Sunday, March 18, 2012

Haveil Havalim #351

Founded by Soccer Dad, Haveil Havalim is a carnival of Jewish blogs -- a weekly collection of Jewish and 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.

Opinions expressed in the posts linked below are those of the respective bloggers and not necessarily endorsed by me.

There are some fabulous Purim photos at Purim Favorites and other lovely photos of daily life in Israel at 15 Real Photos of Arab Girls posted at The Real Jerusalem Streets.

Batya presents Life Under Fire is No Way to Live written by Sara L. Shomron, posted at Shiloh Musings.

Esser Agaroth asks Why is Rabbi Druckman Getting the Israel Prize? posted at Esser Agaroth. I must agree, from what is written here, it is hard to tell what the rabbi's position really is in regard to IDF soldiers and insubordination.

Bat Aliyah writes about some of the diffculties she has found since making aliyah, in In America, I Drove a Camry, and also shows us some photos of common Israeli scenes in Walking With An Ayin Tova: A Photo Blog posted at Bat Aliyah.

Ima 2 Seven writes about her family's preparations for aliyah in her Post-Purim Post... posted at Ima 2 Seven.

American football in Israel! Batya writes about it at More Than Just a Game posted at me-ander.

Batya writes about an incident that, really, could have happened on the street rather than on a train, in Jerusalem Lightrail, The Honeymoon is Over posted at Shiloh Musings.

Ruti Mizrahi illustrates an interesting perspective in What Can I Do? Am I My Brother's Keeper? posted at Ki Yachol Nuchal!

A Soldier's Mother presents A Message to Iran and Obama and Us posted at A Soldier's Mother.

Other Interesting Posts:
Because, even though everything submitted to Haveil Havalim this week was from and/or about Israel, there were some other interesting posts out in the blogosphere as well.

Rabbi Eliyahu Fink wrote Turns Out Tapps is a Bunch of Bigots posted at Fink or Swim.

Shira Salomne wrote Bewildered by some brachot (blessings) posted at On the Fringe - Al Tzittzit.

Heshy Fried has an interesting perspective in the book that keeps on selling in Feldman Hate Campaign Used to Sell More Books posted at Frum Satire.

Dov Bear writes about what he calls A Bizarre Frum Wedding at Dov Bear.

How You Can Participate:
If you have a Jewish blog, or have written a post about something Jewish on a non-Jewish blog, we would love to include your work in future editions. To submit your blog post, please go to the Havael Havalim Facebook Page, found here.


  1. Shalom!
    Concerning the stabbing incident on the light-rail I would like to raise a few points.
    Unlike the sidewalk, a train is a closed environment in which people are standing or sitting, not walking alone or in a crowd. When one is in such an environment it is much more difficult to maneuver and avoid an assailant. While walking it is also possible to choose a route that will not pass through the Arab neighborhoods. Those dependent on public transportation are being forced to pass through neighborhoods they probably would rather avoid. It is my understanding that buses do not run on the same routes as the trains, which brings me to comparing their security arrangements. A better comparison to the light-rail and the sidewalk is the light-rail and the bus. Bus drivers see each and every passenger who boards a bus and are required to check suspicious passengers. This does not happen on the train.
    Stating "it could have happened on the street" is a rather flippant way of treating a serious security issue.

  2. I didn't mean to sound flippant. My point is, the assailant attacked a person on the train, but could just have easily have gotten off the bus and attacked anyone, regardless of what other neighborhoods that person had gone through. It's pretty easy for a person to carry a knife anywhere, without looking suspicious.

    It would have been different if, God forbid, they set off a bomb, which would have killed more people in a packed train than it would have in a less crowded place, like on the street.

  3. Susan, thanks so much for hosting and including my blogs. Nothing Stops Havel Havelim

  4. Susan, about the security issue, the terrorist left the train and the injured woman just as the train was about to leave the station. Stopping the train and bringing emergency services to a train inbetween stops is extremely difficult.

  5. Susan, thanks so much for hosting and for including my post!

    Haveil Havalim #351 Is Up!

  6. Wow, I guess I haven't been visiting here often enough. Thanks for including my post!