In the midst of our enemies/a table is prepared; uninterrupted dining/of peaceful contentment./
Here no-one goes hungry/neither does one thirst/for the Bread of Heaven/
has extravagantly laid/this banqueting table/
Himself..... from The Poet's shoes.
This was a song and chorus I used to sing back in my small days, it has actions, we loved all the songs and hymns with actions, because we didn’t just sing, We showed the overarching Banner with our arms held high, the spreading of the table with the shake of a virtual cloth,
It belongs to a love story between Solomon and Sheba, so say some.
Shir Hashirim or Song of Songs or Song of Solomon https://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/16446/jewish/Chapter-1.htm/showrashi/true
BUT: – it is a song to Hashem about the relationship between Hashem and Israel, far more intimate than any human love story, it is the most Holy Songs of all songs.
Here are a few selected verses with their exegeses from Rashi’s Commentary, Hashem did, indeed give Himself to his People and they did love eachother.
Songs 1:1 The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s: Our Rabbis taught (Shevu. 35b): Every Solomon (for they were at a loss to explain why Scripture did not mention his father, as it did in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes) mentioned in the Song of Songs is sacred (refers to God), the King to Whom peace (שָׁלוֹם) belongs. It is a song that is above all songs, which was recited to the Holy One, blessed be He, by His congregation and His people, the congregation of Israel. Rabbi Akiva said: The world was never as worthy as on the day that the Song of Songs was given to Israel, for all the Writings are holy, whereas the Song of Songs is the holiest of the holy. Rabbi Eleazar ben Azariah said: To what can this be compared? To a king who took a se’ah of wheat and gave it to a baker. He said to him, “Extract for me so much fine flour, so much bran, so much coarse bran, and you shall produce enough fine flour for one white loaf, sifted and superior.” So are all the Writings holy and the Song of Songs the holiest of the holy, for it is all comprised of fear of Heaven and the acceptance of the yoke of His kingdom.https://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/16445/showrashi/true
|2:4 He brought me to the banquet hall, and his attraction to me [was symbolic of his] love.|
He brought me to the banquet hall: The Tent of Meeting, where the details and the explanations of the Torah were given.
|and his attraction to me [was symbolic of his] love: And his gathering, that he gathered me to him, that was love to me. I still remember his love. וְדִגְלוֹ is attrait in French.|
|2:14 My dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the coverture of the steps, show me your appearance, let me hear your voice, for your voice is pleasant and your appearance is comely.’|
My dove, in the clefts of the rock: This is said concerning that time when Pharaoh pursued them and overtook them camping by the sea with no avenue of escape before them because of the sea, and they could not turn because of the wild beasts. What did they resemble at that time? A dove that fled from a hawk and entered the clefts of the rocks, and a snake was hissing at her. Should she enter within, there was the snake. Should she go outside, there was the hawk. The Holy One, blessed be He, said to her, “Show Me your appearance,” the propriety of your deeds, to whom you turn in time of trouble.
|let me hear your voice: (Exod. 14:10): “And the Children of Israel cried out to the Lord.”|
|in the clefts of: Heb. בְּחַגְוֵי, in the clefts; this is a term referring to a breach, and similar to this is (Ps. 107:27): “They were frightened (יָחוֹגוּ) and staggered” ; (Isa. 19:17): “And the land of Judah will be to Egypt for a dread (לְחָגָא),” and in the plural Scripture calls them חַגְוֵי. Similarly, from קֵץ (end) קַצְוֵי, and so, (II Sam. 10:4): “and he cut off their garments (מַדְוֵיהֶם).”|
|steps: Heb. מַדְרֵיגָה, échelons, in French, steps. When they make a ditch around the towers and pour the earth from above to raise the mound roundabout, they make it [in] many steps, one above the other.|
|in the coverture of the steps: There are sometimes holes in them, and reptiles and birds enter therein.|
should you feel inclined, read through the remaining verses with Rashi’s Commentary to discover the interpretation of the sometimes explicit allegories.
Shir Hashirim – Song of Songs – Chapter 1 https://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/16446/jewish/Chapter-1.htm/showrashi/true