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.
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.”
Yisroel presents How Rabbi Moshe Lichtman from Beit Shemesh Changed My Life posted at Artzeinu.
Benji Lovitt presents It’s Everybody’s Favorite Game Show: “What Country are We In?” posted at What War Zone???.
Ben-Yehudah presents Why I’m Not Attending The 2009 JBloggers Convention posted at Esser Agaroth.
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..
ari kinsberg presents Follow Up on Israeli Toilets (and Please Send Me to Israel!) posted at Ari’s Blog, saying, “thanks”
Mottel presents A Call for Journalistic Ethics in the JBlogosphere posted at Letters of Thought.
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..
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.”
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.”
Shavua Tov, blogosphites.