Tu b’Av: the holiday of love.

Today Israel is celebrating Tu B’Av (Hebrew: ט”ו באב, the fifteenth of the month Av), a minor Jewish holiday. In modern-day Israel, it is celebrated as a holiday of love, similar to Valentine’s Day. It has been said to be a “great day for weddings”.

According to the Mishna, Tu B’Av was a joyous holiday in the days of the Temple in Jerusalem, marking the beginning of the grape harvest. Yom Kippur marked the end of the grape harvest. On both dates, the unmarried girls of Jerusalem dressed in white garments, which they borrowed, and went out to dance in the vineyards.

On the eve of this holiday (Thursday night) we went to the Jerusalem’s streets to see how happy the Chosen People are. Click on the picture below to see the video.

 

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