tu b'av

Six events occurred on Tu B'Av, (the 15th of Av), making it a very festive day in the Jewish calendar, just 6 days after the most tragic day of the 9th of Av..

Yes, we have to feel remorse, and yes, it may very well be appropriate on an individual level to be moved to tears, but on the whole, our sages teach us that the confessional is actually a time to be happy.

The Cantor and choir of the IDF sing the moving prayer recited on Yom Kippur about God determining who will die and who will live in the coming year - with scenes from the Yom Kippur War.

The way that Jewish people greet each other on Rosh Hashana is, frankly, a fascinating subject on its own, reflecting the different cultures, communities and levels of observance.

The Ten Days of Repentance, culminating with Yom Kippur, are a time to reflect on the past, but in the context of looking forward to a more meaningful future.