Happy Valentine’s Day from Moment
Whether you believe that Jews should celebrate Valentine’s Day or Tu B’Av, there is no question that love, both romantic and platonic, is important in our culture and history. Marriage is a mitzah and Jewish people continue to connect under the best, and worst, of circumstances.
Love is the gravity that pulls the universe together.
The Jewish expression of love is a triangle: love of self, love of another and love of God.
Read these and other commentaries about the meaning of love in Moment’s flagship column, “Ask the Rabbis,” where rabbis across the denominations discuss age-old questions.
It is easy to find love in a beautiful place. But to find love in the shadow of death is most remarkable. The young Jews who, caught in the Holocaust, held onto life in ghettos, forests, transit camps, slave labor camps and death camps were indeed remarkable. Combining love with mourning, they began to rebuild their lives. Love was a gateway to the future: new lives, new lands, new homes and children.
Why tell these stories now? Each love story—mysterious, deep and forged in pain—has something to teach us. Read these inspiring Holocaust stories of love, courage, grace and spirit here.
What is “beshert?” Where does the word come from, and what does it mean? The term beshert is most often used to designate a soulmate: the one person whom an individual is divinely destined to marry. How does the idea of beshert—or destiny—fit within Jewish philosophy?
“We were beshert.” Is that your answer when someone asks you to tell them your love story? Maybe it was a chance meeting. Maybe you conquered specific challenges to stay together. Do you have advice to other couples based on your experience? Is there a special place that’s forever “yours?” Does it relate to a Jewish holiday?
Moment’s feature, Beshert, wants to share your story. If you feel your love was beshert—“meant to be”—we’d love to hear about it. As a special thank you, submitters of stories chosen for Moment‘s Beshert column will receive a one-year Premium Membership.
Below is a special selection of our Beshert stories. We hope you enjoy and find meaning and inspiration in them on Valentine’s Day and every day.