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Sign: Tel Aviv University - Entin Square tiles - Yefe Nof (Yehuda Halevy)

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Chaim Levanon St 64, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
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On the sign:
יְפֵה נוֹף מְשׂוֹשׂ תֵּבֵל קִרְיָה לְמֶלֶךְ רָב
לָךְ נִכְסְפָה נַפְשִׁי מִפַּאֲתֵי מַעְרָב
הֲמוֹן רַחֲמַי נִכְמָר כִּי אֶזְכְּרָה קֶדֶם
כְּבוֹדֵךְ אֲשֶׁר גָּלָה וְנָוֵךְ אֲשֶׁר חָרָב
וּמִי יִתְּנֵנִי עַל כַּנְפֵי נְשָׁרִים, עַד
אֲרַוֶּה בְדִמְעָתִי עֲפָרֵך וְיִתְעָרָב
דְּרַשְׁתִּיךְ, וְאִם מַלְכֵּךְ אֵין בָּךְ וְאִם בִּמְקוֹם
צְרִי גִּלְעֲדֵך - נָחָשׁ שָׂרָף וְגַם עַקְרָב
הֲלֹא אֶת אֲבָנַיִךְ אֲחוֹנֵן וְאֶשָּׁקֵם
וְטַעַם רְגָבַיִךְ לְפִי מִדְּבַשׁ יֶעְרָב

(יהודה הלוי)
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Entin Square is at the entrance gate to the Tel Aviv University campus in Ramat Aviv.

The square is studded with cobblestones with quotes, sayings, illustrations or formulas of the great scientists, thinkers and writers.

In the next photo taken that day you can see the square and the way the tiles are laid Click for a larger image

Details about the square can be found here Click for sign's details

In the current plaque appears a poem by the poet and philosopher Yehuda Halevi (1141-1075). Yehuda Halevi, who was born in Spain, was one of the greatest Jewish poets and thinkers. A well-known book of his is "Kuzari" which is considered one of the most important books of Jewish philosophy.
In the current poem, the poet talks about his dream of reaching Jerusalem

Three months earlier, the tiles were photographed in the same square. During the photograph, it was discovered that a number of tiles had been removed and replaced by other tiles. The current tile replaced another tile

Translation of the text on the sign:
Yefe Nof, the joy of the world, the borough of a great king.
I longed for you from the west!
A great deal of pity was felt for remembering the east,
Your glory, which is revealed, and your place that is destroyed.
And who will put me on the wings of eagles,
Until I filled your ground with tears!
I have demanded you, and if your kingship is not in you or in the place
Your shadow is a serpent and a scorpion.
I will take your stones and restore them
And the taste of your colds of earth will be sweeter than honey!
(Yehuda Halevi)




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