The ‘Jewish Valentine’s Day’ Starts Tonight

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Date: Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 3:32 PM
Subject: The ‘Jewish Valentine’s Day’ Starts Tonight
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TU B’AV

The Jewish Day of Love

My Jewish Learning

Coming just six days after the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, Tu B’Av derives from an ancient practice in which young women dressed in white and danced in vineyards to attract mates.

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WORD OF THE DAY

Shmita (שמיטה)

Pronounced SHMEE-tuh, this Hebrew word literally means "release" and refers to the biblical sabbatical year, in which debts are forgiven and agricultural activity ceases.

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WEEKLY TORAH PORTION

Torah

Parashat Vaetchanan

Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11

SUMMARY

In this Torah portion, Moses stresses to the Israelites the importance of keeping God’s commandments when they enter the Land of Israel. Moses repeats the Ten Commandments and utters the Shema and Ve’ahavta prayers.
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COMMENTARY

How Tu B’Av, the "Jewish Valentine’s Day," can prepare us for Yom Kippur.

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