Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day, Yair Netanyahu

02/12/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
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It may be risky to publicly admit that I’m thinking of someone this Valentine’s Day in addition to my lovely wife. But I am, and his name is Yair Netanyahu.

Paul Golin

Tu B'What?

“It’s Tu B’Av tonight,” I say casually to my friends, waiting for them to bite.

“It’s what?”

“Oh, Tu B’Av,” I say, my inner hipster breaking free. “It’s a pretty obscure Jewish holiday. You’ve probably never heard of it.”

“What is it?”

“Well, it’s like Valentine’s Day, only better.”

“What do you do?”

“Um...”

Oh, wait, was that today?

Don’t Dismiss the Jewish Character of Cupid

02/14/2011
JTA

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (JTA) -- What’s Jewish about Valentine’s Day?

The day was first released from the purview of the Catholic Church in 1969, when Pope Paul VI declared that Valentine’s Day was no longer a saint’s day for universal liturgical veneration on the Catholic calendar. This restored Valentine’s Day to its original state, a traditional mating day of birds -- and humans -- in the English folk calendar.

But Cupid isn’t exclusively a pagan symbol.

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