Benji Lovitt
Because the Middle East is Funny

Tu B’av on the Jerusalem Streets

Tu B’av….the 15th of the month of Av. During ancient times, it marked the beginning of the grape harvest when unmarried girls would dress in white and dance in the fields. Today, it’s slowly evolving into the Israeli Valentine’s Day, a day of love to raise our spirits after the low of Tisha B’av.

Whether you’ve already found the love of your life or not, have a happy, love-filled day (with more luck than this dumb oleh).

An oldie but goodie, from 2008
Edited by Molly Livingstone

Benji Lovitt is a comedian and writer. Contact him at to book a show or educational workshop about life in Israel. 

About the Author
Since making aliyah in 2006, Benji Lovitt has performed stand-up comedy and educational programs for groups including Jewish Federations, Chabads, synagogues, Masa Israel Journey, and Birthright Israel. His perspectives on aliyah and Israeli society have been featured on Israeli TV and radio and in publications such as USA Today, Time Magazine, the BBC, and more. Benji has worked as a cross-cultural trainer with groups including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Masa Israel and is a popular presenter on the Limmud International circuit. During 2014's Operation Protective Edge, his humorous observations on the war led to his being called in Israel "the only reason to go on Facebook.”
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