Sunday, August 15, 2010

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Council speak 081510

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 06:53 PM PDT

I have some catching up to do. Last week, the council spoke:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

A complete list of the entries is here.

The council has spoken again:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

All entries listed here.

Haveil havalim #280

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 03:22 AM PDT

via Voices for Israel

Welcome back to Haveil Havalim and many thanks to Jack for keepingn Haveil Havalim going!
Inclusion in this edition of Haveil does not imply endorsement by management of Soccer Dad.
I had a cut off of three submissions per blogger and did not include non-blog submissions.

Haveil Havalim #280


One aspect of blogging is bringing like-minded people together.

The Israel Situation does just that with The Kehila: The Jewish/Israel Blogger Community | The Israel Situation posted at The Israel Situation, saying, "Welcome to the Kehila! If you have an Israel or Jewish themed blog, please take a look and join our community!"

I haven't linked to previous editions in a while, so I'll let Lady Light do it. Also she links to an important project called "the Other Side" devoted to humanizing Jewish residents of Yehuda and Shomron.
Lady-Light presents Greeting Shabbat on a Positive Note-and HH #279 posted at Tikkun Olam.

When the internet was new there was a fellow named Jacob Richman who made the effort to compile lists of jobs available in Israel in order to ease the efforts of those planning Aliyah. I'm glad to see that he's blogging and promoting Israel still! Here's more about Shai Agassi.
Jacob Richman presents Today I drove an electric car...... posted at Good News from Israel.

One of the other ongoing Jewish blogging carnivals is JPIX. So if you're Jewish and you take pictures: read up!
Leora Wenger presents Jewish Blog Carnival News posted at Here in HP, saying, "This post is a reminder to submit posts with photos to JPIX - next edition coming soon."
Plus Batya presents the pre-Yom Tov edition of KCC.

Hadassah Sabo Milner presents Jewish Social Media Shmooze posted at In the Pink.

Leah Jones presents The Jewels of Elul Blog Tour is coming posted at Latest entries from, saying, "For the month of Elul, parallel with Jewels of Elul, there is a blog tour featuring many Jewish and a few non-Jewish blogs answering Craig Taubman's theme "the art of beginning... again."

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Culture & personal

You are what you wear! Robert J. Avrech presents East of Eden posted at Seraphic Secret.

A point Mrs. S. would agree with, I think Mrs. S. presents Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and... lettuce? posted at Our Shiputzim: A Work In Progress.

This is beautiful. Batya presents Being Thankful posted at Shiloh Musings.
But this is even better: Batya presents 90! He Made It!! posted at Shiloh Musings.

Mirjam Weiss presents Cheddar Salvation posted at Miriyummy.

Mirjam Weiss presents Holy Grail posted at Miriyummy.

Batya presents Surviving the Unimaginable posted at Shiloh Musings.

rickismom presents Envy/ Happiness posted at Beneath the Wings.

Chaviva presents Fashion's Modest Cousin. posted at Just call me Chaviva

Chaviva presents Who Wants Free $$ (To Donate, That Is)!? posted at Just call me Chaviva.

Yisrael Medad presents Difference Between Jews and Muslims posted at My Right Word.

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This was great! rickismom presents Privileged Class? posted at Beneath the Wings.

Very enjoyable too!
Benji Lovitt presents Just Your Average Four-Year Aliyah Anniversary Blog Post (Would I Lie?) posted at What War Zone???.

harry presents Shlomo Gronich hijacks Jethro Tull posted at Israelity.

rutimizrachi presents "...where everybody knows your name..." #3 posted at Ki Yachol Nuchal!.

Yisrael Medad presents The Sadness of the Irrational posted at My Right Word.

SnoopyTheGoon presents Nasrallah's "revelations" of Zionist crimes posted at SimplyJews.

harry presents Russian Roulette on the roads posted at Israelity.

I was impressed with the absence of <-sanctimony in this post.
David Morris presents Child Abuse: Rav Motti Elon and Komemiyut posted at Tzedek-Tzedek

harry presents Down by the ol' water hole - with 1,200 screaming kids posted at Israelity.

Mordechai Torczyner presents "A little girl sick with cancer" posted at The Rebbetzin's Husband.

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Mordechai Torczyner presents How Jewish Law defines the application of Jewish Ethics posted at The Rebbetzin's Husband.

Josh Waxman presents Does Hebrew moznayim, scales, derive from Hebrew ozen, ear? posted at parshablog.

Josh Waxman presents Does Rashi reject the very *idea* of magical objects? posted at parshablog.

Yehoishophot Oliver presents Torah: A body and a soul posted at >A Chassidishe farbrengen.

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A nice treatment of the topic.
Hadassah Sabo Milner presents How are wigs ok? posted at In the Pink.

Elianah-Sharon presents Jewels of Elul posted at Irresistably Me.

Minnesota Mamaleh presents Minnesota Mamaleh: Slow Religion Anyone? | TC Jewfolk posted at TC Jewfolk.

Ben-Yehudah presents Another Story Of Proving Ones Jewishness posted at Esser Agaroth.

Ben-Yehudah presents Items of Interest posted at TOMER DEVORAH

David Levy presents It's the Season of the Shofar > posted at

Chana Sorel presents Elul posted at On Borrowed Time.

Chaviva presents It's Art, It's Renewal: Jewels of Elul posted at Just call me Chaviva.

Susan Barnes presents Kabbalat Shabbat in Heaven posted at To Kiss A Mezuzah.

Ben-Yehudah presents Now there arose new rabbis in Israel who knew not the Rav, part 1 posted at Jewish Israel.

Elianah-Sharon presents The Last Night of Av - Au Revoir Av!!! posted at Irresistably Me.

Independent Patriot/Elise presents When the Days of Awe Come Early posted at Liberty's Spirit

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One thing I like is when someone realizes that they read something special on someone else's blog and wants to share it.
Leora Wenger presents Jewish History in Hamburg (part I) posted at Ilana-Davita.

Yisrael Medad presents Green-Lined - The foolishness of a fantasy posted at Green-Lined.
Yaacov Lozowick, didn't care much for Judt's views of Israel, but found his history of Europe excellent

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Lady-Light presents After a Hiatus: Chock Full O' Links posted at Tikkun Olam.

Hadassah Sabo Milner presents New Rule - household help must be uglier than you. | In the Pink posted at In the Pink.

Izgad presents St. Augustine Teaches Rabbi Aharon Feldman Authentic Jewish History posted at Izgad.

Lisa presents The Intellectual Implosion in Haredism posted at Lamrot Hakol (Despite Everything).

Heshy presents Dear Heshy: Why are frum Jews so�unhealthy? posted at Frum Satire.

Joel Katz presents Religion and State in Israel - August 9, 2010 (Section 1) posted at Religion and State in Israel.

Joel Katz presents Religion and State in Israel - August 9, 2010 (Section 2) posted at Religion and State in Israel.

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IRIB Radio (Iran): "Obama' Politicized Mosque Move at Politically-Motivated Iftar"

Posted: 15 Aug 2010 02:59 AM PDT

How's that outreach to the Muslim world going, Mr. President?

Amid opposition by certain groups in the US to the building of a mosque at the so-called Ground Zero in New York at the site of the highly suspicious 9/11/2001 incidents, President Barack Obama on Friday made a politically motivated move by claiming to respect the rights of Muslims in the US including the Cordoba Mosque Project.

He made the comments at the politically-motivated 'Iftar' at the White House State Dining Room to a selective gathering of pro-western Muslims breaking the fast of the blessed month of Ramadhan.

The White House had so far not taken a stand on the mosque, which would be part of a 100 million-dollar Islamic center two blocks from the World Trade Center towers, whose destruction was blamed on Muslims while it was clear that the Zionists were behind the terrorist act that killed 3,000 people, but not a single Jew working in that place, since they were all mysteriously absence on that Monday.

Some Republicans including the defeated vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and former head of House of Representatives Newt Gingrich had made common cause against the Mosque project with the Anti-Defamation League, which is a pro-Zionist group.

The wrangling thus provided Obama with an opportunity to try to deceive Muslims once again with his seemingly supportive words for the Mosque project despite the fact he has breached all his election promises of change of policy towards world Muslims as is evident from the worsening of their plight in the American occupied countries of Afghanistan and Iraq in addition to the Palestinians continuing to groan under the jackboots of the US-supported Zionist usurpers of their homeland.

And this was evidently written before Obama backtracked. Did I mention that Rite-Aid has been having two for one specials on bottles of Ibuprofen lately?

Crossposted on Judeopundit

Surprised? Obama Backtracked On Jerusalem--Now He Backtracks On Ground Zero Mosque

Posted: 14 Aug 2010 10:41 PM PDT

Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.

Candidate Obama in AIPAC speech, June 4, 2008


"Well, obviously, it's going to be up to the parties to negotiate a range of these issues. And Jerusalem will be part of those a practical matter, it would be very difficult to execute [a division of the city] and I think that it is smart for us to -- to work through a system in which everybody has access to the extraordinary religious sites in Old Jerusalem but that Israel has a legitimate claim on that city.

Candidate Obama 'clarifying' what he said to AIPAC, June 5, 2008

Is it really so surprising that President Obama would do the same thing that candidate Obama did back in 2008?

But let me be clear. As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country and that they will not be treated differently by their government is essential to who we are. The writ of the Founders must endure.

President Obama, Friday night's iftar dinner at the White House, August 13, 2010


I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding. That's what our country is about.

And I think it's very important as difficult as some of these issues are that we stay focused on who we are as a people and what our values are all about.

President Obama, at a business roundtable in Florida, August 14, 2010

There really is no reason to be surprised--in both cases Obama was speaking to a partisan group and just said what they wanted to hear. That is why that video the LA Times is suppressing of his speaking at a banquet in honor of Rashid Khalidi would be interesting.

Of course, there is one reason we can thank Obama for his comments about the mosque--it's not just a New York issue anymore, as the Mosque controversy swirls around Obama:

Obama's comments placed him in the middle of the controversy over a Muslim group's plans for a mosque near the site of the 2001 attack -- and in turn, transformed an emotion-laden local dispute in New York into a nationwide debate overnight.

That of course is a good thing--unless you happen to be a Democrat up for reelection. As the Politico article notes, now every Republican can ask his Democratic opponent point blank if they agree with Obama's support for the mosque or not.

One point that is missed by Obama and those who are defending both his statement and the Ground Zero Mosque in general--the claim that this issue is all about the rights of Muslims is a subterfuge. John Hinderaker of Powerline writes:

since when is it politically toxic to stand up for the rights of Muslims? The Department of Justice is now stocked largely with lawyers who not only stood up for the rights of Muslims, but offered their services for free--not just to Muslims, but to Muslim terrorists. Heck, I stood up for the rights of Muslims--not just Muslims, but the ones who want to build Cordoba House--here. I'm not aware of a single instance where the "rights of Muslims" are under attack, unlike, for example, the rights of Christians. Sargent's claim is lame even by straw man standards.

Over time, we will now doubt see that straw is in no way in short supply.

by Daled Amos

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