Tu B’av, a lesser known Jewish holiday, is all about love. And here at 18Doors, we love talking about and celebrating all kinds of love!
The holiday takes place on the 15th of Av (“Tu” refers to 15) and has basically become the “Jewish Valentine’s Day” in Israel and some English-speaking countries. Before its modern interpretation, though, Tu B’av can be traced back to the grape harvest as a day of matchmaking. At some point, hundreds of years later, it was reinterpreted as a celebration of love.
This year, Tu B’av 2022 begins the evening of Tuesday, August 1, and ends the next evening on Wednesday, August 2.
What are some ways to celebrate?
There’s no right or wrong way to participate in Tu B’av, especially if you’re tailoring the holiday to your own love stories. At 18Doors, we’re here to celebrate your unique interfaith love stories. Think about all the important people in your life, and reflect on how you can make them feel appreciated during this day. And don’t forget, one of those important people is you!
Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:
Get a mason jar, cut up pieces of paper and write down all the things you love about your partner (or as many as you can fit!).
Re-create your first date with your partner, or one of your memorable first meetings.
18Doors is here to support interfaith couples and families exploring Jewish life. We offer educational content; connections to welcoming organizations, professionals and programs; resources and trainings for organizations, clergy and other program providers; and our Rukin Rabbinic Fellowship provides offerings for couples in cities nationwide. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.