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My Love Stands Behind a Wall: A Translation of the Song of Songs and Other Poems

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74 pages23 minutes

Summary

The Song of Songs (Shir HaShirm) is among the most beloved books of the Hebrew Bible, beloved both for the beauty of its language and for the mystical ideas it has inspired. However, many new readers may be surprised to learn that—while it is often understood as an allegory for the relationship between God (the Bridegroom) and humanity (the Bride)—it has no explicit religious content whatsoever and actually seems to celebrate erotic love. In this new translation, Netanel Miles-Yépez, attempts to emphasize the “earthy immediacy” of the original Hebrew, wishing the Song of Songs to stand on its own as “love poetry,” arguing that the mystical poetry and insights about Divine Love it has inspired actually come from an engagement with the raw imagery of human love.
Also included are translations of the mystical poetry of Juan de la Cruz, Elazar Azikri, and Shlomo Halevi Alakabetz from the Spanish and Hebrew.

“Netanel Miles-Yépez’ translations soar with the erotic ecstasy of holy desire, reminding us that knowing God isn’t only a matter of emptying out, but also a matter of merging with. His Song sings, and invites you to sing along.”
—Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of Embracing the Divine Feminine: Song of Songs Annotated and Explained

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