The Song of Solomon

Before the age of Naomi Klein, Judith Butler, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, before the shrieking and frenzied hysteria, before the zealotry and ugliness, there existed other Jews, who spoke with lovely music.

Salamone Rossi, a Jewish composer of 17th century Mantua, captured the solemn piety of the Jewish faith in his Monteverdi-like creations. Not a fungus corroding all traditions and social ties, but the opposite – a harmonious sanctification of piety towards God, our forefathers and the wonders of the world.

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” -Psalm 121.

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