Zeitschrift für deutsch - jüdische Literatur und Kulturgeschichte (Journal of German - Jewish Literature and Culture History)
Ed. by Pollock, Benjamin / Weidner, Daniel / Wiese, Christian
In cooperation with Barouch, Lina
A Blessed Journey: The Imprint of Yehuda Halevi’s Poetry on Ludwig Strauss’s Land Israel Poems
In 1935, Ludwig Strauss published a volume of poetry entitled Land Israel, the contents of which relate to the two visits he had made to the country in 1924 and 1934. This article discusses the imprint of Yehuda Halevi’s poetry – in particular his Zion and journey poems – on Strauss’s collection. Strauss’s poems depict “Eretz Israel” not only via descriptions of the trials and tribulations of the nascent Zionist enterprise but also through cognitive ideals such as the prophetic utopian vision of Zion. Like Halevi, Strauss fuses pragmatism with a messianic vision in Land Israel. Strauss’s “Die Verheissungen,” which exhibits close affinities with Halevi’s “Ẓiyon ha-lo tishʼali lishlom asirayikh” (“Zion Shall You Not Ask After the Welfare of Your Captives?”), is one of the most striking examples of Halevi’s influence on Strauss. The imprint of Halevi’s “On the Sea” cycle on Strauss’s poems “Gesegnete Fahrt” and “Ungewisse Fahrt” is likewise clearly evident.