They entice her to pursue them to stray like them after strange gods, but she remains firm in her faith. The allegory is that so is the Holy One, blessed be He, chosen above all the gods. Therefore, in His shade I delighted and sat. The Midrash Aggadah Song Rabbah , [states]: This apple tree-all flee from it because it has no shade. I still remember his love. All this I remember now in my exile, and I am sick for His love.
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They entice her to pursue them to stray like them after strange gods, but she remains firm in her faith. The allegory is that so is the Holy One, blessed be He, chosen above all the gods. Therefore, in His shade I delighted and sat. The Midrash Aggadah Song Rabbah , [states]: This apple tree-all flee from it because it has no shade.
I still remember his love. All this I remember now in my exile, and I am sick for His love. There are many aggadic midrashim but they do not fit the sequence of the topics, for I see that Solomon prophesied and spoke about the Exodus from Egypt and about the giving of the Torah, the Tabernacle, the entry to the Land, the Temple, the Babylonian exile, and the coming of the Second Temple and its destruction.
Behold, he is coming, skipping over the mountains, jumping over the hills. The sound of my beloved! Behold, he is coming: before the end, as one skipping over the mountains and jumping over the hills. Arise: Exod. According to its apparent meaning, this is a term referring to turtledoves and young pigeons. It is customary for the birds to sing and chirp in the days of Nissan. This entire episode, according to its simple meaning, is an expression of the affection of enticement, i.
So did my beloved do to me. Arise, my beloved: Hurry Exod. Another explanation: The pious among you ripened and blossomed good deeds before Me and emitted a pleasant scent.
Arise to receive the Ten Commandments. What did they resemble at that time? A dove that fled from a hawk and entered the clefts of the rocks, and a snake was hissing at her. Should she enter within, there was the snake.
Should she go outside, there was the hawk. When they make a ditch around the towers and pour the earth from above to raise the mound roundabout, they make it [in] many steps, one above the other. When a Jewish woman gave birth to a male and hid him, the Egyptians entered their houses and searched for the males, but the baby was concealed, and he was a year or two old.
So they would bring a baby from an Egyptian home; the Egyptian baby would speak, and the Jewish baby would answer him from his hiding place; and they would seize him and cast him into the Nile. Now why does he call them foxes? Just as the fox looks to turn around to flee, so did the Egyptians look behind them, as it is written Exod.
We broke off His yoke.
Shir Hashirim - Song of Songs - Chapter 2
A dialogue between the lovers follows: the woman asks the man to meet; he replies with a lightly teasing tone. The two compete in offering flattering compliments "my beloved is to me as a cluster of henna blossoms in the vineyards of En Gedi", "an apple tree among the trees of the wood", "a lily among brambles", while the bed they share is like a forest canopy. The section closes with the woman telling the daughters of Jerusalem not to stir up love such as hers until it is ready. When she finds him she takes him almost by force into the chamber in which her mother conceived her. She reveals that this is a dream, seen on her "bed at night" and ends by again warning the daughters of Jerusalem "not to stir up love until it is ready". Solomon is mentioned by name, and the daughters of Jerusalem are invited to come out and see the spectacle.
Shir Hashirim - Song of Songs - Chapter 1
Song of Songs