Jewish date: 10 ’Av 5772 (Parashath Wa’ethḥannan).
Today’s holidays: The Fast of ’Av (Judaism), Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time (Roman Catholicism), Feast Day of St. Brigham Young (Church of the SubGenius), Feast of Paschal Beverly Randolph (Thelema), Stikklestad Day (Germanic Neopaganism).
Short update on the police over here outright violating their job of enforcing freedom of religion and tolerance. Not only did the police close the Temple Mount to non-Muslims on flimsy excuses about “provocations” (when to Muslims the very presence of Jews can be considered a “provocation”), but the Jewish reaction was refuse to go away and read the Book of Lamentations—the correct ceremony for the Fast of ’Av. See “Police close Temple Mount to Jews on Tisha Be'av” and “Jews Read Lamentations Outside Temple Mount in Defiance of Ban” for details. I congratulate the protestors for standing their ground and sending the police the message that “no” has consequences. May it be the will of YHWH that every such baseless refusal of admission be met with even worse inconveniences.