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Chol HaMo-eid Pesach (April 19, 2014)
by Cantor Lori Corrsin

SHIR HaSHIRIM: the Song of Songs, the Sublime Song, the First of All Songs, The Song, is a sacred scroll, a Megillah, part of the Jewish canon. Its eight chapters of love poetry, thought to be from around the fourth century B.C.E., are set in an idealized, abundant landscape — a kind of Eden. The poetry is full of passionate, rich images. Certain words leap out from our texts: flowers and singing birds, sweet fragrances, fine oil, roses and lilies, fierce love, bitter jealousy, eyes like doves, gardens and beds of spices, and kisses like an intoxicating wine.

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