In his short poem “Before My Soul Existed”, Abraham ibn Ezra reflects on faith, failure, and seeking the joy and light of the Divine.
Abraham ibn Ezra offers a beautiful paraphrase of Moses’ final blessing for the Israelites as a whole – and perhaps for us.
In the poem Ha’azinu, Moses describes God as a hovering eagle, echoing an earlier decription of God hovering.
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.