Sunday, August 6, 2017

Yehuda Lave speaks in a lecture about the difference of New Age thought and Judaism  and The Israeli Holiday of Love: Tu B’Av (Hag HaAhava) 

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Yehuda Lave, Spiritual Advisor and Counselor

Emulate The Great

 If you have to explain something to someone who needs many repetitions, imagine that you are Rabbi Praida, who repeated each idea 400 times to a slow student.

You personally might not yet have developed the level of patience of Rabbi Praida. But when you imagine that you are Rabbi Praida, you plug into his amazing ability to be patient.

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Charleston in Tel Aviv Yafo - Dizengoff Square - celebrating Tu B'Av

The Israeli Holiday of Love: Tu B'Av (Hag HaAhava)

The Israeli holiday of love (Hag HaAhava) is celebrated on Tu B'Av (the fifteenth of the month Av). Tu is 15, the numeric equivalent of the Hebrew letters tet (9) and vav (6) . Av is the fifth month in the Jewish calendar.

Some have called it "a Jewish Valentine's Day," but the history and customs of the two days are very different. It is a popular day for weddings, but it celebrates love in its broadest sense: unity and continuity among the Jewish people and not the love between two individuals.

According to the Mishna, Tu B'Av was a joyous holiday in the days of the Temple in Jerusalem, marking the beginning of the grape harvest. Yom Kippur marked the end of the grape harvest. On both dates, the unmarried girls of Jerusalem dressed in white garments, which they borrowed, and went out to dance in the vineyards (Babylonian Talmud, tractate Ta'anit 30b-31a). That same section in the Talmud states that there were no holy days as happy for the Jews as Tu B'Av and Yom Kippur.

Tu B'Av, the 15th Day of Av, is both an ancient and modern holiday. Originally a post-biblical day of joy, it served as a matchmaking day for unmarried women in the second Temple period (before the fall of Jerusalem in 70 C.E.).  Tu B'Av falls just six days after mournfully recalling that on Tisha (or ninth) B'av, both the First and Second Temples were destroyed, as well as numerous other Jewish catastrophes having occurred. Today, Tu B'Av marks an informal "high" to counter the "low" of  the Three Weeks leading up to Tisha B'Av.

In Israel, Tu b'Av is a day of love. It has no formal legal status as a holiday. While it is a regular workday, music and dance festivals are typically held to celebrate the day. It is observed by all segments of Israeli society, whether they consider themselves religious or non-religious.

Tu B'av often mimics Valentine's Day. Israeli magazines promote romantic getaways and Israelis give cards and flowers to their loved ones.

In recent decades Israeli civil culture promotes festivals of singing and dancing on the night of Tu B'Av. As the day falls in the summer, it is ideal for outdoor events. Tu B'Av has become popular for open-air evening concerts and even all-day festivals. The entertainment and beauty industries work overtime on this date.

Israelis did not celebrate this great holiday until recently. However, in recent years the day has evolved into a favorite Jewish Israeli wedding date; so popular, that to get married on this day, couples must make their wedding arrangements months, if not years, in advance.


Dates of upcoming Tu B'av holidays:

  • Thu, 18 August 2016 at sundown (15th of Av, 5776)
  • Sun, 06 August 2017 at sundown (15th of Av, 5777)
  • Thu, 26 July 2018 at sundown (15th of Av, 5778)
  • Thu, 15 August 2019 at sundown (15th of Av, 5779)
  • Tue, 04 August 2020 at sundown (15th of Av, 5780)
  • Fri, 23 July 2021 at sundown (15th of Av, 5781)
  • Thu, 11 August 2022 at sundown (15th of Av, 5782)
  • Tue, 01 August 2023 at sundown (15th of Av, 5783)
  • Sun, 18 August 2024 at sundown (15th of Av, 5784)


Yehuda Lave -Judiaism vs New Age Thought

Just before the the three weeks  started I was asked to give an off the cuff lecture on the differences between New Age thought and Judaism. I did it unprepared so it is a little unorganized, but it is a good introduction to the subject.

Let me know if any one wants me to give lectures on the subject

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Jewish Hikers Attacked by Dozens of Arab Rioters in Wadi Zarqa By David Israel - 12 Av 5777 – August 4, 2017

Jewish travelers in Wadi Zarka were attacked on Friday by dozens of Arab rioters, but sustained only few casualties.

The hikers fired the guns in the air to keep the attackers away. Police showed up eventually, and dispersed the rioters with tear gas.


Wadi Zarqa is a stream where spring water flows year round. The stream is located southwest of the community of Halamish and drains into the Ayalon River basin. Its name, Azraq, means blue in Arabic. Halamish was hit recently by an Arab attacker who murdered three Jews during a Friday night meal.

Hashem or the Hashemites By Moshe Herman - 12 Av 5777 – August 4, 2017

He who controls the Temple Mount is he who controls the whole Land of Israel! Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai to discuss the problem with the King of Jordan — the "custodian of Jerusalem's holy places" — and a new generation that yearns for the Temple Mount. Also, the holiday of Tu B'Av, which is all about two-in-love.

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