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Monday, August 15, 2011

Tu B'Av, A Day of Love - My Jewish Learning

Tu B'Av, A Day of Love - My Jewish Learning: "special joyous day, and offers several explanations. One of them is that on this day the Biblical 'tribes of Israel were permitted to mingle with each other,' namely: to marry women from other tribes (Talmud, Ta'anit 30b). This explanation is somewhat surprising, since nowhere in the Bible is there a prohibition on 'intermarriage' among the 12 tribes of Israel. This Talmudic source probably is alluding to a story in the book of Judges (chapter 21): After a civil war between the tribe of Benjamin and other Israelite tribes, the tribes vowed not to intermarry with men of the tribe of Benjamin."

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