I just got a whatsapp from one of my students. It included the following picture of a note posted on the wall at Brandeis:
Jewish Students are Amazing! (we should be too)
After my shot of whisky, and of course obligatory bagel to break the fast at the end of Yom Kippur, I turned on my phone to catch up with the world. What stunning tweet did I miss while Israel shut down for 25 hours? How many bicyclists did Magen David Adom treat over the holiday? However, more exciting for me, buried on the bottom of the Times of Israel feed, not attracting a lot of attention, was an article based on the just released survey The Nishma Research Profile of American Modern Orthodox Jews. As opposed to the often quoted Pew studies, which focus on the total American Jewish community, this study focused only on Modern Orthodox Jews.
Tu B'Av: An Expression of Jewish Renewal
Would you like to go to a "Love and Wine Festival"? Or maybe a "Night of Love by the Sea of Galilee Festival" or perhaps "Between the Vineyards Festival"? My personal favorite, "Night of Love in the Desert Ashram Festival". All of these festivals, plus hundreds of others, will be happening in Israel on the same day, Thursday night August 18th to Friday the 19th. What is so special about this date that one could literally crisscross our tiny country for 24 hours visiting festivals? It is actually the significance of the Hebrew date, Tu b'Av, the 15th day of the month of Av when the moon is full.