A Jewish Evening of Love
at Judaism Your Way
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Tu B’Av: An Ancient and Contemporary Jewish Day of Love
It’s the beginning of the grape harvest in ancient Israel. In the glow of a full summer moon, young women, robed in white, dance before the young men working in the vineyards.
That’s how Rabban Shimon Ben Gamliel described Tu b’Av in the Mishnah, the first post-biblical sacred Jewish text (compiled and edited in the end of the second century):”There were no happier times for the people of Israel than the Fifteenth of Av and Yom Kippur, since on these days the daughters of Israel/Jerusalem go out dressed in white and dance in the vineyards, saying: Ã’Young men, consider whom you are about to choose (to be your wife).” (Taanit 4.8)
Tu b’Av literally means the fifteenth day of the Jewish month of Av. In ancient Israel it served as a matchmaking day. In modern Israel, it has become a Jewish Day of Love, celebrated with dance festivals and dedicating songs on the radio. Tu b’Av is popular for weddings, commitment ceremonies, renewal of vows and proposing. It is a day for enhancing current relationships or defining anew what one is looking for in a partner.
To celebrate, Denver’s “Judaism Your Way” is creating an evening with nationally acclaimed teachers Jay Michaelson (teaching on “Sacred Sexuality in the Jewish Tradition”) and Rabbi Tirzah Firestone. Sacred Dancing with Eyal Rivlin. Food for the Mood A late night Jewish Love Cabaret with Carla Sciaky, Bat Kol, and poetry performance by Jay Michaelson.
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