Rav Tzvi Sinensky
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Rav Tzvi Sinensky The Purpose of Talmud Torah Why is talmud Torah assigned so much weight in the rabbinical tradition? We will propose a series of explanations for the importance of Torah study. Holiday Packages
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #01: Centrality in our Tradition, Canonization, and Connection to Sinai The enigmatic book of Shir Ha-Shirim has been part of the canon for thousands of years, and it plays an important role in our liturgy as well. It is clear from the gemara, however, that its status was not always widely accepted. In this shiur, we will examine the discussion revolving around Shir Ha-Shirim and its classification as "Holy of Holies." Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #02: Authorship In this shiur, we discuss the authorship of Shir Ha-Shirim, focusing on the generally accepted view that it was written by King Shlomo but addressing other possibilities as well. Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #03: The Parable of Shir Ha-Shirim: God and the Jewish People In this shiur, we explore the metaphor of Shir Ha-Shirim and note the differences among the commentaries regarding the meaning of the plot. In particular, we will focus on Rashi's commentary, which presents a polemical reading to counter the Christian arguments of his time. Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #04: The Words “Shir Ha-Shirim” In this shiur, we discuss the meaning of the opening words, "Shir Ha-Shirim." Does this refer to the songs superiority or the fact that it is made up of a number of smaller songs? Does this have implications for interpreting the book? Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #05: Shir Ha-Shirim as an Allegory for the Individual’s Relationship with God In the past two shiurim, we reviewed the better-known view that Shir Ha-Shirim is a parable for the relationship between God and the Jewish nation. A prominent group of commentators offer an alternative, however: Shir Ha-Shirim is a metaphor for the all-consuming relationship between the individual seeker and God. In this shiur, we will consider this view. Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #06: The Role of Peshat in Shir Ha-Shirim In previous shiurim, we discussed the meaning of the allegory of Shir Ha-Shirim. In this shiur, we broach the question of the significance of its peshat. How should we relate to the simple meaning of the text? As we will see, there are a number of perspectives on this issue. Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #07: Malbim’s Novel Interpretation of Shir Ha-Shirim In previous weeks, we analyzed the underlying symbolism of Shir Ha-Shirim. We noted that Rambam and the mystics view Shir Ha-Shirim as a metaphor for an individual’s passionate relationship with Hashem. This week, we turn to the interpretation of R. Meir Leibush Malbim, who presents an innovative spin on this approach, and in doing so simultaneously addresses many of the other fundamental questions we have raised in previous chapters. Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #08: Shir Ha-Shirim 1:1-8 In this shiur, we begin our study of the text of Shir Ha-Shirim on the level of peshuto shel mikra, exploring the first 8 pesukim in the first chapter. Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #09: Shir Ha-Shirim 1:9-14 In this shiur, we will analyze Shir Ha-Shirim 1:9-2:3, which, according to most commentators, comprises a single unit of praises between the dod and raya. Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #10: Shir Ha-Shirim 2:4-3:5 In this shiur, we continue with our study of the verses of chapter 2, in which the imagery and nature of the dialogue changes. In particular, we will examine the conversations between the woman and the "Daughters of Jerusalem," as well as the meaning of her dream-like reveries. Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #11: Shir Ha-Shirim 3:6-4:11 In this shiur, we will examine verses 3:1-4:11. The first section is one of the most enigmatic in the entire sefer, while the second presents a vivid description of the raya on the part of the dod. Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #12: Shir Ha-Shirim 4:12-5:1 This shiur will focus on the closing section of chapter 4 and the opening verse of chapter 5, which form a single literary unit and appear to be a song sung by a groom for his bride. Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #13: Shir Ha-Shirim 5:2-6:3 As we begin chapter 5, we encounter the woman’s third semi-sleeping state, but one that is far more tumultuous than either of her previous experiences. In this shiur, we will analyze this passage and examine how it marks a pivotal change in the arc of the narrative. Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #14: Shir Ha-Shirim 6:4-12 In this shiur, we will study Shir Ha-Shirim 6:4-12, in which the narrative turns back to the unfiltered adulation of the dod for the raya. Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #15: Shir Ha-Shirim 7:1-14 In this chapter, we will examine chapter 7, which is animated by the same motifs that have characterized the princely relationship from the outset – a relationship not ridden by tension or self-questioning; one divorced from the larger narrative of their lives; one fully in harmony with nature; and one focused on the physical aspects of the relationship between the two. Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #16: Shir Ha-Shirim 8:1-7 In this shiur, we will discuss the concluding verses of the sefer, focusing on how they reflect the culmination of the ra'aya's character development over the course of the work. Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #17: Shir Ha-Shirim 8:8-14 In this shiur, we will discuss the concluding verses of the sefer, focusing on how they reflect the culmination of the ra'aya's character development over the course of the work. Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #18: Understanding the Sefer According to our Reading Having completed our study of the verses of Shir Ha-Shirim, in this shiur we will seek to tie together some loose ends by summarizing the novel textual reading of the sefer that we have set forward throughout our study. The remaining shiurim in this series will consider a variety of key themes that arise throughout the study of this work, including some major implications of our reading of the sefer. Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #19: Parallels – Return to Gan Eden As pointed out in a previous shiur and as noted by many scholars, there are numerous conceptual similarities between Shir Ha-Shirim and the story of man and woman in Gan Eden. In this shiur, we will outline those similarities, highlight some key differences between them, and explore their significance, particularly in light of the two-narrative theory we summarized in the previous shiur. Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #20: Love of the Land in Shir Ha-Shirim The references to the Land of Israel are abundant in Shir Ha-Shirim, and there are also specific parallels to the manner in which the Torah describes the beauty of Israel. The beauty of the Land of Israel is inextricably bound with the love between the dod and ra’aya. Why is the couple’s love so deeply intertwined with Eretz Yisrael? Why is the parable portrayed in such a way as to foreground the Land so prominently? Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur#22: Shir Ha-Shirim Rabba's Interpretation of the Text – Part 1 The Midrashic interpretation of Shir Ha-Shirim Rabba exhibits certain trends, especially a tendency to read the text as referring to the Jewish people and to portray them in the best light. Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #23: Shir Ha-Shirim Rabba's Interpretation of the Text - Part 2 Shir Ha-Shirim Rabba takes a novel approach to the experience of the Jews, on a national and individual level, through every stage of the process of the Exodus Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #24: When Did Shlomo Write His Works? The question of where Shir Ha-Shirim falls in the chronology of Shlomo's writing is one which has been a matter of considerable debate for thousands of years. Shir HaShirim
Rav Tzvi Sinensky Shiur #25: Shir Ha-Shirim, A Retrospective After considering the many themes and elements of the text, we look back at the significance Shir Ha-Shirim has held for Jewish people and the world through the generations. Shir HaShirim

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