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Love Your Neighbor

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 3:49pm -- Rabbi Ricky Kamil

We don’t always associate August with the season of love. However, there is a little-known Jewish holiday which usually falls early to mid-August. This is the holiday Tu B’Av, translated to the not so inventive name of the 15th of the month of Av (occurring on August 16th this year). Like many other holidays, this one does fall on the full moon. It goes back to Second Temple times where, according to the Talmud, people were matched together for marriage. Other than a small liturgical change on the day, not much was done to celebrate the holiday for 1500 years.

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