The first sign of his presence was a large canine footprint in the silt of the little fish pond. Crushed water plants and puzzled fish. A wild Canaan dog straight off the hills, he would go on to leave his footprints on our hearts.
I live in a country with wars raging on all sides, with failed states collapsing into a primordial stew of hatred and nihilism an hour’s drive north of me, with suicidal regimes seeking nuclear weapons in order to carry out their expressed goals of obliterating me, my family, and everyone with whom I interact on a daily basis. But for all this, I don’t feel as if I’m living in a war zone. We know about death and we know about weapons of war, but we don’t fetishize them. How is it that Americans seem willing to arm the enemy within for the sake of security?
This week’s Havel Havelim kick’s off on Rosh Hodesh Av, a time of mourning for past tragedies and hope for future redemption. Many of this week’s developments remind us of how far we have to go, and how great a danger still hangs over us. But others remind us of how far we’ve come. May we continue to grow, learn, and become!
This week’s Jewish Blog Carnival includes everything from recipes and gift ideas, to Torah musings and Jewish views on current events. Tune in and join the discussion!
As Hannuka gets under way, our weekly blog round up covers everything from the Limmud controversy to how Hannuka in Israel is different from anywhere else.
This week we cover the record low turnout for municipal elections, the sad censorship of Israeli sportsmen at the FINA World Cup swimming competition, and the tricky question of evangelical support for Israel. And last, but certainly not least, the first rains have fallen!
Welcome to the September 29, 2013 edition of Jewish-Israel blog carnival aka Havel Havelim. This is my first time hosting the blog carnival, and most of the blogs below are new to me. Plenty of thoughtful musings to help us ease back into the routine after a month of holidays.