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Wednesday, October 18, 2006



Blogger maxentia said...

Ben jij zelf op al die plaatsen geweest Maharal?

10/19/2006 08:27:00 AM  
Anonymous maharal said...

Neen, maar elk heeft dan weer een speciale betekenis voor mij.

10/20/2006 07:14:00 AM  
Blogger Aniksker said...

hey maharalipops the Alexander Rebbe is in Lodz this shabos; why don't you go?

10/23/2006 10:10:00 AM  
Anonymous dot said...

Barzilai versus Anikster.

In one of his best-known poems, Yehuda Halevi presents a startling inversion of the words of Barzilai Hagil’adi. Whereas Barzilai’s senses were too dulled for him to leave home, the poet’s senses were too dulled for him to stay there. In six short lines he describes the sense of existential displacement, of the distance between situation and aspiration, the pervasive feeling of being, in time and place, elsewhere.

Libi b'mizrach v'anochi b'sof ma'arav.
(Do you hear the word-music?)

My heart is in the east, and I am in the furthermost west--
How can I enjoy food? Can it be sweet to me?

How shall I make vows and honor bonds, while yet
Zion is held by Edom, and I by Arab chains?

Shouldn't it be easy for me to leave all the good things of Spain --
Seeing how precious it is to behold the dust of the desolate sanctuary.

10/23/2006 09:05:00 PM  

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