Welcome to Havel-Havalim, the “Back to School” edition. In Israel there are some schools which follow the Hebrew calendar and start school on Rosh Chodesh Elul (the first day of the month of Elul) which was last Friday,and those who follow the secular calendar and start on September 1st, which is in two days. Since I have children who start on both days, the past week has been “back to school”.
“Public Service Announcements”:
Batya sums it up for many of us when she nominates Soccerdad as deserving a trip to Israel for the JBlogger convention. If you would like to nominate another blogger (or if you want to vote for Soccerdad) click here and sign them up!
Rutimizrachi nominates her own special friend for this great opportunity.
Tzedek-tzedek posts about some important meetings about preventing child abuse.
Torah and Kiruv (bringing Jews closer to tradition):
Roving Rabbis visit Jews in some remote places.
The parshablog discusses this week’s parsha Ki Tetze, and analyzes a commentary by the Rambam.
Velveteen Rabbi shares her poems that she wrote for the month of Elul. The one for 2005 really resonated with me – why is it that we find ourselves regretting the same mistakes every year?
Judeopundit posts about a Google translation of a Yiddish poem.
The Israeli Scene:
Rutimizrachi shares an incredibly moving poem which describes what it means to be a Jewish woman in Israel.
Baila shares her experiences volunteering in a soup kitchen, and comments about the contrasts found in Jerusalem.
Tzedek-tzedek is nervous about the crime rate in Israel.
Yisrael speaks on Al-Jazeera, and shares with us the clip (in English, of course!). Shvach shares his opinion about the Americans criticizing settlement building here in Israel, and here is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek news bulletin about the same topic. Penina wonders “whose Temple is it anyway?”
Rafi shares an unusual “only in Israel” story. It may not be big brother, but someone is watching you!
Timesofthesigns shares an interesting candy package (I wonder if this is related to the infamous gum that we are supposed to be distributing….)
On a more serious note, here is an update on religion and the state of Israel, brought to you by Joel.
For those of you going back to America and want to remember Israel, read this post and realize that you can take it with you!
Batya at Shilomusings shares her opinion about wasted votes.
Yisrael shares a discovery of an “apartheid road” in Israel – and guess who is being excluded?
Risa writes about the “tweet for Shalit” campaign.
Benji thinks we are cynical here in Israel, especially about politics..(you don’t say!)
The American Jewish Community:
The tuition crisis and the overally economic situation in the Orthodox world is the topic of one of my favorite blogs, Orthonomics. Here Sepharadi lady writes about an unusual school option, and wonders if it would work for the Jewish community.
Achas L’Maala writes in favor of the “dependency class” , and brings up the example of the tribe of Levi as a proof. I think he shoots himself in the foot with this “proof” – as the tribe of Levi was just one out of 12 tribes, and the other 11 worked to support them! NOT exactly the statistics we have today in the Charedi world….
Good Music, Good Food, and Good Entertainment:
Robert Avrech shares some interesting tidbits about a British movie star.
IlanaDavita reports on a new book about French Jewish resistance during World War II. Forgotten heroes is the topic of this photo essay posted on Israelity. Yaacov writes about the history of Metulla.
Here is an interesting post at the History News Network about Chinese Jews.
Hadassah at Inthepink writes movingly about her mixed emotions at her son’s Bar Mitzvah.
Jessica shares her family’s aliyah story at Israelity. Rutimizrachi posts a video for those sports fans out there! It may be just the start of Elul (and the end of summer) but Homeshuling is already looking forward to Sukkot.
Ladylight posts about a problem with Bloggersbase.
Mottel shares some things he learned about marriage (2.5 months of experience – he seems to have learned a lot!)
Jack writes about a father’s responsibility, and reminds the women that men also have to juggle….
The Rebbetzin’s husband shares some anxiety, and how an old document helped him over it.
TikkunOlam writes about blogging, even when you don’t want to….
That’s it folks – I hope you enjoyed this week’s edition! Next week Joshuapundit hosts.