Happy Tu B’Av, Jewish Valentine’s Day

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Happy Tu b’Av – that’s the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av! In ancient Israel, the Talmud says, unmarried women went out into the vineyards around Jerusalem to dance on Tu b’Av, as young men in search of brides watched. In the spirit of romance, here’s an excerpt from Marcia Falk’s poetic translation of the Bible’s love psalm: The Song of Songs:

…Come with me,
my love,
come away

For the long wet months are past,
the rains have fed the earth
and left it bright with blossoms

Birds wing in the low sky,
dove and songbird singing
in the open air above

Earth nourishing tree and vine,
green tree and tender grape,
green and tender fragrance

Come with me,
my love,
come away

(The Song of Songs 2:10-13)

Another romantic translation from Jewish writings here.

Update: Sewists can find a free almond blossom applique pattern on Huppahs.com’s sister site, Sew Jewish.

(Photo: Almond blossoms. Lehava Activity 2012 Pikiwiki Israel via Wikimedia Commons)

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