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Haveil Havalim (Jewish Blog Carnival) #336

Okay, so I hosted Haveil Havalim #36 back in 2005, and then I hosted #326 in August, at which time I promised I wouldn't wait quite so many years before doing it again. Turns out I'm doing it again right now!

Founded by Soccer Dad, Haveil Havalim is a carnival of Jewish blogs, a weekly collection of Jewish and Israeli blog highlights, tidbits and points of interest collected from blogs all around the world. It's hosted by a different blogger each week, coordinated by Jack. (The name of the carnival, which means "vanity of vanities," is a quote from Kohelet 1:2 -- "vanity of vanities, all is vanity!")

With no further ado: a roundup of a wide variety of posts from the Jewish blogosphere. Go, read, leave comments, start conversations.



Reb Jeff presents Noah: the Redemption of God at A Rabbi's Search for Jewish Joy.

David Curiel presents Bereshit (and also the parshiyot which have followed it) at 40 Words of Torah.

Batya presents Kohelet, Ecclesiastes, A Cry to Break the Cycle posted at Shiloh Musings.



Here at Velveteen Rabbi I shared a Sestina for Shemini Atzeret. (This may be the only sestina in the world written for this holiday!)

Rabbi Shulamit Thiede presents Turn it and turn it at Adrenaline Drash.

Tzvi Weissman presents Five "Lunar Lessons" In Honor of the New Moon (Rosh Chodesh -Mar Heshvan) at Jihadi Jew.


Jewish life & culture

Reb Jeff presents Shakespeare and Judaism at A Rabbi's Search for Jewish Joy.

Allison Josephs presents I'm Becoming More Observant; Does it Ever Get Easier? posted at Jew in the City.

Michael Merdinger presents Mah Nishtana this past Yom Kippur from all other days of Yom Kippur? posted at Navi and Stuff.

Mordechai Torczyner presents Happy Rabbis!, Sufi Marriage Counseling and Improving our yeshiva day school system posted at The Rebbetzin's Husband.

steve ornstein presents The Ten Commandments – Utterances – Things – What Do They Really Mean Part 1 posted at

zt presents Jews at OWS: Huge Surprise! at Jewschool.

Esser Agaroth presents Top Ten Words and Phrases of תשע"א/5771 posted at Esser Agaroth.

Here at Velveteen Rabbi I shared Davening hallel with Drew, about praying with my two-year-old son in my arms.

Chaviva presents It's Time for Your Opinion: Conversion for Marriage. posted at Just Call Me Chaviva.

Yosef presents For my friends: Kosher Cooking Carnival posted at This American Bite.

Susan Barnes presents Does it Matter That You’re Performing Mitzvot if You Haven’t Converted Yet? posted at To Kiss A Mezuzah.

Ariel Ben-Yochanan presents How Can Jews Choose To Live In Berlin Is A Mystery To Me posted at The Torah Revolution: Everything that Hashem has spoken we shall do (Ex. 19:8).

Susan Barnes presents Meir Shalev Doesn’t Disappoint With His Latest Book, “My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner” | TC Jewfolk posted at TC Jewfolk.

Rivkah Lambert Adler presents Letter By Letter posted at Bat Aliyah.



Joel Katz presents Religion and State in Israel - October 24, 2011 (Section 1) and Religion and State in Israel - October 24, 2011 (Section 2), as well as Religion and State in Israel - October 31, 2011 (Section 1) and Religion and State in Israel - October 31, 2011 (Section 2), posted at Religion and State in Israel.

Batya presents Another "In The Beginning," The Earth is For Human Use" and Israel's Right to Self-Defense, Lop-Sided Prisoner Exchanges Endanger us posted at Shiloh Musings.

Iris presents A journey into Gush Katif posted at Shiloh Musings.

Emily L. Hauser presents What I mean when I say the two-state solution is dead at Emily L. Hauser - In My Head.

Jacob Richman presents The Noach Page posted at Good News from Israel.

Harry presents An accessible Israeli legend and Art in Umm el-Fahem posted at ISRAELITY.

Jewish Israel presents The Sons of the Foreigners will Plant Strange Worship in Your Land and Prayer for the conversion of Jews at Rick Perry's August 6th 2011 Prayer Rally in Houston posted at Jewish Israel.

Sharon A presents Not this year in Jerusalem posted at The Real Jerusalem Streets.

Rabbi Brant Rosen presents genesis 23:9 by way of leviticus 23:25 by way of john lee hooker at Shalom Rav.

Batya presents Handicapped Accessible Israel posted at Shiloh Musings.

Machon Shilo presents The Gilad Shalit Deal: An (Authentically) Jewish Perspective? posted at Machon Shilo.

Sharon A presents Ready for Winter « The Real Jerusalem Streets posted at The Real Jerusalem Streets.

Eric presents UNESCO Fallout posted at The Israel Situation.


Personal life

Mystery Woman presents A Mother's Worry posted at Mystery Woman.

rutimizrachi presents Reason to Rejoice, Permission to Participate posted at Ki Yachol Nuchal!.

Here at Velveteen Rabbi, I shared a nice article about me and my work: Profile in the Berkshire Jewish Voice.


Tikkun Olam

Allison Josephs presents The Legacy of Steve Jobs: Is it Jewish to “Think Different?” posted at Jew in the City.

Emily L. Hauser presents The Oakland police and #OccupyOakland at Emily L. Hauser - In My Head.