The 365th Edition! Yep! That's the name, or subtitle, or what have you. Why should I have to have an edition name or subtitle? Well, I don't. I'm taking last week's hos, Susant's idea, and just numbering it. It works for me.
Some of you may be expecting this edition to be dedicated to a person or an event. Well, I didn't feel there were any people or events worth noting here, in an edition of a blog carnival.
So, this edition will not be dedicated to any Rebbes, dead or
New and Improved Introduction!
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 jointly coordinated through our Facebook Group. 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.'And, now, it's on with the show!
Did anyone recite a special blessing this Rosh Hodesh? Rabbi David Bar-Hayim at Machon Shilo teaches us what that berakhah is in his Response To Birkath HaHamah.
Aharon Hai at Jewish Teachings tells us why living in the Land of Israel places ones soul on a Higher Level than those who do not.
Tomer Devorah teaches us about The Fourth Month.
Rabbi Natan Slifkin at Rationalist Judaism brings us Choosing For Oneself, Choosing For Ones Children and the future Of The New Charedim.
Leah Aharoni at Ingathered presents Why Modern Orthodoxy Shortchanges Women.
My Esser Agaroth also includes a post on Modern Orthodoxy, albeit a rather different one, Whateva'! I Do What I Want!
News & Current Events
Regarding recent events related to the Temple Mount, Tomer Devorah believes It's A Sign. And, did anyone else know that The Biggest War Games In The Middle East are taking place?
Elder Of Ziyon brings us More Proof That BDS Represents No One . Or Barkan also comments on the BDS in A circus Of Fake Characters, Courtesy Of Zeina Abu-Inhab.
Elder Of Ziyon then reports on the Victim Of Terror At The Egyptian Border and updates us on the Two-Year Girl Who Was Killed In Gaza. Or Barkan gives her take on the latter as well in The Evolution Of A News Report.
Ariel at The Torah Revolution talks back regarding the Bet El Ulpana neighborhood. He also posts a must-see video from one of this neighborhood's residents, whose life had been filled with tragedy, yet continues on, in Pogroms In The Air.
Batya the Shiloh Muse reports on Israel's Iron Dome And The Bet El Ulpana Cave In.
Life In Israel
Yoel Meltzer interviews Rabbi Yosef Mendelevitch, one of the leaders in the struggle of Soviet Jewry back in the late 60s and early 70s.
Rafi at Life In Israel reports on the Religious Cyclist Not Allowed To Compete.
Leah at Ingathered Reflects On Israeli Innovations For The Handicapped.
Outside Of Israel
Batya the Shiloh Muse writes about how Israel Isn't Alone In Under-Reacting To The Arab/Muslim Threat.
Zalman Stern doesn't seem to like America's Self-Proclaimed Rabbi.
Yosef at This American Bite brings us his recipe for Grilled Brisket with Mexican Inspired Rub and Mopping Sauce.
Last, but definitely not least, I would be remiss, if I did not include posts from bloggers who attended last week's Israeli President's Conference:
Rafi at Life In Israel: Shimon Peres And The Bloggers
Batya at Shiloh Musings: Bloggers As Legitimate Journalists and Jewish Leadership, Why Not From Zion?
Aussie Dave at Israellycool: Israeli Presidential Conference Liveblogging Day 1 and Day 2, and Separated At Birth: Shimon Feline (LOL!)
A Soldier's Mother: Peter Beinart And Zionism (...and why he's wrong)
So, what I'd to know is if anyone had the courage to ask Prez Peres how he gets away with being political in a symbolic and a-political role, when his predecessors would have been castigated for doing the same.
I have yet to receive any answer. Although I know that there was plenty of courage in attendance. I also know that there must've been plenty of kushen tuchus there as well. (I saw the group photo.)
I am actually glad that these bloggers attended, and I will no doubt get on my friend Yoel Meltzer for not having attended. But, I am also glad that I decided not to
OK. That's a wrap! Everything submitted was included. How 'bout that? In other words, no spam nor missionary crap was submitted. Cool.
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