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The Song of Songs: Biblical Eroticism and Romance

Thursdays March 28 - April 18
12:00pm Pacific Time | 3:00pm Eastern Time
Event Details
Join Rabbi Pinchas Giller in a nuanced and engaging reading of the biblical book of erotica known as the Song of Songs.

We are delighted to offer this class for free. But to ensure we can keep making Jewish education accessible at no charge, will you make the suggested donation of $36 (or more, if you are so moved)? Thank you for your generosity!

The Song of Songs, which falls between the books of Job and Ruth in the Hebrew Bible, has long been interpreted in Judaism and Christianity as representing the relationship of God and the religious authority. However, through a clear and unburdened reading, the outlines of a romantic story emerge. The simple meaning, or “pshat,” leads to the emergence of a plot. Additionally, the erotic nature of the text leads us to ask: What were the sexual ethics of the biblical period? Did they abstain from premarital sex, and if they fooled around, did they “go all the way”? Explore these questions and more in this 4-week course with Rabbi Pinchas Giller.

This class meets the following Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm PT:

March 28

April 4

April 11

April 18


Cost: Free
Series: 4 Sessions
Instructor: Rabbi Pinchas Giller

Rabbi Pinchas Giller was ordained at Yeshiva University and received his PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. His has written four scholarly works on Kabbalah and its central work, the Zohar. Rabbi Giller is on the faculty of the Ziegler Rabbinical School and is the head of the Jewish Studies department at the American Jewish University.