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Sundown: Tel Aviv Protesters Observe Tisha B’Av

Plus, a Tisha B’Av app, Kanye says he’s like Hitler, Romanian slang defined, and more

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Israeli demonstrators at a tent camp in Ashdod in July.(JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

• The tent city on Rothschild Boulevard, while hosting a largely secular group, quieted down for the arrival of Tisha B’Av, substituting loud parties with lectures and readings. [JPost]

• IDF soldiers experiencing combat trauma from the 2006 Lebanon War with Hezbollah arrived in New York last month for an innovative treatment program funded by international Jewish communities. Dan Klein reports. [JTA]

• The dictionary definition for a Romanian slang word is being challenged by the Center for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism, which argues that the definition fails to mention the pejorative, offensive nature of the word. [NYT]

• A family court in Israel ruled that the family of a 17-year old young woman who died in an accident can extract her eggs, freeze them, and donate them to an infertile aunt. [JTA]

• An application available on the Android phone offers the full book of Lamentations (with English translation) for use during the 25-hour fast, which has no electricity restriction. [Jewish Week]

• In anticipation of his album release, rapper Kanye West compares himself to Hitler. [E!]

Five (non-Orthodox) friends visit the town of Kiryas Joel, get arrested, film it:

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Dave says:

Can somebody explain to me the relevance of this arrest video? There is no context provided, and the video shows the truly shocking footage of a kid complaining about being grabbed and being uncooperative with the police. Are we supposed to draw some sort of conclusion from this video? That the “non-orthodox” kids were targeted for “grabbing” because they weren’t orthodox? That hassidim are corrupt? That this particular individual is corrupt? Or are we to conclude that all who are the subject of a federal lawsuit are guilty? That would be an interesting legal principle. Enlighten me, Stephanie.

Steve Stein says:

I thought the video was odd too. It looks like it was publicized (and maybe engineered) at FailedMessiah.com – which seems to be a crusade (sorry) of a disaffected “excommunicated” Chabadnik. I’m sure the issues there are deep and complex, and I have no further interest in wading into that psychological morass.

See http://failedmessiah.typepad.com/failed_messiahcom/2011/08/video-kiryas-joel-arrests-345.html
but there’s not a whole lot more info there about the filmmaker’s group’s motivations.

I too would love to hear from Stephanie exactly what she was going for here.

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Sundown: Tel Aviv Protesters Observe Tisha B’Av

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