WeThe voting for this year’s Jewish and Israeli Blog Awards is almost done – and it’s down to the wire in several categories. Cross-Currents and its visually lavish and daringly designed Torah blog is leading narrowly in the Best Designed Blog category, beating out the comparitively ho hum Jewschool and the yawn-inducing, well… us. The faithful seem to have heeded the call:

If we aim to be the place you go to find a well-articulated Torah perspective on the issues of the day, we need to be “known.” That is why the “Blog Awards” contest is so important—not for our egos, but for our goal of becoming an important outlet for Torah thought to the world. Please help, by voting!

Clearly, a vote for Cross-Currents is a vote for H@sh_m! A vote for Jewschool or Jewlicious however, is clearly a vote for Satan. Well at least when it comes to design anyway. It’s not as clear when it comes to Best Religion Blog where Cross-Currents has been trailing in 2nd/3rd place behind Hirhurim and Lazer Beams. I guess it makes sense. Cross-Currents is very politically tinged whereas the other 2 are more, as a comentor noted, lishma.

There seems to be a veritable slugfest going on between Cross Currents and Hirhurim. Yaakov Menken of Cross-Currents took umbrage with a large late-night increase in votes on the Hirhurim site in the Best Overall Blog category. He attributed this increase to some sort of undignified technique. No, not like covering yourself in the mantle of the Torah and claiming you are H@sh_m’s fave blog, but rather, he implied the existence of some seedy email campaign. Hello Kettle? Pot calling on line 1! Anyhow, this should be a fun race too! Anything can happen in this three way race between Cross-Currents, Hirhurim and Dry Bones! Fun, fun, fun!

Although I should let Yaakov Menken in on some facts – success in the blog world is not measured by awards. Look at some of last year’s winners – where are they now? The JBlogosphere is a small community where we help each other out by cross linking – this is what gets you good Google rankings and traffic and attention – and no one likes a schnorrer.

Jewlicious seems to be doing OK in the Best Series and Best Post Categories and I think we’re leading in Best Jewish Culture – a close race in good company (Jewschool and Dov Bear.

We’re closely behind Little Green Footballs in the hotly contested Israel Advocacy category, but we are ahead of this Fundamentally Freud dude who not only has a JIB banner on the side of his blog, but also ends each of his posts with an exhortation to vote for him. Wow, Yaakov Menken can learn a thing or two from this guy!

Freud’s schnorring is however kicking butt in the Politics category where there is a 4 way race for third place. That’s also going to be fun to watch because I think we’re in it! Woohoo! Schnorring has also proven successful for Cross-Currents in the Group Blog category – although I think 2nd place, which we are in right now, is still up for grabs.

Whatever. I think we’ll all be glad when this is over. Awards or no awards, we’ll keep reading our fave blogs – y’all know who you are. Hug, hug, kiss, kiss!

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Founder and Publisher of Jewlicious, David Abitbol lives in Jerusalem with his wife, newborn daughter and toddler son. Blogging as "ck" he's been blocked on twitter by the right and the left, so he's doing something right.

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