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Tu b’Av, which started as a national matchmaking day in the times of the second Temple, has turned into a Valentine’s Day-style holiday in modern-day Israel, red satin hearts, chocolate and all.

Back in ancient Israel, before chocolate became synonymous with passion, there were figs, pomegranates and dates. Some claim that these help increase one’s sex drive, which may or may not be true; however, all three are among the seven species of the Land of Israel. What better way to celebrate this year’s Day of Love, Tu b’Av—the 15th of the month of Av—than with the same sweet fruit our ancestors enjoyed?

Full post and recipes here