The first two days pf Sukkot are over. We got rained on in the Sukkah, but rain is a blessing, so it has not in the least dampen our enjoyment of this holiday, called also The Time of Rejoicing.
“For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
Do I really have to cite a source for this one? I’d rather have you enjoy the beginning of “star-cross’d lovers” tragic story, as brilliantly expressed in music by Prokofiev.
Although it has nothing to do with pears, Shakespear’s play does have a nightingale that “sings on yon pomegranate tree,” which brings us somewhat closer to my whimsical holiday dessert.
A famous, albeit methaphorical, story of a much earlier pair of lovers, King Solomon and his beloved Sulamith, is immortalized in the Torah (Kesuvim) as the Song of Songs, authored by Shlomo haMelech (King Solomon) himself: “… if the pomegranates are in bloom…there I will give you my love.” Among the images conceived by the genius of Marc Chagall in his illustrations to Song of Songs, we can clearly discern pomegranate seeds, symbolizing…
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