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A Lovesong on a Guarded Night

 
Pesach is the Festival of our Freedom.  It is when the Almighty took us out of slavery, made us a Nation, an Am Segulah – a Treasured People, set apart and betrothed to Him. It was with a mighty display of power in which the oppressor was rendered powerless, his gods slain and a newly forged nation was led to freedom with signs and wonders. 
 
And as with anything precious the entourage was highly guarded – to the extent where God did not allow anyone to interfere. He, Himself, oversaw the exodus of His beloved. "Because the LORD kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt."  Exodus 12:42. This night still reverberates through the ages, as He has done great things to the righteous on this specific night. Different times on the Hebrew calendar have different characteristics. Just as both temples burned down on the same date, 9th of Av (Av being one of the most difficult months in the history for the Jewish People), the night of Pesach also has an inherent and special disposition. 
 
 It is the night He saved Chizkiyahu and Jerusalem from Sancheriv and his armies, a very significant event to which the" Hezekiah Tunnel" in the City of David stands witness to this narrative. In the times when Sancheriv was drawing close to Jerusalem after taking many cities in Israel during his merciless conquest, Isaiah, the Prophet, delivered a sure and encouraging message:
 "Therefore this is what the LORD says concerning the king of Assyria: “He will not enter this city or shoot an arrow here. He will not come before it with shield or build a siege ramp against it. By the way that he came he will return; he will not enter this city,” declares the LORD. “I will defend this city and save it, for my sake and for the sake of David my servant!
 
And so, on the guarded night, God Himself saved Jerusalem. 2 Kings 19:35 relays the story: "That night the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies!" This was also the night when Chananyah, Mishael and Azaryah were saved from the burning oven and Daniel from the lion's den. This night moreover holds special promise for the final Redemption. 
 
It is therefore fitting that we read the Lovesong of all ages on this night: the Song of Songs of Solomon. It is well known that this song is a parable between G-d and the children of Israel, considered by the ChaZaL (sages) as the epitome of holiness, encompassing the love between a Lover and His beloved. Therefore also not by chance that Solomon wrote this love song in the time of Pesach when he said:
 "See! The winter is past;  the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of dove is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling;  my beautiful one, come with me.
 
Wishing you and yours a Chag Pesach Sameach from the City of David, Ancient Jerusalem – where the eminent time of Redemption pulses through a City rising from the dust. Soon in our Days!
 
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