Thank you, cherished friends, for your votes in the Jewish and Israeli Blog Awards 2007 preliminaries and finals. Although the Beams was a finalist in twelve categories, thanks to your emuna votes we received 13 medals, 10 gold and 3 silver, as follows:
Best Contribution / Blog that Made a Difference - Gold Medal
Best Jewish Podcasting / Audio - Video Blog - Gold Medal
Best Designed Blog - Gold Medal
Best Series - Erez Levanon, HY"D - Gold Medal
Best Single Podcast - We Miss You, Erez: Mini-eulogy of Erez Levanon, HY"D - Gold Medal
Best Video in a Post - Erez's Song - Gold Medal
Best Humor Post - My Dog's a Breslever - Gold Medal
Best Jewish Religious Post - Katyushas: Sign of Love or Hate? - Gold Medal
Best Overall Post - Rebbe Nachman's Amazing Allusion to the Death of Erez Levanon - Gold Medal
Best News Post - Emuna News Op-ed: A Ceasefire with Hashem - Gold Medal
Best News Post - Emuna News Update: Tefillin and Brass Knuckles - Silver Medal
Best Overall Blog - Silver Medal
Best Jewish Religious Blog - Silver Medal
Several aspects of this year's results are especially heartwarming: First, Four of the Beams gold medals are related to video, audio and articles about Rav Erez Levanon, HY"D: Best Overall Post, Best Overall Series, Best Video, and Best Podcast. Undoubtedly, this is our readers' sanctification of his blessed memory. Second, Emuna News received 2 medals for best news posts; this reinforces our readers' constant requests to continue with Emuna News. Third, Emuna Outreach Video's success shows there's a growing need for more and more messages of emuna in every shape and form. Fourth, the fact that a blog about emuna and Rebbe Nachman of Breslev's outlook received the "Best Contribution - Blog that Made a Difference" award just shows you how hungry the world is for emuna and for Rebbe Nachman's teachings.
We wish to express our gratitude to Akiva from Mystical Paths and to the other members of the JIB 2007 committee for their tireless dedication in making JIB 2007 a reality, and to Dave of Isreallycool, the founding father of the JIB Awards. May Hashem bless them all with good health and success in all their endeavors.
Lazer Beams and Emuna Outreach wish to thank all of you who took the time to cast your ballots and for enhancing the rays of emuna in the world. May Hashem bless each and every one of you with all your heart's wishes for the very best, amen.