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Tu B’av Treat: Lovely Blueberry Muffins

August 7, 2014, by

The 15th of Av is a day of rejoicing, as the Talmud says “Israel had no greater holidays than the 15th of Av and Yom Kippur. On these days the daughters of Jerusalem would go out to the vineyards and dance.” It is a day when several events of joy and reconciliation occurred in our

Vaetchanan – Hatov Vehametiv in Birkat Hamazon

July 29, 2009, by

This Shabbat is Tu b’Av, a happy day when Tachanun is normally omitted because of the many joyful historical events which occurred on this date. One such event is that on this day the Romans permitted burial for the victims of the terrible massacre of Beitar, which we mourned on Tisha BeAv. The gemara relates

Va’etchanan: Torah Study at Night

August 14, 2008, by

15th of Av is a festive day on which we don’t say Tachanun. The mishna at the end of Taanit mentions the various joyful customs and historical events which took place on this day in past generations. Among these is that from this day on they would stop cutting wood for the Temple altar, since

Va’etchanan: Tu B’Av

July 26, 2007, by

Tu b’Av is the fifteenth day of Av. The Shulchan Arukh mentions that we do not say Tachanun on this day (Orach Chaim 131:6). The reason is because many joyful events took place on this day over the generations (Taanit 30b; Bava Batra 121b. The latter is today’s Friday’s – Daf Yomi). If we examine