“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,” – Song of Songs (Shir HaShirim), Chapter 6, verse 3A. Many phrases from The Song of Songs written by King Solomon, have been used throughout weddings for centuries. But why is this particular phrase so popular when it comes to weddings? What does it truly mean?
Many have pointed out that the initials of the words in this phrase spell out “Elul” which we wrote about in September. When you read the entire poem from where this phrase comes from, it is a beautiful love story between a man and a woman. Often this is read as a metaphor of the love between the Jewish people and God. Rabbi Lev Herrnson writes that in a relationship with God sometimes we seek Him and pray to Him and sometimes He blesses us. The relationships is always a give and take, a balance. So too, a husband and wife should always give and receive love and support.
Finding your partner, your basheret, your soul mate, is one of the hardest thing to do, so to celebrate that with a wedding, in front of everyone you love that has brought you to this moment is an incredible celebration.
That’s why so many use the phrase, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,” in their wedding invitation, programs and especially their ketubah.