My Soul Longed for the Place of Assembly at the Beginning of My Journey
A poem by Yehudah ha-Levi
On that day when my soul longed for the place of assembly,
I found nevertheless that a dread of departure seized a hold of me.
He, great in counsel, prepared for me ways for setting forth,
And I found His name in my heart a sustainment.
Therefore I bow down to Him at every stage;
And at every step I thank Him.
Based on the translation by Nina Salaman.