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Song of Songs

Innermost Secret of Passover Seder: Charoset

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 06.08.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

There it sits on the Seder plate: charoset, a delicious paste of chopped nuts, chopped fruits, spices, and wine. So the question would seem obvious: Why is there charoset on the Seder plate? That's the most secret Question at the Seder.

A Rabbinic Take on 'Fill the Void'

Rabbi Herb Cohen | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Herb Cohen

Judaism values physical love between husband and wife. It is a rock upon which true love is built and nurtured after matrimony. But there is no Tristan and Isolde narrative in Jewish tradition.

Alicia Keys, Joni Mitchell, and Some Women of the Bible

Michael Gilmour | Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

When the narrators of popular songs represent the male perspective, allusions to sacred imagery are often part of an effort to seduce. By contrast, when the narrator represents a female's perspective, allusions to sacred imagery sometimes highlight marginal status.

The Song of Songs and a Sexual Mystery in Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose

Michael Gilmour | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

The English translation of Umberto Eco's debut novel The Name of the Rose (Italian 1980) first appeared thirty years ago, and it continues to delight and surprise, even after multiple readings.

Dr. King's Sword: Responding To Boston

Scott Perlo | Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion
Scott Perlo

Every weapon has a recoil: when used, it kicks back at the one who used it. Among the reasons that Dr. King was a great man was that he knew how to choose his weapon.

Jerusalem: The Heart Of The World

Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman | Posted 07.20.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman

Jerusalem from time immemorial has been the heart of the Jewish people. A request for its rebuilding is included in our prayers three times a day and all Jews, no matter where in the world, face Jerusalem to pray.

'Supposing Truth Is A Woman': The Song Of Songs And Passover’s Freedom

Daniel Rynhold | Posted 06.10.2012 | Religion
Daniel Rynhold

While we need to make strong commitments to create meaningful religious identities and vibrant communities, love cannot flourish through the dogmatic imposition of one person's view of truth to the exclusion of other perspectives.

The Holiday Of Love

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Passover celebrates love. It is not the love of candy and cards, but a love where souls are obligated and ennobled. It is love deep, passionate, purposeful and true.

What Is Love? The Soul Knows

Josh Fleet | Posted 04.15.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

I'm Jewish. I was raised with the notion that I should someday marry another Jewish person, raise Jewish children and once and for all make my Jewish mother and grandmothers happy. Yet, I know plenty of self-identified Jews who might as well be practicing a religion from Mars.

Madonna And The Work Of God

Lorenzo Candelaria | Posted 02.29.2012 | Religion
Lorenzo Candelaria

The coupling of Madonna and Opus Dei is an intriguing one that brings two seemingly irreconcilable public perceptions into stark juxtaposition. But our public perceptions are only part of the story.

God And Gender: Missing The Divine For The Sign

Rabbi Shais Taub | Posted 08.28.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shais Taub

The bottom line is that the language of gender is no different than the language of emotions or consciousness. These are descriptions of the human experience of the divine.

The Song Of Songs: Passover's Poetic Wonder

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 08.02.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

One of my favorite Passover rituals is the reading in synagogue of the biblical book the Song of Songs. Its images evoke spring and are perfect for this season of rebirth.