Tu b'Av


Tu b'Av (TOO bih-ahv)
Tu b'Av (too bih-AHV)


  • n. The 15th of Av, sometimes associated with romantic love and jokingly called 'Jewish Valentine's Day'.

Example Sentences

  • "Are you going to take your wife out for Tu B'Av?"

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • ט"ו באב 'fifteenth of Av'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      Tu be'Av, Tu beAv


  • The "tu" is the letter as number code. Tet is the 9th letter, and vav (pronounced as a vowel oo) is the 6th letter, see the 15th of shevath = Tu'bshevath. Note that the standard letters for this would use a semi-decimal approach of yud the the tenth letter and hai the 5th letter, but yud-hai is a name of G-d and so is not used.

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