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By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Moon on the 14th of the Jewish month of Av (almost full)
Moon on the 14th of the Jewish month of Av (almost full)

By the light, of the silvery moon,
I want to spoon,
To my honey I’ll croon love’s tune.
Honey moon, keep a-shinin’ in June.
Your silv’ry beams will bring love’s dreams,
We’ll be cuddlin’ soon,
By the silvery moon.

Somehow I remember a line in the song that goes “not to fork but to spoon.” The Wikipedia page has some variations of this 1909 song.

So there we (we = husband, daughter and I) are in East Brunswick, New Jersey at the Middlesex County Fair, and I notice the moon is almost full. I think, it’s almost the middle of the month! (The Jewish month is a lunar calendar, so the full moon signifies the 15th of the month.) Why, it’s almost Tu B’Av, the Jewish answer to Sadie Hawkins Day or the Israeli equivalent of Valentine’s Day.

To learn more about this holiday where the young unmarried women used to dance in white dresses in the fields, please visit:

Ilana-Davita says

Thanks for the links and the beautiful photo.

Jew wishes says

What a lovely photo, the moon so stark against the darkness.

Ellie says

That is perfection - this is all there has to be in a perfect picture - the Moon - and a dream...

phyllis says

what a gorgeous picture! taking moon pictures is HARD - that's wonderful.

and thanks for the link:-)

Jewish Side says

It's amazing till this year on Twitter I never knew that Tu Baav was considered an equivalent of Valentines day. I knew what the day was about, but I didn't know people celebrated it, with red hearts and stuff. It's nice that there's a day for the ones we love.

And that is a great shot of the moon, interesting how there are little "clouds" on the moon.


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