Day of Love
Tu B’Av – 15th of Av is a day when confessions of sins are omitted from daily prayer, and one is advised to increase in Torah learning.
According to the Talmud, this is a day when the daughters of Jerusalem would go dance in the vineyards, and whoever did not have a wife was advised to go there and find himself one.
Tu B’Av is seen as a Jewish day of love. In ancient times, this was a day when the tribes of Israel were allowed to intermingle with each other and to marry women from other tribes.
Final Generation of the Sin of the Spies
Furthermore, TuB’Av is celebrated for being the day when the final generation of the Sin of the Spies found out that they were not destined to die. Every year for 40 years on Tisha B’Av night, the Jews would make for themselves graves, in which they slept, and every year a portion of them died in those graves. In the 40th year, the 15,000 people who had remained from the first generation went to sleep and woke up the following morning. Thinking that they had made a mistake, they repeated this each night, until they reached Tu B’Av and saw a full moon, oindicating that they had reached the middle of the month, and only then did they know that they were going to enter the land of Israel with they new generation.
Customs & Observances
Although there are no special customs or observances on this day, Tachanun is not said in the daily prayers, Torah study is extended at night and if their wedding falls on this day, the bride and groom do not have to fast.
Tu B’Av with CBDChabad
At CBDChabad, we hold social events every Tu B’Av. Celebrating this day of Love, you can be ensured of a soulful experience and delicious food all focusing on this theme of love and romance.
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