The Kabbalistic Day of Love

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heart of hands1 150x150 The Kabbalistic Day of LoveKnown as the Jewish Valentine’s Day, Tu B’Av (the 15th day of the Hebrew month, Av) is celebrated throughout Israel. This year, the holiday falls on Tuesday night, August 4th and Wednesday, August 5, 2009. Flowers are bought for the ladies, gifts are exchanged (many of them with a Judaica theme), couples go out for romantic dates, Jewish Valentine’s cards are exchanged, and the cities are full of concerts and parties to gather people together – all in the spirit of love. Yet, this cute Israeli love day has roots, both historic and kabbalistic, that go far further back than most people know. Which is why the holiday is celebrated by both religious, orthodox Jewish people as well as totally secular Israelis.

The Mishnah, the Jewish book of laws on the Torah, declares that along with Yom Kippur, the day where all Jews are entirely cleansed of their sins, the best (happiest) day of the year for “the people of Israel” is Tu B’Av. It goes on to explain how on Tu B’Av, the daughters of Israel/Jerusalem go out dressed in white and dance in the vineyards.” ( Taanit, Chapter 4).The men would watch the women dance and decide which one they wanted to be their wife. The Hebrew women would dress in borrowed white clothes, so that the men would not be able to tell what the women’s financial statuses were based on what they were wearing. Thus, couples would come together based on love and connectivity, rather than mere financial ambition.

Tu B’Av falls on a full moon, which is part of its kabbalistic secret. The Jewish people are closely related to the moon, and are said to have the moon’s feminine energy in respect to G-d. The Jewish calander also revolves around the moon. Many important holidays and highly spiritual days, such as Passover and Sukkot, start on the full moon. Yet, the full moon of Av has a power distinct unto itself. It falls exactly 6 days after the fast day of Tisha B’Av, which is part of an entire 3 week-period of mourning and negativity. As we all know, the brightest sunrise always comes after the darkest night. Thus, after an intense period of negativity, the cosmos brings us one of the most spiritually positive days of the year: Tu B’Av!

On the full moon of Tu B’Av, there is so much positivity that male and female energies and spirituality come into balance. This balance creates the perfect environment for love, both new and old. Use the energy entailed in the day to strengthen your existing relationship, taking it to new levels. Or, let the power of its full moon help guide you towards a fresh relationship. Open yourself to love, either through prayer or through proper channeling of its energy. Anything is possible during this kabbalsitic day of love.hands heart2 The Kabbalistic Day of Love

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