מִי יִתֶּנְךָ כְּאָח לִי. שֶׁתָּבֹא לְנַחֲמֵנִי כְּדֶרֶךְ שֶׁעָשָׂה יוֹסֵף לְאֶחָיו שֶׁגְּמָלוּהוּ רָעָה, וְנֶאֱמַר בּוֹ "וַיְנַחֵם אוֹתָם":
If only you were a brother to me. That you would come to comfort me in the manner that Yoseif did to his brothers,1Alternatively, if only my desire that my relationship with God, i.e., to be near Him and to pursue His holiness were out of love, as one’s relatioship is with his brother. (Sforno) who did evil to him, and it is stated concerning him, “and he comforted them.”2The Gemara in Bechoros 8a states, that from the time of an apple tree’s blossoming until its fruits are ripened, a period of sixty days elapse. Accordingly, an apple represents the sixty masechtos incorporated into the Oral Law. Mount Sinai was suspended over Bnei Yisroel’s heads “like an apple” in order to arouse them to accept the Oral Law of the Torah. (Yosef Beor)
אֶמְצָאֲךָ בַחוּץ אֶשָּׁקְךָ. אֶמְצָא נְבִיאֶיךָ מְדַבְּרִים בִּשְׁמֶךָ, וַאֲחַבְּקֵם וַאֲנַשְּׁקֵם. גַּם יָדַעְתִּי כִּי "לֹא יָבֻזוּ לִי", כִּי כְדַאי הִיא אַהֲבָתְךָ שֶׁתְּהֵא אֲהוּבָתְךָ סוֹבֶבֶת לְחַזֵּר אַחֲרֶיהָ:
When I would find you outside I would kiss you. I would find Your prophets speaking in Your Name, and I would embrace them and kiss them; I also know that “no one would scorn me,” for Your love is worthy that Your beloved should go about in search of it.