Happy Tu B'Av!
Today is the Jewish minor festival celebrated on the 9th of the month of Av (in Hebrew, Tu B'Av).
I explained its lovely customs and roots from the days of the Talmud in these three posts:
Dancing in the vineyards in the moonlight
The Feast of Xylophory
The Day of the Breaking of the Ax
In recent years, in Israel, the holiday of love has started to look a lot like the Valentine's Day that other countries celebrate.
In HaNegev Mall in Beer Sheva today lots of stands had sprung up with Tu B'Av gifts.
On the white chocolate lips it says "Especially for you, with a kiss."
Today is the beginning of a 3-day ceasefire, so people were so happy to get out of the house and away from the bomb shelters, they flocked to the mall.
But still, big signs pointed to the huge building's "protected area."
When the rockets are falling, believe me, you want to know where to run in the 90 seconds before the explosion.
This 3-story mall has a big skylight of glass in the roof.
Even the elevator is of glass.
The arrow in the photo points to stairs.
Imagine the mothers with kids in a stroller having to get down to a lower floor in 1.5 minutes.
(Linking to signs, signs and Our World Tuesday.)