ELEAZAR ben KALLIR -- Poet of the Land of Israel
Eleazar wrote of his mourning and yearnings for Zion. Some of his works are part of the synagogue service to this day.
The Dialogue of Zion and God (אם הבנים)
. . .
"My husband has abandoned me and turned away,
and has not remembered my love as a bride;
he has scattered and dispersed me far from my land;
he has let all my tormentors
rejoice at my downfall."
. . . .
"O my dove,
O plant of delight in my garden bed,
why do you cry out against me?
I have already answered your prayer,
as I did in days of old,
when I dwelt crowned in your midst.
. . . .
"I have turned to you with great compassion, and now
I march through the gate of Bath-Rabbim [Jerusalem].
Your enemies, ever more numerous --
I shook them
till they were snuffed out like smoke.
"My dark one,
I shall never desert you;
I shall reach out again
and take you to Myself. . ."
[translation -- T. Carmi -- from The Penguin Book of Hebrew Verse]
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Coming soon: Karl Marx on the Muslim/Ottoman system of government and laws, concerning non-Muslims in particular, especially as manifested in Jerusalem up to the mid-19th century