הִנָּךְ יָפָה רַעְיָתִי. אֲנִי הָיִיתִי בוֹשָׁה בְקִלְקוּלִי, וְהוּא חִזְּקַנִי בְדִבְרֵי רִצּוּיִים, לוֹמַר "סָלַחְתִּי כִּדְבָרֶיךָ". וַהֲרֵי אַתְּ יָפָה וְיָפָה כִּי עֵינַיִךְ יוֹנִים, כְּלוֹמַר: כַּלָּה שֶׁעֵינֶיהָ כְעוּרִים כָּל גּוּפָהּ צָרִיךְ בְּדִיקָה, וְשֶׁעֵינֶיהָ נָאִים אֵין גּוּפָהּ צָרִיךְ בְּדִיקָה. וְהַדֻּגְמָא זוֹ הִיא: מָחַלְתִּי לָךְ עַל עֲוֹנֵךְ, וַהֲרֵי אַתְּ יָפָה בְ'נַעֲשֶׂה' וְהִנָּךְ יָפָה בְ'נִשְׁמָע', יָפָה בְמַעֲשֵׂה אָבוֹת, יָפָה בְמַעֲשָׂיִךְ: כִּי
Behold, you are comely, my beloved. I53I.e., Yisroel. was ashamed of my going astray, but He encouraged me with appeasing words, saying, “I have forgiven because of your words.”54Bamidbar 14:20. And you are most fair, for your eyes are like doves; i.e., a bride whose eyes are ugly, her entire body requires examination, but she whose eyes are beautiful, her body requires no examination.55See Maseches Ta’anis 24a. The allegorical meaning is: I forgave you for your iniquity, and behold you are fair with “Let us do,”56Shemos 24:7. and you are fair with “Let us hear;”57Ibid. fair with the deeds of your forefathers and fair with your own deeds, because —
כִּי עֵינַיִךְ יוֹנִים. צַדִּיקִים יֵשׁ בְּיָדֵךְ שֶׁדָּבְקוּ בִי, כְּיוֹנָה זוּ שֶׁמִּשֶּׁמַּכֶּרֶת אֶת בֶּן זוּגָהּ אֵינָהּ מַנִּיחַתּוּ שֶׁיִּזְדַּוֵּג לְאַחֵר. כָּךְ "וַיֵּאָסְפוּ אֵלָיו כָּל בְּנֵי לֵוִי" וְלֹא טָעוּ בָעֵגֶל. וְעוֹד: הִנָּךְ יָפָה בִמְלֶאכֶת הַמִּשְׁכָּן, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר "וְהִנֵּה עָשׂוּ אֹתָהּ וגו' וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתָם משֶׁה". הֲרֵי שֶׁקִּלְּסָם עַל כָּךְ:
Your eyes are like doves. There are righteous among you who clung to Me like a dove, that once it recognizes its mate, does not allow him to mate with another.58Even when its mate is not there. Similarly, Bnei Yisroel do not abandon God even during the period when the Divine Presence is “hiding” from making its presence felt. (Sefer Duda’im) Similarly, “and all the sons of Leivi gathered around him,”59Shemos 32:26. and they did not err with the [golden] calf. Another explanation [of הִנָּךְ יָפָה, behold, you are beautiful through the construction of the Tabernacle, as it is stated, “and behold, they had done it, etc. And Moshe blessed them;”60Ibid. 39:43. he praised them for that.