My Heart Is in the East

A poem by Judah Halevi.

In just a few lines, Judah Halevi expresses in the following poem his yearning for Zion and the intensity of his longing:

My heart is in the east, and I in the uttermost west–

How can I find savor in food? How shall it be sweet to me?

How shall I render my vows and my bonds, while yet

Zion lies beneath the fetter of Edom, and I in Arab chains?

A light thing would it seem to me to leave all the good things of Spain–

Seeing how precious in mine eyes to behold the dust of the desolate sanctuary.

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