King Solomon, I Am My Beloved’s Song

Can we feel the love on other days’s besides Valentine’s Day?


Valentine’s Day is often a holiday people love to hate.


Maybe it feels like it was made up by Hallmark.

Men say they feel pressured. Women, especially if they’re single, say they feel left out.

What about on an anniversary?  A wedding?

Can we feel the love then?King Solomon's Song of Song Love Necklace

We suggest going to a higher authority, none other than King Solomon the wise.

Alef Bet’s pendant, I am my beloved’s…,  is a celebration of love from a sacred source, King Solomon Song of Songs from the Tanakh, or Bible, which is the same as the version of The King James’ Song of Solomon.

The pendant is a circular starburst of Hebrew characters which proclaim, “I am my beloved’s, And my beloved’s is mine.”

The verses radiate out from a center point, like the fiery expansion of love itself.

This passage from Scripture is unusual in many ways.

If you haven’t read it, or heard it recited at a wedding lately, it’s touching and moving.

It’s also really sexy.

Yeah, you heard right.

The Song of Songs is an openly sensuous dialogue between two lovers.

They praise each other’s beauty, and the verses contain many poetic comparisons, including references to heaps of pungent spices and the calling of doves from the clefts in the rocky walls—familiar experiences if you’ve been in Israel, by the way.

Because these verses celebrate the very human aspect of love, The Song of Solomon as it is also called has created controversy over the centuries. Rabbi Akiva (50 – 135 CE) considered it “the Holy of Holies”, and warned people about singing it like a casual love song even though it contains many alluring (actually, frisky!) passages about embraces and kisses.

Many scholars prefer to read these verses as an allegory, about the Almighty’s love for Israel, rather than the erotic longings of a man and woman.

Great minds have quarreled over this for centuries.

Of course we are all familiar with the image of the Sabbath bride and groom, and their mystical union. That’s why this pendant is such a meaningful symbol of married love, where the frank pleasure of the body is made even more gorgeous by the presence of the Almighty.

If you’re celebrating an anniversary, a wedding or a just because—- this is a touching and meaningful Hebrew biblical quote that is a gorgeous piece of jewelry your loved one will adore.


Wedding or Promise Ring in Hebrew

Hebrew wedding ring
Ani l’dodi ring in Hebrew

Throughout history, wearing a wedding ring was a sign of the commitment ‘you’
are making to your partner and to your marriage. The ring was and remains a
“constant sign of your own rededication and recommitment to this relationship,”
as well as a means of acknowledging this publicly.

The ring that you
wear, that was placed on your finger by your loved one on the wedding day, does
not represent your commitment to your marriage, your love for your spouse, your
faithfulness. It represents the commitment, love and faithfulness of your
partner to you. “Take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity.” The ring is
a reminder of the promise that another has made to you and of the promise that
God has made to you both.

One beautiful tradition says that a Jewish
wedding band should be simple and unbroken. A smooth ring portends an untroubled
life, and the continuity of the Jewish wedding rings represents the hope for an
everlasting marriage.

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