Haveil Havelim #371
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 ourFacebook Group. 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.’
Rutimizrachi from Ki Yachol Nuchal brings us The last leg of a three-part post on her tour of the Shomron with Eve Harow. She learned what is happening in some of the “settlements” from the Israeli citizens who struggle to live there.
Batya from Me-Ander brings us an interesting comparison of Israeli and US cell phone etiquette differences in her post The USA versus Israel. Cultural Differences.
The Folks at Real Jerusalem Streets bring us a great photo essay on Tisha B’Av in Tisha B’Av in Jerusalem.
Esser Agaroth tells us how he really feels about the land expansion at Beit El in his post Beit El Gets New Land: Big Deal.
Roni Ezuz from The Israel Situation in his post Can I Get a Side of Science With That Tell us that if you’ve ever looked for some added value to you usual nighttime hangout you ought to have been in the city of Rehovot last week. Had you been there, you would have had the pleasure of taking part in the annual “Beer, Science and Good Spirits” night, a wonderful initiative by the city of Rehovot and the world renowned Weizmann Institute of Science.
Ariel Bar Yochanan treats us to an embarrassing situation for the White House where the press secretary is either unable or unwilling to state what the administration considers Israel’s capital to be. Here’s a hint folks, it aint Jerusalem. Though they are adamant that their position hasn’t changed
Batya from Shiloh Musings reminds us that Rommney is not the Messiah. Though his apparent arrival before the 9th of Av may have confused some people(see below).
Rebecca Einstein Schor from This Messy Life(and formerly of Frume Sarah) in her post Anything You Can Do treats us to her response to the response to a post on ejewishphilanthropy.com regarding girls wearing ritual garb while at Ramah Dorom.
Rivkah at Bat Aliyah makes an interesting and insightful connection between Tisha B’Av and Aliyah in her post The Pains of Galut.
Daniel Eidensohn from Daas Torah brings us a harrowing tale of villainy in an attempt to free what he feels is a fake agunah in his post: Aharon Friedman assaulted in wife’s driveway when returning child.
After a pleasant conversation with the Lower Merion Police Dept, I respond that it never really happened in my post Is This Daat Torah?
While I’m on a roll, I talk about how the world really did not end on Tisha B’Av as was (fraudulently)predicted in my post End of the World?… Apparently not Yet.
To end on a positive note, and another of my posts, for all you Daf Yomi fans out there, I bring some interesting insights from Rav Ovadia Yosef in(aptly) Daf Yomi Insights.
Also Batyah from Shilo Musings tells us the real reason behind that lovely pseudo holiday, Tu B’Av, in Tu B’Av, Love Those Shilo Grapes.
And that’s a wrap.