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Song of the Distant DoveJudah Halevi’s Pilgrimage$
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Raymond P. Scheindlin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195315424

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315424.001.0001

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(p.182) 9 Argumentation
Song of the Distant Dove

Raymond P. Scheindlin (Contributor Webpage)

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Halevi justifies his journey to himself and others in four poems. In the first poem, he reproaches himself for worldliness and urges himself to put his ideas of trust in God to the test. In the second poem, he disputes the contention that the Holy Land has lost its sacredness since the Jews were exiled by asserting that it will be the locus of resurrection of the dead and by unleashing his famous tirade against Greek philosophy. The third poem is a reply to someone who attempted to persuade him to stay in Egypt on the grounds that it, too, was the site of miracles for the Jewish people. The last poem is a long internal monologue in which he responds to friends who objected not only to his pilgrimage but to his whole turn from worldliness to piety.

Keywords:   Songs of Levites, trust in God, philosophy, resurrection, graves of ancestors, gates of heaven, gates of Jerusalem

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