Tu BeAv

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Why is Tu Be'Av a Holiday?

According to the Zohar[1], one must make Simcha on Tu BeAv because of Ilui Shechinah.[2]


  1. Tachanun is omitted on Tu BeAv.[3]
  2. Some Ashkenazim omit "Lamnatzeach" on Tu Be'Av, while others do not.[4]


  1. Beit Din cannot initiate a series of fasts on Tu BeAv, but if they began already, one would have to fast on Tu BeAv according to the letter of the law. Nowadays, this does not apply. If they instituted that one should abstain from meat at a certain interval and didn't realize it would coincide with Tu BeAv, one may eat meat if he has a seudat mitzvah on that day. An individual, however, who takes this upon himself, may not eat meat even on a seudat mitzvah.[5]
  2. One who gets married on Tu BeAv may not fast.[6]


  1. Hilchot Tu Be'Av by Rav Mordechai Eliyahu


  1. Zohar vol. 2 page 195
  2. Ben Ish Chai (Shanah Sheniah, Devarim 1)
  3. Orchot Chaim 7
  4. Chayei Adam (1:32:34) quotes both views.
  5. Chayei Adam 2-3:132:2
  6. Chochmat Adam 129:2