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Let’s review the flow of the first four verses:

  1. The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.
  2. Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your love is better than wine.
  3. Because of the fragrance of your goodly oils, your name is ‘oil poured forth.’ Therefore, the maidens loved you.
  4. Draw me, we will run after you; the king brought me to his chambers. We will rejoice and be glad in you. We will recall your love more fragrant than wine; they have loved you sincerely.
Shekinah: My child why did you draw close to me only to later forget my existence?
The People: I didn’t purposely stop my devotion to Hashem and the temple. My situation changed I saw no response to my cries and so I decided to devote myself to other things.
Shekinah: What? Is this enough reason to turn your back on the wounded? That you saw no healing for your efforts? Is this a reason to stop giving support I ask you did you really care to begin with?
The People: Maybe not enough. I certainly wanted to be there for you and understand your pain. I wanted the Geula (redemption) and your happiness. I wanted you to reunite with Keter.
Shekinah: You drew close to me, and then turned away. This caused me even more pain.
The People: I didn’t mean to make things worse. Please recall all the nights I cried for you and begged Hashem to take us all home.
Shekinah: I do remember. That is why I watch over you every day, and it pains me when you drift further, and further from Hashem.
The People: You were there? Why didn’t I feel you?
Shekinah: I hid myself. It was important that you returned to me first and now you have. If you will once again care for me I will be with you in a revealed state.
Tikkun Shekinah, Rabbi Moshe Steinerman


“The concept of geula b’rachamim (a merciful redemption) … Rachamim (compassion, mercy) actually is a revelation of the higher reality – the source of all the things, that ends up uniting opposites. Usually, we talk about rachamim in relation to the Sefirah of Tiferet – a perfect blend of Chesed and Gevurah … Tiferet finds the common ground between Chesed and Gevurah and harmonizes it and blends it. Tiferet as rachamim manifests through it … It’s actually the revelation of the Source that’s beyond both of them that’s bringing all of the things into existence. When we’re asking for rachamim we’re asking for the revelation of the higher Source of where everything is coming from – we see through all the coverings and the stringencies, and you understand the soul processes that are playing out and what’s going, and you can turn face to face with what’s really happening from the perspective of the soul and the needs of the soul.”
Ani Lipitz, “Helping Each Other Through the Home Stretch” (Stream of 1.16.24)

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