Havel-Havalim Number 232- The Back to School Edition

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):

A Simple Jew shares a mashal, just right for Elul.  Therapydoc shares a good story – also.

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.

Jameel posts about the newest IDF medical innovations here and here. Incredible stuff – but be warned, part two is not for the faint of heart!

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!

A Mother in Israel posts about the “walking schoolbus“. Our Shiputzim shares a way to identify the real “ulpanistiot”.

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….

Dr. Savta posts about the dropping rate of Israelis who think Obama supports Israel. Yisrael has an interesting post about what Obama is reading, and how it may be affecting his attitude to Israel.

Good Music,  Good Food, and Good Entertainment:

Jacob shares some Youtube videos of Adon Olam. Chana hosts the Kosher Cooking Carnival.

Robert Avrech shares some interesting tidbits about a British movie star.

Jewish History:

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.

Shtetlfabulous has a new job, and  a different set of expectations. Harry posts about learning from failure.

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.

Batya posts about the end-of-summer cookout in her neighborhood. Ricki gives her mother a big scare, as she tells us here at Beneaththewings.

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.

Submit your blog article to the next edition of haveil havalim using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.


20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Batya from Shiloh
    Aug 29, 2009 @ 19:02:21

    Fantastic job! I love it when things are bright and early in the dark. I have so much to do tomorrow, I’m glad it’s already posted.

  2. Risa
    Aug 29, 2009 @ 19:09:47

    Shavua Tov! You have certainly done an excellent job!

  3. ilanadavita
    Aug 29, 2009 @ 19:39:46

    Great job Westbankmama and thank you for including my link.

  4. rbarenblat
    Aug 29, 2009 @ 19:40:47

    I’m so glad the Elul poems resonated for you! Rereading all of them always makes me feel a little bit sweet and a little bit chagrined (because it’s true, I struggle with the same things year after year — I guess we all do.) Yasher koach and thanks for pulling this week’s HH together.

  5. rutimizrachi
    Aug 29, 2009 @ 19:55:16

    Thank you, WBM. Great job: your descriptions help to guide my reading. Nice issue, gang!

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  7. Yisrael Medad
    Aug 29, 2009 @ 23:13:53

    Thanks for being included with extra superlatives.


    Very good work!

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  9. Joel
    Aug 30, 2009 @ 05:25:31

    thanks for the shout-out!

  10. Jack
    Aug 30, 2009 @ 07:42:24

    Yaasher Koach!

  11. toby
    Aug 30, 2009 @ 07:59:25

    Fantastic job, and thanks for the link! You’re right about that twist on the candy – I’m sorry I didn’t think of it 🙂

  12. TRS
    Aug 30, 2009 @ 08:37:34

    Let’s say I wanted either of the posts I submitted to appear here…?

  13. Mrs. S.
    Aug 30, 2009 @ 08:54:24

    Kol hakavod!
    Thanks for the link, and have a wonderful week.

  14. Leah Rubin
    Aug 30, 2009 @ 16:31:44

    This is great– so glad i found you!

  15. Lady-Light
    Aug 30, 2009 @ 17:50:12

    You make hosting look easy–thank you for linking my posts (is there a reason you did not include this one, which I had also sent?)

  16. hadassahsabo
    Aug 30, 2009 @ 18:08:58

    thank you! excellent job!

  17. Baila
    Aug 30, 2009 @ 18:53:12

    Excellent and thanks for including my link.

  18. Jameel @ The Muqata
    Aug 30, 2009 @ 18:59:48

    Hey WestBankMama;

    Thanks for the links!



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