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Welcome to this week’s edition of Haveil Havalim #275: The “I’m so busy that putting together this blog carnival is actually what substitutes for taking a break” Edition.

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 different bloggers each week and coordinated by the formidable Jack.

No enthusiastic experiments this week like last week’s edition, but I’ll see what I can do to keep it flowing:

Culture

Batya presents If I Were To Wear A Wig… posted at me-ander. Side-note: my daughter is into anime/manga and desperately wanted to wear her character’s wig. Did not work out so well, but maybe if I wore one, she’d have been conditioned? FYI, here’s a fascinating post on Jews in Anime and Manga.

Kissmeimshomer presents Get With the Program, an entry I read to be about parallel lives, and choices, posted at Kissmeimshomer.

Izgad offers a book review in An Anthropologist Does ArtScroll: A Review of Orthodox by Design posted at Izgad.

Izgad also addresses dress codes, values and what price people are willing to pay in Of Matisse, Skirt Lengths and Teaching Skills posted at Izgad.

Mordechai Torczyner speculates in Why does Cleveland hate LeBron James? posted at The Rebbetzin’s Husband. But I can tell you, having just driven past the famous “Witness” wall last night on my way to a friend’s 40th birthday party in downtown Cleveland that, as a parent, LeBron’s decision just sends a bad message – if it doesn’t have to be about money, then it can be about winning.  And that seems to make it not be about life.

Humor

Mrs. S. presents A tale of two graduations (possibly alternatively titled, “Expectations Explained”?) posted at Our Shiputzim: A Work In Progress.

Israel

Shira sounds a theme I’ve read in other posts regarding Segregation in Israeli Schools Today posted at Table Poetry.  It’s posts like this one and Mottel’s that make me ache for us to have ever-larger audiences though, so the nuances of such situations can be known and acknowledged.

Joel Katz’s weekly podcasts can be listened to here, Religion and State in Israel – July 5, 2010 (Section 1) and here, Religion and State in Israel – July 5, 2010 (Section 2) (both posted at Religion and State in Israel).

Ben-Yehudah’s Loyalty To The State? piece reminds me of the “First they came for…” reading many of us have heard or read for decades.  His entry is posted at Esser Agaroth.

Harry gives kudos to good writing in A bissle culture posted at ISRAELITY.

Then, Harry describes how a rocker expresses his love for Israel in A porcupine tree grows in Tel Aviv, also posted at ISRAELITY.

Finally, Harry looks at just how frequently all-things-Israel get mentioned in How Kagan’s hearing turned into an Israeli focus, you know where it’s posted.

Ilana-David publishes an intriguing Weekly Interview: Baila, accompanied by nice photos, at Ilana-Davita.

The World Cup and a meal led David Levy to write this rather deep entry about Rethinking Germany, posted at Jewish Boston.

Batya highlights PM Binyamin Netanyahu and Larry King “Fencing” Around The Chess Board complete with video and a link to the show’s transcript, posted at Shiloh Musings.

Susan Barnes presents a cute, flip take on her, ahem, hatred of  Tel Aviv posted at To Kiss A Mezuzah.

Then, Susan reflects on how easy it is to realize, here in the U.S. how one is No Longer in Israel, also posted at To Kiss A Mezuzah.

In Religion Taken Too Far, posted at The Israel Situation, Eric writes about his impressions of the multi-faceted situation in Immanuel.

Then, Eric offers his opinion on Israel Offers Peace Talks, PA Says No and wonders what we think, again at The Israel Situation.

Judaism

Batya argues, “It’s not enough to feel the spirit” in Torah Judaism, Is It Enough to Be Spiritual Without Keeping The Laws? posted at Shiloh Musings. A very provocative topic indeed.

(I love the name of this blog): Homeshuling presents What’s Jewish about competitive eating? – Homeshuling posted at Home-shuling.

Mottel’s lengthy but absolutely worth the full-read, A Fire Burns in Crown Heights: An Essay on Religion, Modernity and Pizza, has implications, imo, for all kinds of situations, religious and non.  It’s posted at Letters of Thought.

Kissmeimshomer examines religion and happiness in Killing Babies and Understanding Brad Pitt’s Depression at Kissmeimshomer.

Rabbi Yehoishophot Oliver discusses levels of commitment to our faith in The corrosive impact of half-hearted worship, posted at A Chassidishe farbrengen.

Ben-Yehudah gives some technical advice with illustrative illustrations in Do You Pay Attention To The Google Ads On Your Site? posted at Esser Agaroth.

David Levy’s Book Review: Empowered Judaism might add to your summer reading list, posted at Jewish Boston.

I don’t know whether or not I’d recommend this to someone consider being a rabbi but Mordechai Torczyner’s entry, Why Rabbis Stop Believing, posted at The Rebbetzin’s Husband, sure raises a lot of good conversation points.

Minnesota Mamaleh’s Minnesota Mamaleh: Tradition!, posted at TC Jewfolk, is an excellent counter-balance to Batya’s belief (linked to above) that spirit alone doesn’t do it.

Kashrut

The title of Joshua Waxman’s entry faked me out so it’s a good thing he included what category Anisakis worms and peshat in Kukyanei, according to Rashi and Rabbenu Tam belonged to (posted at parshablog).

Personal

Shira confesses a bit in Material Girl posted at Table Poetry.

Rachel Moore describes the classic chaos we often go through just to get to the rest we need in Chugga Chugga aahhhh, posted at Ima 2 Seven.

Don’t read this entry unless you want to be baking today – the photo alone in Miriyummy’s Dulce Dog Days of Summer, at Miriyummy is going to seduce you.

Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters shows us how we can find a lesson pretty much anywhere in Old and Wise, posted at lubavitch.com Chabad-Lubavitch news site.

To the question raised in Hadassah Sabo Milner’s WWYD – hair covering, posted at In the Pink? I always always do what you did.

The title of Chaviva’s entry, Once Upon a Time, I Was Agnostic. posted at Just call me Chaviva, reminds me of when I was a freshman at Georgetown and we had to pick a second mandatory theology class (the one all frosh have to take is called The Problem of God), and I first encountered the word, “gnosticism.”

Politics

Batya presents skepticism in Obama’s All Teeth …, posted at Shiloh Musings.

Lady-Light writes about what she sees as A Disturbing Assessment of President Obama, posted at Tikkun Olam.

Independent Patriot’s perspectives on the same event can be read in the Oval Office Nonsensical Dance, posted at Liberty’s Spirit.

Torah

I can’t even pretend I know what he’s talking about given my insufficient education in this area, but I bet a lot of you will enjoy Joshua Waxman’s Demonic messages between Sura and Pumbedita, posted at parshablog.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Haveil Havalim using the carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.

Thank you all for your submissions – they make me sad for all the time I have not had or made to read and keep up on often gripping and always real thoughts on these subjects.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:20 am July 11th, 2010 in anti-semitism, Barack Obama, Civil Rights, conservatives, Culture, democracy, Education, Foreign Affairs, Gaza, George Bush, Government, Holidays, intolerance, Israel, Jewish, Judaism, leadership, Military, palestinians, peace, Politics, Recipes, Religion, Sexism, Social Issues, Sports, war, Women, Writing, Youth 

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13 Responses to “Haveil Havalim #275: The “I’m so busy that putting together this blog carnival is actually what substitutes for taking a break” Edition”

  1. 1 Blog Carnival: Haveil Havalim #275 « Miriyummy on July 11th, 2010 11:49 am

    [...] over at Writes Like She Talks, is hosting The “I’m So Busy That Putting Together This Blog Carnival Is Actually What Substitutes F… of Haveil Havalim.  Lots of great links of Jewish and Israeli blog highlights in this one, [...]

  2. 2 Jack on July 11th, 2010 12:07 pm

    Nicely done- thank you for your help.

  3. 3 Izgad on July 11th, 2010 12:32 pm

    Thank you for the great round of posts including the two of mine. :)

  4. 4 homeshuling on July 11th, 2010 12:59 pm

    That’s funny – I love the name of your blog too!

  5. 5 Ben-Yehudah on July 11th, 2010 1:22 pm

    B”H

    Thanks for hosting, and thanks for the links!

    Haveil Havalim #275 Is Up!

  6. 6 Yisrael Medad on July 11th, 2010 2:28 pm

    Good job.

  7. 7 The Rebbetzin's Husband on July 11th, 2010 2:41 pm

    Great job with it; I really appreciate it when hosts take the time actually read the submissions, and to comment.

    I know the LeBron issue is more complex than what I gave it, and I appreciate the parenting point. One day, after the immediacy is past, I may write more about it; beyond the sports landscape, the entire episode raises serious questions about relationships and responsibility.

  8. 8 Shira at Table Poetry on July 11th, 2010 3:23 pm

    Thanks for including my posts. It’s my very first time participating, and it’s an honor to join such a vibrant, diverse blogging community! Although of course, you are right, a larger audience would be lovely….

  9. 9 Jill Miller Zimon on July 11th, 2010 9:58 pm

    Thanks all. For a pretty long while, I was editing a political blogging carnival for Ohio – and a few HH here and there but I was a bit rusty. The carnival submission thingy helps but I really like knowing what I’m sending people to read – it was a pleasure. There are a few entries I simply can’t understand because…I don’t know how to say it, I’m too secular or not observant or…as I say, not sure how to say it. But I still love reading the pieces. Such a variety too – it’s great. Thanks to you all.

  10. 10 Jill Miller Zimon on July 11th, 2010 10:00 pm

    @Rebbetzin’s Husband – lots can definitely be written about the LeBron thing. My dad actually said something that I’d not heard anyone else say – he said, good for LeBron because my dad feels the team owners are usually so all-powerful in getting and buying off whatever they want. My dad felt that this kind of switched the empowerment to the player and why not. Still have to think about that, but again, an interesting way to look at it that I hadn’t really considered.

  11. 11 David Levy on July 12th, 2010 9:14 am

    Thanks for including the two posts from Jewish Boston! I didn’t write them, though. The post about Germany & The World Cup was by Alan Ronkin, and the book review of Empowered Judaism was by Jojo Jacobson. I’m just the proud editor (who submitted them to the carnival).

  12. 12 Mrs. S. on July 12th, 2010 9:53 am

    Excellent job, and thanks for the link!

  13. 13 Batya on July 12th, 2010 10:06 am

    Thanks for the great HH. I’m having trouble posting about it on a strange computer, so please forgive me if I fail.

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