Tu B’Av

Off the Pulpit: Tu B’Av


Tonight begins Tu B’av, the Jewish holiday that celebrates love. I am in Venice, Italy for a conference and will be chairing a discussion of love in the modern world. There are many sorts of love: familial, friendship, even love of those things we cannot possess...
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OP-ED: Weddings are lovely; it’s the marriage that counts


CHICAGO (JTA) — My sister was married on a beautiful summer day many years ago.

Those of us in the wedding party took pictures in a garden before the ceremony. As maid of honor, one of my duties was to hold up the train of her dress...
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Six Jewish podcasts that will make you rethink love

(JTA) — Tu B’Av, a minor holiday that celebrates the wine harvest, was held Sunday-Monday, August 6-7 this year. It is considered an auspicious day for matchmaking and thus has been dubbed “The Jewish Day of Love.”

Let’s face it, though: Days of love are not for everyone. Some of...
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Israeli couples embrace a rabbinical prenup

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Recognizing Tu B’Av, the Jewish Day of Love, the Tzohar rabbinical organization said that public interest is increasing in its halachic prenuptial agreement.

Tu B’Av was observed this year from sundown on Sunday, August 6 to sundown on Monday, August 7, the 15th day of the Jewish...
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For ‘Jewish Valentine’s Day,’ meet 5 couples who found love on Israel trips


(JTA) — In the two-part finale of the third season of “Broad City,” the show’s main characters, Abbi and Ilana, embark on a “Birthmark” trip — a thinly veiled allusion to the famed Birthright Israel trip that sends Jews aged 18 to 26 on free 10-day trips...
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Happy Tu B’Av

Today marks one of two days considered the happiest days on the Jewish calendar. Tu B’av, or the 15th of Av, has in modern times become a day dedicated to love and in many ways a Jewish version of Valentine’s Day. It is a day highly coveted for weddings and...
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