We just celebrated the wedding of my cousin Laurence Schwartz to Lara Nurick and we discussed under the Chuppah what is more important – love or commitment? In many movies, love is the pinnacle of the relationship – the focus is romance and passion. But true love is what blossoms through time and commitment. Commitment creates the framework for any relationship and love brings that framework to life, colouring it with meaning. If it wasn’t for love, it would be hard to decide to commit, but if it wasn’t for commitment, the love would never endure. Tu B’av is what many have dubbed the Jewish valentines day. But if you look at its true essence, it occurs a few days after Tisha B’av, the saddest day in Jewish history. If the deep commitment between God and the Jewish people was not destroyed through the terrible events of Tisha B’av, then our love can only flourish moving forward. This love is the paradigm for marriage and perhaps this is one reason people celebrate weddings on Tu B’av. May we always stay committed to those we truly love – Tu B’av Sameach!