Judah Halevi

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Judah Halevi (also Yehuda Halevi; Hebrew: יהודה הלוי; Arabic: يهوذا هاليفي; 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.

From his book The Kuzari[edit]

  • "Thy way of thinking is indeed pleasing to the Creator, but not thy way of acting" (PART ONE, 1)
  • "Thou must not deem it improbable that exalted divine traces should be visible in this material world, when this matter is prepared to receive them. Here are to be found the roots of faith as well as of unbelief" (PART ONE, 77)
  • "Divine Providence only gives man as much as he is prepared to receive; if his receptive capacity be small, he obtains little, and much if it be great." (Part Two, 24)
  • "According to our view a servant of God is not one who detaches himself from the world, lest he be a burden to it, and it to him; or hates life, which is one of God's bounties granted to him" (Part Three, 1)
  • "The pious man is nothing but a prince who is obeyed by his senses, and by his mental as well as his physical faculties" (Part Three, 5)
  • "As regards the Sādōcaeans and Boēthosians, they are the sectarians who are anathemised in our prayer. The followers of Jesus are "the Baptists" who adopted the doctrine of baptism, being baptized in the Jordan." (Part Three, 65, "the Baptists" refers to the word meshumadim in the jewish prayer, followed by the words "will have no hope", the hebrew word can be explained in other ways)
  • "This means that Jerusalem can only be rebuilt when Israel yearns for it to such an extent that they embrace her stones and dust." (Part Five, 27)


The text is from wikisource edition - 1905 translation by Hartwig Hirschfeld.