The latest battle over religious pluralism in Israel has unleashed a new barrage of criticism at the Orthodox-controlled Israeli Chief Rabbinate. Unlike major flare-ups in past decades, this time its not just the Reform and Conservative movements leading the charge -- mainstream Jewish groups with no denominational affiliations are speaking out, too.(JTA) Read More »
Tu B'Av, which occurs on the 15th of Av, is described in the Talmud as one of the two happiest days of the year. In ancient Israel, this day marked the beginning of the grape harvest. Today, it is celebrated as a day of love.