Six months ago, I wrote about Tu B’Av, a holiday which brings hope after the terrible events of Tisha B’Av. There is something about the Fifteenth day of the Jewish month which is related to redemption. The first day of Passover, the first day of Sukkos, Tu B’Shevat, and Shushan Purim all occur on the Fifteenth day of the month. 


During the second summer of our marriage, when we were still in college, my wife and I were employed as fire lookouts in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. We lived in a mountaintop cabin 9,000 feet above sea level and our view extended 150 miles in all directions, taking in thousands of forested acres. That summer there were two small fires and the world seemed normal. 


My wife and I got married twice. The first time, before we were observant, a very liberal “rabbi” handed us a “kesuba” (marriage contract) which read “ani l’dodi v’dodi li … I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine” (Song of Songs 6:3).  


"The Little sister - she prepares her prayers and proclaims her praises. O G-d, please heal her ailments now. Let the year and its curses conclude ... Let the year and its blessings begin!" (Achos Katanah) 



Recent Posts


Day of Judgement idol Terror Attack in Jerusalem three weeks Isaac Chol haMoed Nation of Israel Hashem Abrahem prophet Samuel Mount Hermon Tu b'Av stars rabbi Baku Geula Bilaam Maccabeans missiles G-d Isaiah pain prophet mikveh bird Yerushalayim Jews Children of Israel Ezekiel repent Pinchas Noah Rebbe Jacob murder bris milah tabernacle chaos Temple night keys terrorists Father in Heaven Eglon rosh chodesh Solomon Golus Midrash violence 2020 Vision Heavenly Mercy Sages Mount Zion Miriam idolatry war Land of Israel Judaism Passover Seder Rosh Hashana End of Days Matisyahu Samuel danger terror logic Ammon Rome soul Song of Songs barley dreams secret forefathers Holiness Lot Avraham Raiders of the Lost Ark Bais Hamikdosh Sarah Exodus lights Pharaoh Zion, Angel yeshiva Galil slavery evil inclination meraglim Shushan America prophets Zechariah fear messiah Magog Babylon alone Divine presence siddur Angel of Death heaven Shabbos Chafetz Chaim self-worship Rabbis world to come Shechina paradise brotherhood fires Jewish People Western Wall Sabbath Ishamael persecution media Passover Blame Moshe sanctity Benjamin matzos light Rebecca holy Haman eternity patriarchs minyan locusts deluge Dead Sea Ten Commandments Judah Master of the Universe Yaakov priests Elul Jew tremors death Greeks commandment Jewish eternal Chanukkah Moshaich Ishmeal Faith Joseph gossip Balak materialism Rachel Zion Ruth Creator menorah Judgement Day Tefillin Jewish festival Boaz Ishmael holiday Amalek Sodom salvation Holy Temple Teshuva hubris Rosh Hashanah esrog prayers kiddush plague bible incense Second Temple angel Parsha Garden of Eden Chanukah Torah evil Edom flood tears earthquake miracles Abraham Maimonides chessed seder cries rain redeemer Jeremiah shofar Beit Hamikdash terrorist evolution Protective edge cholent United Nations miracle sin synagogue Purim New Moon Hasmoneans Psalms Talmud terrorism Chofetz Chaim Tu b'Shvat water Torah portion Holy Ark Banias Temple Mount Moses Tisha b'Av Gog Final redemption Esther Sea of Galilee prayer King of the Universe mitzvos Laban Moshiach Zohar fragrance Day of Atonement biblical Jewish holidays Ashkenazi kinneret Red Heifer ancestors Torah scholars Miraglim shield of Abraham Lunar eclipse song Holy land Solar eclipse mitzva Matriarchs spiritual Babylonia automobiles King Solomon yarmulke Hebrew Israel shmittah Golden Calf Psalm Tzuk etan peace King David prayer book blessing tablets spies Amram God leprosy creation slaves kosher judgement survival ethics stones Jerusalem Malbim heavenly gates culture Sukkah Leah redemption Aharon trees Tallis David Sefiras haOmer High Priest Genesis High Holy Days heavenly throne resurrection Hagar Egypt angels darkness kesuba Moab liberation Earth Europe fault sacrifices Mount Sinai spirituality Rabbi Akiva Canaan Eve Western World Achashveirosh compassion Rashi Mordechai Red Sea moon Holocaust Samuel the Prophet repentance sun exile pray Yom Kippur Repentence Shavuos Golan Macabees king Sephardi mikveh, Sabbath Prophecy Adam India enemies patriarchs'matriarchs purity Sukkos Esau