Welcome to the latest incarnation of the weekly Haveil Havalim, started ages ago by Soccer Dad. It is an international collection of Jewish blog posts. Haveil Havalim is a floating blog carnival hosted by various Jewish and Israeli bloggers every week in time for Shabbat, but it may be posted as late as Sunday your time.
|Introspection: looking deeply into the center of oneself|
Torah and Judaism:
At Holy Sparks, Rae Shagalov gets us in the mood for spiritual preparation with It's Elul -What Are You Here For? In Rae's words: "The month of Elul is an auspicious time for introspection and soul searching to deepen our Divine Service and clarify our mission in life. This post includes an inspiring new animated video, Soul Tips, and calligraphy Artnotes to help you take advantage of the spiritual energy of this time."
At A Damaged Mirror, Yael Shahar offers her exploration of Teshuvah, Trauma, and Timelessness. As she says: "When my rav challenged me to find the connection between t'shuvah, therapy, and birkhat hakohanim, I learned that sometimes making the journey is easier than drawing the map."
And yet another approach to preparing for the Yomim Noraim (High Holy Days) is offered by Batya at Shiloh Musings, with Ellul the Month of Change, Transition and Teshuva, Repentance.
At Settlers of Samaria, Rafi offers My Libertarian Manifesto of Torah and Faith.
In Israel and That "One-Dollar Solid Gold Watch," Batya reminds us that you can't fool all of the people all of the time: more and more Israelis are getting tired of being sold a story we can't swallow.
|a view in Shilo|
The ever-prolific Batya offers pictorial evidence that Those Jerusalem Views, Always Changing.
At Life in Israel, Rafi offers a lump-in-the-throat moment of national pride for his Picture of the Day.
Esser Agaroth offers More Proof that Israel's Chief Rabbinate isn't Jewish and asks What could happen to a Rabbi who does his job?
Like me, Michael wants people to remember that there is Good News from Israel. If you also get tired of all the bad news, take a few moments to read about how Israel is working to solve the problems of starvation and making strides against dreadful diseases, all while uniting children with their parents after years of separation, and peacefully hosting our Arab neighbors during Ramadan, in the latest highlights.
In Granny, "Savta," Day at the Israel Museum, Batya reminds us that touring Israel isn't just for tourists.
At Esser Agaroth, we learn about Top Ten Hidden Gems of Jerusalem. I knew of some of these locations, but really appreciated learning about others through the writer's eyes.
Aliyah is an on-going process. What you thought you knew in your first year changes by your fifth. Having had some time to learn a few things about my new culture, I take the opportunity to thank an anonymous soldier in Understanding Israelis.
Chanukah may still be a little further along in the calendar; but Oren Litwin wants us to enjoy a preview of The Princess, the Dragon, and the Baker: A Chanuka Fairy Tale. He says: "I've posted the full text of a children's story I wrote about how a hungry dragon learns about sufganiot. I'm currently raising funds on Kickstarter to print up the story as a fully illustrated hardback book; the artwork is gorgeous! (Note: long ago, I hosted Hevel Havalim #16 on my other blog, Critical Mastiff. Ahh, nostalgia!)" How often do we have the chance to help create a present for lots of children for Chanuka, ahead of time?
At Oceans of Joy, Avivah -- a "Mother of ten sharing encouragement and inspiration, still learning and growing!" -- offers a response to a reader who wants to know about the value of Listening to audiobooks when child is a late reader.
Varda Epstein at Judean Rose gives us an excellent lesson in paying attention to others in The Dog is in the Courtyard.
|Neve Daniel sky|
In his stirring post at In Their Dusty Footsteps, From Fear to Freedom II -- Jump #4, Israeli paratrooper Dovid allows us to jump from a plane with him -- and feel his joy at overcoming his fear.
Romi's blog, Sussmans b'Aretz, is a delightful exercise in "Navigating Life in Israel as an Olah & Working Mom of 6 Boys." She often has to just watch from the sidelines as her boys go off on one adventure after another. This time, she shares that she gets to be Part of the Team.
At The Israel Forever Foundation, Nicole Hollander shares what she calls My Personal Piece Of Israel.
It Was Worth It! gives us a chance to share in the joy of Batya's sheva brachot feast. Mazal tov, Batya and Yisrael!
|a playground in Shilo|
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