Suggested Discussion Questions:
1. Moshe ibn Ezra was paytan, a religious poet. What do you find most beautiful, disturbing, poignant or even encouraging in this poem?
2. While he is denounced, he pays no heed. "Time will consume them," he says. What do you think this means?
3. The strongest line in the poem is "God is there." How do you think this religious writer understood his feelings for his beloved? What did he think about the religious culture of his time?