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Jewish Holidays

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, […]

Rav Shlomo Aviner on Tu B’Av

June 30, 2006, by

Rabban Shimon Ben Gamliel stated: Israel had no holidays as joyous as Tu B’Av and Yom Kippur, when the young women of Jerusalem would go out and dance in the vineyards…

“Happy Burial Day”: The Fifteenth of Av

June 30, 2006, by

Burial on Tisha B’Av The rather odd and somewhat morbid title of this section is based on two extreme circumstances which arose in Jewish History, which are very hard for us to relate to, but which serve to show us, from the negative side, how special the Jewish People are. The first occurred as a […]

Tu B’Av (The 15th of Av)

June 26, 2006, by

There were no holidays as joyous for the Jewish People as the fifteenth of Av and Yom Kippur …” (Mishnah, Taanit) Nowadays, on the Fifteenth of Av, we observe a partial holiday; we don’t say “Tachanun,” a daily plea for Divine mercy, on the day itself, nor even in the Afternoon Service of the day […]