Haveil Havalim for Sept. 13 / Elul 24

Earlier this year, a fellow progressive jblogger called the rest of us out for not stepping up and getting as involved with Haveil Havalim, the so-called Jewish Blog Carnival as we should be. With the grand exception of a few progressive regular Haveil Havalim submitters,  most of the folks submitting their blog posts to the carnival are at least a little to the right of those of us here in my corner of the jblogosphere.

So in answer to this call for progressive voices in Haveil Havalim, here I are. And to those of you who are regular readers of Haveil Havalim, but first time visitors to The Reform Shuckle, bruchim haba’im l’The Shuckle. Welcome.

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 Kohelet, (Ecclesiastes) which has been attributed to 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.

So the Blog Carnival site now has this Insta-Carnival feature in beta where you can just grab a block of html and copy it into your blogging apparatus and–presto!–you’ve got a blog carnival. So with a little tweaking, that’s what I’m using this week. This is my first time hosting HH here, but I’ve hosted once before at Jewschool. So let’s get started.

Ben-Yehudah presents How To Get Deeper Into Torah Without Going Off The Deep End posted at Esser Agaroth, saying, “Israel/Education/Torah Learning”

David Morris presents About Denial – The Rosh HaYeshiva, Sex-Abuse & Ramat Bet Shemesh posted at Tzedek-Tzedek.

Mottel presents NBA’s Ron Artest Scores For Chabad posted at lubavitch.com Chabad-Lubavitch news site.

Baila Brecher presents 9/11: Remember and Honor–Terence J. Manning posted at Ill call Baila.

Yisrael Medad presents Off Into The Desert posted at My Right Word, saying, “MyRightWord’s Judean Desert buggy tour – the video clip”

Yisrael Medad presents Smart Egyptians; Not So Smart Israelis posted at My Right Word, saying, “What could Israel learn from Egypt when the issue is a synagogue?, asks MyRightWord.”

Yisrael Medad presents Odd Street Scenes and Signs posted at My Right Word, saying, “MyRightWord’s photo-news entry: odd street signs”

Yisrael Medad presents JPost.com | BlogCentral | Green-Lined | Deconstruction of a text posted at Green-Lined, saying, “Yisrael Medad’s Jerusalem Post blog, Green Lined, deconstructs an Obama text.”


Shtetl Fabulous presents No Reservations Indeed posted at Shtetl Fabulous, saying, “Taking a taste adventure – this time to Turkey, Syria and Lebanon by way of Paterson, New Jersey. Leave your politics behind!”

Risa presents “The Yard” A documentary film about a Jerusalem neighborhood by Yochai Rosenberg posted at Isramom, saying, “Yochai Rosenberg’s film was nominated for a prize at the Jerusalem Film Festival this summer. I saw it in Tel Aviv last week.”

muse presents JPIX—Since a picture is worth a thousand words… posted at me-ander, saying, “The jblog picture carnival!!”

Yisroel presents How Rabbi Moshe Lichtman from Beit Shemesh Changed My Life posted at Artzeinu.


Risa presents Ronald John Hemenway posted at Isramom, saying, “Part of a project to memeorialize victims of September 11 on the web.”


Toby Curwin presents What a world posted at A Time of the Signs, saying, “Thank you!”

Benji Lovitt presents It’s Everybody’s Favorite Game Show: “What Country are We In?” posted at What War Zone???.

Benji Lovitt presents Yiyeh B’seder: WE’RE RAISING THE STAKES, BABY! posted at What War Zone???, saying, “More fun with “yiyeh b’seder””


David Bedein presents Aiding the destroyers among us posted at David Bedein’s Blog.

Ben-Yehudah presents Why I’m Not Attending The 2009 JBloggers Convention posted at Esser Agaroth.

Jacob Richman presents Welcome Home to the New Olim (and 307 photos) posted at Good News from Israel, saying, “Thanks!

Mikeinmidwood presents THE RIOTS ARE GETTING OUT OF HAND DONT PROMOTE IT posted at Mike In Midwood.

harry presents A kitchen chair posted at Israelity.

harry presents Tel Aviv unwanted in Toronto? posted at Israelity.

harry presents Another Madonna controversy in Israel posted at Israelity.

Eric presents The March of the Wealthy? posted at The Israel Situation, saying, “Post by Anthony Reich about his son’s trip on March of the Living.”

rutimizrachi presents May our merits be as plentiful as the seeds of a pomegranate. posted at Ki Yachol Nuchal!, saying, “This is the last one for this issue. Thanks for doing this issue, David. This one belongs under a Holidays heading — but it can fit in Israel or Culture. It’s Pomegranate Time again! Have a shana tova u’metuka!”

Joel Katz presents Religion and State in Israel – September 7, 2009 (Section 1) posted at Religion and State in Israel, saying, “Hi David, Been following your blog posts for awhile. Hope to meet ya one time in person. next time you head to the Holy Land, beer’s on me. joel ps — think you’ve seen the site b/f — Religion and State in Israel is not affiliated with any organization or movement. what’s unique is that its one of the only sites where you can read the whole spectrum of coverage, from Reform to Haredi, secular to Dati.”

Joel Katz presents Religion and State in Israel – September 7, 2009 (Section 2) posted at Religion and State in Israel, saying, “This is Section 2 – a complete separate compilation of articles.”

Daniel Fuchs presents Already A Fifth Column posted at THE JEWISH FIST: A Call to Resurrect the Jewish Scholar-Warrior of Old..

Cosmic X presents Hadassah Ein Karem Accused of Abuse posted at ****** Cosmic X in Jerusalem ******.

ari kinsberg presents Follow Up on Israeli Toilets (and Please Send Me to Israel!) posted at Ari’s Blog, saying, “thanks”

Jewish music

David Levy presents Songs With Social Significance posted at JewSchool, saying, “(This could go under culture, history, or Jewish music, or I suppose, politics — you be the judge!)”

Mottel presents A Call for Journalistic Ethics in the JBlogosphere posted at Letters of Thought.


Schvach Yid presents Schvach – פני דל posted at Schvach – פני דל.

muse presents It Depends on How You Look At It, Wise Men or Chelm posted at Shiloh Musings.

rutimizrachi presents “In distress you called and I rescued you…” posted at Ki Yachol Nuchal!, saying, “Again, I am category-challenged. But what is Judaism, if it is not a toolbox for helping us to live with our difficulties, to live among other human beings, to actualize our potential?”

Daniel Fuchs presents Madonna: Degenerate Cultist posted at THE JEWISH FIST: A Call to Resurrect the Jewish Scholar-Warrior of Old..

Rachel Barenblat presents Petition (a prayer for selichot) posted at Velveteen Rabbi.

Home Shuling presents Is it time for a seder already? posted at Home-shuling, saying, “rosh hashanah seder for kids”

Cosmic X presents Send A Greeting Card posted at ****** Cosmic X in Jerusalem ******.

Eliyahu Fink presents Law School and Learning Ethics posted at Pacific Jewish Center | Rabbi, saying, “thanks for your consideration…!



The Real Shliach presents Last Suppers posted at The Real Shliach, saying, “My wedding is on Monday, 25 Elul (September 14). Aufruf is in 770 this Shabbos (all bloggers invited of course).”

David presents They’re Growing Up posted at Double Triangle: Jewish Food, Life & Community, saying, “Thanks for including my post.”

rutimizrachi presents Ulpan beckons yet again. Five months is not enough. posted at Ki Yachol Nuchal!, saying, “I’m never too sure about categories. This is an Israel story. It’s also humorous. (Though anybody who has read What War Zone??? learns to be humble about thinking that she’s funny.) I guess since I divulge my age, it qualifies as personal.”

Hadassah Sabo Milner presents My Feminism posted at In the Pink.

Mordechai Torczyner presents Learning humility in my Toronto exile posted at The Rebbetzin’s Husband.

rickismom presents Ricki’s Nephew posted at Beneath the Wings.

Robert J. Avrech presents 9-11: Not a Tragedy posted at Seraphic Secret, saying, “Remembering 9-11: Our son, Ariel Chaim ZT’L a sweet and pious Yeshiva student, understood the difference between a tragedy and an atrocity.”

JackB presents Back To School posted at Random thoughts- Do they have meaning?.


muse presents Be A Head Not A Tail posted at Shiloh Musings.

Shavua Tov, blogosphites.

20 Responses to Haveil Havalim for Sept. 13 / Elul 24

  1. Jack September 13, 2009 at 1:06 am #

    progressive I always laugh at labels like that. What do they really mean anyway.

    • David A.M. Wilensky September 13, 2009 at 8:47 am #

      In this case, I think refers to being politically and religiously liberal.

  2. What War Zone??? September 13, 2009 at 1:23 am #

    Jack is so progressive, I heard he recycles his emails.


  3. Mottel September 13, 2009 at 1:28 am #

    Great job! Though which being progressive (i.e. for progress and advancement) became synonymous with being liberal s beyond me . . .
    Wishing you a k’siva v’chasima tova!

  4. Mottel September 13, 2009 at 1:29 am #


  5. toby September 13, 2009 at 1:30 am #

    thanks for including me – I’m putting up a link!

  6. Jack September 13, 2009 at 1:38 am #

    Jack is so progressive, I heard he recycles his emails.

    Nah, I just recycle posts. It is much easier than writing new ones and fits my grumpy old man lifestyle better. 😉

  7. Yisrael Medad September 13, 2009 at 1:59 am #

    Thanks for the inclusions. But I always thought lefties had more creativity and artisitic imagination as regards the blurb texts.

    • David A.M. Wilensky September 13, 2009 at 8:49 am #

      Last time, I did. But, as noted, I wanted to test-drive the new Insta-Carnival feature. It comes from the traditionally lazy lefty work ethic.

  8. Ben-Yehudah September 13, 2009 at 3:03 am #

    Thanks for the links.

    Haveil Havalim #234 Is Up

  9. Risa September 13, 2009 at 3:23 am #

    Thanks for including me!

    here I’ve linked to you!

  10. phyllis September 13, 2009 at 7:25 am #

    well done!

  11. Shtetl Fabulous September 13, 2009 at 10:45 am #

    Thanks for including Shtetl Fabulous and I’m curious about this Insta-Carnival feature. Maybe Jack will coerce me into hosting yet again. And it’s also great to see another person from the liberal end of the spectrum representing the HH. Kol haKavod!

    • Jack September 13, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

      Hey now, no coercion is ever involved. Sometimes begging, pleading and waterboarding, but nothing more than that.

  12. Lady-Light September 13, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    Forgot to submit a post to this HH! Oy! (Nice job, anyway).

  13. Batya from Shiloh September 13, 2009 at 3:25 pm #

    thanks, that instacarnival saved me when I did jpix

  14. ML September 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm #

    Wow. Very cool and a great way to learn about more blogs.


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