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Haveil Havalim 379

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.’


The Real Jerusalem Streets brings us two stunning photo essays, one on the sights of Erev Yom HaKippurim in their post 10 Favorite Signs of Erev Yom Kippur in Jerusalem.  The second is of the beautiful sights of Erev Sukkot in Jerusalem.

Batya from Shiloh Musings gives us her opinion on how to settle the yearly debate about daylight savings and Yom HaKippurim in her post Simple Solution to Daylight Savings Time’s Long Yom Kippur.


Piputim brings us an interesting discussion of gartels, to don or not to don in his post Gartels on Yom Kippur.

Marina from a Letter From Israel gives us her thoughts on Yom Kippur in Israel.

Batya from Me-Ander brings us her Yom HaKippurim experience in her post Dancing the Prayers.

Susan Barnes from Religious and Reform gives us her experience at running High Holy Day services at a retirement home in Embracing the Awkward.

Trip’n Mommy from Trin’n Up brings us her pre-Sukkot reflections on being a widow, mother of three and Oleh Chaddash heading into the holiday in Worse Before Better.

Chavi From Just Call me Chaviva gives us her reflections on Yom Kippur outside of Israel(leading up to her Aliyah) in Yom Kippur in Galut.

Personal Interest

The folks at Frugal and Kosher give us a public service anouncement about a food recall in Tapugan Mashed Potato Waffles-RECALL while you are there I also suggest you check out there post Yom Tov Menu Planning, it’s a good read.

Susan Barnes from Religious and Reform suggests we check out this person’s story of personal journey from boyhood to manhood to womanhood by Emily at Planting Rainbows called Learning to Return to Myself.

Jacob Richman from Good News from Israel directs us to some Educational Resources and Cool Videos for Sukkot.


Yoel Meltzer from his self named blog tells us why he thinks Netanyahu simply needs to make up his mind already in his post Decision Time.

Batya from Shiloh Musings gives us a post on how Obama’s penchant for blaming others for his problems doesn’t match with Jewish values in her post Obama’s Attitude Versus Jewish Vidui.  While you are there she brings us another offering on Obama and how he is horrible for Israel in her post Road to Hell Obama is the New Carter.  Meanwhile the anonymous blogger DovBear says those who think like her have no supporting facts and are in need of a mental health professional in his post The Anti-Obama Lunatics are Getting Even Loonier.

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5 thoughts on “Haveil Havalim 379

  1. Merci for inclusion!

  2. Thanks for the post and link.
    Chag Sameach!

  3. Thanks so much for including me in this Erev Succot Havel Havelim.

  4. Pingback: Haveil Havalim #379

  5. Michael, thanks for the wonderful Havel Havelim and including so many of my posts.

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