From Fear to Flirtation: My View of Why We Read the Song of Songs at the end of Pesach

May 3, 2016

Along with an impromptu Ofra Haza song from Shir ha-Shirim by Sharna, I explain why we read the erotic love poetry of the Song of Songs to conclude Pesach in this introduction to Yizkor. (In my remarks, I connect the Kabbalistic sefirah of "hod" (splendor) with the Hebrew words "hoda'ah" (acknowledgement) and "todah" (thanks) and therefore relate it to gratitude, but please note that this is a Hasidic connection, not a philological one. The words are not from the same root, they just sound similar.)