Hamas War

Sunday, July 9, 2006

"Kookie, Kookie, lend me your comb!"

"Kookie, Kookie, lend me your comb!"

"77 Sunset Strip"
by Mack David and Jerry Livingston
"You meet the high brow and the hipster
The starlet and the phony tipster
You meet most every kind of gal and guy
Including a private eye!"

Now what does that popular TV show from 45 years ago,
77 Sunset Strip, have to do with this edition of Havel Havelim? Very simple. This is the 77th edition of Havel Havelim, the Jewish-Israeli blogging carnival consisting of posts from blogs all over the world. It’s hosted by a different blogger each week and coordinated by Soccer Dad. The term “Havel Havelim” is from Kohelet, Ecclesiastes, which was written by King Solomon, who built the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and later on got all bogged down in materialism and other “excesses” and finally realized that it was nothing but norishkeit, “havel” or in English “vanities.”

I had decided to give the place of honor—first post—to the very first one sent to me, and what a fantastic and perfectly suitable post it is. We have a visit to
Har HaBayit by Life in Israel. He also promotes a musical album, which has original compositions by his wife.

Greetings from French Hill ask that
we all say a prayer for Gilad Shalit.

And then she rants about the
international media. Gail complains about the Forward. Here's more on the media by Maryland Conservatarian. And an anti-NY Times post from my husband. Don't forget the BBC; thanks, Judeopundit. The Pillage Idiot presents Thomas Friedman! And Simply Jews gives us more from La La Land.

"With a little help from my friends", meaning I'm using jblogsphere as a resource. It doesn't rate the blogs like JBlog Central (vote for me, please!); it just lists most of the Jewish and Israeli blogs as they're published, with these magic balloons coming up showing the text, when you "point" to them. This has exposed me to all sorts of blogs I had never heard of before, so enjoy them. I'm so overwhelmed with the richness of the Jewish blogging world that I won't attempt to seriously organize them all. I'd rather give you as many links as I can.

Don't forget Parshat Shavua! It's
Balak by Chovshei Shemo. And here's another Dvar Torah, this time by Moshe Burt. This week we also enter our traditional three weeks of mourning for the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash, Holy Temple, so here's the always timely mourning star by the traditional artist of Havel Havelim.

The End of Days by Yaak. And here's A Modzitzer, Lubavitcher, Breslover, And A Clevelander - Chok L'Yisroel from a Simple Jew.

Daled Amos explains what
"civilized" really means. I see that I'm not the only blogger who uses a dictionary. And the Elder of Ziyon apologizes for a lack of netiquette.

DAG compares
July 4th and Thanksgiving from a Jewish perspective. Life of Rubin celebrates July 4; look at the banner! The Jerusalem cop, too. A historical comparison between Israel and the United States can be found on Sultan Knish.

Jack reflects on
Disengagement and Gilad Shalit. My husband asks why the Red Cross hasn't been helping. You can hear him on the BBC.

I'm glad that Elie has a sense of
humor; it seems like his daughter is in Allen Sherman's Camp Grenada.

Frumbutwithit tells us about his
camp visits in the "frummy camps."

Talking about summer fun, you must see
the Gush Katif basketball story! It's the Gush Katif that the media and politicians ignored. It will be premiered throughout Israel on July 30th in select community theatres throughout Israel. Here are the listings. And here's the contact information.

Jameel begins the expected flood of
reflections and disclosures about last summer's Disengagement. Carl adds to it. And here's information on world-wide public events.

Mrs. Lewis debuts! Two new blogs on the block! The second is angelwings.

Veteran English Teacher, Avraham Roos's
site has lots worth reading.

Ezzie writes about
close calls, something many of us have experienced more than once in this crazy world.

Irina tells us more about
her recent trip to Israel.

On the Fringe reviews Rabbi Henkin's
book in a very comprehensive way.

And do you think that
The Tipping Point has lessons for us, here?

I like Kasamba's unique way of teaching
shmirat halashon.

Mazal Tov to
Naphtuli! Also, Mazal Tov to Ezerkenegdo and hubby on their 10th --anniversary, that is. And while we're talking "mazal tov," read Ezzie's post about shidduchim.

Liorah Walks on Fire and writes

And Westbankmama shares her thoughts and
feelings about many important things.

The Israeli Education Ministry has another loser plan,
importing English teachers.

Here's an excellent piece from
Secular Blasphemy, all the news he "sees fit to print."

Judeopundit tries to
unpuzzle the puzzle.

Read Dave's beautifully illustrated
Quick Draw McGraw! You can sure get more with honey or a good laugh. And here's a short video from psychotoddler.

Simply Jews explains about the
friendly qassams. (heavy Arab calling cards?)

According to Meryl Yourish, it's
a Lewis Carroll world. Others see it as an episode in The Simpsons.

Charles Krauthammer isn't as
smart as he's cracked up to be. And will this Israeli "incursion" improve Israeli security?

I found the
Carnival of Islamofacism, which may interest some of you.

Nasser's Worst Mistake from progressiveislam.

Re: Gilad Shalit
Here's a news
update from Israel and The Sin of Expulsion, which also has a very extensive post about the idea of a prisoner release and another about appeasement and deterrence. Jameel is impressed by the ability of the bereaved mother of Eliyahu Asheri, HaYa"D, and Bibi, brother of Yoni Netanyahu to be able to see the "big picture," even after burying their loved ones. I hope that Tikun Olam is correct about the possible release of Gilad Shalit. Here's what Moshe Burt has to say about it. Rafi G says to negotiate.

Menachem Butler tells Rabbi Dr. Lamm's story about the
Entebbe Rescue.

Shemitah Rediscovered responds to

Elms in the Yard campaigns for a
truly equal Women's Area by the Kotel.

There's a very important
personal report by a French Jew on Israel Commentary. (Thanks Boris) And from Esther, too.

Smooth commemorates
Jews of Estonia's 65th Anniversary of Expulsion and their exile to Siberia.

On Israpundit, we have
The World According to Sabeel and The ‘peace process’ is a bigger danger than Hamas.

Scottage discusses Iran's threats to

Barely a Blog writes about
Abu Mazen.

I'm going to give Carl his own section here:
Shalit, alive?
prisoner exchange?
shell game
The Enemy Within
Seducing children to martyrdom
Hamas to court
Return to Gush Katif
Christmas in July Palestinian Style
Remember that Carl's a lawyer when you read this:
Gaza'a electric supply.
Using children in battle
IDF to reliberate redeploy in Gaza?
the expulsion is killing us
Mida k'Neged Mida A Measure for a Measure

Are the
Swiss anti-Semitic? Read Roger L. Simons to find out.

For something mundane,
which digital camera should I buy? After my trip to NY, I'll be returning home on a Nefesh B'Nefesh flight as a journalist, so I need something reliable and easy to use.

GREAT NEWS!! Moving on up is here!
Read all about it!

Here's Irina's story of the final
days of her trip to Israel and some strange experiences and pictures.

You must see the picture of
the midnight sun by the Northenmost Jew. Unreal!!

The Daily Bang gives us
My Gentile Tivo. I don't think we have Tivo in Israel, but I understand that it's really something special; though I'm happy enough with the DVD-VCR. If I were to watch more TV, I wouldn't have so much time to blog!

Read about saus's
SF weapon! And please try to smile; it's good for your health.

According to Mottel,
Six world changing insights that can only be reached by living in Lithuania . . . or drinking beer.

Try the
Mad Bad Vlad from the Volokh Conspiracy.
A friend came across the following website which is truly impressive,
Eretz Yisrael Forever. If you haven’t visited it, you’ll want to do so. (Make sure your sound is turned on and don’t skip the intro.)

Zionist.com asks why Israel
plays down terror.

the Father's Question by Carl. It's the same question my neighbor, Moshe Keinan, has been asking ever since his son was killed in a badly planned army action.

Oleh Yashan tells us
what he thinks about Gaza now.

mourns two young men a year after they were murdered by Arab terrorists. And I mourn two other victims, four years after their murders by publishing my very first musings, which expressed my thoughts during those terrible times.

Rick reminds us that 7/7 was the date of
the one-year anniversary of the London train bombings.

Barak discusses how the recent crises effects
further Israeli withdrawals.

LGF tells us that according to
Ahmadinejad: Muslims Must Act to Eliminate Israel.

Rick tells us about
Israel's Legal Rights in the West Bank.

Omri tells us why
Hamas Popularity is Israel's Fault.

welcomes 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists, with his first person defense.
Orthomom confirms what I always felt, that
the U.S. is a Christian country.

The Town Crier announces:
Elie Katz is inaugurated as Youngest and first ever Orthodox Jewish Mayor of Teaneck, NJ!! Mazal Tov!

Menachem Butler gives us the story of WWII
Rabbi Louis Werfel killed in the line of duty.

The United Nations is always condemning Israel; is it
worth being a member? Here it is a la Dry Bones. And here's what Rick says about it. Shouldn't they be condemning the Palestinians? Read what neo neocon has to say about the recruitment of child-terrorists. (thanks, wbm)

Soccer Dad gives us
Hamas without blinders. And lecentre writes about Hamas's non-recognition of Israel.

Judith Apter Klinghoffer explains why views of the Old City of Jerusalem don't show synagogues and what's being done to correct it.

The international sports organizations aren't that much better than the UN. Read what DOT CO DOT IL says about the on again/off again
Indonesian Fed Cup tie in Israel.

Here's some historical perspective, research about
Kosovo, by Francisco Gil-White.

Jake M gives a whole new perspective about the phrase, dressed to kill.

And about perspectives, Drew Kaplan's
linguistic explanation of the phrase "Havel Havelim" makes it clear that I'm going to have to change my introduction, which has been adopted by other bloggers. Though, to be frank, I do think that my use of "norishkeit" is closer to his definition than the traditional "vanities."

Ps, better late than never from Ezzie:welcome to the real world and the follow up.

Irina, last week's Havel Havelim hostess, reflects and answers criticism she received about her awesome, mammoth edition. As one who has been hosting HH from the early months, I must say that the search for posts is exhausting and difficult, and we really do post everything we get including multiple posts from the same blogger. (I certainly don't have the time and energy to pick and choose, and I'm guilty of sending multiple posts, too. Generally I write a variety of genres; is it so terrible?) For most of us the only thing we'd refuse to post would be pornography. I always send a reminder to the Israeli bloggers yahoo list, which is more "left-wing," but it's rare for it to be very fruitful.

I must say though that this is the first edition of all those I've hosted with a nice number of "self-nominated" posts. I included every post which was sent to me, as long as it wasn't just a link to an enewspaper article or other blog. I don't see it as my job to judge which are the best. I sincerely apologize if I missed any posts. Thanks to Soccer Dad for sending posts I never would have found. Feedback is always welcome.

This will be posted on both
me-ander and Shiloh Musings. Me-ander should be easier to read, since Akiva fixed the template. Thanks again.

Send your links for the next edition of Havel Havelim via Conservative Cat’s
handy form or the blog carnival one, and at the same time you may discover other “carnivals” to visit and enter. You can also use those forms to send kosher recipes and other kosher food posts to the Kosher Cooking Carnival. Blog carnival also has a great listing of recent carnivals for your sidebar. You can either get one for a specific carnival, like HH or KCC, or a general one.

Thanks to
Soccer Dad for his hard work keeping this going, and if you want to host, please let him know at dhgerstman at hotmail dot com.

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Shavua Tov!


westbankmama said...

Great roundup!

Batya said...

Thanks, mama!

Rafi G. said...

great roundup!

I was misunderstood though. I did not say to negotiate. I am against negotiation. If however the govt does nto listen to me and they decide to negotiate, they should consider the negotiation stance I suggest in my post

Anonymous said...

Just a note: Thanks for the link, it's "Choshvei Shemo" I think you wrote "Chovshei Shemo".

Batya said...

Sorry, not perfect! Oops!

Pragmatician said...

Bli ayin harah, what a selection.
Great job

The Town Crier said...

You say that you included everything which was sent in, though I submitted several blogposts by various bloggers and not one of them appears in this long list. ?

Batya said...

Sorry, strange, did you use cc or bc? I've been having a problem with carnival cat; my yahoo considers them spam. I complained to yahoo a few times about it. I thought it was fixed.

kasamba said...

Great lineup!

You got my vote!

Batya said...

So did you go into that site to vote for me?

marcel said...

write to great personnalities!
i post your letter on jewisheritage.fr