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The Hebrew Bible’s Song of Songs has had many different literal and allegorical interpretations. Rashi, a rabbinic commentator on the Bible and Talmud, understood the Song of Songs as an expression of love between God and the people of Israel. In the Middle Ages, readers believed that the Song of Songs expressed the love of Jesus Christ for the church and the longing of a worshipper’s spirit for God. Modern readers appreciate its poetry as the ultimate expressions of love and ecstasy. Debra Band combines ancient and modern interpretations, approaching the Song of Songs as a series of two lovers’ daydreams within a walled garden. Blending rich colors, precious metals, and paper cutting, Band has created a 65-page illuminated manuscript of the traditional text. She will present her unique visual interpretation with a one-hour slide presentation and discussion, accompanied by the flute music of Mattan Klein, at 7 p.m. at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Free. (202) 518-9400. (Elissa Silverman)