Tzav: Everlasting Love

The final chapter of Song of Songs, the love song depicting the unfathomably deep affection between God and Israel, describes this love as an unquenchable fire:

“The flashes of [love] are flashes of fire, a very flame of the Almighty. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.” (Song of Songs 8:6-7)

According to the deeper commentaries, this everlasting fire of love exists not simply as a poetic symbol, but finds physical representation in the form of the fire upon the altar, as commanded in this week’s Torah reading:

“Fire shall be kept burning upon the altar continually; it shall not go out.” (Leviticus 6:6)

On a practical level, let us draw from this passage regarding the Tabernacle a personal injunction to ignite upon our heart a fiery love for God, in accordance with the verse:

“And you shall love the Almighty your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)

Based on Shla”h, Parshas Tzav

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