Love and Spirit: Tu B’Av

While in February we tend to have a conversation as to whether Jews should celebrate Valentine's Day, we may miss the fact that Judaism itself does have a day celebrating romantic love-Tu B'av, the fifteenth ("Tu" = 15) of the month of Av, which this year falls this week on August 11. Tu B'Av is …

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Is the Story of the Golden Calf a Love Story? A d’var Torah for Ki Tissa (and Valentine’s Day)

Today is Valentine’s Day, the day set aside to focus on romantic love. I know this holiday isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It might seem too commercial, a “Hallmark holiday” as it is sometimes called. And it is a day that is especially hard for those who are not in a relationship at the moment, …

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