No, this is not the gardening issue. I'm taking the opportunity to share with you some of the flowers on parade just now in Israel.Welcome to the latest issue of Haveil Havalim #257-- The"Moshe Rabbeinu Birthday/Yahrzeit" Edition. This day has the distinction of being both the day of our great teacher Moses' birth and of his death. Such is the spiritual power of this day that when the wicked Haman thought that Adar would be a good month in which to destroy the Jews, his evil plans were foiled. So it seemed only fitting to acknowledge Moshe as we go to press with the most recent collection of some of the best of the Jewish Blogosphere.
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 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").
Since it's Adar, we'll start with Humor:
One of the things I was looking forward to in hosting Haveil Havalim was the opportunity to discover new blogs. A powerful find indeed is Frum N' Flipping. She presents a chilling fable that feels all too possible. Looking for "the right boy"? Take a peek at what's going on at the Yeshiva Boy Auction. I don't know if it's really humor... but it's eminently readable.
Heshy Fried presents Video from my sunday night show in LA, posted at Frum Satire. My favorite line was when he declared himself "a certified am ha'aretz... apparently I don't know enough to be an apikoris."
Here's a fun post about the Israeli addiction to Hebrew-English puns... Does your child go to "top gan"? Do you take tourists to the "grand kenyon"? Maya updates us with Punning in Hebrish, posted at How to Be Israeli. Memorizing these terms may not make you "sababa," but it will definitely make you funny.
And for those of us completely in the dark as to what our kids' schools are talking about, Mrs. S. shines a little light with The Official Our Shiputzim Adar Lexicon, posted at Our Shiputzim: A Work In Progress.
Anthony offers a detailed analysis of Avigdor Lieberman and the party he drove to prominence in the Knesset in Da Lieberman, posted at The Israel Situation.
Eric follows with a note about Druze support for Israel -- support Israel sometimes forgets -- in Druze Support IDF After Druze Soldier Murdered, posted at The Israel Situation.
SnoopyTheGoon presents Goldstone facts: when the messenger is the message, posted at Simply Jews.
Joel Katz presents Religion and State in Israel - February 15, 2010 (Section 1), and Religion and State in Israel - February 15, 2010 (Section 2) . He states: "Religion and State in Israel is the only review of media coverage on issues of religion and state in Israel; and is not affiliated with any organization or movement." While Joel and I substantively disagree on many issues, it is always instructive to pay attention to how other people view such concepts as mehadrin buses and conversion.
Imagine waking up from pneumonia to discover that you are wanted for murder! In Double identity, posted at ISRAELITY, David shares the experience of an Israeli for whom identity theft became more than an inconvenience.
I can't pass up the opportunity to ask the question, "Would it be too much to ask for the Jews to give the Jews a break???" Let me know what you think. "Okay, People. Settle Down!", posted at Ki Yachol Nuchal!.
Rachel Neiman presents Foto Friday – Painting Feb Red, posted at ISRAELITY. Check out these photos of the holy Israeli "Calanit" flower, aka the anemone. Gorgeous!
One of the things I love about Judaism is that Torah study permits and even encourages questions. Young rabbinical student, Binyamin Miller, presents some thought-provoking questions in How have the mighty fallen, posted at Fear No Question.
Chabad Lubavitch makes things heimish for the Olympics. Read the details in Chabad of Vancouver Game for Jewish Guests at 2010, posted at lubavitch.com Chabad-Lubavitch news site.
Yosef Greenberg asks " Is supporting Jewish defendants backfiring?" Sending The Wrong Message is posted at Yachdus.
Jacob Richman is our very own font of everything useful. At Good News from Israel, he presents Educational and Fun Resources for Purim, to make this Purim everything you could possibly want for yourself and the kids.
Read what the build-up to Purim is like in an Israeli community at Whatcha gonna be for Purim?, posted at Ki Yachol Nuchal!.
At Homeshuling, we get to enjoy some beautiful and creative art projects prepared for the Purim holiday at What?s even *fancier* than Valentine?s Day? posted at Homeshuling - A Jewish Parenting Blog.
Batya presents Shiloh's Special Double Purim posted at Shiloh Musings.
Is the Purim story relevant today? Yisrael Medad presents A New Movement: Esther 4:14 posted at My Right Word.
If work takes you to Hong Kong, you won't want to miss Kosher Products in HK, posted by Ilana-Davita.
For those who wonder if Israel can handle its aging population with grace, Batya presents Handicapped Accessibility, posted at Shiloh Musings. Spoiler alert: B'hatzlacha to The Lion's Den!
Mottel presents Hassids and Hipsters: A Redux in Art and Thought posted at Letters of Thought.
Yosef Greenberg says "Thank you Klal Yisrael!" in E Pluribus Unum, posted at Yachdus.
SnoopyTheGoon presents Tom Friedman the scientist, posted at Simply Jews.
Batya presents The United States, A Christian Country, posted at Shiloh Musings. She gives us a glimpse of how growing up in a media-enhanced Christian America helped to move her toward who she is today. Yiddishkeit and Israel are the richer for it.
In his Jerusalem Post blog, Yisrael Medad takes on a Cohen from the New York Times, and clears up a few of the latter's historic misconceptions. Read it at JPost.com | BlogCentral | Green-Lined | Arab nationalism, Zionism and the US posted at Green-Lined.
At Yaacov Lozowick's Ruminations, we are privileged to a glimpse into the life of a very special man, who helped to improve the world for 87 years. Chaim K. RIP is a beautiful tribute to a truly awesome man.
Soccer Dad presents Life 2.0, posted at J O S H U A P U N D I T, wherein Joshua speaks with authority on what really matters in life -- from one who had a too-close brush with death.
Just call me Chaviva's refreshing voice offers us a tantalizing choice: Shabbos or a $20 bill? Following this, she offers us delightful reviews of onstage humor, sodden veggies and gorgeous coffee at Circumcised Comedian, Kosher Burgers, and Cafe! (Stay tuned for one of the blogosphere's weddings of the decade...)
Meanwhile, Bored Jewish Guy shares some of what is going on in his mind in A guys thoughts on a first date. Such a frank post creates useful discussion: I definitely want to offer this guy some mom-wisdom.
Hadassah Sabo Milner presents an open-minded viewpoint of May-December romance in Golden Oldies « In the Pink.
Mordechai Torczyner shares with us the challenge of vying with the herring at Shabbos lunch in Rabbi and Toastmaster, posted at The Rebbetzin's Husband.
Robert J. Avrech shares some grocery store stream-of-consciousness in Shopping With Sarah Palin, Sorta, posted at Seraphic Secret. Robert, you may be the only person who can make grocery lists, tattoos, politics and tofu all work together in the same salad.
Yisrael Medad found a press pass from 1991 and therein lies a tale of a different kind of surgical strike. Read about it in The Story of a Press Pass, posted at My Right Word.
Hadassah Sabo Milner entertains an interesting discussion about the morality of hiding someone's health status from him in Heinous or Harmless - terminal illness, posted at In the Pink.
Batya presents Dumbing Down, posted at me-ander. Don't let the title fool you. Getting older is not always a picnic. Being there for our parents as they age may be even harder. Batya tenderly allows us to feel it with her.
Jessica shares her mother's very special birthday experience in Vacationing with the amcha, posted at ISRAELITY. Were you planning on inviting all those Germans, Druzim, and Russian Jews to the party, Jess?
Amy Meltzer tugs at the heartstrings as she brings us memories of cooking with our mothers... and shares the frustration we sometimes feel with our kids' "help" in And some kind of help is the kind of help??, posted at Homeshuling - A Jewish Parenting Blog.
On the "Flip" side of family, Soccer Dad sheps a little nachas in Musical Son Day III, posted at Elie's Expositions.
My dear friend, Shprintz, remembers Israel as she hangs out her washing on her beloved Israeli laundry rack. That's keepin' the dream alive, Girlfriend! Enjoy Ode to a Laundry Rack, posted at Remember Jerusalem.