A Spanish philosopher and Hebrew poet, Halevi is known for a wide range of secular and religious poetry, which strongly promote the return of diaspora Jews to Jerusalem. After moving from Toledo to Cordova, where he works as a physician, discontented with living in Spain, following the death of his wife, Halevi goes to Palestine. Beginning in Alexandria, Egypt, he makes his way to Jerusalem, where, as legend has it, an Arab kills him upon his arrival. His pilgrimage and return to Eretz Yisrael is dealt with extensively in his poetry.