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Tu B’Av – The Happiest Day of the Year, Start Praying to Make Aliyah

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Nine years ago on Tu (15th) B’Av (month of Av) 5773 (2013), the Pelta family left the USA on aliyah. Every year on this day, we commemorate the day of our aliyah. This year, we also celebrate and thank G-d for a complete recovery for our son Moshe Leib, who was hit by a car a year ago on Rosh Chodesh Av. We also have the honor of our son Yehuda about to complete is IDF Combat Medic training course in Kfir. This day is our coming home anniversary, when we demonstrate our loyalty and appreciation to Hashem for giving us the privilege to live in the Holy Land of Israel, ארץ הקודש.

What is the significance of the 15th day of Av?

The Mishnah in Ta`anis, tells us that: “No days were as festive for the Jewish people as the 15th of Av and Yom Kippur.”

משנה תענית ד,ז

אמר רבן שמעון בן גמליאל, לא היו ימים טובים לישראל כחמישה עשר באב וכיום הכיפורים…

Just as Yom Kippur symbolizes the atonement for the sin of the Golden Calf, Tu B’Av signifies the atonement for the sin of the Spies מרגלים , where ten of the greatest Rabbis convinced the entire Jewish nation that it is better to remain in Chutz La’Aretz, and not to make aliyah. As a result of that grave sin, it was decreed by G-d, that the Bnei Yisrael would remain in the midbar for a total of 40 years, and that no man aged 20 or older would be allowed to enter Eretz Yisrael.

On each Tisha B’Av during those 40 years in the desert, those who had reached the age of 60 that year were destined to die. Fifteen thousand men died on each Tisha B’Av! After 585,000 men died, this plague finally ended on Tu B’Av (15th of Av).

Every Tisha B’Av (9th of Av) we mourn the destruction of the two Batei Hamikdash (Temples) and we pray for the opportunity to be able to make aliyah and return to Eretz Yisrael; when it is physically possible. In this manner, we can then rebuild the country and yes, rebuilt our Beis Hamikdash on the Har Habayis (Temple Mount in Yerushalayim). This is what every Jew prays for in our established liturgy.

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The plague of death that had accompanied the Jews in the desert for forty years ended. That last year, the last 15,000 men got ready to die. G-d, in His mercy, decided not to have that last group die. Now, when the ninth of Av approached, all the members of the group, dug their own graves and got ready to die; but nothing happened. They then decided that they might have been wrong about the date, so they waited another day. Until finally on the 15th of Av, when the full moon appeared, they realized definitely that the ninth of Av had come and gone, and that they were still alive! Then it was clear to them that G-d’s decree of death was over. However, until this present day we are still not forgiven for the sin of the Spies מרגלים, until we make aliyah.

This is what was meant by our Sages when they said: “No days were as festive for Israel as the 15th of Av and Yom Kippur,” for there is no greater joy than having one’s greatest sins forgiven – on Yom Kippur for the sin of the Golden Calf and on Tu B’Av for the sin of the Meraglim; if we choose to live in Israel, as the Jews did in the time of Yehoshua bin Nun.

The daughters of Zelofchad, like their great grandfather Yosef, had a tremendous love of Eretz Yisrael and wanted a part of mitzvah of Yishuv (settling) Eretz Yisrael. According to law at that time, the daughters who inherited land from their father, when there were no sons, were forbidden to marry someone from a different tribe. This was to prevent the land of Israel that was allotted to a specific tribe, to pass to another tribe שבט.

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