Tu b'Av

Alternative Spellings

Tu be'Av, Tu beAv


  • 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).


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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