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?
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.