The Poetry and Prose of Yehudah ha-Levi
Yehudah ha-Levi (lived c. 1080-1141) was one of the greatest Spanish Jewish poets.
He was born in Toledo, Spain while it was still under Islamic rule. He was a
prolific writer of both Arabic and Hebrew poetry. He was also a physician and a
philosopher. His writings are very diverse and cover such topics as love,
friendship, religious devotion, hope, wisdom, and sorrow.
RELIGIOUS POEMS BY HA-LEVI:
"O My Lord, Your Dwelling Places Are Lovely"
The Seventh Day
Hymn for Atonement Day
Sabbath, My Love
POEMS OF SORROW BY HA-LEVI:
A Longing to Return to the Land of Israel
In Remembrance of Jerusalem
On Parting with Moses ibn Ezra
LOVE POEMS BY HA-LEVI:
"My Sweetheart's Dainty Lips..."
A Love Song
Awake, My Fair
HUMOROUS POEMS BY HA-LEVI:
The Grey Hair
POEMS ON THE PURSUIT OF WISDOM BY HA-LEVI:
POEMS ABOUT HA-LEVI'S JOURNEY TO ISRAEL:
To Mount Abarim
My Soul Longed for the Place of Assembly
On the Sea
CLASSIC PROSE BY HA-LEVI:The Kuzari's References to the Khazar Conversion to Judaism
A New 1998 Translation of The Kuzari by Rabbi Korobkin
Philosopher and Prophet: Judah Halevi, by Yochanan Silman
Cover Page of 1880 Warsaw Edition of The Kuzari
Cover Page of 1796 Vienna Edition of The Kuzari
Ha-Levi's most famous work is The Kuzari, which is comprised of 5 essays and
was 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.
The Jewish rabbi presented many persuasive arguments, and so the Khazar king
decided to be circumcised and officially convert. 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 contained within." The Kuzari is popular
worldwide and has been translated into Hebrew, Ladino, English, French, German,
and several other languages.
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