Haveil Havalim, or "Vanity of Vanities", is the Jewish blogosphere's blog carnival. And here we go with Issue #17...
There's an eye that see's and an ear that hear's, and if there's things happening in the world, there's probably a Jewish blogger commenting about it.
With this weeks death of a major non-Jewish religious leader, a number of Jewish bloggers had thoughts on the impact of the leader on the Jewish community: A Town Crier lists press releases from a number of Jewish organizations regarding this event and the significance of ongoing inter-faith dialog, Regengade Rebbetzin notes she'll miss him, Hirhurim has this halachic note on watching the funeral, and DovBear takes the Jewish blogosphere to task for glossing over the negative aspects here, here, here, here, here, and here (he had a lot to say on the matter).
Institutional anti-semetism is an ongoing serious topic, with bloggers exposing some of the almost unbelievable extremes happening on college and university campuses. Fresh Politics notes Israeli lecturer's in the UK may be boycotted, as may Israeli universities for their "complicity with the government’s policies on the Palestinian territories", while CampusJ picks up on a New York Times retraction that they had a hand in bringing about related to anti-semetism at Columbia.
Torah learning is always an important topic. Cosmic X completes the talmudic learning cycle a little behind schedule but with no less the acomplishment, and tries to give a feel of Talmudic logic for those who haven't encountered it before.
From life in Israel, Chayyei Sarah writes about her trip to Northern Israel, Israellycool comments on this important meeting in Ramallah, Me-Ander enjoys a cosmetics fair while her alter-ego Shiloh Musings plays around with Hebrew, and Soccer Dad follows up on the idea of what Israel would have been like without the Holocaust.
From Jewish news around the world, Bloghead writes about the new chief rabbi of South Africa.
As the disengagement comes (G-d forbid) increasingly closer, events relating to it are becoming a bigger and bigger topic. ENGAGE - For a Secure Israel is a new blog on the scene which is an anti-disengagement blog & site coordination blog, Biur Chametz has a frightening article about disengagement police abuse in Israel, and IsraPundit continues it's frequent Resistance News.
For some spiritual thoughts, Lazer Beams presents a spirutual path to world peace, Mystical Paths (hey, that's me!) notes science may be catching up with hassidus, and Critical Mastif writes about forcing the redemption.
Shavua Tov, a good week, Chodesh Tov, a good month (the Jewish month of Nissan, the month of redemption), to all reading the Jewish blogosphere. May Hashem (G-d) grant us a month of peace and may we meet again only under good circumstances.
As always, Soccer Dad will be directing us to the next edition, check the top left corner of his blog.
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