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Shir ha-Shirim XI: Part Four: Singing to Soar: Sefirah 3

Another explanation: “The Song of Songs,” the best of songs, the most excellent of songs, the finest of songs.  Let us recite songs for Him, Who has made us a remnant – shiurim – for the world, as it says, “The Lord shall lead him in solitude (Devarim 32:12).”


Rabbi Yochanan said in the name of Rabbi Acha who had it from Rabbi Shimon bar Abba: “Let us recite songs and praises to Him, Who will one day cause Divine Inspiration to rest – lehashrot – upon us, let us sing before Him many songs.

In all other songs either God praises Israel or they praise Him. In the Song of Moshe, they praise Him, saying, “This is my Lord, and I will glorify Him (Exodus 15:2).” In the Song of Moshe before his death He praises them, as we read, “He made him ride on the high places of the earth (Devarim 32:13).” Here, however, they praise Him and He praises them. He praises them, “Behold you are beautiful, My beloved (Song of Songs 1:16),” and they praise Him, “Behold, You are beautiful, my Beloved, verily pleasant (1:17).” Rabbi Shimon said in the name of Rabbi Chanin of Sepphoris: “The Song of Songs,” a double song. Rabbi Simon said, Double and reduplicated. (Shir HaShirim Rabbah 1.1:11, part four)

Torah is a song that is sung between God and Israel; a song to each other, a song that is reserved for the nation that lives in solitude with God. We sing knowing that when God sings back, He grants us the ability to soar in our song with Divine Inspiration.

We continue on our path toward Revelation at Sinai, not only to sing to God, and not only to hear His song of Torah, but to receive Torah so that it becomes a song sung between God and us.

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