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Haveil Havalim #373

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.’


The folks at Jewish Israel tell us what they think of Rabbi Riskin’s latest controversial speech in Rabbi Riskin’s Parasha commentary finds unity in the Shema, the trinity, and buddhism

Chavi from Kvetching Editor Just Call Me Chaviva brings us an interesting discussion on whether we should have a State or not in her post Parshat Re’eh: To State or Not to State

Also from Chavi is an interesting discussion on how we should view and treat Gerim in her post Converts: Like a Skin Lesion

Eliyahu from Fink Or Swim gives us his take on the killer Tefillin tale in Homicidal Tefillin

Yaakov Feldman brings us some wisdom from the Ramchal in his post Ramchal on all not being right with the world

I bring another three posts personally for anyone interested the first is also on the killer Tefillin called Tough Tefillin.  The second, while on the subject of Tefillin, I demonstrate how to lay Tefillin according to minhag HaMekubalim in Laying Tefillin Sephardi Style, and finaly for those looking to get more out of their Daf Yomi I offer Daf in Depth.


Ima 2 Seven gives us her first post after making Aliyah, I’m not going to say anything more because I don’t want to spoil it just check out The Aliyah Post.

The folks at Tomer Devorah tell us what they think we should have been paying attention to while those pesky Olympics were going on in their post HASHEM makes a move…

Jacob Richman from Good News From Israel gives a shout out to the newest batch of North American Olim and tells us where we can see some great photos of the event in his post Welcome Home to the New Olim (and photos)

The Real Jerusalem Streets shares with us her thoughts on the lowered security at the Mahane Yehuda Shuk in her post New Warnings in Jerusalem Shuk

Also from the Real Jerusalem Streets we have a photo essay demonstrating the reality of Apartheid in Israel in her post Apartheid, Segregation and now: Oppressive Occupation.  Oh if you can’t find the Apartheid, that’s Ok neither did her camera lens, or my eyes in my 5yrs in the land.

Ruti Mizrachi from Ki Yachol Nuchal gives us a heart warming story of some footballers(the American kind) showing up to help unload baggage for the New Olim in Rebels with a Cause

Also from Ruti Mizrachi from Ki Yachol Nuchal we get a heart warming story of a A Soldier of the People


Batya from Shiloh Musings gives us all a poignant reminder in her post Fellow Israelis, We’re All “Settlers”

Also from Batya from Shiloh Musings is my favorite post of her’s this week in which she gives a mashel about the way the Israeli left seems to think some times in Israeli Left, Levi Report and Trying to Make Facts Fit Ideology

Esser Aagaroth gives us his thoughts on Modiin being misplaced from Israel in his post What?! Now, Modi’in Isn’t Part Of Israel Either?

Walkable Jerusalem gives us their view on a dispute between the Construction Ministry and a fellow blogger in their post Israel’s Construction and Housing Ministry versus Yoav Q. Public.

Personal Interest

Rikismom, fresh from her Shiva, gives us a story of her deeply missed daughter in The “Say Red” Story.  My deepest condolences for your unimaginable loss.

Batya from Me-Ander gives us her tale of a shiva call in her post Not Quite The Blogger F2F I Had Been Thinking Of

Anthony from The Israel Situation tells us about being a parent for now two soldiers in The Second Time Around Simply Doubles the Pride

Mrs Mekubal from The Rabbi’s Wife brings a tastey(in my opinion) fast and easy recipe for all those stressed making Shabbat in her post Don’t Panic! Mushroom chicken.


The Yiddishe Cup submitted this one and I really don’t know what to say, so I’ll let you be the judge.  Here’s his post True Modesty.

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7 thoughts on “Haveil Havalim #373

  1. rutimizrachi on said:

    Thank you, Michael! I wouldn’t have known about some of these posts if it weren’t for HH and you. Thanks for making it easy.

  2. Most. Excellent.

  3. Thanks for the post and link. Shavua Tov and Chodesh Tov.

  4. An excellent edition. You really made me want to read the articles!

  5. Hi. Thank you for mentioning my posts about Ramchal’s Klach Pitchei Chochma, and specifically on Ramchal on all not being right with the world. But my name is Yaakov Feldman, not Aaron Feldman; I only wish I were related to R’ Aaron Feldman but I’m not.

  6. Thanks so much for hosting Havel Havelim. I really appreciate all of your hard work for the community of jbloggers.

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