Judah ha-Levi


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Judah ha-Levi

(hɑːˈliːvaɪ)
n
(Biography) ?1075–1141, Jewish poet and philosopher, born in Spain; his major works include the collection in Diwan and the prose work Sefer ha-Kuzari, which presented his philosophy of Judaism in dialogue form
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74), a concept he adopted from the Spanish-Jewish poet Judah Ha-Levi (1075-1242), which removed Judaism from the methodology of historicist scholarship.
Judah ha-Levi lived for a time in Andalusia, in Toledo, and in Cordoba, at the center of Jewish cultural life.
Moreover, although the medieval poet and philosopher Judah Ha-Levi (1085-1141) proposed what we would categorize as a racial theory to explain the historic anomalies of Jewish national survival and distinctiveness, his theory cannot be considered racist, in the sense of asserting that the Jews should conquer or dominate other groups.