The first letters of the verse "I am my beloveds, and my beloved is mine" spells out the Hebrew month Elul אלול. On Tu B'Av, the Jewish Day of Love, Rabbi Hollander, Sydnie Ciment, and Dara Rahill discussed the significance of Tu B'Av and modern matchmaking. Before making a match, it is first important for a person to self-reflect. Similarly, in this month of Elul leading up to Rosh Hashanah, we are to take part in Cheshbon Hanefesh "accounting of the soul." As we prepare ourselves for the new year and Teshuva, repentance, let take some time this month to reflect on ourselves so that we may enter into stronger and healthier relationships in 5781.
To learn more about Tu B'Av and the connection to Yom Kippur, click here to watch "Baking and Matchmaking" on the Temple Sinai Facebook page.