This is Issue #377, the belated September 16th issue of Haveil Havalim, a weekly carnival of Jewish and Israeli blogs. I didn’t count, mind you… but I took the number from last week’s (hosted by Ruth at Beneath the Wings) and added one to it. I hope it’s right.
The Haveil Havalim blog carnival was founded by Soccer Dad and every week a different blogger takes a turn to host a weekly collection of blog posts. The term הֲבֵל הֲבָלִים / “Haveil Havalim,” which means "Vanity of Vanities," is from Kohelet, (Ecclesiastes) which was written by King Solomon. King Solomon built the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and later on got bogged down in materialism and other excesses and realized that it was nothing but “hevel,” or in English, “vanity.”
The carnival is hosted by different bloggers each week, and jointly coordinated through our Facebook Group. If you blog about Israel or Jewish-related subjects, please feel free to join the Facebook group or have a look at the Haveil Havalim website. I think it’s worth copying a note from the previous host: “I may be asked to give publicity to blogs which I disagree with… I DO NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH ALL THE BLOGS PRESENTED HERE!”
Did you know the White Rabbit in the original (non-Disney) Alice in Wonderland didn’t actually say, “I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date”? What he actually said was far more articulate: “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!… Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it's getting!” But of course, just like when it comes to anything pertaining to Israel, it was dumbed down for an American audience. (ba-dum-bump!)
Speaking of which, let’s see what bloggers in the rather busy jblogosphere this week have to say about…
Like a Cheshire cat, stuck up a tree… or just a meaningless free image I found on Wikimedia.
Batya presents Reflecting on Life in Shiloh versus Living Any Place Else posted at Shiloh Musings.
Teddy presents Cartoon Parsha: Bereishis, Part 1 and Bereishis, Part 2 and almost a full year of original cartoons for each weekly parsha at Kosher Nice Time Cartoons. Please visit and “follow” his blog – he’s very talented, but also happens to be my husband!
And the best from last – no, no, modestly saving my own posts for last, I wanted to share how very easy it is to get started learning Torah with little ones in this post about my 4-year-old’s weekly Parsha Narration. Homeschooled or not, it really is that simple!
The chief difficulty Alice found at first was in managing her flamingo…
Batya presents Israeli Medals in Paralympics are More Important Than Winning in Regular Olympics posted at Shiloh Musings.
John Morrow presents NerdWallet’s Top 5 Tech Nonprofits posted at NerdWallet Blog - Credit Card Watch, saying, "Hi there, this post is not specific to Jewish culture but I highlight the nonprofit tech organization, Darim Online for their philanthropic efforts towards the Jewish community. Hope you enjoy it!" (I have allowed this post because he added a comment indicating why it might be of interest to HH readers, thus rendering it non-spam in my opinion)
Two plugs for my own blog posts, on my two other blogs:
I’ve been slowly starting to share my somewhat unoriginal thoughts on our upcoming iy”h aliyah – the ups and the downs – for a while over at Adventures in Aliyahland, and most recently, though it’s still almost a year away, I wrote about Saying goodbye… (hint: make aliyah when you’re young, preferably before having kids!)
Finally, and very practically since we still have some yamim tovim coming up, I demonstrate how surprised I was that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks when it comes to weaving a beautiful round challah for the Tishrei chaggim in Well-rounded challah? over at my bread blog, Adventures in Breadland! (plus, there’s a link to a video tutorial)
Politics (of course)
We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad. (okay, the Cheshire cat said it, not the Hatter… )
Iris Tal presents Shiloh Musings: Worldwide Delegates Participate in the New Media & Public Diplomacy Seminar at the Ariel University Center posted at Shiloh Musings, saying, "This is very newsworthy and quite a feather in the Ariel University Center's cap!"
'It's something very like learning geography,' thought Alice, as she stood on tiptoe in hopes of being able to see a little further.
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 the Haveil Havalim facebook page hosts list.