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My Heart Is in the East

Judah Halevi 1075 (Toledo) – 1141 (Jerusalem)



My heart is in the east,
and I am in the distant west.

How can I taste what I eat,
and how can it be sweet?

How can I fulfill by vows and oaths,
as long as Zion is in the chains of Edom,
and I am in the binds of the Arabs?

About this poem

The point of this verse is the poet’s emphatic sense that he cannot function fully as long as the Temple is destroyed.

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Submitted by acronimous on January 04, 2022

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