Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Vision of Rav Kook

In honor of Yom Yerushalayim, which is marked this evening, here is a passage from a 1916 letter by Rav Kook (Igrot haRaayah 3:3):

We stand opposite a great and mighty revelation, the likes of which have not been known in human history. There is no doubt; changes of great value are hidden in the depths of this global revelation.

There is also no doubt that the hand of Israel, with its spirit, with the voice of Yaakov, must here be revealed. It would be a disgrace to make a fraud of the deeds and effects, the ambitions and the causes and the overall yearning for life which has transpired in recent years.

As much as they are mixed with dross, as much as they have yet to reach their appropriate form and their living design in their life of truth, we still see in them, in the end, fulfillment of the sacred revelation, unmistakeable signs that these matters have been orchestrated by Divine will, and the hand of Gd sets them upon a paved path to His nation, which is exhausted from its great many troubles, and to His world which is sprawled beneath the burden of the confused life which weighs upon it.

What would Rav Kook have said, had he lived to see 1967? And what would Rav Kook tell us now, in 2009, with old/new plans afoot to separate Jews from Yerushalayim?


  1. R' Kook spent some of the years of WWI stuck in London.

    It didn't weaken his love for the land -- and he still made it back home!

    Seeing posts about Israel on your blog remind me that there's still lots of hope for people spreading the love for Eretz Yisrael, everywhere.

    Shavua Tov, Chodesh Tov!

  2. Jameel-
    Indeed; and legend has it he helped with the Balfour Declaration along the way!

    And re: Israel on my blog - Why is that even a question?