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The Poetry and Prose of Yehudah ha-Levi

A Longing to Return to the Land of Israel
A poem by Yehudah ha-Levi

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 lieth 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.


"My Heart is in the East" Mizrach (Lasercut) by Marci Wiesel is a beautiful artistic sign that should be framed so that it points in the direction of Jerusalem. This design features the phrase "My heart is in the east" in Hebrew, taken from the above poem, with scenery from Jerusalem. Size: 28 x 35.6 cm / 11 x 14". The version that was sold at AllJudaica.com circa 2005 was 26 x 34 cm / 10 x 13.3".

Ninety-Two Poems and Hymns of Yehuda Halevi, by Franz Rosenzweig