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10 WAYS OF ACCOMODATION:

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by Joseph Yahalom
10 WAYS OF ACCOMODATION: YEHUDA HALEVI VERSUS MOSHE IBN EZRA Moshe Ibn Ezra’s standing in the Christian territories was altogether different from that of his prote ´ ge ´ e, the young Halevi. While the latter was quick to find his place in the service of the new leadership in the north, Ibn Ezra’s relations grew more and more dependent and were accompanied by unceasing grievances toward the same leaders. As heads of the Jewish community, they were responsible to make sure that the refugees who had been hounded out of the south were properly absorbed into the Christian north, and as we have seen Halevi’s first patron was numbered among the exiles. His turning to Yitzhak Ibn Baron is neatly documented in the long poem “ Doves in their cooing” ( Shirei HaH ˙ ol, Moshe Ibn Ezra 113), in which he addresses the nasi after having left his native Granada ( Schirmann- Fleischer, 496). Among other complaints, Ibn Ezra remarks that after leaving his sheltered home and fleeing to the Christian land of Edom, he was now constrained to live among the uncouth and barbarous. If only the eulogized nasi would see him in his current situation, living among the uncultured who cling to him, he would surely take pity on him. The dejected poet wants Yitzhak who had partaken of wisdom (“ kin to reason”) – to know that he is imprisoned by ignorance and that he – the nasi – must hasten to redeem him, for did he not bear the right of redemption ( Jeremiah 32: 7): page TOC Home

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