Monday, August 11, 2014

Our holiday of love, in a mall, in a ceasefire

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.)


Cloudia said...

<3 Nice to see, Dear. All the best!


Phil Slade said...

Enjoy your festival Dina. You should not havey to run to bomb shelters.My best wishes from England.

cieldequimper said...

Good to see some hearts.

William Kendall said...

It does remind me of Valentine's. I hope the caese fire continues to hold this time.

VP said...

I was enjoy your funny and interesting post about a normal daily life, until I saw that red arrow in the last picture: I knew even before reading your explanation...

crystal said...

It looks very cheerful :) I hope the truce lasts!

Karl Demetz said...

Lovely mall with lovely objects, lovely chocolate, lovely colors, all packed in lovely photos! I think you really needed it, Dina!

Kay said...

It really does look like Valentines Day. At a time to celebrate love it's sad to know peace is so precarious.

Tom said...

Thanks for the education...I had never heard of this holiday. Tom The Backroads Traveller

RedPat said...

You can use some love over there! Hope the truce lasts!

Taken For Granted said...

The chocolates and red heart balloons are all appropriate for Valentines day, but I like any holiday that features love. May the peace continue.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Hopefully the bright spark of love may keep the truce alight.