“If we [the second Temple] were destroyed, and the world with us, through needless hatred, we will be re-built and the world with us, through unconditional love.” (Rav Kook)
Rav Kook explains that the reconciliation and loving that occurs between Jacob and Esau after years of enmity is a foreshadowing of the loving meeting that will occur historically between all the children of Abraham in the latter days of history.
The individual and the collective soul, the world soul, the soul of all realms of being cries out like a fierce lioness in anguish for total perfection, for an ideal form of existence, and we feel the pain and it purges us.
A chaotic world stands before us as long as we have not attained that degree of higher perfection in which we unite all life-forces and all their diverse tendencies.
Rav Kook was explicitly clear that “our ultimate purpose and destiny is to bring ‘shalom-peace’, happiness and blessing into the world, in line with the blessing to Avraham.
We must liberate ourselves from confinement within our private concerns…This reduces us to the worst kind of smallness, and brings upon us endless physical and spiritual distress.