The phrase “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,” – Song of Songs (Shir HaShirim), is one of the most popular phrases in Judaism, and is included on a lot of Jewish artwork. It’s also included on many of our Ketubahs, so it’s natural to wonder: why? What is the meaning behind this phrase, and why is it so enduring within Judaism?
The Song of Songs is one of the most famous poetic works within the Jewish canon, with its writings affecting many of our understandings within Judaism. As we once noted, the initials of each letter within this phrase spell “Elul,” the final month on the Jewish calendar. Many teachings see this as a lesson in acceptance: Just as Elul is the month of repentance and being accepted for who one is, your love is also an acceptance of yourself and your partner for who they are and who you can be moving forward.
Another common translation of the phrase is “I am for my beloved, and my beloved is for me.” This interpretation brings further depth to our explanation of love and acceptance. It suggests that, while we are constantly striving for self-improvement, our relationships with our loved ones offer the greatest space to do this. We offer our loved ones a nurturing environment for them to grow, learn, experiment, and change into who they are meant to be, and they give us the space to do the same.
While it may be an ancient idea, this concept of radical love and self-improvement has resonated with couples over generations, so it’s no wonder why some of our most popular Ketubahs feature it prominently. Here are a few of our favorite Ani L’Dodi V’Dodi Li Ketubahs.
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