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Jewish Holidays

Yom Kippur, Tu B’Av, and Purim

October 3, 2017, by

The mishna says that Tu B’Av and Yom Kippur are the happiest days of the year. Why isn’t  Purim included? What is the difference between Yom Kippur and Tu B’Av on the one hand and Purim on the other hand?

Shira Smiles on Tu b’Av

August 6, 2017, by

The Gemara gives 6 reasons why Tu B’Av is celebrated. Many events have occurred that are greater than these. Why don’t these other events merit holidays as well? How can we make Tu B’Av meaningful for us today now that we don’t celebrate Tu B’Av the way that is described in the Gemara?  Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com

Tu B’Av: Love Bleeding Through

August 19, 2016, by

Why does the miracle of Beitar (that the bodies didn’t decay) warrant a holiday – it’s a small bright spot in an otherwise tragic story? What is the unifying theme of all the reasons for celebrating Tu B’Av?

Violence: The Reaction and the Lesson

August 16, 2016, by

THE DAY OF LOVE Yesterday, we commemorated and celebrated Tu B’Av – the 15th day of the month of Av. This day has become known, especially in modern Israel, as the holiday of love. This is a nice name – but only if we understand the real meaning of the word – if we understand […]

Tu b’Av: The Kosher Alternative to Valentine’s Day

August 6, 2014, by

Before we discuss Tu b’Av, let us first examine why Orthodox Jews do not observe Valentine’s Day. After all, it’s a day dedicated to love – isn’t that a good thing? A Catholic Holiday? For starters, the full name of the holiday is “Saint Valentine’s Day.” You are probably familiar with St. Patrick’s Day. Similarly, […]