Tu B’Av was coming to an end. The weather was perfect.

image walls of Old City at dusk

The moon was rising over the Walls of The Old City.

image couple under chupah

As the young couple stood under the chupah, the moment was magical.

Friends and family came from near and far to celebrate.

image bride and groom

He was from the US and she was from Canada. Both had left their families and comfortable homes to make aliyah, to come to Israel and serve in the IDF.

They met at a lone soldier event.

The wedding hall was filled with many other lone soldiers and former lone soldiers, some were engaged couples and others recently married.

Such a young and enthusiastic crowd. They danced and sang, performed their skits, and danced some more.

Throughout Israel, there were dozens of Tu B’Av events and hundreds, perhaps thousands of weddings.

But this one had a special magic and meaning.

For centuries, Jews have mouthed the words, but these idealistic young  people are truly building their houses and lives in Israel.

Mazel tov, Noa and Jake!

What a way to celebrate our making aliyah with Nefesh B’Nefesh seven years ago on Tu B’Av.

 Tu B’Av at its best!