Welcome to this week’s Havel-Havalim! I call it the “Mama Rachel” edition because this week was Rachel Imeinu’s Yahrzeit (the day the matriarch Rachel passed away). This mama’s name is also Rachel, so I thought it appropriate.
For those of you not familiar with Havel Havalim, here is a quick explanation:
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 coordinated by Jack. The term ‘Haveil Havalim,’ which means “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.’
Torah Thoughts: (Mostly written by women this week….)
The Ten Commandments is the topic of this blog post by the Whited Sepulchre- see how long it takes you to spot the mistake….
IlaanaDavita writes about Parshat Vayera.
Eretz Yisrael after the flood - some interesting thoughts by Yechezkel.
There were many commemorations this week:
Rachel Imeinu’s Yahrzeit:
I posted a video made by Mystical Paths of a vist to Rachel Imeinu’s grave.
Kristalnacht (in Hebrew, Leil HaBdolach, in English, the Night of Broken Glass)
Shvach Yid shares with us his views on the Holocaust and and the Blame Game.
Not directly related to this day in November, but a beautiful portrait of courageous Polish woman who saved 2500 Jewish children during the Holocaust.
Veterans Day was also this week, and Seraphic Secret recommends some great war movies (anyone care for some patriotism?)
Jack posts about the oldest living veteran in America…bli ayin hara!
The anniversary of the assisination of Yitchak Rabin
EsserAgoroth posts about it too.
And, sort of related, Benji of What War Zone posts about a tragedy at Rabin square….
The Israeli scene:
Benji at What War Zone explains one reason why he loves Israel so much.
Local Israeli elections:
Cosmic X gives his take on the same topic, here.
Dixie-Yid calls for help for a friend’s son.
A terror victim from the Mercaz HaRav attack needs assistance, posted here at Yourish.
A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That….
The Rebbetzins husband does the right thing (and Kol HaKavod to him!). Orthonomics has a post about the the costs of a year in seminary, and the fact that those trying to make ends meet may cut this out. (For those of you not familiar with Orthonomics, she writes an excellent blog about finances in the Orthodox world. Highly recommended reading.)
Jacob da Jew has some profound thoughts about what we do for our children.
ShiraBatSarah posts an interesting question.
Ezzie ponders the best way to introduce single friends to one another….
Cosmic X writest about something special that he has held on to for more than 24 years….
This submission is something beautiful, (pictured above) so it is with pleasure that I send you over to see Saturday morning coffee… and Carol gives us another Israeli slice of life here too. Nice blog.
For more beauty, check out the Jerusalamite’s views of the old city.
Toby sends us something for the better-late-than-never category (or is it?)
Elms in the Yard tells us about her adventures in making soap from olive oil (I never knew you could do that!)
The world’s opinion of Islam is awful, and it is “our fault”.
Frum Satire also gives us an example of a “Hot Chanie“. (Personally, this phenomenon strengthens my opinion that wigs might be ok according to the letter of the law, but they definitely are against the spirit. Long live scarves and hats!)
Cosmic X gives his opinion about the defeat of Proposition 8 in California.
DaledAmos asks whether we are in for a change, or the same old thing.
And, to end on a “high note”, Benji thinks the Jewish people are doomed….
That’s it for this week. Next week ImaontheBima hosts. Be sure to send in your submissions……