Yehudah HaLevi

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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 wr ...
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A Love Song
'Do you see over my shoulders falling,
Snake-like ringlets waving free?
Have no fear, for they are twisted
To allure you unto me.'
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2.
My Sweetheart's Dainty Lips
My sweetheart's dainty lips are red,
With ruby's crimson overspread;
Her teeth are like a string of pearls;
Down her neck her clustering curls
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3.
Marriage Song
Fair is my dove, my loved one,
None can with her compare:
Yea, comely as Jerusalem,
Like unto Tirzah fair.
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4.
The Grey Hair
One day I observed a grey hair in my head;
I plucked it right out, when it thus to me said:
'You may smile, if you wish, at your treatment of me,
But a score of my friends soon will make a mockery of you.'
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5.
Hymn For Atonement Day
Lord, Your humble servants hear,
Suppliant now before You,
Our Father, from Your children's plea
Turn not, we implore You!
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Paulb 30 July 2019
The philosopher seeks.Truth through reason. But beyond reason, Truth is found in apprehension, in Poetry!
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Paliroad 21 December 2017
Profound concept of non-duality reality for Love and Joy and Pain are part of the same root.
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Yakkerboy 19 December 2017
MiTmite9, Your ignorance knows no bounds.
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Newuser 30 November 2017
To be And oh, to lose
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Tis a fearful thing to love To love what death can touch A fearful thing To love, to hope, to dream, ...to be To be, and know, ..to lose A thing for fools, ...this And a holy thing A holy thing, ... to love For your life is lived in me Your laugh once lifted me Your word was gift, ...to me To remember this, brings painful joy Tis a human thing, -love A holy thing To love what death has touched And
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MiTmite9 26 November 2017
Please explain to me why a poem concerning bin Laden's death and an anorexic cat lady are attributed to a man who lived in the 10th century. Yes... and why the photo?
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