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"The Starling's Caw": Judah Halevi as Philosopher, Poet, and Pilgrim

"The Starling's Caw": Judah Halevi as Philosopher, Poet, and Pilgrim T H E J E W I S H Q U A R T E R LY R E V I E W , Vol. 101, No. 1 (Winter 2011) 97­132 L AW R E N C E J . K A P L A N HILLEL HALKIN. Yehuda Halevi. Jewish Encounters. New York: Nextbook/Schocken, 2010. Pp. vi 353. RAYMOND P. SCHEINDLIN. The Song of the Distant Dove: Judah Halevi's Pilgrimage. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. Pp. x 310. ADAM SHEAR. The Kuzari and the Shaping of Jewish Identity, 1167­1900. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Pp. xvi 384. Already in his lifetime, Judah Halevi (ca. 1075­1141) was acclaimed by his Andalusian contemporaries as ``the quintessence and embodiment of our country, our refuge and leader, an illustrious scholar of unique and perfect piety.'' As the late Geniza scholar Shlomo Dov Goitein noted, even in an age noted for its effusively hyperbolic encomiums, such praise was exceptional. Goitein, who cites this description twice in the fifth and final volume of his magisterial Mediterranean Society, comments, ``In the combination of his perfection in form and the elementary power of religious conviction Halevi appears to have been unique.''1 Indeed, over the course http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Jewish Quarterly Review University of Pennsylvania Press

"The Starling's Caw": Judah Halevi as Philosopher, Poet, and Pilgrim

Jewish Quarterly Review , Volume 101 (1) – Feb 10, 2011

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T H E J E W I S H Q U A R T E R LY R E V I E W , Vol. 101, No. 1 (Winter 2011) 97­132 L AW R E N C E J . K A P L A N HILLEL HALKIN. Yehuda Halevi. Jewish Encounters. New York: Nextbook/Schocken, 2010. Pp. vi 353. RAYMOND P. SCHEINDLIN. The Song of the Distant Dove: Judah Halevi's Pilgrimage. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. Pp. x 310. ADAM SHEAR. The Kuzari and the Shaping of Jewish Identity, 1167­1900. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Pp. xvi 384. Already in his lifetime, Judah Halevi (ca. 1075­1141) was acclaimed by his Andalusian contemporaries as ``the quintessence and embodiment of our country, our refuge and leader, an illustrious scholar of unique and perfect piety.'' As the late Geniza scholar Shlomo Dov Goitein noted, even in an age noted for its effusively hyperbolic encomiums, such praise was exceptional. Goitein, who cites this description twice in the fifth and final volume of his magisterial Mediterranean Society, comments, ``In the combination of his perfection in form and the elementary power of religious conviction Halevi appears to have been unique.''1 Indeed, over the course

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