You wouldn’t think to look to scripture for a romantic, sensual, love poem. But if you take a peek at King Solomon’s Song of Songs, you’ll be blown away by the imagery and passion.

With rich metaphors and descriptive language, this book describes the deep love between a husband and a wife, and the yearning they feel for each other.

“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your love is better than wine.” (1:2)

“A cluster of henna-flowers is my beloved to me, in the vineyards of Ein Gedi.” (1:14)

“My beloved resembles a gazelle or a fawn of the hinds; behold, he is standing behind our wall, looking from the windows, peering from the lattices.” (2:9)

The fascinating thing about this extended poem is that it is referred to as the “Holy of Holies”—for its sensual imagery serves as a metaphor for the intense love that G‑d has for the Jewish people. In fact, Chassidism teaches that the love of husband and wife is but a reflection of the relationship that our Creator has with us.

The Previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, famously delivered his last Chassidic discourse based on a verse from Song of Songs: “I have come into My garden, My sister, My bride.” G‑d refers to this world as a beautiful garden, and the Jewish people are His bride. The discourse elaborates on the idea that, as G‑d’s chosen nation, we make this world a comfortable abode for Him to reside in.

A relationship between us and G‑d might seem abstract, but when it is clothed in the deep and passionate words of King Solomon, it seems more tangible and accessible. Because G‑d really does love us.

Thoughtstream: Today, I will pause to ponder the thought that Gd loves me immensely, and the knowledge that deep inside, I have a natural love for Him, too.

(Adapted from Ma’amad Ha’isha Bi’reiyah Yehudit, p. 122.)