Yes, today is Jewish Valentine’s day

Granted, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av or Tu B’Av predates Christianity by 1,500 years but whatever…

The Mishna explains that on this day, which it calls one of Judaism’s most festive, Jewish maidens used to go out to the fields wearing borrowed white clothing – so as not to embarrass those who did not have fine garments of their own – and would say, “Young man, lift up your eyes and appreciate whom you are choosing [to marry]. Don’t look at our beauty. Instead, look at the family…”

Sounds like fun! Read up some more about it here. Thanks to Israel from JMatch for the link.

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  1. The Urban Pimp

    8/3/2004 at 2:30 pm

  2. Janice

    8/3/2004 at 3:05 pm

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    8/3/2004 at 3:43 pm

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