Haveil Havalim #244: No Protektzia Necessary

Welcome to the November 22, 2009 edition of Haveil Havalim, the Jewish-Israeli blog carnival. I called this edition “No Protektzia Necessary.” Click here to read why.
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Protektzia means influence, connections, or patronage. Now for a joke: When we arrived in the early 90’s, large numbers of educated immigrants from the former Soviet Union had difficulty finding employment. In light of this, an Israeli satire show had a skit about a Russian speaker cleaning the streets. An Israeli comes over to him and says, “In Russia, you were a doctor. How come you’re sweeping streets?” The immigrant replies, “Protektzia.
Haveil Havalim doesn’t work on protektzia. The point of the carnival is to highlight bloggers, not exclude them. Sometimes I get spam, but this time I was able to include every post I received. I noted which blogs are new, as far as I could tell, but I hope you will visit all of the blogs listed.
Founded by Soccer Dad, Haveil Havalim is a carnival of Jewish blogs — a weekly collection of Jewish & 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.’

Please publicize HH on your own blog and share the news about it! You don’t even need protektzia to host—just contact Jack .

Announcement for Israeli bloggers: Mimi and I are planning another Blogger’s Evening for Saturday evening, December 26, to be hosted by Foodbridge in Nes Tziona. We’ll be posing more details soon.

Mumbai Anniversary

This week marks the first anniversary of the terror attack on the Chabad House in Mumbai, India.

westbankmama presents One Year Later posted at West Bank Mama, saying, “A short video in memory of Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg.”

Mordechai presents Remembering Mumbai: A Traveler’s Reflections On the First Yahrzeit posted at lubavitch.com Chabad-Lubavitch news site.

Yehoishophot Oliver presents The Mumbai Chabad House massacre: A Jewish response posted at A Chassidishe farbrengen.

Lady-Light presents Remember the Lamp Lighters. . . posted at Tikkun Olam.

Yehoishophot Oliver presents The Holtzbergs: Kiddush Hashem in life and in death posted at A Chassidishe farbrengen.

The Real Shliach presents The least I could do posted at The Real Shliach.


Welcome new blogger Gayle Meyers Cooper, who was a good sport when I teased her earlier in the week about her email request. She presents Holocaust Education: Subliminal, Bibi, and my Baby posted at Jerusalem Artichoke and describes her blog as “a new view on politics, policy, and motherhood in Jerusalem.” Make sure to visit and leave a comment.

SnoopyTheGoon presents Too many dupes posted at SimplyJews.

Sammy Benoit presents ADL Ignores Its Mission to Become Just Another Obama Apologist Group Working to Stifle Dissent posted at YID With LID.

muse quotes and American lawyer on Making Sense Out Of Obama’s New Health Plan Law and how it could American citizens in Israel, posted at Shiloh Musings.

If your internet filter didn’t let this carnival through blame Yisrael: Yisrael Medad presents Dirty Sex Conceived in Sin – Pal. Style [UPDATED] posted at My Right Word.

Yisrael Medad also presents If J Street Is Against, I’m For and Let’s Keep Politics Out Of The Army? posted at My Right Word, saying, “Yisrael Medad wants to know how can you keep politics out of the IDF when it is already in?”

muse presents Mixed Messages From Rav Yigal posted at Shiloh Musings.

Two posts on the Fort Hood Shooting:

Mordechai Torczyner presents Banning Muslims and Jews from the US Military posted at The Rebbetzin’s Husband.

Sammy Benoit presents Farrakhan Comes Out of Sewer To Blame Fort Hood Shooting on The JEWS posted at YID With LID.


Miriam presents Judaism and Progressive Parenting posted at Tripletly Blessed.

Home Shuling presents We’re off to Teva! posted at Home-shuling. The blogger will be attending a reunion for Teva, the program she founded to teach Jewish elementary school children about the environment.

Mottel presents ????? posted at Letters of Thought about the influence of Russian culture on Chabad traditions. The Russian script in the title didn’t come through but the post is in English.

Mordechai Torczyner presents Elizabeth Gilbert, Hosea and Embarrassing Ringtones posted at The Rebbetzin’s Husband.

It’s telling that there’s no sports category for Haveil Havalim. harry presents An Israeli king of Kings at Israelity.

Robert J. Avrech presents Hollywood’s Great Latin Lover vs. Hollywood’s Great Jewish Mother posted at Seraphic Secret, saying, “Rudolph Valentino, Hollywood’s great lover, tries to date a Jewish girl—but runs into an obstacle: The Big Rebbetzin.”

gwtw presents a tribute to Reb Shlomo Carleback at Spi-Ritual Gas – Carlebach Style posted at SoMeHoW Frum. His blog is new, so be sure and visit.

harry presents TIME cites Israeli for creating ‘new art form’ posted at Israelity.


Who knew? Vicki presents Russian LeTziyon: Ayn Rand posted at Vicki Boykis, saying, “Ayn Rand was Jewish and didn’t acknowledge it. This is driving me crazy, so I made a comic about it.”

Heshy presents Awkward Shidduch Moments posted at Frum Satire.


Mrs. S. presents A shining example of Ahavat Yisrael (NOT!) posted at Our Shiputzim: A Work In Progress. I wonder whether the school would approve of my diverse neighborhood.

Rena Chernin presents Coming Home & Back Again posted at Sweet Home Yerushalayim.

harry presents Austrians forget how Hatikva goes posted at Israelity. Oops!

Lisa presents Jerusalem responds to the energy challenge posted at Israel Innovation 2.0.

David Morris shares the history of child abuse reporting laws in Mazal Tov to the Children of Israel posted at Tzedek-Tzedek.

Sarah objects to the comparison of Tallit-wearing women to Korah in Korah? More like Zelophehad’s daughters! posted at We Are Made of Dreams and Bones.

Cosmic X went to a Special Melave Malkah in Honor of Anti-Evacuation Soldiers posted at ****** Cosmic X in Jerusalem ******.

Happy Second Blogoversary to QuietusLeo, who presents The Mother of all Asthma Attacks posted at The Sandman.

leah aharoni presents Is Israel Good Enough for Your Charity posted at Ingathered.  It all started with a discussion about Israeli manners.

Israel presents From Rompope to Eggnog to Sachlav posted at The Weisser’s Journey to Israel.

On How to Be Israeli, Maya shares important information for new immigrants. First we have Hebrew words that sound like English but mean something else like cuckoo and the ingredients in mayonnaise salad? I added another in the comments, pony.

Maya also teaches us about Grocery shopping like an Israeli,  saying, “This post explains what to do when a guy tries to get your attention at the door of a supermarket, and how to navigate an Israeli checkout line.”

Yisroel presents Rav Kook and Hevron posted at Artzeinu.

And you thought cigarettes and liquor are addictive. Baila Brecher presents How can anyone ever be that desperate for Bamba? posted at I’ll call Baila.

Lisa gives possible answers to the question, What is keeping women out of technology in Israel? posted at Israel Innovation 2.0.

I wrote about excessive childhood safety measures in The Safety Class at A Mother in Israel.


YS presents Kids at risk of what???? posted at On the flip side…, saying, “”So if my kid doesn’t get up for minyan… he must be doing drugs!” What???!!!??!!??!!?”

Chanukah is coming! Jacob Richman presents 115 Cool Chanukah YouTube Videos and the Virtual Chanukah Party on Facebook posted at Good News from Israel.

And Lady-Light presents “Chanukah is (Almost) Here Once Again. . . “ posted at Tikkun Olam.

Ilana-Davita presents Today’s Jewish Thinkers posted at Ilana-Davita.

Hadassah Sabo Milner presents Superstitions or Segulahs and Blogging is not tznius at In the Pink.

Elianah-Sharon presents Ladder Climbing and Rock Pillows posted at Irresistably Me.

Eliyahu Fink presents Go To The Ant, Sluggard, See Her Ways And Become Wise (Proverbs 6:6) posted at Pacific Jewish Center | Rabbi. A Jewish look at new findings on ants.


muse presents My Father, Here in Shiloh posted at Shiloh Musings.

Elianah-Sharon presents Facebook is a menace posted at Irresistably Me.

Lady-Light presents I Did It! I Woke Up in Time. . . posted at Tikkun Olam, saying, “It’s connection to Jewish HH? “Mah Rabu Ma’asecha Hashem.””

rickismom presents I Wish I Had a Picture posted at Beneath the Wings.

Batya presents Keeping Busy and What’s Next posted at me-ander.

rickismom presents Breaking News : Rip van Winkle in the Making? posted at Beneath the Wings.


N and aml presents Why did G-d “relent” to Isaac and Rivka’s prayers? posted at Geshmack Dvar Torah of the Week. I had to ask what Geshmack means in Yiddish. Check out this new and “tasty” blog.

Elianah-Sharon presents Ladder Climbing and Rock Pillows posted at Irresistably Me.

Leora Wenger presents Torah Podcasts posted at Here in HP.

Next week’s edition will be hosted by Torah from Zion.


  1. Thanks for the link to my link to the Torah Central site. It’s a great way to get familiar with my rabbi, Rabbi David Bassous, as many of his lectures are featured on that site.

    Great job on HH. As Shabbat ended early tonight, maybe I’ll get a chance to read of some these many posts.

  2. Hello,

    would like to know, who organizes / leads the Haveil Havalim project and how does one enter the listing? And who decides over the hosts? Really, found it today the first time, I think it’s pretty interesting but I wonder how it started.
    Woudl be glad about an answer.

  3. Thanks!
    You did a great job!!

  4. Nicely done. Thanks for the link.

  5. Great job! For the record, the name of the post is ??????? ??? ?????? ?????? ?? ????? – Lubavitch without Russia is like money in the wind . . . a play on the classic saying Vodka without beer is like etc.

  6. odd . . . You can’t display Russian script here?

  7. Great job AND I love the intro!!!! Great motz’ei Shabbat reading 🙂

  8. Nice job on the carnival.

    The next blogger meetup is on the 19th? I thought Mimi had told me the 26th.

  9. Thanks so much!

  10. Wow, it’ll take me a week to read. Great. Thanks for the, er, plug.

  11. Well done, and thanks for the link!
    (And I don’t think you really want to know the answer to your question about your neighborhood… 🙁 )

  12. I am amazed at the amount of work you put into this. Wow kol hakavod.

  13. Good work and thanks for the link.

  14. Thank you for the good work MiI and for including my link. Sorry I haven’t advertized HH yet but I was away for the weekend. Will try to do it today.

  15. Yaasher koach. Thank you for your help, it is appreciated.

  16. Wonderful job! Thanks for the link.

  17. Thanks so much for linking to me! Great job on the carnival!!!

  18. Great, great, job and thanks for including me last week 🙂

  19. Thank you for a great job, nicely organized and easy to read on my tired eyes! Thank you for including my posts.


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