Thursday, August 21, 2008

Moon over the vineyards

Last Friday I watched from my street how the full moon rose over our neighbors on top of the mountain. Those lights are an army base located in Moshav Ora. The moshav has grown since it was founded by new immigrants from Yemen in 1950. There must be a thousand inhabitants up there today.
The full moon signaled the beginning of Tu B'Av, the 15th day of the month of Av on our lunar calendar. Originally a post-biblical day of joy, it served as a matchmaking day for unmarried women in the second Temple period. The Mishnah says Tu B'Av was a very happy day for the people of Israel because "the daughters of Jerusalem go out dressed in white and dance in the vineyards. What were they saying: Young man, consider whom you choose (to be your wife)."

After the fall of Jerusalem in 70 C.E. this minor festival went almost unnoticed for many centuries. But in the past few decades the non-religious in the State of Israel have brought Tu B'Av back to life as a time to celebrate love and enjoy music festivals. It is even becoming something like the Valentine's Day known to other countries, gifts and all.
Sorry, I have no picture of dancing virgins in white dresses. But here at least is a vineyard for you.
(The Jerusalem Hills have some good winemakers, e.g. Domaine du Castel.)


A blogger favorite--Sky Watch Friday--starts tonight at http://skyley.blogspot.com/.
Feast your eyes on their skies.

36 comments:

ilanadavita said...

Nice photos. Thanks for the explanations too.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I really like this bottom photo.

SandyCarlson said...

I love these vineyard views, Dina. Thanks so much.

Julie said...

Thank you for the story about Av, Dina. I like the bottom photo of the grape growing. It shows your lovely valley off to great advantage.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Thanks for the history. Hmmm. Another day sort of like Valentine's Day? Cool!

Tommy V said...

nice photo

John said...

Nice captures, Dina!

Andy said...

That's an intense moon!

Kelly said...

Wonderful photos! Great job!

Rambling Woods said...

Thank you for the explanation of Tu B'Av...

fishing guy said...

Dina: A wonderful story to go along with some greatphotos,

Dulce said...

Beautiful moon!
(I forgive you the missing dancing virgins :))
Have a great weekend.

Dulce said...

Beautiful moon!
Have a great weekend!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Nice photo of the moon

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Very nice shot. And the moon, I just love it:)

Have a nice weekend:)

ichandrae said...

Hi Dina.
This sounds like a beautiful romantic holiday. The landscape is dressed to celebrate in its pale rose tint.

Thanks for sharing.
shalom
love&light

Suzanne said...

Happy SWF Dina, I love all your photos you share with us of Jerusalem. Happy weekend to you.

Leora said...

Neat, linking the Sky Watch post to Tu B'Av. When I went outside last week to photograph the moon, my husband said, oh, time to say Kiddush Levana. Fun how Sky Watch can bring out these connections. Love your moon photo.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Lovely moon; beautiful vineyard. I very much enjoyed your description of Tu B'Av and it's resurgence in modern times.

JC said...

Beautiful pictures. There was a full moon when I was there. Thanks.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Happy Sky Watch...I love your pictures this week and very interesting history also, I like the bottom photo a lot....hope you have a great weekend and please come and see my big surprise for sky watch this week. cheers.

Dirk said...

Nice photos and thank you for the explanation. Pitty there weren't dancing virgins in white dresses ;-)
Dirkjogt, Belgium

Arija said...

Surely a few virgins can be left to the imagination. Pretty landscape under the moon.

Kay said...

This is a lovely, mysterious photo.... I don't know why I would say mysterious. Maybe it's because every square inch of your country is so full of history and intrigue.

Deslilas said...

Wine and moon what a good program for a lunatic.

Old Wom Tigley said...

This is a nice post... the moon is nice but the story ofwhat it stands for and the information is a joy to learn about... Thank you...

If you get the time could you email me please..I have a request to sk you.. my email is available in my profile.
Thank you.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

your festival sounds so much more meaningful than St Valentines, interesting post

Louis la Vache said...

Very interesting history, Dina. "Louis" is a real history buff, so he always enjoys posts like this!

mommanator said...

The moon over here has been spectacular! The vineyards look good

Petrea said...

The story of this holiday is a delight. It's also nice to think of you and me watching the rise of the same full moon.

Angie said...

A really beautiful photo and a very interesting write up.An excellent SW post.

Shimmy Mom said...

Beautiful pictures Dina! The moon over the lights is very interesting and the vineyards are beautiful. I've always wanted to walk through a real vineyard. Thanks for another very interesting "history/culture" lesson.
*hugs*

D Herrod said...

Great set.

Catherine said...

Beautiful captures! I really like the last one!Beautiful moon!
Happy sky~watching!
Cat

Dianne said...

love the bottom photo!

i beati said...

intriquing do you feed the cats??They look healthy..sk