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Song of Songs

Is Romantic Love a Jewish Value? Is Romantic Love a Jewish Value?
Friday, August 3, 2012 by Ben Greenfield | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Today is the happiest day in the Hebrew calendar.  According to the Mishnah, Tu b’Av (the 15th of the month of Av) was a joyous occasion on which the unmarried women of ancient Jerusalem would dance in the vineyards, hoping to find a match.
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Benedict and the Bible Meir Y. Soloveichik, Weekly Standard. Benedict XVI "began and ended his papacy by celebrating the Hebraic, traditional Jewish understanding of love and marriage."
Solomon Remembers Andrew McCulloch, TLS. The poet Mick Imlah on King Solomon’s efforts to recollect and depict his “world of wives”—700 of them, not to mention the 300 concubines. (Poem)
Amos Hakham’s Song , Seforim Blog. “The love portrayed in the Song of Songs is untainted and pure. It is entirely within the bounds of that which is appropriate, permissible, and accepted”: the distinct scholarly voice of the recently deceased “most popular man in Israel.”