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Tu B'Av

Following on Tisha b'Av, the saddest day in the Jewish year, is Tu B'Av, one of the most joyful, which this year falls on Friday night/Saturday, August 19/20.

The observance of the holiday is outlined the last mishna in masechet (tractate) Ta'anit (the following translation is quoted from the OU):

"There were no holidays so joyous for the Jewish People as the Fifteenth of Av and Yom HaKippurim, for on those days, daughters of Yerushalayim would go out dressed in borrowed white clothing (so that they would all look the same).

The King's daughters would borrow from those of the High Priest. Daughters of the High Priest would borrow from the Assistant High Priest's daughters; daughters of the Assistant would borrow from the daughters of the Priest designated to lead the People in times of War, the Kohen Anointed for War's daughters would borrow from the daughters of the Ordinary Priest. And the daughters of the rest of the Jewish People would borrow from each other, so as not to embarrass those who didn't have."

"And the daughters of Jerusalem would go out and dance in the vineyards located on the outskirts of the city. And everyone who didn't have a wife would go there." (Notice the relative lack of concern about controlling the situation when the opposite sexes are mixed, perhaps because the recent fast (in the case of Tu B'Av) and the fast on that very day in the case of Yom Kippur, have triggered a sense of self-control, which would not ordinarily necessarily be present.)

"And what would they say?"

"Young man, lift up your eyes and choose wisely. Don't look only at physical beauty - look rather at the family - 'For charm is false, and beauty is vanity. A G-d - fearing woman is the one to be praised...' ("Mishlei"/Proverbs 31:30)"

While today most communities do not observe Tu B'Av as it was observed in Mishnaic times, it is still considered a prime day for finding one's bashert (intended).


"and the fast on that very day in the case of Yom Kippur, have triggered a sense of self-control, which would not ordinarily necessarily be present.)"

So in other words the men would be too hungry and thirsty to think about...other things? ooookaaaay.
Yeah, that doesn't really explain the reading on Yom Kippur, where it goes into detail about who should 'lie' with whom.
Although it DOES make sense when you think about Yom Kippur being a matchmaking day -- that's an excellent day to go into who you shouldn't be looking at.
Three things:

1. The identical posting hints that either you and gnomi are twins or married to each other. I vote for the latter.
2. How can the 15th be a prime day? 15 is not prime! But then again, the 19th of August is.
3. This is auspicious timing as I'm going down to visit NJ girl for Shabbos. Uh-oh!

December 2016

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