At services in synagogues around the world his past Shabbat (3/30) most congregations read Song of Songs (Shir Ha’Shirim). If a sacred text is ever to grab the attention of teens this will be it. Have you ever read it? I think of it as the sexiest sacred Jewish text. The first line goes: “Oh, give me of the kisses of your mouth/ For your love is more delightful than wine…” and it continues in that vein right through the end.
The rabbis teach that this is about the love of God for the collective people of Israel. OK, on one level. But tell that to teens with hormones shooting out their ears. Want them to pay attention at synagogue, just sit them down and have them go around the room reading it out loud. Be prepared to put up with a certain amount of snickering, but you’ll make your point—Jewish texts rock.
Once you grab them with Song of Songs you can then turn your attention to the lives of patriarchs. No lack of hormone driving material there or take a look at Mrs. Potiphar’s attempted seduction of Joseph in Egypt.
Take a look at my story The Sexiest Jewish Sacred Text. It is a brief except from the upcoming young adult novel The Uncertain Art of Hooking Up. Watch this blog for more information and excerpts from the book. Check out all my Jewish teen stories at JewishFamilyStories.com. Follow Twitter: @storyauthor1225