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Texts Concerning Zionism:
"My Heart Is In the East"

by Yehuda Halevi
(c. 1141)


Zionism Texts: Table of Contents | "The Jewish State" | "The Iron Wall"


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My heart is in the east, and I in the uttermost west--

How can I find savour 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.

Sources: Translated from the Hebrew by Nina Salaman, 1924 This edition published in 1924 by Jewish Publication Society of America, Essential Texts of Zionism

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