Monday, September 21, 2009

JBloggers Unite! The Post-JBlog Convention Havel Havelim aka The Slow Fast Edition of Havel Havilim

Presenting the Slow Fast Edition of Havel Havilim

#235, If The Count is Correct

It's the day after Rosh Hashannah, Tzom Gedalia, the Fast of Gedalia.

Havel Havelim is the most veteran of the jblogger carnivals and probably one of the longest running blog carnivals there is. Blog carnivals are like "floating" internet magazines. They float from blog to blog, like "floating crap games," l'havdil.

Havel Havelim, the international jblog carnival, was established by
Soccer Dad, and is now run by Jack. 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 think that King Solomon and his father King David were the original "bloggers." The books they wrote, when you take them chapter by chapter, can easily be described as blog posts. The stones they used to write on made them last, so that we can read them now. I doubt if today's technology will preserve our words for so long.

Being that this edition of Havel Havelim follows the Second International Jewish Bloggers Convention, I like to give more of my opinion about it. Yes, I mentioned some points previously, but the more I think about it the more I think it missed what many of us needed. Many of the serious JBloggers are writers, journalists if you recognize blogging as news media. Twitter and Facebook are very different. I'm not alone in just wanting to use the social media to promote my blogs, not to "socialize" with "friends."

It was also pretty strange to have speakers telling us from the podium that they aren't quite sure what we do.  Most of us jbloggers who showed up at the conference, even those who post infrequently, do more than rant about how the kids spilled juice or that the neighbor's dog barked the night before or that we are looking for a date.  Ok, sometimes I do look for a date to reference a historical fact.  Some of our blogs are very serious, dealing with politics, current events, health, parenting, cooking and Jewish Law.

Again, the blog carnivals were off the program.  If you're reading this, that means that you're familiar with our Jewish blog carnivals.  Or at least you will be by the time you finish reading.   
Please send in posts for JPIX, Havel Havelim and the Kosher Cooking Carnival. If you'd like to host a KCC, please let me know, shilohmuse at yahoo dot com And if you'd like to host a Havel Havelim, contact Jack, For JPIX, contact Leora, . To get an idea of how to put together blog carnivals, read How To Host a Blog Carnival #1 and How To Host a Blog Carnival #2

I must admit that this time I haven't been sticking to my "rules." Please forgive me. Also, I hate to admit it, but I'm relying on blog carnival's time-savings help. Enjoy!

International JBlogger Convention #2 (more in the Israel category)
Let's start with name the pictured bloggers!  If you know who they are, add the info in the comments. 
Ben-Yehudah presents JBloggers Website An Insult to Blogging posted at Jew ✡ News, saying, "JBloggers Convention: from Itamar at Jew ✡ News"

Jacob Richman presents Good News from Israel: Photos of the Jewish Bloggers Convention posted at Good News from Israel, saying, "Thanks! Shana Tova! Jacob"

Miscellaneous (It Helps the HH Host, if you "file" in categories)

Home Shuling presents Teaching teshuvah posted at Home-shuling.

Chaviva presents Passion, Fire, and Self-Respect: Part II posted at Just call me Chaviva, saying, "PART II: I wring out my frustrations with the noise and rudeness found constant in many Orthodox communities." (Part I is under "Judaism")

Mrs. S. presents Dining al fresco, the Israeli way posted at Our Shiputzim: A Work In Progress, saying, "Thanks for doing this! May you and your family have a shanah tovah u'metukah and a ktivah v'chatimah tovah!"

David Morris presents The Smoking Gun on Iranian Terror posted at Tzedek-Tzedek, saying, "New book exposes the direct link from the current Iranian Regime to the Buenos Aires terror attacks..."

Shmuel Sokol presents Likud Deputy Minister Calls To Strip Arabs Of Citizenship posted at תורת ישראל, saying, "My incendiary interview with Deputy Minister Kara."


Ilana-Davita presents Raoul Wallenbergs Torg posted at Ilana-Davita.

Soccer Dad presents Rosh hashanahs past posted at Soccer Dad.


Toby Curwin presents I would take it in a heartbeat posted at A Time of the Signs, saying, "Thank you!"

Trip'n Mommy presents Tuition money well spent! posted at Trip'n Up.


David Morris presents When Abuse Becomes Mundane posted at Tzedek-Tzedek.

In the USA, there's lots of talk about Obama's health care plan; it's better here in Israel.

rutimizrachi presents The Second Annual J-Blogger Fest posted at Ki Yachol Nuchal!, saying, "...And a good time was had by most. We definitely need that program-free picnic, though."

harry presents Entrepreneurial posted at Israelity.

harry presents Tarantino takes a stab at Israel posted at Israelity.

My Right Word cleans out the cobwebs in the ethnic cleansing myth re: Tel Aviv and Yafo.  He, also, corrects the Jabotinsky quotation.

harry presents The Milkman posted at Israelity.

Raizy presents How Amazing Is This? posted at SuperRaizy.

Shmuel Sokol presents Bloggers and Press Cards posted at תורת ישראל, saying, "Why the government should be careful about issuing bloggers press cards"

reader presents When right seems wrong... posted at A Soldier's Mother.


Chaviva presents Passion, Fire, and Self-Respect. posted at Just call me Chaviva, saying, "I wring out my frustrations with the noise and rudeness found constant in many Orthodox communities."

David Morris presents Please Pay Me Early... posted at Tzedek-Tzedek, saying, "What makes Lema'an Achai different?"


Rivster presents The Next Link posted at Frume Sarah's World, saying, "Another milestone for this Jewish mama."

rutimizrachi presents What is in a name, anyway? posted at Ki Yachol Nuchal!, saying, "A bit of in-house fun at Key -- uh -- Qi -- Nachos U-Haul -- uh -- whatever it's called."

I guess my neighbors and I are getting older.  Not everyone dies of old age, but statistically there's more of a chance of fatal illness.  We're mourning a neighbor who in our "olam hazeh" way of seeing things, seemed too young to die.

Lady-Light presents Preparations on the Eve of 5770 posted at Tikkun Olam, saying, "Especially before the chagim, I miss my family. . ."


Mordechai Torczyner presents ... and I'm an alcoholic posted at The Rebbetzin's Husband.

Cosmic X presents English Torah posted at ****** Cosmic X in Jerusalem ******.

Next week's Havel Havelim will be hosted by Benji's "war zone." What war zone? Click and find out! 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.

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Please mail the HH link to all of your friends and put up a blurb on your blog to encourage your fans to visit Havel Havelim.

If there are any foul-ups/mistakes, please let me know, thanks.

Shavua Tov U'Mevorach—May You Have A Good and Blessed Week!


Mrs. S. said...

Kol hakavod, and thanks for the link.

.צום קל ומועיל וגמר חתימה טובה

YMedad said...

Rhanks for the reminder and that "if" is a big if.

Esser Agaroth said...


Great job, Batya!

Thanks for hosting and thanks for the links!

Haveil Havalim #235 Is Up!

Jack Steiner said...

As always thank you for your help. Well done.

Harry said...

Great post and wrap up of the JBloggers Convention last week. As Ben-Yehudah said, thanks for hosting and the links!

Batya said...

I wish to thank all of you. HH is a community event of the Jewish Bloggers of the world!

Esther Kustanowitz said...

Kol hakavod, as usual: now I have a question...

I heard that JPost's David Horovitz mentioned my blog in his keynote address at the Convention: does anyone have footage available (broken down by session)? I'd love to see it. (The 4 hrs of footage on the NBN site aren't buffering nicely...)


Batya said...

Thanks, Esther.