Boy, was I pleasantly surprised to find that I would be hosting Haveil Havalim this week. As I write this introduction after Shabbath, I will have an extra hour work on it. Because in Israel, we are changing back to standard time already.
The mnemonic device many of us learned as kids was...
"Fall back, spring forward."
So, this change gives us an extra hour, so to speak, to catch up on everything we need to catch up on. It's only an hour, but I'll take it!
Actually, this week, Rafi at Life In Israel provides us with a bit of history and the latest, Israeli clock-changing controversy in Fighting About An Hour.
Many of you have probably seen the use of the letters of the Hebrew year as an acronym.
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, jointly coordinated through our Facebook Group., and headed up by Jack. The term 'Haveil Havalim,' whichmeans"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.'
This year is תשע"ג. I have seen some standard ones, and some highly politically-incorrect ones. For this edition of Haveil Havalim, I would like to provide you with the positive and upbeat one I came up with:
תהא שנת עליה גדולה
It should be a Year of a Great Aliyah!
Oh, you can play with this, if you want. Take the word aliyah, and apply it to your spiritual growth, your salary, or any other goal. But, the meaning I intended here is...
"Get on the plane!"
And now on to our regularly scheduled program...
Yitzchak at Think Judaism asks, "Must I Wear A Hat?" So, does he?
In Aaron Hai's lengthy essay on the Ten Commandments, on his Jewish Teachings Blog, he reveals some pearls related to Yom HaKippurim. Search the page for "Yom Kipur."
Rosh HaShannah & Yom Kippur
Batya brings us two Rosh HaShannah posts, Reflections: Soul Jarred By The Sound Of The Shofar at Shiloh Musings, and Greetings For A New Year at Me-Ander.
Susan Esther Barnes at Religious And Reform shares her experience leading Rosh HaShannah services this year in Embracing The Awkward.
Josh Waxman at the Parsha Blog tell us Why You Didn't Hear 100 Shofar Blasts On Rosh HaShannah.
Leah at In Gathered asks, "How Yom Kippur Turn Sins Into Merits?"
News and Current Events
Tomer Devorah provides us with the Important News Of The Day, and also asks Where Is Bibi Netanyahu? Kind of disturbing that the Israeli public was not informed that the prime minister would be away for Rosh HaShannah, no?
Anthony Reich at The Israel Situation writes about Israel's Fifty Fateful Days. Tzachi HaNegbi? Is he still around?
Jewish Israel [JI] reports on what Trinity Broadcasting Network [TBN] was up to while Jews were observing Rosh HaShannah. "Piece of dirt," huh? JI also reminds of the Core Mission of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem [ICEJ]. Do we really want their support?
The Real Jerusalem Streets gives her opinion on that video which everyone has been talking about, and then provides us photos of what has been going on her neck of the woods, while Muslims rage elsewhere, in Muslim Rage And Yom Kippur In Jerusalem.
Speaking of Muslim rage, check out Aussie Dave's series Wacky Hamas Terrorist Profile Of The Day on Israelly Cool. Wait a minute. Should I have put this under "Humor?" Speaking of terrorists, he also reports on The Female Terrorist Who Met Her Match.
Ariel at The Torah Revolution stirs the chollent pot with "Why Was Migron Punished?"
Batya at Shiloh Musings opines on Jewish Values And IDF Conversions. Batya and I are two JBloggers who agree on various issue quite often. This is not one of those times. She also writes about Israeli Needing A Strong Right Opposition, Not A Bloated Cabinet. Thumbs Up!
A Soldier's Mother shares an interesting story from the Yom Kippur War in The God Of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Outside Of Israel
Sultan Knish brings us Anti-American Savages Of The Post-American World.
What's President G. W. Bush's taste in matza? Why did everyone look so bedraggled at President Obama's Hanukkah party last year? Find out the answers to these questions and more from Yair Rosenberg!
Michael Koplow at Ottomans And Zionists reveals some insights into U. S. - Israeli relations in When Ehud Met Rahm.
OK, so that's a wrap!
An Aspiring Mekubal will be hosting next week's edition.
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