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Tu Ba’av

There is Jewish joke that every one of our holidays commemorates the following: “Someone tried to kill us; G-d intervened and we survived; now let’s sit down and eat and celebrate”.

This past week we observed Tsha B’av to recall the many tragedies that befell the Jewish people throughout our history.

This week, on the fifteenth of the Hebrew month of Av, we celebrate what can best be described as the Jewish Saddie Hawkins Day. According to the writings in our Mishnah, Tu Ba’av was a joyous holiday in the days of the Holy Temple marking the beginning of the great harvest. On this day the unmarried girls of Jerusalem dressed in borrowed white garments and went out to dance in the vineyards. The reason they wore borrowed garments was not to shame those who could not afford new clothes. The Talmud continues that this was the happiest day in the Jewish calendar. To use a current metaphor, it was an awesome day; bringing joy to the girls of Israel.

We can learn an important lesson from the juxtapositioning of these two days. As it says in Mishlei: “There is a time to mourn; and a time to celebrate- a time to be born and a time to die”. Dancing in the fields is a metaphor which serves to paint the picture of a beautiful and productive life, after pain and sorrow.

We at Lev Lalev are blessed that we help girls who come from difficult pasts find personal happiness. We have accomplishepolandd much, thanks to the help and support of countless numbers of donors and friends who are part of our worldwide Lev Lalev family.

As we “go out into the fields to dance and celebrate” let us pray that all people everywhere will join in this joyous celebration. Let us pray that all who are suffering find peace. Amen.

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