April 5, 2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Part II of Dr. Elsie Stern’s teaching on Shir Hashirim as part of the Great Books series.
Red Sea or Sinai?: The Song of Songs/Shir Hashirim in the holiday cycle. While Shir Hashirim is traditionally read at Pesach, the midrash on the text spends more time connecting the text to Sinai than to the Exodus. Centuries later though, Jewish settlers in pre-state Palestine and Israel returned to the Song of Songs as a core Pesach text. In this session, we will look at both these deployments of the song and explore how they shape the meanings of both the text itself and the holidays it is linked to.
Dr. Elsie Stern, a scholar and teach at the Reconstructionist Rabbinic College. Dr. Stern’s first class on March 22nd will be by Zoom video, so stay in your pajamas and enjoy your bagel toasted and coffee hot. The Zoom link will be sent out a few days before the class.
If you have a chance read and enjoy the beautiful poetry of Shir Hashirim beforehand.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/173552254