Hebrew Months(11): Av

´╗┐Tradition: A fast is observed on 9th of Av, in memory of the calamitous events that occurred on this date, including the destruction of both the First and Second Temples. Av 15 is a holiday celebrated by dancing; on this day unmarried maidens dressed in white garments danced in the vineyards, and whoever did not have a wife sought one there. This is the origin of the custom to conduct weddings on this day.

Sign of the Zodiak: The Lion.

In nature: the beginning of the summer crops harvest and grapes are picked for wine.

Written by Dr. Dov Herman, Bar-Ilan University.

The stamp was issued in 2002, one of 12 stamps dedicated to the months of The Hebrew Calendar. Designer: Miri Sofer. Zodiak sign stamp issued 1961, designer: I. Blaushild.