Friday, February 10, 2006 I was asked the following question:
Dear Rabbi Dan,
What is the significance of Tu B'av ?
was my response:
There is no such thing as "Tu B'av". You have combined two
religious observances into one name. We celebrate Tu B'shvat as the "New
Year of the Trees", the re-awakening of the foliage that had died during the
winter months. It is joyous and not at all a religious observance.
Tisha B'Av, on the other hand, is a day of
commemoration for, yet, another attempt at destroying the Jewish people and it
is one on which we sit low to the ground as a sign of mourning. We read from the
book of Lamentations and reflect on the seriousness of these types of past
events and the miraculous fact that we are still an intact people despite them.
you have questions about a personal matter, or jewish practices
and customs, you can submit them to me by e-mail.
I answer all queries directly, or through this column, when the
question is informative to our community.
you for your kind attention and this opportunity to share with you,
Rabbi Dan S. Wiko
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