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Thursday, September 22, 2005

The New York Times J-Blog Review- Part I

Ok, it's not Sunday, and I don't write for the New York Times but that's no reason I can't do a little blog reviewing of my own.

Think of it as an elaborate blogroll if you will.
Don't fret if I missed you this time, my blogging time is limited especially on a Thursday night (the kugels don't bake themselves you know) - so I'll continue the series as I find the time.
If you want your blog reviewed here let me know- I can't read every blog but I can make up some random stuff and hope for the best.

Here we go!

DovBear is a very popular J-Blogger whos self-titled blog mixes religion, politics, humor and good writing and receives a wealth of comments from Jews (and a couple non-Jews) of diverse backgrounds and experience. While consistantly missed by the mainstream media this hardly below-the-radar blogger is well known for his sharp insights on his own blog and quick witted responses on other J-blogs about town.

Orthomom is my blogging buddy and is really responsible for the birth of this blog. Her keen insights into world and local Jewish news have attracted the attention of bloggers, lurkers, and unscrupulous newsmen alike. Her series on famous Jewish women is definately worth reading and sharing with the young Jewish women in your life.

You've gotta love Mirty.
Her openess, quick wit and absorbing story telling make her blog a pleasure to visit.
I'm very excited about her new on-line book club, which I look forward to joining just as soon as I can get a copy of the book.

The Godol Hador is like a modern day Thoreau (if Thoreau was born and raised in an Orthodox Jewish environment, and went to a cubical to write instead of the woods.) His exploration of what it means to believe, feel, and observe the Torah is a journey upon which his many readers' ideas are welcome and addressed (except maybe those of underage yeshiva boys on break.)

That's all the reviewing I can manage for today, until next time, happy blogging!


At 8:16 PM, Blogger ... Is the Window to Our Soul said...

I am so envious of those you mentioned as well as the many others within the J-Blog circuit. I wish I could write with a natural rhythm and ease as they do, with wit, intellect and emotion (Treppenwitz tops the list for that.) It;s those qualities that keep people returning again and again.

At 9:24 AM, Blogger Air Time said...

I always considered AskShifra to be a DovBear spinoff.

At 9:31 AM, Blogger Shifra said...

LOL! That's the way I considered my blog at first as well.

The Godol Hador also claims (or maybe it's Dovbear who claims this) to have been inspired by his start as a DB commentor.

At 12:53 PM, Blogger DovBear said...

Do't foget Amshi, another rib from the unbroken body of the bear

At 12:58 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

Are you sure you want credit for unleashing one upon the world?

At 1:46 PM, Blogger WBS said...

(and a couple non-Jews)

Thanks for the honorable mention.

At 1:49 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

I figure any non-Jew who can stick it out on these ethnocentric Jew-y blogs (mine included) deserves to be recognised!

At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the kind words. I like your description of Godol Hador. That really captures the sense of his blog. Thoreau was also hard to read.

At 2:35 PM, Blogger orthomom said...

Thanks hon! I am flattered by your too-kind words.

At 2:38 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

You are all welcome-
well deserved praise all around...

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who finds the Godol's blog a challenge (not because of the writing but the content) Well worth the effort though.

At 2:54 PM, Blogger WBS said...

I am so lost on GH's blog - my head spins like the exorcist girl. For conversion, we're taught you must believe this, that and this, and you must do this, that and this. Sometime in the middle, you get to have some say, but since you're a novice, you follow what the learned people say. It's only after the mikvah do you get a chance to deal with your own hashkafa. (This is the norm, but it certaintly has exceptions)Sorry Shifra, this is way off topic. You all do an exceptional job. kol tov.

At 10:01 PM, Blogger Mata Hari said...

this whole blog world is fairly new to me and i just started my own. it's fascinating to read the posts and comments (not to mention very addictive and time consuming). looking forward to checking out some of the ones you mentioned. thanks

At 2:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say Jewish Atheist and ben avuyah are next, since I find both of them to be completely brilliant. :)

Anyway, this is a fun idea!

At 8:54 AM, Blogger Shifra said...

Enjoy Mata Hari-
It is addicting- if things get too intense look for the blogging addiction quiz I wrote in the early archives of this blog!

Chana- Ben A. is definately on my list, I'll check out JA on your suggestion as well.

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

This is a great new feature!

Maybe if GH got himself a pond he'd chill out a bit more... ;-)

At 5:53 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Interesting... I just started blogging about two months ago, and those were the ones I quickly found - and found interesting - even if I sometimes [often?] disagree.

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Good post

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