14 “Hurry, my beloved, Swift as a gazelle or a young stag, To the hills of spices!”
b’-RAKH do-DEE ud-MAY l’-KHA litz-VEE O l’-O-fer ha-a-ya-LEEM AL ha-RAY v’-sa-MEEM
יד בְּרַח דּוֹדִי וּדְמֵה־לְךָ לִצְבִי אוֹ לְעֹפֶר הָאַיָּלִים עַל הָרֵי בְשָׂמִים׃
8:14 To the hills of spices
Almost all commentators agree that the “hills of spices” mentioned in this verse are a reference to the Temple Mount in Yerushalayim. The spices refer to the incense offering that was offered in the Beit Hamikdash, which produced a sweet smell. The Talmud (Yoma 39b) relates that the scent of the incense was so strong that the women in Yerushalayim did not need to use perfume. In this verse, the people turn to Hashem, their beloved, and ask that he hurry like a gazelle “to the hills of spices.” They wish to be redeemed quickly from their bitter exile. They beg for God to return them to the Land of Israel, and for His presence to also return to the Holy Land and to the Beit Hamikdash in Yerushalayim.