Yehudah HaLevi Poems
- Marriage Song Fair is my dove, my loved one, None can with ...
- A Love Song 'Do you see over my shoulders falling, ...
- My Sweetheart's Dainty Lips My sweetheart's dainty lips are ...
- The Grey Hair One day I observed a grey hair in my head; I ...
- Hymn For Atonement Day Lord, Your humble servants hear, ...
- O My Lord, Your Dwelling Place...
- Awake, My Fair Awake, my fair, my love, awake, So that I ...
Yehudah ha-Levi is one of the best-known Spanish Jewish poets. Born in Toledo when it was still under Islamic rule, he became a prolific writer of both Arabic and Hebrew poetry. His writing touches on themes such as love, friendship, religious devotion, hope, wisdom, and sorrow.
Ha-Levi's most famous work is The Kuzari, comprised of 5 essays written between 1120 and 1140. The Kuzari tells how the king of the Khazars decided to adopt Judaism after consulting with apologists for the Christian, Islamic, and Judaic religions. According to Rabbi Eliyahu (the "Gaon") of Vilna, The Kuzari is "holy and pure, and the fundamentals of Israel's faith and the Torah are ... more »
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Comments about Yehudah HaLevi
Fair is my dove, my loved one,
None can with her compare:
Yea, comely as Jerusalem,
Like unto Tirzah fair.
Shall she in tents unstable
A wanderer abide,
While in my heart awaits her
A dwelling deep and wide?
The magic of her beauty
Has stolen my heart away:
Not Egypt's wise enchanters
Held half such wondrous sway.
Even as the changing opal
In varying luster glows,
Her face at every moment
New charms and sweetness shows.
White lilies and red roses
There blossom on one stem:
Her lips of crimson berries ...