Rabbi Meni Even-Israel

Physical and Spiritual Beauty in Song of Songs

Song 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?

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is co-founder and executive director of Mechon Hadar. Elie has previously worked as a journalist, banker, and corporate fraud investigator. A graduate of Harvard College, he completed his doctorate in liturgy at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was also ordained. A Wexner Graduate Fellow and Dorot Fellow, Elie is a co-founder...
Read More

Dr. Daniel Fainstein

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