By Rabbi Lisa Delson
“My beloved spoke to me, “Arise my darling; My fair one, come away! For now the winter is past, The rains are over and gone. The blossoms have appeared in the land, the time of pruning has coming; the song of the turtledove is heard in our land.” (Song of Songs 1:10-12)”
Reading the Song of Songs on Passover this year was kind of a disappointment for me. Living in the mid-west, at the end of March, the grass was still brown, the trees were bare and the birds were not yet chirping. The love poetry between God and Israel (or between two people) did not resonate as much as it would have this week. It seems that the earth has come alive once again. Everything from the redbuds, to the tulips, to the growing grass is a cause for celebration and awe. As we move ever closer to Sinai through the counting of the Omer, we are reminded of our connection to the world around us and the role is plays in our lives. With one week left of our spiritual travel from the exodus to revelation, let us take in the beauty that surrounds us and rejoice in the arrival of spring.
Rabbi Lisa Delson serves as Assistant Rabbi and Program Director at Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor, Michigan.