Abraham ibn Ezra’s liturgical poem Emet, El Emet Atah offers a beautiful meditation on his – and perhaps our – relationship with the divine.
In the seventh year … you shall read this Teaching aloud in the presence of all Israel. Ibn Ezra emphasizes the centrality of Torah.
Torah is not in heaven – it is in your mouth and in your heart to do it. Ibn Ezra explains the heart is essential for Jewish practice.
“Arami oved avi”, a curious and somewhat confusing phrase. Who is the Aramean? Who is the father? And what does oved really mean?
Ibn Ezra comments “Righteousness is like a building. However, unrighteousness is like a ruin. Its wall collapses in a moment.”