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Tu B'Av

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Tu B’Av, the 15th day of the month of Av, is a partial holiday. In the Talmud it’s been said it’s the greatest holiday, but we are not 100% sure of what exactly we are celebrating. So I won’t really go into the history of this festival. Chabad.org has a pretty good write up for that.

What is, however, clearly celebrated on this day is the day of love. Among the secular Israeli society at least, Tu B’Av became the Israeli Valentine’s Day. Before anyone wonders why plain old V Day is not good for us, the answer is: Valentine’s Day is a Christian holiday. So today is the day of love and lovers.

Weddings are common on this day–actually tomorrow is the anniversary of one of my sisters. Tu B’A’s history with weddings goes back to Biblical times, when on this day that forbad female orphans marrying members of other tribes was lifted after the 40 years wandering in the desert. Later in post-Biblical times, during the Second Temple, this became a match making day. Today it’s celebrated with flowers, chocolate, eating out and of course, proposing in creative ways.

So happy Tu B’Av to everyone!

Nishba (I Swear) performed by Harel Skaat

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