Tu B’Av (the fifteenth of the month Av) is a small Jewish holiday.
In modern-day Israel, it is celebrated as a vacation of love , much like Valentine’s Day. It has been claimed to be a “fantastic day for weddings”.
Historic relevance based on the Mishna, Tu B’Av was a jubilant holiday in the days of the Temple in Jerusalem, marking the start of the grape produce. Yom Kippur noted completion of the grape harvest. On both days, the single ladies of Jerusalem dressed in white garments, and headed out to dance in the wineries. That exact same area in the Talmud mentions that there were no holy days as happy for the Jews as Tu B’Av and Yom Kippur. The holiday commemorated the wood-offering added the Holy Place (see Nehemiah 10:35). Josephus describes it as the Feast of Xylophory (“Wood-bearing”).
Different factors for commemorating on Tu B’Av are pointed out by the Talmud and Talmudic commentators:
While the Jews strayed in the desert for forty years, female orphans without brothers might only wed within their tribe, to stop their father’s inherited land in the Land of Israel from passing on to various other people. On the fifteenth of Av of the fortieth year, this restriction was lifted. (See Daughters of Zelophehad.).
That same year, the last of the generation of the sin of the spies, which had actually been restricted to enter the Promised Land, discovered that they were not predestined to pass away. For forty years, every Tisha B’av evening, the Jews made tombs on their own where they rested on Tisha B’Av; every year a proportion of them passed away. In the 40th year, the fifteen thousand who had actually remained from the very first generation went to sleep in the graves and also woke up the next day to their surprise. Assuming they made a mistake with the date, they did this till they got to Tu B’Av. Just after that did they understand they were permitted to live.
The People of Benjamin were permitted to intermarry with the various other people after the occurrence of the Concubine of Gibeah (see Juries chapters 19-21).
Cutting of the timber for the primary altar in the Holy place was completed for the year.
The nights, generally the suitable time for Torah study, are lengthened once more after the summer season solstice, allowing even more study.
The Roman occupiers allowed funerals of the targets of the massacre at Bethar during bench Kochba rebellion. Incredibly, the bodies had not broken down, in spite of direct exposure to the components for over a year.