Shir HaShirim I

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Shir HaShirim I

Wed | Begins Oct 16 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Rabbi Shmuel Afek

We will study the biblical book Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) with the four levels of interpretation traditionally applied in Jewish text study: P’shat (the plain sense of the text), Drash (discovering theological, historical, and ethical issues in the text), Remez (exploring philosophical interests and concerns of the text) and Sod (mystical; searching for esoteric elements and events in the divine realm hidden in the text). Using Professor Michael Fishbane’s landmark JPS translation and commentary on Shir HaShirim, participants will learn to appreciate the different aspects of traditional interpretation of Jewish texts in addition to gaining an deep understanding of this unusual biblical book.

Prerequisite: Completion of Melton or Context core program.

Class will be held on the following dates: 

Oct 16, 23, 30; Nov 6, 13, Nov 20; Dec 4, 11, 18; Jan 8, 15 (make-up class)

Cost (includes fees for additional required texts): 

Early bird member (until September 5)=$330
Early bird general (until September 5)=$390
Standard member (September 6 onward)=$355
Standard general (September 6 onward)=$415

Space is limited; class will be closed if capacity is reached.

1. Until September 26: Full refund
2. September 26 to October 16: Full refund less $50 administration fee

IMPORTANT: After you register, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this email, call 212.369.2600, x159 to confirm your registration.

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We are interested in discussing with you any accommodations you may need to make your visit and involvement at PAS more comfortable. For questions or assistance, please contact Rebecca Cushman, Adult Education Coordinator, at or call (212) 369-2600 x159.


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