Modern Jewish Holidays 101

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Yom Yerushalayim

Yom Yerushalayim--Jerusalem Day--is the most modern of Jewish holidays. It celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem under Israeli rule following the Six Day War of June 1967. Although it is joyously celebrated in Israel, Yom Yerushalayim has yet to attain widespread popularity in the Diaspora. It is celebrated on the 28th of Iyar, in May or June, one week before the eve of Shavuot.

Tu B'Av

Tu B'Av, the 15th day of the month of Av, is a modern semi-holiday with ancient roots. Although it is mentioned in the Mishnah as a day on which the women of ancient Israel went out to find husbands, Tu B'Av more or less disappeared from the Jewish calendar for close to two millennia, only to be rediscovered by mainly secular Israelis, seeking a Jewish equivalent to Valentine's Day in the non-Jewish world. Over the course of the last few years this mid-summer celebration of love has become increasingly popular in Israeli society.

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