Moses Ibn Ezra
(c. 1055 - 1135)
Moses Ibn Ezra was born in Granada and appears to have held a position of prominence. His name was qualified
by the Arabic title, "Head of the police," or perhaps "His
excellency." He was close friends with Judah
Ha'Levi and invited his famous colleague to come to Granada. Ibn
Ezra's family dispersed after Granada was destroyed by the Almoravides
in 1090. He lived the remaining years of his life in Christian Spain.
Ibn Ezra is best known for his substantial body of
penitential prayers. His work encourages the reader to look into himself and
to discover the absurdity of pursuing worldly aspirations and achievements.
Divine judgment is inevitable, and therefore, hope can be found in penance and
Sources: This material was originally published in Sparks!
- an e-zine for Jewish families