Should Jews celebrate Valentine’s Day? It feels more problematic than Christmas somehow — partly because it’s associated with a Christian saint, but also because there’s isn’t another holiday in the Jewish calendar that falls around the same time.
We actually do have our own version, but unlike the neat scheduling of Hanukkah/Christmas; the Modern Israeli equivalent of Valentine’s Day doesn’t happen until August. In ancient times, Tu B’Av was a matchmaking day for unmarried women, who would don white dresses and dance around in vineyards.
In recent years, it’s been revived in Israel as a celebratory day of love, similar to February 14th. It always takes place on the night of a full moon, which only ramps up the excuse for a party. If you don’t fancy waiting until August to celebrate romance, there’s nothing actually non-kosher about Valentine’s Day.
Jewish-themed love tokens
When it comes to Jewish love tokens, a classic Woman of Valor pendant (with the Hebrew words
No soul mate? No problem!
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“Call it a clan. Call it a network. Call it a tribe. Call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” ❤️❤️ Throwing it back to our amazing staycation at @hotelatavalon last month! The girls and I had the best time eating all the heart pizza from @gioantico, drinking rosé and laughing until we cried! ❤️❤️. Shine your light and I promise the right people will find their way to you!
Valentine’s Day is becoming a more general celebration of love, with Galentine’s Day — aka, hanging out with your best girlfriends instead — gaining in popularity (and retail space: check out the Hallmark selection of cards and gifts for your BFF).
Fashion in love
This season, meanwhile, fashion has given us all a gift, because fall’s animal prints are being replaced by 80s-style hearts. In a nod to the decade’s favorite motif, the graphic heart appeared all over the runways of Dolce & Gabbana and Manish Arora for Spring/Summer 2019, while Versace gave J.Lo’s iconic Grammy dress a new lease of life with a heart print for Pre-Fall.
Instagram favorite Réalisation Par is offering its cult slip skirts and blouses in sweet heart prints (try the Naomi skirt in Young Love, $180), while over at Asos, you’ll find heart-shaped belt buckles, jewelry,
And get ready to do it all again on Tu B’Av in August. True love knows no season.