My love
washes her clothes in the water

of my tears
and spreads them out in the

sun of her
beauty. She has no need of

spring-water
– she has my two eyes;

not of the
sun – she has her own

radiance

 

–Judah Halevi

The Penguin Book of Hebrew Verse (Penguin Classics)

Judah Halevi (also Yehuda Halevi; Hebrew: יהודה הלוי; c. 1075 – 1141) was a

Spanish Jewish physician, poet and philosopher. He was born in Spain, either in

Toledo or Tudela[1], in 1075[2]
or 1086, and died shortly after arriving in the Land of Israel in 1141.
Halevi is considered one of the greatest Hebrew poets, celebrated both
for his religious and secular poems, many of which appear in present-day
liturgy. His greatest philosophical work was The Kuzari.

Advertisements