Shir Hashirim

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  1. Paradise Regained: The Return to Gan Eden in Shir HaShirim

    Dr. Yael Ziegler

    תאריך פרסום: תשע"ב | |

    How does Shir ha-Shirim (the Song of Songs) help us relate to our relationship with God? Can human relationships contribute to a deepening of our relationship with the Divine? We examine the motif of the Garden of Eden within Shir ha-Shirim and look at the story of Gan Eden in Bereisheet along with references from other books to Gan Eden to appreciate how Shir Hashirim relates to, and attempts to repair, what happened in Gan Eden. 

  2. Faces in the shadows: Decrypting Shir Hashirim

    Rabbi Yitzchak Twersky

    תאריך פרסום: תשע"ג | |

    We tend to sense Shir Hashirim’s holiness and majesty, but are perplexed by every aspect of this deeply cryptic ”love story”. Both the surface metaphor and its underlying message seem to elude our grasp. This shiur will BE"H present a holistic approach to the sefer, focusing on a half dozen keys that unlock the deeper meaning of the book, and lend coherence and cogency to both its metaphor and message. In the end, we will better understand of what this Song of Songs sings, and why Shlomo Hamelech’s was uniquely suited to compose it.

  3. Shir Ha-Shirim

    Rabbi Mosheh Lichtenstein

    In Shir Hashirim, the woman attempts to reach her beloved too early, and fails to determine when the time is ripe for the relationship to blossom. This lesson demonstrates this theme in two elements in the book - the function of time and literary imagery - as expressed by the man and woman in Shir Hashirim.

  4. Who's Who in Shir Hashirim

    Dr. Adina Sternberg

    תאריך פרסום: תשעד | |

    We look at some of the background and theories about Shir HaShirim and see how they can be applied in the text. Why is Shir HaShirim part of Tanakh?Most, though not all, opinions among Hazal view Shir HaShirim as allegorical. We seek to understand the pshat and offer varying perspectives about the allegory - many describe the "ra'aya" as representing Israel and the "dod" as representing God, but there is also a view that the "ra'aya" represents God and that the "dod" represents Israel. We explore the symbolism, and powerful message of commitment found in this perspective.


  5. The Song of Songs - What is it All About?

    Rabbi Yuval Cherlow |

    Rabbi Yuval Cherlow brings the story of the Song of Songs to life while insightfully presenting allegorical dimensions of the book. In a very relatable and down-to-earth way, his analysis sheds light on the challenge of confronting the unfathomable Otherness of the Divine, while trying to cultivate a human relationship with God.

  6. What is Shir HaShirim?

    Rabbi Jonathan Snowbell

    תאריך פרסום: תשע"ח | | 10 minutes

    Is Shir HaShirim one narrative, or is it something else? Is it the depiction of an emotional journey? Should we be looking for a thread that joins the seemingl disparate stories together? We consider that Shir HaShirim may depict the emotional ups and down of the relationship between the Dod and the Raaya, as we relate to the relationship between Israel and God. It is especially appropriate during the intense ups and downs of the period of Yom HaShoah, Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut.



  7. Rashi - Part 6 - Rashi and Christianity (I)

    Dr. Avigail Rock

    The comments and midrashim that Rashi brings not because of any interpretative need, nor because of their educational or moral significance, but rather because of their exigency for his generation, a generation living beneath the shield and the sword of the Christian faith are examined.

    Rashi sometimes strays from the peshat of the verses because of the need to contend with Christian claims against the Jews, out of his desire to strengthen the spirit of his nation.

    There is no doubt that Rashi, in his commentary to Shir Ha-shirim, is responding to the First Crusade. Similarly, in his commentaries to a number of psalms and the Book of Yeshayahu, Rashi relates to the cruelty of the Christians, their claims against the nation of Israel, and the punishment that God is destined to bring upon them.

    Also in the Torah itself, we find anti-Christian trends in Rashi's commentary.

  8. Dreams and Dialogues in Shir Hashirim

    Rabbi Moshe Taragin

    תאריך פרסום: 5777 | | Hour and 11 minutes

    In this shiur, we look at the four main poems in Shir HaShirim: the song of longing and wistfulness, the wedding preparations, the frustrated expectations, and the search for renewal (as well as the chorus of the “oaths”). We consider the nature of the communication in Shir Hashirim, and explore the multiple perspectives within the songs and within the midrash and commentaries on Shir HaShirim. As we navigate the blending of time and blurred consciousness in the dream sequences, we ask:What messages about Am Yisrael can we uncover from the dream metaphors in Shir HaShirim? What roles do the dreams play in expressing emotions, and how many characters are really in Shir HaShirim?

  9. Weather and Environment in Shir Hashirim

    Rabbi Moshe Taragin | Hour and 4 minutes

    Shir Hashirim details a complex historical relationship between God and his chosen people. What role do weather and climate play in framing the repeated attempts the to bridge between the King and His bride? What happens when the darkness suddenly shifts into daytime?

    Click here for a downloadable audio version of this lecture

  10. Shir HaHshirim: Returning to the Vineyard

    Rabbi Moshe Taragin

    תאריך פרסום: 2022 | | Hour and 5 minutes

    In this lecture, we’ll delve into the contrast between vineyards throughout the sefer of Shir Hashirim and its implications on the depths of our relationship with God. We’ll see how Shir Hashirim teaches a valuable lesson on the importance of redemption and how to become worthy of one.


  11. Architecture and Identity: How Buildings and Structures Shape Shir Hashirim

    Rabbi Moshe Taragin

    תאריך פרסום: 2023 | | Hour and 10 minutes

    When reading Shir Hashrim you have to read it in two lights, one, the literal story itself, and two, reading the characters as a representation of the relationship of God and the people of Israel. In this lecture, we’ll hyper-focus on the architecture in the story and show how it represents the identity and growth of the characters throughout the story.