Physical and Spiritual Beauty in Song of SongsSong of Songs (Shir HaShirim) is often studied as a portrait of lovers and focuses on the beauty beheld by the poet. It has also been understood as a metaphor for the relationship between the people of Israel and God. Between these two vastly different interpretations is a rich discussion about the nature of beauty as the thread connecting the physical and the spiritual. What if it is just about the physical? How does this challenge our reading of Song of Songs, and deepen our apprehension of beauty as a Jewish concept?
Since 1996, Rabbi Guershon Kwasniewski has been the religious Leader of SIBRA – Sociedade Israelita Brasileira de Cultura e Beneficência – in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He attended rabbinical studies at the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary in Buenos Aires, Argentina and at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem, Israel and will soon receive his Smichá. Rabbi Kwasniewski is... Read More
Rabbi Efrem Goldberg is the Senior Rabbi of the Boca Raton Synagogue (BRS), a rapidly-growing congregation of over 750 families and over 1,000 children in Boca Raton, Florida. Rabbi Goldberg’s warm and welcoming personality has helped attract people of diverse backgrounds and ages to feel part of the BRS community, reinforcing the BRS credo of “Valuing... Read More
Dr. Daniel Fainstein is Dean and Professor of Jewish Studies and Education at the Hebraica University in Mexico City. He was educated in Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico where he received his PhD. He served as Dean of the Seminario Rabínico Latino Americano M.T. Meyer, was the Executive Director of the... Read More
Sandee Brawarsky, an award-winning writer and editor, is the culture editor of The Jewish Week. For the newspaper, she also curates the “Well-Versed” blog and moderates an annual summer literary series. She’s the author of several books, most recently “212 Views of Central Park: Experiencing New York’s Jewel from Every Angle,” with photographer Mick Hales.... Read More