Tu B'Av, the fifteenth of the month of Av, will occur this week on July 26-27. Tu B'Av is the "Jewish day of love," which was celebrated at the end of the Israelites' forty years of wandering in the wilderness.
I wish I knew about Tu B'Av when I was single!
In Talmudic times, young girls would go down to the vineyards dressed in white linen to dance. The eligible bachelors would then be matched up with them. This week, all over the world, white parties are taking place for Jewish singles.
Here are some other interesting facts you may not know about the Jewish day of love:
1. In biblical times, the white dresses the women wore were typically borrowed, so that no one would be embarrassed if she didn’t own the proper garments.
2. The holiday’s Hebrew name simply translates to the date: the 15th of the month of Av. “Tu” is short for the Hebrew letters Tet (which represents “nine” in Hebrew numerals) and Vav (which represents “six”), adding up to the number 15.
3. Tu B'Av is considered to be a good date for a wedding!
4. From the end of the Second Temple era until the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 Tu B’Av was only commemorated by the omission of “Tachanun,” a penitential prayer included in the weekday morning and afternoon services. It’s not clear why the holiday was revived by Israelis.
5. Since the holiday falls on an evening with a full moon, the holiday provides a great setting for an evening stroll to enjoy nature’s mood lighting.
However you choose to celebrate, we hope you feel the love this year on Tu B'Av!