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Jewish Holidays

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, […]


June 30, 2006, 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 […]

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

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 […]

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