians join Birthright.

The Big Felafel has a solution for apartment hunting. Mom in Israel found A clean city with lots of shoe stores.

Baila has A Pet Peeve that would irk me as well. Frume Sarah discussed an issue that concerns many people in Calling it like I see it…

Planet Israel offered Golan 2: Flowers in the Jordan Valley.

You can never have enough joy in your life, read Shepping (and sipping) Nachas.

Here is A list of 60 things that Benji loves about Israel. Or perhaps you’d enjoy reading A Lovely Story.

Ari shared Why I Moved to Israel. The Waffle King is starting a manhunt.

Oleh Girl takes issue with some of the meshugehnehs in the holy land in oh the lovely swish and whir, and let’s give Beitar illit to Gaza.

Over at IJN you can read Recreating Creation? Israeli Scientists Probe the Big Bang with a Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Kung Fu Jew offered Revisiting Israel and a return to the conflict inside. Leah in Chicago is heading back to Israel.

Jihadwatch reports Chief Palestinian negotiator: if talks fail, we’ll just take it all. Carl covers it too with Abu Ala: ‘Give us what we want or we’ll have a one state final solution.

My Right Word wants you to know that There’s a “Contract” Out.

Check out a Typical Israeli supermarket conversation.

Speaking of conversations Balashon continues to investigate and explore the etymology of words such as derash.

Rabbi Daniel Gordis wrote When Zionism Was About Ideas.


The Rebbetzin’s Husband says The Feathers Make the Bird. At Presence R. Heinemann Stands By “Sabbath Mode” Ovens.

From Ezzie we learn Don’t Compliment Dates. Climate of Change provided Changing the World, One Multinational at a Time.

The Whited Sepulchre shared: John Hagee, Jews, Hitler, Zionism, Theodor Herzl, Israel, and The Holocaust are now a bigger problem than Jeremiah Wright.

In the Pink asks Is gender equality right? For Imshin it was The last straw (updated).

From ProfK, Big Business, Meet Shidduchim. The Green Prophet shared Green Shavuot Activities (Because You’re Gonna Need a Break From All That Cheese).

Apparently Kermit was wrong, it is easy to be green. Read more about it at A Green Shavuot.

The Ima wrote about Celebrating Shavuot. Daled Amos offered YU Shavuot To-Go 5768.

Soccer Dad tipped me off to Shavuot 5768 on Flickr – Photo Sharing! Leora blogged Ruth: Bitterness to Hope.

From Tzvee we have The Diaspora is Dead: We Demand One Day of Yontiff!

The Velveteen Rabbi says This week’s Torah portion poem arises out of parashat Naso. Cosmic X took on the Conversion Crisis.

Emes and Emuna offered A Shavuous Message from a Convert and a post that discusses Lubavitch Messianism.

Sixty six years ago the world began to hear about the evils of the Holocaust.

Batya says Sounds Like The Olde Time “Stevie Wonder” and she wonders about The Gaza Belt.

Everyone Needs Therapy could have written that everyone needs Cholent, but that wouldn’t begin to cover all the good stuff in that post.

Tzipiyah discussed Xenophobia. A Simple Jew is Consistently One.

The Seforim Blog wrote Shavuah ha-Sefer 2008: A Recommended Reading List.

The JIDF discussed one of my favorite movies with Jewish themes in The Blues Brothers *updated.

Barbara wrote about Religion And The Brain. You might want to check out Anti-Semitism in Westhampton Beach.

Just when you thought that there are no new ways to reinvent American Idol comes Haredi Idol, hat tip to Blog in DM.

Over at Jews By Choice you can read/listen to Audio: The Spiritual Audacity of Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Jewess has the scoop about an unusual government appointee Bahrainian Jewess Appointed U.S. Ambassador.

Yo Yenta has Two Smokin’ Yentas for you to read about.

The Jewish Channel doesn’t take any short cuts with Circumcise Me.


I*Consult tipped me off to the Robert Kennedy and Israel blog.

From DA we have June 5: The Anniversary Of The First Act Of Palestinian Terrorism Against The US.

Althouse shared “Senator Robert Francis Kennedy died at 1:44 A.M. today, June 6, 1968.”

Shira has her own post called Drop Upon Drop.

Seraphic Secret wrote Democratic Politics: The Haunted and Oil Prices. I should add that Oil Prices contains an interesting tip about a company that may have a solution to the oil crisis.

The Grass is “Greener” on our side opined Oil “Super Spike” to reach $200…

Israpundit wrote Obama stuns AIPAC. What a reversal on everything. Boker Tov Boulder covered this with Obama & The Israel Lobby. Daled Amos has Obama At AIPAC (Updated).

JA says at long last It’s Really Happening. Jill has her own roundup of links with Obama and The Jews Flotsam and Jetsam: JTA round-up.

Joshuapundit blogged Obama’s About Face On Israel. Bookworm covered Israel, Jews and Obama.

Carl shared Obama explains how the ‘Jewish lobby’ works.

Fiery Spirited Zionist wrote Waging Soft Jihad in America’s Schools. From Meryl we have State Dept. clueless on terrorism.

Ellie’s title Outrage! is absolutely appropriate.

From It is Almost Supernatural South Africa’s Refugee Crisis Up-Close.

YID With LID says The UN Has Officially Declared War Against Jewish Organizations. Friar Yid is Closing the book on Hagee.

Sigmund, Carl and Alfred reports on Islamist Mayhem In London. Gates of Vienna discussed Iran’s Eastern Flank.


Dean’s World has an interesting post called The Blogosphere: Howzit Going?

The Holy Hyrax offers the definition of a Geek. Trep engages in Questionable moments in parenting.

Snoopy had Just another day in the office. Don’t tell anyone about my secret.

Rav Fleischmann comes up with some posts that I really enjoy. Mochassid has become more than a blogger, he is a reference point.

Do you need a Father’s Day gift? Try clicking here. Dad Gone Mad is a fellow Laker fan. Check out I Believed In Magic.

EOZ has the latest on Saudi Vice, episode 16: The blasphemous barbers. Raizy is making Simple Dinners.

Life of Rubin has a celebrity fan. RivkA is a bookaholic. And now for a Six Word Memoir.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of haveil havalim using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Want to host or have questions? Email me at talktojacknow at sbcglobal dot net

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A Few Notes About Haveil Havalim

Brevity is not my strong suit. The link below takes you to a breathy recording of me thanking all of the people who have been participating in Haveil Havalim.

It also includes a request for new hosts and a reminder that we request that bloggers not submit more than three posts. We’re trying hard to include posts from all over the Jewish/Israeli blogosphere and frankly it gets to be a little much when so many bloggers submit ten posts a piece.

Love the participation, just don’t have the time to get them all in.

Thank You!!- Haveil Havalim Hosts

Haveil Havalim is the weekly roundup of posts from the Jewish/Israeli blogosphere. As many of you know the carnival was originally organized by Soccer Dad and I have since taken over the role of admin.

This is a post that is long overdue to thank the many bloggers who have stepped up to the plate and taken on the responsibility of hosting as well as those of you who continue to contribute because without your help H.H. would cease to exist.

So I wanted to take a moment to publicly thank those of you who have hosted and those of you who are standing on deck. Here is a list of bloggers whose help has been invaluable. Take a moment and go say hello.

And please note that some of the newer hosts are already taking a second turn at bat.

Past Posts

Ill call Baila
Esser Agaroth
The Israel Situation
My Shrapnel
Life in Israel
Jtown Underground
Ima on (and off) the Bimah
Frume Sarah’s World

Future Hosts

Frum Satire
Writes Like She Talks
Soccer Dad
Ima on (and off) the Bimah
Daled Amos
Esser Agaroth
Frume Sarah’s World
The Rebbetzin’s Husband
Yehuda Berlinger

For a more complete list of past hosts please click here.

HH #165 Happy 60th Birthday Israel

Convergence. That is the word that comes to mind. Too many events, too many holidays, not to mention my 39th birthday. Every time I look in the mirror I am shocked that I don’t see some 20 year-old looking back at me.

A couple more notes before we get into the meat of the carnival. If you are in need of an idea for a Mother’s Day Gift I have a few ideas.

1) Purchase one of the albums listed here.
2) If your mother is like this woman you might buy her an Emily Post book.
3) One of the inventions in this post might be right for your mom.
4) More stuff you just can(not) live without.

That should do it for now. If I come up with anything else I’ll let you know. Be sure to check back throughout the day as I will continue to update this.

Also, it would be greatly appreciated if you could help promote HH by mentioning it on your blogs. And now on to the show:


I am sorry that I missed out on the big barbecue at The Pina Chama. JTown Underground offered Happy 60th BBQ!! Speaking of barbecues Benji writes that his body is now 50% hamburger.

From Meryl On Israel’s 60th birthday: Optimism.

More birthday wishes can be found with Chris Matthews Wishes Israel a Happy Anniversary.

An exhilirating pictoral post from Mevaseret Zion on Israel’s 60th. Daled Amos has a cool Repost For Yom Ha’Atzmaut: Israel Meme Roundup.

Crossing The Rubicon provided Israel at 60.

The Waffle King is Unapologetically Zionist. The Rebbetzin’s Husband says I am TOO a Zionist!

EOZ suggests that you read the Daily Alert‘s collection of articles.

Tzipiyah shared Remember, today: Yom HaSho’ah, Yom HaZikaron, Yom Ha’Atzma’utּ.

On The Face provided Israel at 60: Zeh Mah Yesh. Sara K shared Israel at 60 – An Oleh’s Perspective.

Ima on and off The Bima has a list of 13 Things I Love About Israel. Shira asks Would you Know a Miracle.

Tikkun Olam says *Yom Ha’atzma’ut ha-60 Sameach!

At Oleh Musings they are All Blue and White. Oleh Girl presents Ya la la la, Happy 60th, Israel!!!

Aussie Dave shared Reasons to Love Israel #467. Baila doesn’t have 467 reasons, instead she shared As Promised…..Sixty Things I Love About Living in Israel and 22,437.

DutchBlog shared Independence Day 2008 in Haifa. One Jerusalem shared Israel@60 In Pictures.


Gilly discussed celebrating from afar in Celebrating 60.

Ask Batya how Shiloh Celebrates Sixty!

The Sephardic Perspective provided Sephardic Contributions to the Development of the State of Israel.

This falls into the category of better late than never How to Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut (Even If You’re Not in Israel).

You can read one bloggers thoughts about Yom Ha-atzma’ut at Jewschool. From Elms In The Yard you can read When Israel Was Four.

On my blog I offered Audio fragments from Entebbe Operation Released.

Fiery Spirited Zionist shared The Real Story of Israel’s Founding. Freedom’s Cost offered Realpolitik and Israel’s 60th

Tel Chai Nation says Recently
opened archives show Arabs left Israel in 1940s and were not driven out

Jewneric has Musings on Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

From Daled Amos More Palestinians Are Killed Than Israelis–But Look Behind The Numbers.

Esser Agaroth provided A Revolutionary Idea: “Hashemcracy”

Smooth shared A Reality Check as Israel Turns 60 and It’s Not Apartheid.

Jewlicious blogged about iFest @ UCI.

Seraphic Secret shared 1948, Israel, the Palestinians: The True Story. Frume Sarah contributed It’s Not Your Decision!

From Esser Agaroth we have How The YeSh”A Council Thugs Celebrated Israeli Independence Day and Did I Stand For The Siren?

Bookworm shared A magnificent article about Israel.

It’s Almost Supernatural says Not Everyone is Celebrating Israel‘s 60th.

DovBear asks Is Israel a failure?

From the IRIS blog Peres: I Never Imagined Qassams After Disengagement.

Jihadwatch shared Israeli Leftist discovers jihad.

Mom In Israel has tips for Navigating an Israeli Supermarket. Soccer Dad has The necessary Jewish state.

Gila has Time. Some people should never be forgotten Eli Cohen The Hero of the Six-Day War.

Heichal HaNegina shared fascinating anecdotes about a Chassidic Rebbe’s passionate love of the Land of Israel.

This Normal Life asks What Would Be The Worst Thing?

Treppenwitz asked Which Came First – Terrorism or “Occupation”?


Lizrael has A Yom HaZicaron message or two and so does Lion of Zion. Life in Israel has a Yom Ha’Zikaron (video).

Leora presents Yom HaZikaron in Edison, NJ.

At The Aliyah Blog you can read Receiving a US-based Salary in Israel, Part II: Salaried Employee.

Someone get this guy a waffle. Or maybe you should just read You Know You’re Israeli When

Here are more thoughts on being Israeli.

My Right Word shared the story of Shmuel Katz z”l.

Don’t forget to check out 60 Bloggers and all of their special Israel coverage. Yid with Lid has his own carnival about Israel too.


Steg discussed The Conversion Dilemma. Ezzie offered Why Be Jewish. Cross Currents says Not Everything is Bleak.

Sometimes Peace Is the Problem. Imshin offered More dossi stuff.

Friar Yid has Shoah Thoughts. At The Velveteen Rabbi you can enjoy This week’s portion: Shall (Emor).

You might want to peruse Alto Artist’s post, 669. Holiness. Here in HP told the story of Ilana Shafir, artist, survivor.

A Simple Jew continues his Q&A sessions with the following post: Question & Answer With Rabbi Dovid Sears – The Spiritual Supermarket Mentality.

The Rebbetzin’s Husband blogged Rashi’s Daughters: Joheved – Myths and Facts, Part I.

Mottel has a four part series Pesach in Germany I, Pesach in Germany II, Pesach in Germany III -Dachau and Pesach in Germany IV -In the Land of the Lightstones.

At Hirhurim you can read Why Be Jewish? ADDeRabbi discussed Jewish Commemorations on Specific Days of the Week.

Tzipporah wrote Fences and Fields – A Mother’s Day Drasha. Shira explains what disturbs her at Not my favorite minhag (custom).

Frum Satire’s post is explosive just read I like guns- and I think every Jew should own one!

At JewsbyChoice you can read the story of First Abayudaya Ugandan to Become a Rabbi.

Writes Like She talks provided Guess I Missed It Department: NYT ad by Evangelicals urges Jews to convert.

Rabbi Sedley shared Behar Summary. Bangitout has the latest in Running Skirts.

Dafnotes has Once a Nazir; Always a Nazir. Jewish Literary Review has a review of A graphic
novel about Algerian-Jewish life.


Dry Bones has Hezbollah at War. From EOZ we have Saudis give UK universities $30m for Islamic studies.

Yid With Lid provides his post on Why Jews MUST NOT Vote for Barack OBAMA.

Omri shared Swiss Diplomats Bankrolling Iranian Economy: Why’s Israel So Pissed Off At Us?

Bookworm shared What I’ll be reading today. Samson Blinded says Never again, and again, and again.

Atlas Shrugs discussed Age Of Terror 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings Al Qaeda. From Boker Tov Boulder How ’bout … NOT?

Attila has the post of the day, er should I say the visitor of the day.

Solomonia has Daniel Pipes and Yaron Brook on the Threat of Totalitarian Islam (Video) and Mock ‘Checkpoint’ on the UC Berkley Campus.

Gateway Pundit shared Sick!… Obama’s Letter to Lebanon Echoes Hezbollah Talking Points and Obama Cans Advisor For Holding Talks With Hamas Terrorists.

Israel Matzav said European diplomats’ blame Israel for Hezbullah victory and If the US and Israel have elections at the same time.

BTW, you might want to see what the Sandmonkey has got to say. He is an interesting cat, check out The Beirut Media dance.

SoccerDad has the results with Council speak 05/10/08. Joshuapundit suggests the following Worth Reading – Short Takes, 5/09/08.

Ask TherapyDoc about When CNN links to you. Mommy is going meshugah says NOW who needs a Hebrew Tutor????

Blue Collar Jew writes The Community Where I Live is Appalachia.

Batya shared For Those Who Still Live. Someone spent too much time watching Grease, Summer Nights.

From Schvach Look What I Got in the Mail. NY’s Funniest Rabbi is having technical difficulties, HaRachaman Hu Yanchileinu.

IJN has a A mother’s day rant.

The title of this blog and the post I linked to made me laugh. Ima Shalom proudly presents Top ten reasons to get punched in the face.

Here at my blog one of the most widely read posts of the last week is A Loveless Marriage.

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Haveil Havalim- Purim Is Over Edition

Updated to include a few new posts including those with Jameel The Waffle King.
Welcome to the Purim is over edition of Haveil Havalim. I noticed today that someone spent a lot of time reading my old post
You Just Aren’t that Funny. They probably are wondering why it is not called “You swear Like a Sailor.” See, the computer is giving me grief, but I am not here to kvetch…much.

Ok on to the carnival. There are some outstanding posts this week. Read carefully. As a warmup you can begin with my post Death Comes For Us All- When Do you Start Saying Goodbye.


Bookworm Room shared Obama’s speech. Here are more comments from Jewish Atheist, JoshuaPundit, Seraphic Secret, Althouse and Andrew Sullivan.

Fiery Spirited Zionist has a post that says Obama’s Church Supports Hamas. Bizzy Blog asks similar questions and so does Yid With Lid.

CK at Jewlicious had this to say about Obama: From Unimpressive to…. Jewschool provided this about Obama.

Kung Fu Jew is jumping on the bandwagon
or drinking the Kool Aid. I’ll let you decide. Solomonia also had this to share about Obama The downside of perpetual victimhood.

Soccer Dad is Speech less.

I thought that this was kind of interesting:

Blogging While Female Part 2: Five Women Bloggers Talk About Gender Issues And The Blogosphere.

You might want to read Rabbi attacked by Muslims in Brooklyn. Don’t forget to read the Colossus of Rhodey and the Watcher’s Council results.


Planck’s Constant asked What Happened to the Fearless Jew? Unfortunately at Brittanica Blog we see: Anti-Semitism, Alive & Well.

From Sigmund, Carl and Alfred Iran, The Bomb And The Purim Holiday.

At TRH Purim vs. Shabbat? A Seudah Showdown And I suppose we should include Derashah: The Poetry of Purim Meshulash.

From Daled Amos we have Noah Feldman Is In The New York Times Again.

One blogger shouted Will someone please remind me next year that I SUCK at making hamantaschen? Please?!!! I have seen similar sentiments elsewhere. If could find those posts I would share them here. Unfortunately I can’t quite remember where those posts were. I suppose that is the way the cookie crumbles.

Ah, at last I have located one of the missing posts. Try Pick A Pastry.

From The Seforim Blog The Origins of Hamentashen in Jewish Literature (Revisited). Rafi shared a joke.

Ask Frume Sarah about Agunot.

Cosmic X had Some Food for Thought on The Fast of Esther.

Neither a blogger nor a lurker be: What if Shakespeare was Not a Man, but a Jewish Woman.

Go wish Baila a Mazel Tov for Tali’s Bat Mitzvah. Or ask Elie about Maseches Grynegznham.

At Rechovot read about The Parent Versus the Rosh Yeshiva. From there I suggest you read TherapyDoc’s Decisions, Decisions.

From Head Wide Open Secret Map Of The Elders Of Zion. Mottel blogged about The Essence of Purim and Moshe versus Moses.

A Simple Jew carried on his tradition of guest posts with Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin – Purim In The Rebbe’s Court.

I don’t know about Me-Andering through Fasting. Don’t forget to read Behind Hester’s Pannim. Chaviva says Can you sense the struggle in my words?

Leah has a question too. Where are the single Jews-by-Choice? WestBankMama says Megillat Esther Is Not A Hollywood Production.

Well, it is all Purim Madness. Sammy shared Russian Town Warns of Jews Kidnaping Kids For Matzoh.

Elder of Ziyon came up with another called The classic of the Purim Torah genre. How about A Jewish Soldier In Baghdad.

Shira has a fine roundup of Purim posts. Take a look over here. The Grouchy Old Bear has a post for the XGH.


Judeosphere provides helpful information: The Official Judeosphere Checklist for the Aspiring Anti-Zionist Protester

At Jihadwatch you’ll read about Abbas’ advisor caught at Allenby crossing with 2,000 smuggled cell phones.

At Seraphic Secret learn why appeasement doesn’t pay with Lessons of the Great Syrian Raid.

Carl shares Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky bans hiring Arabs and Government cuts security funding for Judea and Samaria Jews by 70%. Esser Agaroth asks What Is Racism?

The New York Times has a very disturbing poll: ‘Palestinians’ overwhelmingly favor terror and Kassams, oppose negotiations. Sigmund, Carl and Alfred have their own take The Willing Embrace Of Failure.

The New York Times is also being questioned about Fauxtography.

At Joshuapundit you can read Genocide By Inches. Ask Snoopy about Spare Kidneys and what do about Holocaust Envy.

Meryl has the Right Response to The Russians. I have to imagine that Zachor in Merkaz HaRav was intense.

Smooth Stone shared the tale of Second Temple Coin Used For 1/2 Shekel Found in Jerusalem Dig.

Barbara shared a tale about Hamas using Human Shields. My Right Word offered The Illustrated Manual for Police Brutality.

Boker Tov Boulder has the story behind The Purim Accord. Solomonia shared inFocus Celebrates Israel at 60.

Lizrael says Note to Israelis: This is what a Kiddush Hashem looks like.
Ask EOZ about the Tunnel collapse!

Esther K. and her Urban Kvetch have the scoop about the Shin-Bet Blog: A New Recruitment Tool…

You ought to read Rachel Corrie—->The American Muhammad al-Dura. Eric offered My Hasbara Moment.

Here is something that you don’t expect to read “it is certainly ironic that a synonym for “patience” became identified with Israelis.”

Dry Bones has the Purim Shmendrik Awards 2008. Mother In Israel offers A post about the weather, and a bit about the Jewish calendar.


From Treppenwitz Free advice (and worth every cent). Every morning some people give thanks to coffee.

Coffee seems like a natural segue to The Waffle Conspiracy. And the answer is that these waffles are awfully tasty. Speaking of waffles Jameel made a special delivery to Joe Settler, Rafi and Treppenwitz.

I know, I know. Some people are so addicted to waffles they’ll declare war.

Ask Dr. Helen about Internet Addiction Disorder. Maybe IAD folks should check out Swallowing the Bait: The Gullible Ortho-jblogger.

Want to know what L’esibizionista means? Click here. What Do you Want From Me shared Her Double D’s.

Gila at My Shrapnel has a special request. She asks that you leave a comment here revealing what country you are lurking/commenting from.

Schvach’s father had Some Birthday. Miss Worldwide had her One Year Blogaversary.

At Shiloh Musings you can read The “Venice” of Lamentations.

Remember if you can’t get enough don’t forget to go see the Kosher Cooking Carnival #28 – Dayeinu Edition.

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Haveil Havalim- The Almost Purim Edition

(Special Thanks to Not quite perfect for the Graphic.)

Welcome to the Almost Purim edition of Haveil Havalim. Forgive me, but I couldn’t help but produce another audio introduction.

If you want more insight as to the source of my pending madness you need merely read a conversation with my son called For A Good Time Call… That one was right up there alongside Great Moments In Parenting- Parts of our Body That Grow. And people ask why I am losing my hair.

Let’s take a
look back at last year’s Purim mishigoss the JBlogosphere’s Muqata Purim Podcast. Now that you are warmed up dive on in to the meat of our carnival.

(P.S. For those who are curious I’ll include links to the various songs I listened to while putting this together.)

(P.P.S. Don’t forget to check on this throughout the day as it will be updated.

Judaism (London Symphony Orchestra – Stairway to Heaven)

Batya presents Adar, When Everything’s Upside Down . Mother in Israel shared an Explosive Purim. Ima on (and off) The Bima shared13 Things I Love About Purim!

Perhaps Lipa should have consulted with The BPS (Bansmanship Policies and Standards) Commission.

This is not a Purim joke Looking For Jewish Wife Swappers. I am resisting the temptation to share a couple of jokes. The Velveteen Rabbi posted Purim: redemption and the true king.

AidelMaidel shared the Danger of Cap Guns.

Y-Love saw The American Jewish Women of the Veil?

Ask Chaim about My Review of Dovid Gabay’s Omar Dovid. Or maybe you’d prefer VeRuach Elokim Merachefet

Eliya presents It does not die.

Carl blogged about Honoring anti-Semites in Berlin. From Gail we learn It’s Up to the Jews to Save Judaism.

The Rebbetzin’s Husband proffered The Conservative Nature of Halachah. While A Simple Jew shared a Question & Answer With Dixie Yid – A Hardened Heart.

Lion of Zion answers the question: Why We Need the Haftarah: 15 Reasons and Zecher or Zeicher?

Frum Satire says that a Web Yeshiva offers free Purim shiurim this sunday.

A Soldier’s Mother: Remembering Our Enemies. Along those lines Shiloh Musings asks/says We’ll All Be Arrested.

Leora offers an explanation called Belz? Hasid? Litvak? Yekke? Sephardi?

In Forged in the Crucible of Life Mottel discusses divine providence.

At Jewschool KRG asks Who are we? Redux.

Israel (Battle of Evermore – Led Zeppelin)

Rabbi Daniel Gordis has an outstanding post called The Shame Of It All. Here to Be Us provides a response to that essay.

ShrinkWrapped asks Has Israel Lost the Will to Live? Sigmund, Carl and Alfred offered this response: Israel’s Malaise And Resurrection.

Breath of the Beast responded too.

Seraphic Secret presents Getting Stoned in Israel. From Israpundit we have “International law” does more harm than good.

There are a slew of posts about the terrible tragedy at Mercaz haRav. They start just below this:

Soccer Dad shared In memory. The Rebbetzin’s Husband says that Without an Endgame, Mercaz haRav will happen again.

At Shiloh Musings Getting “Up” on the Eve of Shabbat Zachor is short but not sweet. From Mystical Paths THE POLICE STOOD BY AND DID NOTHING !!!! and The 8 Kedoshim.

At Esser Agaroth Terrorist Attack At Merkaz HaRav and They Were High School Students!

Harry in Israel asks How do you explain… Dr. Sanity shared her thoughts here.

Baila shared A Little History. Emes Ve-Emunah provided Final Thoughts. And Jameel says that Despite the horrific attack…we still rejoice in Adar.

Meryl continues to show that the media is more than a little confused about what is happening in Israel. Read about it at Rocket barrage strikes Israel, media blames Israel.

It makes me chuckle when the losing side thinks that they can dictate how things will play out. Yourish shares that with Hamas dictates surrender terms. You can watch the video of those terms here.

Solomonia shared more good news about our dear friend:
Saudi Scholar Spouts Holocaust Denial and Calls for Genocide on Hamas TV.

It is Almost Supernatural shared Why Israel ≠ Apartheid from a South African Perspective.

Yid With Lid says Palestinians Long Tradition of Celebrating Massacres and that Olmert Is Israel’s Embarrassment.

Rafi broke the important news Israel nearly kills Shimon Peres. You probably could use An Idiot’s Guide to Israeli Weddings.

Visit Aussie Dave for the Inaccurate Reuters Caption of the Daydigg_url = ‘http://www.israellycool.com/2008/03/13/inaccurate-reuters-caption-of-the-day/’; digg_title = ‘Inaccurate Reuters Caption of the Day’; digg_bodytext = ‘ Israeli men pray as hundreds attend a memorial service for eight students, who were killed by a Palestinian gunman in a shooting attack last Thursday, in a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem March 13, 2008. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte (JERUSALEM) Perhaps we can forgive the Reuters caption writer for thinking the Israelis are praying, although they are clearly not […]SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: “Inaccurate Reuters Caption of the Day”, url: “http://www.israellycool.com/2008/03/13/inaccurate-reuters-caption-of-the-day/” });. From the AntiRacist Blog: New anti-Semitism disguised by hatred of Israel.

EOZ Shared “Galilee Freedom Batallions” and the 1974 PLO “phased plan”

and Gazans fire mortars at their own “humanitarian aid” (Hasbara failure #2).

Yet another controversy has erupted over land. Read about this at Facebook moves West Bank settlers into ‘Palestine

Imagine the horror of being disabled and knowing that you have 15 seconds to reach cover. Want to know more? Then you must check out Israel Matzav’s Life and death for Sderot’s disabled.

I have very nice memories from my time at the Golan Heights Winery. Drink enough and you might enjoy the Mad Libs For Peace.

Or lets try and Reword a BBC Headline. At A Time of The Signs they have Just a bit of sophomoric humor.

When words of consolation fall on deaf ears is the title of a post at Treppenwitz . Gateway Pundit offered Hamas Admits to Using Women & Children As Human Shields.

Ask Dry Bones about The Zionist Idea.

On a different tack at Israeli VC on Sand Hill road you can look into Dollars and Israeli start-ups.

Don’t forget to be a part of the Online Purim Solidarity Rally For Israel.

Politics (Imperial March and Mess Around-Ray Charles)

JA makes it clear who he is supporting with Hillary’s Really Starting to Piss Me Off. Atlas Shrugs offered Financing Jeremiah Wright.

Bookworm blogged It’s not that he was a victim….and asks Is it just me?

From My Right Word Spitzer to See Rabbi? Wonkette to See Hate Crimes Investigator?

Maybe if Spitzer had listened to Bernie things would have worked out differently.

At my own blog I offered Dr. Laura Blames Spitzer’s Wife. TherapyDoc has her own take: What Would Freud Say: Eliot Spitzer.

Likelihood of Success presented Mine, yours and hours.

LindaSoG presents In my heart, I knew it and Yadda Yadda.

From FresnoZionism we learn that The Iranian threat is not ‘future’ anymore.

According to Sammy the State Department Says Anti-Zionism is the New Anti-Semitism.My Right Word says a U.S. Report Biased.

Daled Amos asks: Ben Gamla: The Hillary Clinton of Charter Schools?

Schvach discussed The Deception of Christian Zionism and I Didn’t Know He’s Jewish, Either.

DovBear opined about Obama’s Pastor. Omri shared Daily Kos: Sure Obama’s Race-Baiting Christian Pastor Is Bad. But What About The Jews?

At Jammie Wearing Fool you can learn about Tony Blair’s Aide’s plan: Let’s Chat With Hamas, Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Miscellaneous (Gad Elbaz – Halayla Ze HaZman)

It is almost Purim. Who is thirsty? Check out Kosher Beers Wednesday’s Weird But True Cases – Vol III.

Shira asks Napkins Please. Must be all that Southern cooking. 😉

Lubab was Found Out By a Friend. SuperRaizy inquires about Using Children As Fundraisers.

Rivster shared The Learning Curve. Want to see a movie? Check out Jewno.

From Tamara Eden we have Blogging, The Internet, Meet-Ups…and An Article I’m In 🙂

Dr. Helen asks Are You a Generation Xer? From My Shrapnel Gila discusses what it means to be A Unit of One.

The Holy Hyrax finally opened up his own blog. Sometimes it is a dirty yellow, depressing sky.

Dennis Wolfberg discusses The Bris. Atilla is going to run A wedgie ad campaign.

I am pleased to say that I am still a kid. Here is how I know this. WestBankMama says that she is an adult now. Since she is a few years older than me I know that I must still be a kid. Of course when I turn 40, 50, 60, 130 etc. I’ll still be a kid.

On the other hand Shira is searching for older bloggers, The far side—of fifty.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Haveil Havalim using our carnival submission form.

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HH #155- The Falling Asleep At My Computer Edition

The button below contains a link to a special message. Ok, it is not that special but it is a message that you can listen to. Just click and enjoy.

Hello and welcome to Haveil Havalim #155- The I am Falling Asleep At My Computer Edition. I encourage you to spend some time sifting through the many posts here. There are some very fine writers to read.

Also, please be aware that this will be updated and edited throughout the day so be sure to come back throughout the day.


Samuel Scott linked to Kosher Kitchens.NY’s Funniest Rabbi offered Ki Tissa ‘Tudes.
EJP presents A Shared Jewish Community and Anti-Semitism 2.0 a.k.a. The Facebook Dilemma

From Wolfish Musings Guest Post: Why Gedolim Fail. I think that I once heard someone mutter Sheitel Shmeitel.

Would you agree or disagree that Retirement is Not a Jewish Concept. Ask the grouchy old bear or better yet read a guest post about Orthodox eating disorders.

Mottel has Jerusalem of my Soul -A Song of Ascents. You never know when you need to know How to alienate more Frum Jews.

From a Simple Jew Question & Answer With Yirmeyahu – Sanzer Chassidus. SuperRaizy has a PSA called Jewish Mother Needs Marrow Donor.

Mottel presents Purim Koton in Thought posted at Letters of Thought. Schvach Yid presents Schvach – פני

Dan presents My Jewish Birthday. Sammy shared Human Rights Watch – MR. MAGOO WANABES.

Lion of Zion asks How Did Jewish Women Know When To Light Shabbat Candles in the 18th C.?
frummy twelvestep presents Egypt and the 12 Steps.

A Simple Jew presents Question & Answer With Rabbi Dovid Sears – Minhagim Under the Magnifying Glass

Baruch Pelta presents New Location for A Response to One Above and Seven Below posted at Orthodox Freelancers Guild.

Steg provided a definition of Left Wing Modern Orthodoxy. Mother in Israel enjoyed a movie about The Rav.

Shira wrote An Eye for an Eye. Friar Yid has the answer to More questions.


Batya presents Why Don’t They Demand That The Kassams Be Stopped? Yisrael Medad presents Holy Hole! and Now, Where Else Did They Burn Books?

Treppenwitz has Faith in human nature. Sometimes you need Strength vs. “Strength”

Over at Yourish you should read The modern-day Hitler speaks again. The EOZ shared Benny Morris’ letter to The Irish Times .

Soccer Dad continues his prolific pace with Confirming the kill and More mor.

Jameel wants to know who is Monopolizing Jerusalem. It is a topic that is being blogged about by many others as well.

Lady Light shared Not Hateful Comments, Just Facts. Arlene in Israel is Standing Strong.

West Bank Mama offered Preparing For the Next War. And from This Ongoing War we receive 1,150 rocket attacks last year; 400 so far this year.

Carl provides the inside scoop on how Rachel Corrie died. Linda wrote about An Absence of Hope. Balabusta in Blue Jeans wrote Haim Smadar.

I always thought a snow day had more snow than you can see at For This? Dry Bones has a post called The Jewish Homeland (1998).

If you don’t subscribe to Daniel Gordis’ Dispatches I urge you to do so. Go take a look at Back to the Mishnah.

Carl has some advice for Olmert with Israel’s ‘exit strategy’ and ‘Defense’ against Kassams useless.

Robert J. Avrech presents Home Game posted at Seraphic Secret. Satiricohen shares Israel to Dismantle Army, Foreign Office to Assume Defense of Country.

Lion of Zion had this to say: Mamzer of the Month: Daniel Machover. Gila Weiss presents To Die in Jerusalem, Part I and To Die in Jerusalem, Part II.

Ben-Yehudah presents How Does He Know? and How Does He Know? – part 2.

The waffle king shared the story of Captain Joe. Avrohom adler presents Pigs in the Future.

The Big Felafel says Another Lesson Learned: Just be a Crybaby. Benji has important information: BREAKING NEWS: Hamas taken over by 7 year-old.

On the Face produced Prime Time Palestinians. At IsReali you can read WSJ Loving Israeli Wine.


At Gates of Vienna the Baron posted If Kosovo Can, Why Can’t Palestine? Ocean Guy knows What We’re Up Against.

Israpundit says Kosovo bought and paid for by Saudi Arabia. The Elder of Ziyon has a post called
Hate taught in British Muslim school .

Judeopundit posted New York Times braces for revenge. At Israel Matzav you can read that
Congress wanted to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

Sammy offered Clinton’s Church Publishes Anti-Israel Books and The State Department “Ain’t Got No Class”

Chana shared some thoughts about Albert Bitton. DA posted Muslims: They Love Obama, They Love Him Not.

Tzvee says Jews Should Support Barack Obama.


Elisson is a proud father.

Frum Satire said Jewish Facebook: it was only a matter of time. He also provides advice Frumster Marketing: How to get the most out of your profile!

Jacob wants people to stop throwing sheep at him. Ben-Yehudah presents A New Religion?

Shira has “Tax widow’s” lament–a CPA’s spouse grouses. Zahava presents Choosing to be Frozen. CR has managed to learn another lesson.

Rivka wants to know Breakthrough or breakdown? On my blog I offered She Needs To Know About Boys, The Body Watcher and the The Art of Pretending.

Elie shared TV Trivia Thursday #12. Pearl says it is Not Open To Discussion.

Maybe Pearl should talk to Therapydoc about Constructive Criticism. Tamara channels folk rock with Where Have All the Honeybees Gone, Long Time Passing.

Sarah wishes that she would learn. Click here to find out what. Aussie Dave has a special request.

A little Fish babka might do the trick. B2 at Toner Mishap has found a use for SpongeBob that is a bit off of the beaten track.

Interested in doing business, than you might want to read Blogs Israeli entrepreneurs should know. Want to learn more about the Church of Spock.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Haveil Havalim using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Haveil Havalim: Edition 155 Announcement

I am still gathering submissions for the upcoming Haveil Havalim #155. The audio post below provides some information about that. Please contact me regarding any questions you may have.

P.S. The Shmata Queen likes to say I talk a lot, but that is not entirely accurate. Let me lay it out for you. You know how some people are able to type at a clip of 100 Words per minute, well that is how fast she speaks.

The old queen takes a breath and bam! You are under assault. She can recite the first 500 pages of War and Peace in less than two minutes. I can’t compete with that. Instead I have to wait until she takes a breath again.

It is a bit like trying to run across the freeway during rush hour, you have to bob and weave your way through it. I just know that once I start I better continue or she’ll leave me in the dust. And now if you excuse me I am going to find a helmet and a quiet place to hide.

Haveil Havalim #152 The Patriots Must Lose Edition

Welcome to Haveil Havalim #152 The Patriots Must Lose!!!!! Edition. Here at the Shack it has been an interesting week. My daughter has been doing her best to make me tear my hair out in clumps, or maybe it is because I subject myself to listening to idiots misuse our emergency resource systems.

Actually I heard that she is a Patriots fan. Makes sense to me.

I sometimes worry about Pre-emptive Publishing? But not in this case because The Patriots Must Lose!

It has been a busy week. My apologies if this is a little rough. All I know is that The Patriots Must Lose! One more note, 2008 marks the return to glory for my Dodgers and The Lakers.

All of you Boston fans can start tearing your clothes now because The Patriots Must Lose! The Patriots Must Lose! The Patriots Must Lose! The Patriots Must Lose!

Enjoy the carnival and for those of you who participate in my favorite secular holiday, have fun at your Superbowl parties.


Over at Jameel’s place there is a game you can enter called Contest: Renaming this Blog. EOZ asks What if the Beatles had come to Israel?

Some people have Driving Insurance on Shabbat.

From Israel Satire Lab: Olmert: I Accept Full Irresponsibility for the Lebanon War. Maybe he has been to The Winograd Mega Market.

Ben Chorin has his own thoughts about Winograd. Backspin offered Blurring the Distinctions. Perhaps you’d like to read Winograd–The Nitty Gritty.

Seraphic Secret blogged about The War Over the War. Michael Oren wrote an essay called Israel’s Lebanon Disaster.

Carl has the answer to Why Olmert ordered a ground operation in Lebanon with the UN about to adopt a resolution ending the war.

Someone ask Snoopy if this a movie title or a post: Joozilla vs midgets.

Soccer Dad shared Tom Carew – “Rights of Israel and Palestine. Ask Snoopy about Hamas’s Gaza debacle – yes, and yet…

From I Consult Gaza Chaos Likely to Metastasize. Some posts give you more insight on some bloggers, Mrs. Carl says this is me.

WestBankMama shared Free Speech Is Not Just For The Left. Solomonia offered Methodists Discuss Divestment: Video.

Something Something suggests Let them vote with their feet first…. If you are dealing with a putz you should be skeptical.

Yid offered Human Rights Watch: We Don’t Care About Sedrot. Aussie Dave shared Some Common Ground With Hamas.

Treppenwitz says there is a Method to their madness. Mother in Israel tells the tale of a A stranger in the house–only in Israel.

At What War Zone you can see the Funniest Thing in the World. From an Unsealed Room: President Bush and His New Spokeswoman, Dora the Explorer.

The Big Felafel shared My favorite parking spot in Israel: the half-curb. Lion of Zion continued to provide interesting posts with the Music of Ilan Ramon.

Ease on down The Rechov.

Try reading Mottel in the Holy Land III -In the Negev, Mottel in the Holy Land V -Tzfati Style or Mottel in the Holy Land IV -In the Army.

It is time for Anti-Israel Week At The University Of Michigan. Shiloh Musings says We’ve Been Marching About This For Years!

Gila has compiled the Top Ten Ways that Real Bombings are not at all like Bombings you See on Television and The Search For Gila Weiss.

And on the lighter side it was A Historic Weekend in Israeli Sports. I have spent more than enough time in Israel and around Israelis to be well versed in The Line Thing.

And then there is The Rafah crisis


On the sixth anniversary of the murder of his son, Judea Pearl wrote about The Daniel Pearl Standard.

Gail shared Jews and the Black Community. If you receive a late night knock at the door it might be The Yiddish FBI.

Jews By Choice offeredObserving Observance: A Surprising Reality Check.

At Beyond BT they are Dealing with Marital Issues Arising from Differing Observance Levels and Are More Jews Ceasing To Be Observant Than Starting?

Blog in DM shared Handel Ehrlekh – A Wigged-Out Photo Blog.

Some people are looking for Shomer Negia Loopholes. For some reason that just works as a transition to Pearl’s post the lice ladies of Brooklyn.

Lion of Zion wants to know Who Really Cares about the Antiquity of the Jewish People? At Bronstein’s world you can learn why SUPER JEW is now a…..GENTILE!

Friar Yid found out They’re Just Like Us!

Are you tired of reading and or feeling stressed. We can try and help. Who wants a shot of Bacon Vodka?

Rav without a Cause came out of hiding long enough to produce Adopting Columbus…and Koufax, and Einstein, and Heller…

Who remembers Olomeinu. Chana blogged about Intentions. Here in HP discussed cemetery desecration.

I wonder about these Burkha Babes. Ze’ev has A Case of Bad Gas – Revisited. Wolfish Musings got a kick out of Science, from a Yated Reader.

And from ProfK Conversations in Klal: Marriage is About Togetherness, Right? Some people are Missing the Boat.

Give me a good steak and I am happy, but that is not the case for everyone: A Sacred Duty: Jewish Values Helping the Environment.

Read the Last words for Katamonim. Smooth has the lowdown on Survivors of Exodus 1947 Preserve Stories.

From Meryl we have Yes, please: Hamas wants Gaza to bond with Egypt. Soccer Dad notes Blair seeks “clever strategy” against Hamas.


At Shalom Rav they’re discussing The Real “Pro-Israel” Vote.

Ocean Guy breaks down the Florida Primary Numbers. I have to agree with Boker Tov Boulder’s assessment, he is a Bastard.

Sigmund, Carl and Alfred opined “Where in the world has one ever seen a nation that erects memorials to immortalize its own shame?”

JA offered Conservative vs. Liberal Morality, or Why Conservatives Just Don’t Care. Soccer Dad provided a Fl post-mortem roundup.

Is it Commemorating Or Denigrating The Holocaust? Performers should stay out of politics, especially an Ungracious Guest.

Mochassid isn’t singing Oh! Bama. Shira Bat Sarah wants to know what people will say about the Egyptian occupation of Palestinian land.

My Right Word presents The Hypocrisy of It/Them All.

Omri has the Least Persuasive Pro-Obama Appeal Yet.

Is Barack Obama: The black Jimmy Carter. Yid with Lid says Obama Bombshell Mideast war-Its All the JEWS Fault.

Michael Yon’s latest dispatch can be found here. Do you have McCain Derangement Syndrome?

Rick Richman has The Paper Peace Process.


Mazal Tov to Z and family on their latest simcha. Don’t worry Lebanon, The Irish Army knows how to keep the Peace.

At Seraphic Secret they are Learning From Ariel.

Want to become a better Blogger? A Simple Jew shared: Question & Answer With Treppenwitz – Writing Tips.

She says that she is a Jewish Gladiator. Snoopy offers One case of justified paranoia and lotsa comments.

From Books and Belief there is Strength to Stand. Jewish Blogmeister says Kosher in Beijing? Olympics and More.

Want to learn more about Val? Try reading 6 things. Sometimes It’s Good to be Home.

Dr. Seuss didn’t write the The Cat in the Cast. And from Dr. Mom Moshe and a cast of many in a Mishpatim Play.

Sometimes it is all Location, location, location. Over at Dean’s World you gamers can read about The Witcher.

On The Fringe observed Childhood in a changed world. NY’s Funniest rabbi earned a keychain.

Therapydoc is holding a January 2008 Back a’cha. Excuses, excuses, Why I Have Not Been Blogging…

From Orthonomics Our Finances: Now is the Time to Get Involved. Batya presents Stupendous!! posted at me-ander.

Here are two from Elisson GROUNDHOG DAY APPROACHETH and his movie post. Dov Bear asks What does Kumbaya mean?

And now a couple of administrative notes. A number of bloggers do a tremendous job of submitting posts. We ask that you please not submit more than three of your own posts.

Also we are still looking for more hosts. Not only is it fun and exciting it is an easy way to gain an invitation to a waffle breakfast at Jameel’s place.

For more information email me at talktojacknow-at-sbcglobal-dot-net.

That concludes this edition. Stay tuned for the February 10 edition at Ill call Baila.
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Haveil Havalim #152 Notes

Hi there. In a short time I will finish putting together the next issues of Haveil Havalim. Before I do I want to touch upon some administrative notes regarding submissions and hosting.

Haveil Havalim serves a number of purposes. It is a non-denominational communal gathering. It is an opportunity for exposure to new blogs. It is an opportunity to help educate ourselves and others about various topics.

This brings me to submissions. Technically the number of submissions per blogger is left up to the discretion of the host. In theory someone could submit 20 posts per edition. In practice this is not something that we want as it makes for a dull carnival.

This is why I ask that we try and limit the number of entries to three per blogger. We also request that YOU choose the three posts you want to submit.

As far as hosting goes it is a pretty simple task. Your job is to take the submissions of that particular week and use them to construct a post. There is no requirement to be clever or funny. Please note that there also is no requirement for the number of submissions for H.H. It is really up to the discretion of the host.

That is it for now. If I think of anything else I’ll be sure to let you know. Thanks again for your time, I appreciate it.

Haveil Havalim #151- The P.S.D. Edition

Welcome to the 151st edition of Haveil Havalim, the weekly roundup of the Jewish/Israeli blogosphere. This edition is being sponsored by Jameel’s Waffle House where you can enjoy the best breakfast in Israel.

In just a moment we’ll officially launch the P.S.D. Edition, also known as Post Soccer Dad. We are in need of new hosts. If you are interested please contact me at talktojacknow-at-sbcglobal-dot-.com

There is a good chance that this will be updated and or edited throughout the day so please check back frequently.

And one more request, I would really appreciate it if you could help publicize this by placing a link to it upon your blog. I hope that you enjoy it. And now on with the show.


Smooth offered Prominent Arab Editor, PA Officials Blame Hamas for Gaza Crisis and 20 Years of Research Reveals: Jerusalem Belongs to Jews. Try reading Why Arabs Suffer at The Augean Stables. Sammy has a suggestion for Egypt.

Have you ever wondered Is Gaza occupied? Carl asks Where did all the money go? 40% of Gazans have no running water. Here is a Shocka: British taxpayer money supporting PA hate education.

Maybe you should check out the UN Human Rights Council’s List of APPROVED Gaza Solutions. Or Just Like Lebanon-Olmert Blows it In Gaza.

No surprises with this next story. Video: Pals fire rockets, mortars, guns at Israeli news crew. Akiva wrote A Tidbit of Media Honesty – Gaza.

Cosmic X shares Putting Pressure On Shas. Soon it will be The Yahrzeit of Ilan Ramon.
At The (not) Forgotten Prisoners of Zion you can watch
the Daughters Of Zion Video.

At Judeopundit you can read Qassam Brigades Info: “What if the Zionist entity executed its threatens and assassinated your leaders, How your response will be look like?

Hamas spent months cutting through Rafah wall.

Joshuapundit posted Hamas Destroys Another Section Of The Gaza Wall And Beefs Up Control Of Its New Stronghold.

From Fresno Zionism we learn Three myths about Israel and the Palestinians. From Mere Rhetoric Terrorist Wing That Had Been “Totally Dismantled” By Fatah Launches Attack, Murders Israelis.

The Jerusalem of My Soul and In the Desert of Judah.

Joe Settler wrote about the Diaspora and the Future of Jerusalem.
From an Urban Kvetch Birthrighters Can Now Share Israel Experience With Parents.

Eric presents The Israel Situation: UN Anti-Israel Bias Continues.
Soccer Dad presents
What the support says.

Solomonia shared Top EU official: Gaza siege not a war crime and MSM Plays Along with Hamas Photo Staging (Updated).

From Daled Amos In Gaza, Some Journalists Remain In The Dark.

The Sandmonkey says Gaza lessons and facts. After all there is a Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza.

A Mother in Israel asks Where are The Parents?. Israeli Satire Laboratory manufactured Government Crushes Insurgency in Sderot, Blames Settlers.

For a slice of life is Israel you might want to try Why am I Not Surprised?, Riding the high school application roller-coaster or Yosef presents Disengagement of 2008. Try taking a gander at Why am I Not Surprised?

Have you ever heard “Ma, we live in a slumAsk a Soldier’s Mother about Thermal Success.

From My Shrapnel we have Rugellach to Die For. Sometimes It cannot get better than this…
And now for More on Arafat’s blood hoax.

In the beginning there were billboards. Dan says Welcome to Tzipiyah.com!. Have you read Ice Man: Olmert freezes entire West Bank cold.

Rafi shared a shameful tale: Haredi man beaten in Bet Shemesh last night. He followed up with The letter I sent to Haredi MKs about Bet Shemesh violence.

DovBear blogged about it as well The victim’s words and A call to action.


Tamara blogged about Using Virtual Worlds to do a Mitzvah. And now a A Tale of Two Tu B’Shvats. Lvnsm27 also blogged about Tu B’shvat and so did Batya with Celebrating TU B’Shvat.

And just to be thorough here is one more Tu B’Shevat Celebration for your review.

Some titles beg for attention: Goat-manned outposts. And now for the Non-Orthodox News Round Up – The Israeli Edition.

TherapyDoc discussed Therapy and Religion. Attila presents Unintended consequences. Rabbi Neil Fleischmann ponders Hope and Think.

Here is some important information about How seating arrangements at weddings affect Jewish Geography.

DovBear wants to know Are women the blacks of Orthodox Judaism? Batya blogged about Moral Codes.

Yo Yenta asks Why Is This Bestseller Different from All Other Bestsellers?. I enjoyed reading
Myths About Judaism in Movies and Television.

Lubab wants to know Will Jews and Gentiles Ever Be Able to Join Hands?

And from A Simple Jew: Question & Answer With Shoshannah Brombacher – Painting, Chassidic Stories, & Classical Music.

Most days it feels like I am ready to tear my hair out, not cover it. Shira covered New Blood Libels.

Abacaxi Mamão had this to share about a conference: Overheard (and Learned) at LimmudNY 2008. Steg brings us this ditty “Baruch Hashem” Usage at Epidemic Levels, Baruch Hashem.

Dixie Yid provided New Seminal Work on Rav Klonymous Kalmish Shapiro; the Aish Kodesh and Learning Kabbalah: A Guest Posting by Rabbi Micha Golshevsky.

Seraphic Secret shared The Death of Education and Torah at Hebrew Union College.
Schvach says
Behold, Neither Slumbers Nor Sleeps

Lion of Zion asks Is There Really a Tuition Crisis
? Heichal HaNegina has an awesome story about a great Rebbe, R. Yechezkel of Kuzmir.

Jacob wants to know Why the heck does it take so long? Ezzie offered Them Cheatin’ Jews.

Daf Notes learned Paying Up a Debt of his Fellow and Distinction between Charity and Returning a Lost Object.


At Jewschool they blogged about Obama’s Jewish “Problem”. Sammy shared Obama’s Scary Anti-Israel Advisors.

Friar Yid has issues with some people: Give me back your oxygen. Aussie Dave knows that the world is full of winners, especially The Darwin Awards. KRG shared it is 35 Years.

Elisson notes that listening to speeches is a cure for insomnia. Barbara blogged about Israel and Obama and Honor Killings. Ghandi is the topic of Schvach’s post The Descent of an Honored Reputation.

Soccer Dad’s post explains Why they hate us. Irina is out on The Lawyerly Front. Over at Atlas Shrugs you can read about an Anti-Israel rally and Obama: The Anti Israel Candidate.

Watcher reports Egypt: Border Guards Can Shoot “Palestinian Brothers”

From Bookworm: Britain’s descent into madness. Over at Plancks Constant you can read about The Right to Insult Muslims.


And now for posts of a personal nature.

We’ll begin with my post Streets of Philadelphia and then continue on to Elie’s post about Aaron’s Birthday – 2008.

Baila reminisced with 26 Years Later… Raizy explains Why Teaching Is Sometimes Worth It.
Fearless exterminators are needed. Read Giant Hornets and Bullet Ants and Bot Flies, Oh My and find out why.

Dan presents The right to be ambitious. Aidel Madel is doing The “I Can” Exercise. Shira is Steppin’ Out. Rabbi Sedley shared Anthrax Guitarist becomes frum?

I’d like to be exhausted for the same reason as Chana. It’d be nice to be a student again. I’d shout Long Live the Hydrox! Wolfish Musings are Frozen In Time. Do you have Chionophobia.

Here is a post about a different sort of movie A Light For Greytowers Premieres in NY!”>New Chick Flick: A Light For Greytowers Premieres in NY!

And from Canada’s famous Jewish atheist we offer Reflections At 47. Ocean Guy is sharing the Daughter Going Away Blues Shuffle.

Doesn’t everyone have a Kibbutz Love Story. Ok, maybe not like that one. JB has important information How Does STARBUCKS Deal With a Recession? Free Refills!

Dean has a link to the car for me.

Don’t forget to check out The Extreme Weather Kosher Cooking Carnival.

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Haveil Havalim Is Coming

Just a short reminder about the upcoming edition of Haveil Havalim. I am still accepting submissions.

Please feel free to submit your post using our carnival submission form. In return I’ll ask that you help to promote the carnival by providing a link to it when it goes live.

Also, if you are interested in hosting please send me an email or leave a comment and I’ll we’ll make the appropriate arrangements.

Haveil Havalim- A New Beginning

It is a bit after midnight here in the City of Angels and I am almost ready to head off to my bed but to quote Frost I have Miles to Go Before I Sleep. One of those tasks is to draw up a quick post about Haveil Havalim.

The inimitable Soccer Dad is passing the baton to me so now I get to play conductor. No wait, I prefer the expression passing the reins. It is the wannabe cowboy in me. I rather like the image of being out on the range driving my herd towards the new pasture. Oops, that sounds a bit like I am calling you sheep, doesn’t it.

Anyway, I am pleased to have this opportunity and wanted to take a moment to mention a few things. Haveil Havalim is the weekly roundup of the Jewish/Israeli blogosphere. It is a chance to promote your blog, expand your readership and to find new blogs to read. It is a win-win situation.

Please feel free to submit your post using our carnival submission form. In return I’ll ask that you help to promote the carnival by providing a link to it when it goes live.

Thanks for your time, we’ll cover more later.

Haveil Havalim #144- Too Many Latkes Edition

Earlier this week I was greeted by a man at the gym. He wished me a happy Chanukah 5768. Mind you he pronounced it as if he we saying Charlie. So it was closer to Cha-Noo-Kah 5768. I wanted to ask him if it was related to Love Potion #9. Don’t ask me why, because I don’t know.

So now after having suffered the consequences of having consumed far too much brisket and having eaten too many latkes and sufganiyot I present you with your virtual Chanukah gift, Haveil Havalim #144.

Read and enjoy. Please feel free to promote this on your blog too. Remember if you don’t, you have to appear on this show.

P.S. My apologies for not including any waffles on the menu. The Waffle King has been really busy lately.

P.P.S. My apologies for the formatting. There is an issue and I just don’t have the time to correct it.


We have a whole slew of posts about Chanukah. If I have done my job correctly the collection is listed just below.

Should we start with some Seasonal Music. Or perhaps you’d prefer to discuss Chanukah’s impact on the environment. Check out Environmentalists “encouraging Jews around the world to light at least one less candle this Hanukka to help the environment.”

See Shira’s take too. Our own Jewish Blogmeister has his own environmental suggestion for Chanukah. How about A Little Treyf In Your Chanukah Stocking?

Muse presents On the Eve of Miracles. Miracles are covered all over. Ask Ezzie about Small Nisim and Small Packages.

Seraphic Secret offered Chanukah in Iraq Good wishes are being offered all around Soccer Dad says Chanuka Sameach and Schach says Chag Chanukah Sameach.

Rav Neil Fleischmann presents 3 HOTD + and On Chanukah. Gail offers Chanukah: The Freedom to Choose Morality.

A Simple Jew has a Guest Posting By Rabbi Dovid Sears – The Breslov Mesorah.
abakaSHEE mahMOW or Abcaxi Mamao shared Chanukah Reflections.

Elder Of Ziyon provides entertainment with the Al Qaeda Chanukah Dancers. Westbankmama shares A Little Bit of Good News for Chanukah. Dov Bear wonders How many of you believe the oil miracle occured exactly as described on shabbat 21b?

Muse presents How do You Light Your Chanukah Menorah? It makes me wonder. How do you say “cattle rustler in Hebrew. Maybe I’ll ask Mottel. After all, he shared A Cowboy Chanukah.

My Right Word offered In Honor of Channukah. Over at Yourish you can read Chavistas try to terrorize Jews; Jews vote “NO!”

Schvach Yid presents Happy Birthday. Rafi G presents Banning a wedding with mixed seating. Rav Neil Fleischmann presents YouG-d. Mottel presents The Kherson Geniza Unplugged.

Schvach Yid presents The Sinews of Peace. frummy twelvestep presents Who’s in The Driver’s Seat?

AlexH presents The Kingdom of Joseph. Here is a question you might wonder about: What the Rabbi and Britney Spears have in common.

On the Fringe shared Onan’s sin: Marital sexual abuse. Frum Satire provided a useful guide to hats.

Jacob Da Jew shared a riot.


Mere Rhetoric reports that Hamas/Fatah say that compromise on Jerusalem is Treason. At the Augean Stables you can read Humiliation and Apartheid: On how NOT to make Peace. Smooth Stone shared the results of a Poll: Most Israelis Want Olmert To Quit. Yid with Lid has similar feelings: We need a Maccabee NOT AN OLMERT.

He also shared Throw the Arabs out of Israel–Its Abbas’ Idea! and Olmert YOU ARE NO BEN-GURION.

Planck’s Constant blogged about why Why Palestinian Children Die. Daled Amos shared Terrorists Demand Get Out Of Jail Free Card.

Yael wonders Saudi Arabia and Egypt in bed with Hamas against Abbas?

If there is one thing that Israel has problems with it is their appallingly bad public relations.
One thing you have to say about Israel, it is never boring. Did you hear that Hanukkah Cancelled by Israeli Supreme Court.

Or maybe you want to check Baruch Who presents You devil not to mention a question Iz Shver Tzu’zayn a Terrorist. Israel Matzav wonders Bush to visit Jerusalem; Will he lay a wreath at Arafat’s grave?

Yisrael Medad presents Pay-As-You-Go Zionism. Ben-Yehudah presents Nahshon’s Flag.

Don’t Buy Sarah a subscription to the Jerusalem Post. If she is not reading the paper maybe she can help Rafi who wonders Where the heck am I? The Waffle King notes This Ain’t Your Bubby’s Burka.

Joe Settler says We Have Got Cars. One Jerusalem provided Our Lovely Little Apartheid State. Fiery Spirited Zionist reports Anti-Zionist Thugs Threaten Wayne State.

This is not the sort of breakthrough we were hoping for.


According to the Astute Bloggers”IRAN IS A BLACK HOLE.” At Israpundit you can read Israel, Iran: The NIE and the Spoiler Process.

Boker tov, Boulder! says The Jews Lose. Israel Matzav presents Last nail in the alliance against Iran?

The Hashmonean has his own thoughts about Iran: Pax-Americana: Mighty empire humbled by primitive looking Iranian man.

Tel Chai Nation shared John Bolton takes on the NIE. Shrinkwrapped offers What Iran’s “Victory” Means.

SnoopyTheGoon presents Muqtada al-Sadr: young and restless and Democracy – win in Venezuela, defeat in Russia.

Jewish Atheist blogged about Mitt Romney and Atheists. Elisson wrote about Romney too.

Soccer Dad presents Deadly Bombing in Paris.

Our resident blogging couple has a story that they both covered: muse called it Legendary Evening Or you can see what Yisrael Medad thought about The Film “Refusenik”

At Adloyada you can read British Media Zionist Conspiracy Derangement Syndrome:A Virtuoso Display.

The Town Crier presents Steve Sheffey Guest Commentary: DEMOCRATS & ISRAEL. Solomonia commented: CAIR: ‘a turnstile for terrorists and their supporters’.

Aussie Dave reminds us that sometimes there is No Escape.


Ran’anana Ramblings has a few things to say about the U.S. in What’s wrong with America today, in a nutshell. Speaking of the states grab your umbrella and read MizEllie presents Adrift Seattle-Style.

Some people think that change is possible. Read more at Yes! We Can Change The World!
You might even receive: A Bonus.

If Chanukah was any longer I might need therapy. Maybe I should read TherapyDoc’s Guys & Dolls and Couples Therapy.

Remember I wrote a post called Do You Stand “In Line” or “On Line.” Well maybe you should read Rav Neil Fleischmann‘s On Line.

Help! I Have a Fire In My Kitchen offered The Magic And Mystery Of Challah.
As a point of reference you might want to read Juggling Frog’s Virtual Challah making post.

I know the answer to the question Orthonomics asked Retirement: Goyish? Or Jewish? Lion of Zion has a Speed Demon in the family. Mochassid is feeling old.

Robert Avrech covered Pearl Harbor day. Bookworm shared Irving Berlin and Churchill.
Psychotoddler lists his next few performances. Life of Rubin discovered
The Most Baddest English found in Jewish Music PR. Go wish Elie a Happy Birthday.

Have you ever heard of The Law of the Garbage Truck. Chana blogged about Privacy.

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Best of The Jewish Blogosphere- Humphrey Bogart Edition

My friend Robert enjoys providing Haveil Havalim with a new title. Each week we can depend on him to provide the rewrite and some Hollywood trivia. Today I decided to beat him to it with a tribute to one of my favorite actors, Humphrey Bogart.

Bogart made a number of excellent films that I could quote. But I’ll go for the old standby and give you a couple of quotes from Casablanca which is easily in my top five favorite movies.

Captain Renault: What in heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca?
Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.
Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert.
Rick: I was misinformed.


Rick: Last night we said a great many things. You said I was to do the thinking for both of us. Well, I’ve done a lot of it since then, and it all adds up to one thing: you’re getting on that plane with Victor where you belong.

Ilsa: But, Richard, no, I… I…
Rick: Now, you’ve got to listen to me! You have any idea what you’d have to look forward to if you stayed here? Nine chances out of ten, we’d both wind up in a concentration camp. Isn’t that true, Louie?
Captain Renault: I’m afraid Major Strasser would insist.
Ilsa: You’re saying this only to make me go.
Rick: I’m saying it because it’s true. Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor. You’re part of his work, the thing that keeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.
Ilsa: But what about us?
Rick: We’ll always have Paris. We didn’t have, we, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.
Ilsa: When I said I would never leave you.
Rick: And you never will. But I’ve got a job to do, too. Where I’m going, you can’t follow. What I’ve got to do, you can’t be any part of. Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you’ll understand that. Now, now… Here’s looking at you kid.

Go check out Soccer Dad’s latest edition. It is chock full of good posts.

Haveil Havalim- The Once & Future Edition

Welcome to The Once & Future Edition of Haveil Havalim. A member of our community has lost their Mum. Baruch Dayan Emet.

Click here or here for more information.

Boker Tov Boulder has a request for tehillim.

Now that we have taken care of the important stuff let’s review a few things. In this edition there probably will not be any references to sex, math or drugs, but there will be many good posts to read.

That is because I received more than 126 submissions. I strongly urge you all to sift through this as there are many posts deserving of your attention.


Seraphic Secret notes the Jihad in Brooklyn and Hollywood Appeasement, Hollywood anti-Semitism. Gail has an interesting story about German and Austrian Jewish G.I.s in World War II.

What happens when Free Speech is Muzzled. Perhaps it is Hell on Earth. Some people are A Light Unto the Nation.

Why Do They Call It a Peace Process? Isn’t it Rather Ironic. Or maybe not. EOZ continues to provide fine content such as Hamas blaming internal fighting deaths on Israel?

Here are some Cold Truths about Hot House. At Least There is No Shortage of Water. Speaking of things that go together you might try The Bureaucrats and the Vultures. Snoopy also discussed the British outbreak of Foot In Mouth.

Kesher Talk found a Mearshimer Grouper. Jewish Atheist shared Cartoon of the Day: Liberty vs. Safety. Jeremayakova shared some words from Jackie Mason.

Elisson discussed Fear. Greetings From The French Hill discussed Cold War Politics. The Seawitch found an interesting blog about an Orthodox Navy Captain. Check it out here.

You might also read Jewish Soldier Competes For Soldier of the Year. There is the Chicago way and then there are the Manhattan Rules. But we all know that both places pale besides the mighty City of Angels.

Every day it is something different. NYC Principal at Center of ‘Intifada’ T-Shirt Controversy Resigns


One of the things I love about Israel is that Everything Is Negotiable. Not to mention I Love an Optimist. Is Shimon Peres proposing Ethnic Cleansing. What do you do when Your Conscience Comes Knocking.

Daled Amos shows us that there is little to no difference between Hamas and Fatah. Powerline took a trip to Israel: A view from the fence. As always Carl has a number of very good posts inlcuding: Update and comment on mutiny in the IDF, A trial balloon for a ‘Palestinian’ state reichlet and The ‘immunity’ sham.

Jewlicious offers The Cold Truth about “Hot House”. Judeopundit covered the peace process with Gulf News: “Is Israel worthy of peace?” The Hashmonean covered Beilin looking to wheel & deal with Hamas..

In breaking news we learn that Olmert Announces Plan to Establish “United States of Palestine.” Then again, Olmert is known for Spinning Things.

Our Greater Purpose provides “Refusal and Democracy in Israel” It is important to know The Difference Between Reward and Punishment. Or is it just Blood and Soil. Aussie Dave is Lampooning the Hamas website.

Psychotoddler reminds us that somethings happen Only in Israel. The Streets of Jerusalem presents Netzach Yisrael. Meryl is optimistic about the Israel’s ability to defend itself because Ehud Barak reforms the IDF.

Do you know The Difference Between Reward and Punishment. Some things get to be tedious (Yawn) Israel criticized by so-called human rights group.

I found Koestler’s Letter to be quite interesting. A Grim Milestone has been reached. Seeing the Good is something that we all hope to do.

It is always good to have a helpful Aliyah Tip, then again you could be Carving up the Center.

Ari got lost in Petach Tikva, but did he say Tefilat Ha-derech first. Do you think that TAFKA PP will be upset that this parrot got a mention in HH.

Somone tell Oleh Girl that I feel her pain. The Mad Zionist blogged about Civil War. Here is a view of another Israeli first.


One Jerusalem writes about a Dim Future for American Jews. Sheyna received a disturbing letter. Schvach offers Shabbos Wishes.

Sammy says Cardinal Lustiger–the Ultimate Jew for Jesus. Rabbi Without A Cause demonstrates that sometimes Funerals Can Be Funny.

Barbara blogged about Madonna and Ayn Sof and The Search for God: Journey to mySelf. And now something special, This summer’s ultimate averiah! Dag also offers The summer Karbanos.

One Jew two opinions? Its not funny anymore. I don’t know about that. A Jewish Charter School is opening in Florida. Am Echad found a fascinating story.

Try Thinking Outside the Aron. Sometimes banning teens is not the best solution. EOZ has an amazing story: Bat Mitzvah girl donates $100K for playground in Israel.

KRG blogged about social justice. Read her post AgriProcessors: When abusing people and animals isn’t enough. A headline such as Internet, Intermarriage and Pornography is bound to get a readers attention.

A Simple Jew shared a Q&A session with: Yossele Kvetch – Rebbe Nachman & Don Ross. Daf Notes submitted RETROACTIVELY NOT MARRIED AND THE CONSEQUENCES – Yevamos 90 – Daf Yomi.

Rav Fleischmann asks Is The Cup Half Blessed Or Half Cursed.


My Right Word offers a personal tale called Q-43 Was My Bus. Ari presents A Hebrew Poet in Baltimore. Ra’anana Ramblings hasn’t disappeared. For that matter neither has WestBank Mama. Even the Hashmonean has returned.

Rivka wonders, Credibility, expertise, authority, esteem, respect–what am I looking for? Here is another tale of Bloggers Meeting In Person. Pillage Idiot tried to take my job with his own roundup.

What would Beckham’s Bar Mitzvah be like. I Dream of Jeannie from a perspective you probably never considered before. Batya’s father celebrated a big birthday.

KRG provided a Non-Cranky Entry. TherapyDoc’s story reminded me of people I know all too well. It is kind of fitting to place this next entry after TherapyDoc because it offers 5 Examples of Craziness.

Life of Rubin covers the CBS response to the Big Brother controversy. So did Sammy and Yo Yenta. I don’t know about you, but Jewish Pirates always grab my attention, which is why I have blogged about them.

Batya suggests you visit The Museum of Jewish Heritage. I blogged about my grandparents with a post called I Haven’t Much Time Left. Irina says that these bloggers Have the Power of Schmooze.

My pal Joe Settler has a cool post here, Click and read. Click and read. With a title like this I had to include it, A Hermaphrodite Killed My Dad [in a dream].

The Simpsons in Hebrew? Click here. The Meshugannah Mommy is celebrating another blogiversary. Go wish Babka a Happy Birthday. Orieyenta is dealing with A Stone Wall.

Elie has a good baseball post here. Shira hates Haloscan. Smooth has the obituary for Raul Hilberg. There is a new scholar in town. Something Something takes us back. Read Money for Nothing.

Raggedy Mom is doing more talking. Over at Plancks’s Constant he offers advice on How to Make the Perfect Hard Boiled Egg. That is a money maker. I ran a similar post months ago and it still generates a ton of traffic.

Chana blogged about heroes.

This concludes this edition of Haveil Havalim, at least until I update it for the 108th time.

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Miss Haveil Havalim & You’ll Look Like This

See the guy above. His kallah forced him to miss the most recent edition of H.H. Clearly the two of them need a little work on Shalom Bayit issues, but that is a different story altogether.

I am hosting Haveil Havalim again this week. If you want to participate send in your posts via the Blog Carnival entry form. And even if you don’t, make sure that you take a few minutes to review the best round up of the Jblogosphere.

See you on Sunday, if not before.

Miss Haveil Havalim & You’ll Look Like This

See the guy above. His kallah forced him to miss the most recent edition of H.H. Clearly the two of them need a little work on Shalom Bayit issues, but that is a different story altogether.

I am hosting Haveil Havalim again this week. If you want to participate send in your posts via the Blog Carnival entry form. And even if you don’t, make sure that you take a few minutes to review the best round up of the Jblogosphere.

See you on Sunday, if not before.

Sex & Haveil Havalim

There are three words that you probably didn’t expect to see in combination. Yehuda gets the blame, er, credit for that:

It was Tu Ba’av last week, our national holiday about sex. This week’s Haveil Havalim is therefore all about sex, too. It’s not my fault, of course; I just post what the submitters send to me. It’s not like I’m obsessed with sex, or see sex where there isn’t any, or anything like that.

Click here and you’ll find all sorts of good posts to read.

Haveil Havalim #121- Thank Your Father Edition

And he said, “Let me tell you a secret about a father’s love,
A secret that my daddy said was just between us.”
He said, “Daddies don’t just love their children every now and then.
It’s a love without end, amen, it’s a love without end, amen.”
George Strait

Welcome to the June 17, 2007 edition of Haveil Havalim. It is Father’s Day so you’ll have to indulge me as I jump in with links to two of my own posts called A Father’s Day Post and Father’s Love Their Daddies Too.

For many reasons it has been a particularly difficult week so I apologize that this edition is not up to snuff. But per my own father’s guidance I have given it my best effort. Sometimes that is all you can do.

And now on to the show:

As our opening act I offer for your consumption Question & Answer With MoChassid – Are You A Good Father? To which I add my own question. At what point do we make our analysis of our performance as fathers. Do we have an annual review. Should there be some sort of report card. Ok, it is a bit tongue in cheek, but still I wonder about this kind of stuff. It is good blog fodder.


Frum With Questions presents How many Rabbits does it take to make a black hat?
Sometimes Rafi wonders how honest are we really? Orieyenta reminds us that Jews Come in All Colors.

Fortunately I have never suffered from Simcha Blisters. Cosmic X presents The Joy Of Doing A Mitzvah. Nuch Epes Ah Chosid presents Hut Bitachon. Vet Alles Zein Gut – (Have belief everything will be ok)

Ari’s blog presents Are Out-Of-Town Communities Viable? Yitzchak Goodman presents The Clearance Sale on Silver Linings. Avrohom offered PILEGESH – Yevamos 37 – Daf Yomi and Dixie Yid presents Chochma vs. Bina – Practical Manifestations.

Dag presents Standards for Jewish schools and organizations. A Simple Jew presents Theft Or Tax Evasion? – Getting To Bottom Of A Chassidic Story. Malachi Rothschild presents When Relevance Trumps Tradition.

Every now and then we all wish we had superpowers. Maybe that is why Mom blogged about The truth about the Jewish superwoman. I think that this would make a great name for a band: Ten Minutes A Day For Tikkun Olam With “The Five Tibetans.”

I don’t know, maybe we should ask the guy who wrote Jewish Music Insider: Shwekey: Sibling Rivalry?

A lack of sleep might make you Babel Brained and Bobble Headed by: Schvach Yid. Someone once told me that California would be the setting for a modern version of Korach. Muse has her own thoughts Korach, a Kadima kind of Guy.

Jewish Atheist provides an explanation called Why We Leave Orthodoxy. Maybe he just wanted to Upgrade to Cohen. If nothing else we know that he escaped the Yeshiva life. The title of this next post just begs you to read it. I’m an Orthodox Jew, my brother-in-law is a Fundamentalist Christian – Shawarma brought us together

Mark Freedman, MD presents A CUT BELOW posted at Bunk.


Soccer Dad presents The Endless Car Chase. muse presents Yoni’s Photos of the pilgrimage to the graves of Yehoshua Bin Nun & Calev Ben Yfune and HOMELESS in Jerusalem!

Yid With Lid offered Barak, Peres and Olmert, the Trifecta of Israeli Disasters and Palestinians Finally Support a Two State Solution.

I thought that the X-Ray machine is supposed to help prevent terror attacks. Elder of Ziyon blogged about The Calm in Gaza. The good people went to visit Arafat’s old homestead. Meryl covered that little ditty here.

Solomonia covered the chaos in Gaza too. Gail has a good cartoon about the situation.

Gilad Shalit is not forgotten as Olah Chadasha presents One Year Since You Been Gone. Israel Matzav blogged about this too Gilad Shalit’s kidnappers, murderers of Americans on ‘Palestinian Authority’ payroll.

Ben-Yehudah presents Peres wins Presidency and The S’deroth Conspiracy. Speaking of Peres here is Israel’s new President – in his own words.

The title of this next post reminds me of the old movie Poltergeist. They’re Still Here. Muse presents Nothing exciting can be good news! posted at Shiloh Musings.

Friar Yid presents Hamastan Good for the Jews? Not likely. Daled Amos offered his thoughts here.

SnoopyTheGoon presents Now for some carefully expressed glee and What a punch line!

Bookworm provided a link to a Must See Internet Slideshow and Has Israel got the Palestinians where it wants them?

Daniel Pipes wrote about The Soviets Six-Day War.

Assorted Topics and Miscellanea:

Here is an example of a real mensch. Me-Ander came face to face with…. a famous jblogger. This next post is heart wrenching. I still love you more than life itself

Ocean Guy discussed War With Iran. Jameel offered a post about this too. Robert Avrech offered Home and Tolerance In Indonesia.

Some would say that What Was Lost Might Yet Be Found. Or perhaps Lost and Found is the way to go.

And now it is time for an
Announcement & Blog FAQS. What were you doing Ten Years Ago.
Have you ever met Flat Shloimie?

Ezzie blogged about cleveland winning the championship. It was a tremendous victory.

Jewlicious found a boy who doesn’t have a career in singing, perhaps performance art. Perhaps you’d be interested in seeing Homer versus the Golem. Irina presents In Which I See a Painfully Familiar Face.

Where Would You Honeymoon
? After 30 years do they still remember their honeymoon. Go say Mazal Tov to Shira. Do the same for Psychotoddler. Is it just me or does he look like a baby in those pictures. Whoa. At least we know that in Mrs. B he didn’t make a poor choice.

The Second To Last Day Of School used to make me crazy. I couldn’t wait for vacation and the opportunity to go to a Summerfest. Or maybe I’d attend a blogger meet and greet. It is a Roomba not a Rhumba.

Call me crazy but I think that there just might be a problem with stealing home in the holyland. I also wonder Have You Made Friends Through Blogging?

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A Note About Haveil Havalim

This is a general housekeeping note about Haveil Havalim #121 and submissions. Folks I very much appreciate your participation and am glad that so many bloggers are sending in posts for inclusion.

As a general rule of thumb I usually do not include more than two or three submissions from a single blogger. The purpose of the roundup is to showcase multiple blogs, not just a few. This time around some of you have gone overboard.

It is not just one or two. It is closer to ten or 12 of you have sent me between eight and 15 submissions. Other hosts may not care, but I do. I am not going to include 15 submissions from a single blogger. Not going to do it, isn’t going to happen.

I respectfully request that you send me whatever you really want to be included. Otherwise I am going to just grab the first few and delete the rest. My time is limited and as I mentioned I try to get around to multiple blogs.

Good Shabbos to all.

I am Hosting The Next Haveil Havalim

I get to play Pat Sajakowitz this coming Sunday as the host of the 121st edition of Haveil Havalim. If you are into Gematria you know that 1+2+1 equals four. There are four cups of wine, four horsemen and four more years of war.

Altogether that equals 12 which we know is the number of the tribes of Israel, months of the year and times that Jameel and I have feasted upon a tasty waffle breakfast at The Muqata.

What does all this mean? It means that if you wish to be included in the upcoming edition of Haveil Havalim you need to send in your submissions via blog carnival, carrier pigeon or stage coach.

A couple of notes. If you send me 25 submissions from your own blog I am unlikely to include all of them unless you pay me very well in which case I’ll consider that. Barring that, in the unlikely event that cleveland pulls off a major upset I will gladly use all of them.

Please do not mistake my insouciance as being insincere. Some bloggers have tried to bombard me with a ridiculous number of submissions. Pick the two that you think are best. If you need more than that let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

Any questions?

Haveil Havalim- The Plain Edition

Who would have ever thunk a drive-in in Buffalo would be the headquarters for the 117th edition of Haveil Havalim. I suppose that using a drive-in dates me. It is probably a good 15 years since I last went to a movie at a drive-in.

Of course some of you come from homes in which you have never been to a movie in a theater let alone a private car or truck. They were fun, drive-in’s that is. So maybe we should switch modes and move to something a little more modern such as this little doohickey below.

Go out and buy more Ipods. It will help keep Apple stock up and in turn you’ll help keep a smile on Avrech’s face, not to mention the good old Psycho Toddler who only recently joined the rest of us in using 21st century devices. 😉 Anyway, you’ll have to put up with one more comment or two from me. This is approximately the seventh time that I have hosted Haveil Havalim. I have never seen as big a response as I did this time. I easily received more than 130 submissions. Of course some of you sent me seven or eight submissions from your own blog. My apologies for not being able to use all of them.

One more special request. It would be greatly appreciated if you could link to this post on your blogs. The more exposure that HH receives the better.

And now on to our carnival. My apologies if it is not organized as well as it could be, it was a busy week.


Simply Jews blogged about the Iranian arrest of a US citizen. Liorah writes that Pakistan may ignite a war. Jihadists continue to use technology to promote their cause. At Jihad Watch there is a discussion about The Islamist’s War. Yid With Lid says The Muslim American Society Promotes Terror. Welcome To American Idol “Jihad Edition.”

Over at Slightly Mad there is a list of fine restaurants to eat at. Fiery Spirited Zionist has an opinon on Why “palestine” should never come into existence. Solomonia reports Mubarak: Hamas will never sign a peace agreement with Israel.

According to Israel Matzav Arab countries despair seethe over ‘Palestinians‘. Carl also offered Gaza ‘Palestinians’ pray for ‘occupation‘. The Augean Stables offers As Palestinians Self-Destruct, They Blame Israel.

Over at Yoni The Blogger we learn that: U.S. Aired Nasrallah Speech Because No One Knew Arabic.

Dag shares memories of the Six Day war. Daled Amos shares 3 SOLDIERS FROM THE FAMOUS 6 DAY WAR PHOTO SPEAK. Sadly, no surprise here: Syria claims Eli Cohen’s grave is ‘inaccessible‘.


Jerusalem Joe offers Why Women Are Exempt From Prayer In Judaism – A Jungian Explanation. Meryl received an email asking for help locating lost relatives. Chana needs the bracha for Mentos. Back of The Hill says Spoken Of In Daniel. Over at a Simple Jew there is a Guest Posting By Chabakuk Elisha – “Heimishe” Racism.

Drew Kaplan covered White Days. A Mother in Israel provided Tzniut/Modesty roundup–Lots of links.

Rabbi Sedley offers 29th Iyar – Tefillat HaShlah. RWAC discussed Platonic Relationships. Jerusalem Joe asks Is Your Jewish Mother A Maximizer, and What Can You Do About It?

What do you think: Har Ha-Bayit – yea or nay today?

TG discussed being an Informed Jew. Over at Frum Satire we learned that Fish a nightmare for the cholent fan. It is not a date without Funny Shidduch Stories.

Wolfish Musings asks What, Exactly, Is Expected Of Us? Ezzie provided a post on Jewish Economics. Did you know that everyone is a prophet these days.

Planck’s Constant offered Shavuot and a world without Jews. DovBear wrote about Arousal. What do you know about chalitza and chultza?


At Crossing the Rubicon you can read about Torah Portions and Nostalgia. Steg wonders Do I Need An Image-Adjustment? Over at My Obiter Dicta we found Ignorance and Hillul HaShem.

Gil Student adds his two cents to The Problem with Education Today.


Jerusalem for Every Jew is the title of a post at Frumhouse. Simply Jews blogged about “family relationships” with My brother, my enemy. Over at Oleh Musings you can find A Few Musings, Occasioned by Rockets. Guide To The Perplexed blogged about Ali Abunimah’s One Country.

Video of Jewish Children Running to Bomb Shelter During Attack Smooth covered Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day as did Treppenwitz and the Seawitch. Tsimcha.com covered it too with Yom Yerushalaim: A SECOND MATAN TORAH!

Esser Agaroth observed A Little Divine Displeasure Perhaps? At Freedom’s Choice you can find If I Forget Thee… A Very Personal Recollection. Miriam wonders if anyone remembers going to Israel with NCSY in ‘1975?

Am Echad asks Why were “Messianic Jews” marching in Jerusalem?

Akiva has some heartbreaking posts about the situation in Sderot here, here and here. Boker Tov Boulder blogged about the terrorist handbook. One Jerusalem has more about Sderot here. Meryl has her own round up about Sderot here. Joshuapundit blogged about this as well as did Aussie Dave and Yid With Lid. Rafi has his own thoughts and so does Joe Settler.

ISL presents Peter Principle Becomes Law of the Land in Israel. Sometimes a response is required as in Striking Back. Israpundit proffered Sderot-the next Yamit.

Seraphic Secret blogged about Fourth Generation Warfare. The Spine discussed Palestinian Unity. That leads us straight to Gaza Civil War Watch: 40 Dead in Factional Fighting. Or should we say Statehood Please.

Have you ever seen a tankless parade. I enjoyed reading about The Dancing Man. Backspin provided Understanding the Six Day War. Rafi went on an adventure.

Caught: One would-be assassin from Doctors Without Borders read all about it at BokerTov Boulder.

Have you ever been to Hamas Kindergarten. Elder of Ziyon presented The death of Oslo. Perhaps it is time to think about Life after the PA. Shiloh Musings says Hesder, the “Arrangement” is “cracking”.

And sometimes there are those One of those great, “only in Israel” experiences. Then again we have stories about drivers swerving around an injured motorcyclist. At the Muqata More Only in Israel…a picture.

Carl reminds us that Israel has more than one leader sleeping at the wheel and he asks Are Goldwasser and Regev dead? Yo Yenta is blogging about Oil Insanity.

This headline caught my eye: Holy stinky washing machine batman!

Over at Not a Fish we find: Best way to deal with British promoters of anti-Israel boycott… – Updated”


Cross Currents wishes that we Had More Harry Trumans. Over at Daled Amos The Media Has Spoken The C Word. One of these days I am going to have tune into that new show Lifestyles of The Rich and Terrorist.

MyRightWord wonders, if the Hamas are described as having a “military” wing, their wingers are still termed “militants”? Omri provided “International Boycott” Of Palestinians Actually Meant “Triple The Amount Of Aid”. Of Course It Did.

Judith found the last edition of HH to be incredibly geeky. Let’s hope that she like this one better. Here is the speech that George W. Bush should have given care of Kesher Talk. Some people question Yahoo!’s actions in removing a site.


The Waffle King wonders what comic book characters Jblogosphere denizens would be. Ra’anana Ramblings is cruising down Memory Lane.

Over at EllieTalk she wonders about the Deadliest Catch. This is not about boy bands. It is about Old kids on the block.

A Bisele Babka wants to know Who is Coming for Lunch. AbbaGav is on a half hiatus. Soccer Dad met the JIBs with Jabs.

Rav Fleischmann proclaims. I Love The Smell Of Blogging In The Morning. I wonder what that smells like.

Raggedy Mom is turning into her mother. You must read Aaron: Two Years Gone and The Book of Ben. Mottel discusses how people see others. You know Everyone Needs Therapy.

And now for poetry. My Life In Haiku.

How many people missed out on the Great Blogger Bash of ’07. Irina covered her summer plans. I don’t know about you but I miss having summers in which I could make summer plans.

Elisson wrote about the Combover Hassidim. Congratulate Ocean Guy on his blogiversary here.

Nobody Irons like Grandma. Jewish Atheist discussed Pleasure vs. Happiness.

And now I present the Milton Friedman Choir – The Corporation. What about Hot Guys- Frum v Non-frum.

Everyone should have this kind of love for their spouse, Robert: Not Too Normal.

What Makes a Mentch. Shoshana covered the story of an Israeli woman and the WNBA. Miss Worldwide had a close encounter of the Blogger Kind.

Pearl offers A Shout-Out to Blogland. KCC #18 is live.

A Whispering Soul is still MIA. Call me crazy but I think that he still might come back, or maybe he has under a new name. Looking for new digs try checking out Schvach.

And thus ends this edition of Haveil Havalim. As always credit for starting this goes to Soccer Dad.

Esser Agaroth will be hosting the next edition. Thanks again for playing.

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Haveil Havalim #106- Terrible Twos Edition

I am pleased to present the 106th edition of Haveil Havalim. It is filled with all sorts of cool news and information you might need to know about. For example even if you missed the original Link To Jack Day you can still participate by promoting this edition of Haveil Havalim on your blog.

The last several editions have had various themes to them, quite clever if you ask me. They set a high standard for the rest of us to follow. Unfortunately I just can’t come up with anything exceptionally clever. So I am going to the default theme called the Terrible Twos.

If you can bear with me a moment longer I’ll provide more details. The Terrible Two edition was inspired by watching my daughter organize her toys. Things are kind of here and there, but don’t argue with me because I will scream “I do it myself” at you. And with that we are off.

BTW, as the host I can share all sorts of stuff. If you missed the tales of Jack and Jameel’s great adventures you can check them out by reading one of the following:

Indiana Jameel Versus The Alligator
Jameel Meet Dr. Jones
Breakfast With Jack (Muqata House of Waffles)

Traveling With Jameel Part II

Breakfast With Jameel

Enough self-indulgence back to the show:

Daled Amos says Getting My Daughter Ready For School Is An Adventure. Speaking of children
Watch out for the Kosher Police or you might need to eat some New Vegetables.
Apparently more people are becoming interested in Kosher food. To learn more read
Chosen Food for Unchosen People.

Baleboosteh presents A Helping Hand…. Im Haaretz presented Too Hairy to Teach?

And now for some Harry Potter Talk

Elie presents The Wizards and The Jews. Mommy’s Going Meshugganah has her own opinions about Deathly Hallows.

Meryl covers death and dishonesty in Once again, the lies and the Temple Mount. Yid with Lid shares The Real Reason For the Anger over the Temple Mount Dig.

When she is not doing her Two month countdown. Batya is blogging in Hebrew. Need to rent a Cello just ask Treppenwitz. Why does Jameel Live in Israel. Let’s talk about going to Har Habayit. And now for a Billy Joel Reference: Anti-Semitism in Islam: Israel Didn’t Start the Fire. Elder of Ziyon has a Scorecard for the Peaceful Unity Government.

The Town Crier suggests you check out The Audio Corner. He also shared Right Wing Exploitation Leads To Growth of Ku Klux Klan? Over at Kesher Talk there is a post called Another Jewish Radical Goes Completely Insane.

Carl always has good material including Islamic school in London admits to using textbook that calls Jews “apes” and Christians “pigs” and Former Gush Katif resident and terror victim awarded $48 million in US lawsuit.

Sigmund, Carl and Alfred have a good piece called Shovels Of It In Jerusalem And A Reality Check. You might be interested to learn that a Gift Enables birthright israel to Double Annual Number of Trips.

Seraphic Secret provided The Middle East Conflict Analyzed… Seriously. Ocean Guy has a post called On Being a Jew and a Democrat. This begs the question Are You a Liberal Anti-semite?

Solomonia has a disturbing post called Teaching Korean Kids about America…and Who Really Runs It. DovBear provided Shear Support.

Before we get too far afield let me remind you that you can provide Sh’lach Manot For The Troops. DaBoys got a message about Proposals.

Olah Chadasha presents Once Again, Palestinian Definition of Truce Revealed To the World In A Bloody Tangle of Limbs & Dead Bodies and Ramon Convicted. Gail shared Mail Asaf a Stone, The Sequel.
The Numbers Don’t Lie is the title of a post at Fundamentally Freund. Allison has a post called Extreme Temple Mount Makeover. Smooth blogged about Iranian Chutzpah.

Carl in Jerusalem presents A history of false charges.

I once saw a show called When Animals Attack. Maybe they should make one about former presidents. Carter Attacks: Accuses Simon Wiesenthal Center of ‘Falsehood and Slander’.
Bagel Blogger said It seems one Muslim refuses to be Jimmified.

You can follow the flame war here.

Snoopy says in Israel there are More gaseous conspiracies . He also shared the Poetic license of the “blood libel” Rafi G presents the morning after. Daniel Pipes had an interesting lecture at UC Irvine.

JoeSettler presents Chochma, Bina v’Da’at and Toeing the Line. Boker Tov Boulder says Arab leaders inciting for Intifada in Jerusalem.

My Right Word presents Intramural Pal. Activities. Zionist Youngster wrote about an Image Problem. Here is an interesting post called MiniPax. Also at Israel Matzav is Former Gush Katif resident and terror victim awarded $48 million in US lawsuit.

Dry Bones shared Olmert’s Dream. Lisa has Stockholm Syndrome.

Looking for new music try Meet Chassidic Jewish Music’s Hot Guitar Man. Jewish Blogmeister presents Jewish Music Review Wrap Up and Jewish Music Gossip: New Release….. Ozzie offers a song for a lost love. Leah in Chicago isn’t wading in anymore.

RaggedyMom discussed Bedtime. Psychotoddler discussed Kol Isha. I told The Babka Nosher to read this but I am not sure Her Memory Works anymore. 😉

Amishav is responsible for the term Frum Spanking. Just what kind of Tu B’Shvat Seder did he attend. Here is something you don’t expect in a headline: MUSHARRAF TO THE RESCUE:

Sometimes you need a solid definition of certain terms. Try reading The Shmata Queen & The Beach. I have always said that life in Ohio is like living in Hell. Chana proves it with her post Weather Forecast for Hell.

Presence Talked about Birthdays. Baleboosteh’s family celebrated one too. Yo Yenta talked about Life In Savannah. Perhaps you might discuss them at the Jewish Literature for Children Conference. Babka Nosher’s daughter had a music recital.

Torah, depression, sensitivity and blog rolls is the title of a post you need to read.
You could read about Rav Kook’s Thanksgiving Prayer.
avrohom adler presents Daf Yomi – Taanis 25 – Switching from Ashkenaz to Sfard and Taanis 29a: Simcha and Sasson.

On The Fringe reviewed Entering Jewish Prayer (Hammer).
Chana compared Satan and Elijah. It Is Almost Supernatural presents ‘People of Goodwill’ Supported the Resolution. When Frum With Questions blogged about Gay Rams he wasn’t discussing football. He doesn’t have any questions about whether there should be Jews in Politics.

Books and Beliefs covered Tzedek Hechsher Slammed by Orthodox. NY’s Funniest Rabbi produced On Yitro: Did You Hear Anything? TherapyDoc offered Exercise Jones and Irina shared The Legacy.
What a Day is Mottel’s reflections on an experience he had.

Jews For Hillary presents Unwavering Against Palestinian Terror Indoctrination on TV, Clinton Hightlights Anti-Israel, Anti-Western Bias in New Palestinian Childrens? Textbooks

Heichal HaNegina wrote The Modzitzer Rebbe Shlita’s Visit to America. Cosmic X offered God With An “o.” Cross Currents wrote about Knowing Our Limits.

Shoshana asks Should All Jews be Orthodox? From A Simple Jew “Pure And Simple Emunah Is Not A Jewish Concept”.

The Maggid Of Bergenfield shared Yitro: Jblogging at Mount Sinai.

Yid With Lid offers Conservative Jewry’s Gay Survey Shows The Movement is in Trouble (Updated to Include Full result charts).

You might enjoy JPix No 2 :The 2nd Edition of the Jewish Photo Carnival.
Critical Mastiff presents The Failure of the Diplomatic Mentality .

Some times it is nice to get the author’s lowdown about their Cast of Cast Characters. Seawitch covered the story of the Space Cadet er, Astronaut.

Yehuda Berlinger presents Customer Service Wows and Woes. Jewschool blogged about the attack on Elie Wiesel with I’m sure Wiesel will take it all back now.
Ezzie has a link to Aussie Dave’s Toga Terror. Speaking of Aussies they don’t like their citizens to smile in passport photos.

There is a new member of the Jblogosphere. You can see her here. Pearl has questions about fashion. Ezer Knegdo has a gift idea for the person who has everything. Shlomo has a little bit of everything including a post called Speaking of Spinoza (Psychology).

Amy Guth is still making mix tapes. The Rabbi Would Rather Be Fly Fishing. Tamara had to say Goodbye to Reebok. Tikkun Ger said Honey I Love You – Let’s Fight. This post might make you Feel Like a Slug.

I sure hope that the ocean is not disappearing. Maybe it is in Vegas with the missing H. 😉

Or perhaps you might enjoy reading about The Handcuff King – graphic novel about Harry. Houdini. Ahuva is still waiting.

And there my friends is the latest edition of Haveil Havalim, the peoples choice for the Jblogosphere. These are the posts that you sent in, that you wanted to read. Ok, some of you sent got confused with the date and sent me 5,767 posts to include so I had to do a little editing. But like they said in the Princess Bride mostly dead is partially alive.

Excuse the rambling as it is not quite 8 and I haven’t had coffee or my waffle breakfast, Jameel. Thanks again to the inimitable Soccer Dad for coming up with this. If you haven’t contacted him about hosting; You Must. Email him at dhgerstman at hotmail dot com. You may submit entries to Haveil Havalim using the submission form over at BlogCarnival.

That is it for now. Don’t forget to link to this on your own blog and remember to check back throughout the day to see the new updates.

Haveil Havalim #106- Hosting Notes

Hi Folks,

As you know I am hosting the upcoming 106th edition of Haveil Havalim. I have a simple request for those submitting posts. Please try and limit it to one or two posts.

Some of you are quite prolific and are sending over five or six posts at a time. I try to keep things relatively balanced so that we can showcase the Jblogosphere. If I used every post some of you are sending this would be dominated by a relatively small group of bloggers.

Submissions can be sent via Blog Carnival or talktojacknow at sbcglobal.net.

Thank you for your help.