“There is the one who sings the song of his own people, they emerge from the circle of the individual self… and cleave with a refined love to the whole Community of Israel”
Rav Kook is the prophet of the rebirth of Israel. In 1905, he wrote of the importance of Medinat Israel-The Nation/State of Israel- as the foundation of God’s presence in the world. This was the first time that these words –Medinat Israel- were expressed in history. The small committee of Ben Gurion and a few others did not know of this writing when they named Medinat Israel in the May 1948 Declaration of Independence.
Rav Kook’s teachings and students created the Religious Zionist population of Israel. Their ongoing participation and influence in the activities and focuses of modern day Israel is of great current significance.
His writings describe extensively the ongoing development of the Jewish people and Judaism into the Nation and Torah of Israel. He guides us to ‘renew the old’ and sanctify the new’. He explains the importance of the full development of the physical and spiritual Israel as a central step in the process of planetary redemption. It is our ultimate national responsibility.
— Song of Israel
There is another who sings the song of his people….and he attaches himself with a gentle love to the whole community of Israel. Together with her he sings her songs.
“A nation is not the highest happiness for a human being”…
Nationalism is not the ultimate form for humanity…
“This can be said about a regular nation that does not rise above the level of a mutual responsibility pact…” Most countries are a shared insurance company and offer little else.
He continues and explains “this is not true with a nation that has ideals at its foundations, a nation in which the highest ideals are stamped into its very being… A nation such as this offers great happiness to the individual. This nation is our nation, Medinat Israel-The State of Israel, the foundation of G-d’s Throne in the world, whose entire desire is that ‘G-d will be One and His Name will be One’ (Zecharia 14:9)”.
The Settlement in Israel will develop; the national home will be built. Out of it will blow a mighty spirit. The soul of the nation will be reawakened. From the depth of its nature, it will recognize its essence. With mighty strength, it will establish its life-patterns: the special spirit of the nation will establish the faith of the Lord, God of Israel in the world, and it goes without saying, within her own midst…the inner power will break forth as a volcano and Israelite life, by both inner necessity and free consciousness, will assume its authentic form. That natural form will bring the Great Return; the return of love without materialist faltering; an inner return flowing from the depth of truth that is in the luminous life of the soul. One need not be pained at all on account of the gushing streams of the natural national spirit; even the mistakes made along the way, in the end will contribute to building and repairing.
Orot-Lights of Renewal-Ch. 31 (written in Yaffo. 1912-1914)
“All of life’s endeavors must be directed to disclose the light of the higher general harmony.”
“Divine zealotry will become an active force that spreads love to the entire expanse of life.” -Rav Kook
“Our nation will be built and established. It will return to its strength, to all its foundations of life through its faithfulness and reverence. [Israel’s] exalted Godly sanctification will expand, become courageous, perfect and grow strong….The hidden secret will become clear to all the nations and kingdoms that the world’s future depends on the revival of the community of Israel.”
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The Torah of Chesed/Kindness is the elevated Torah. The highest holiness can [only] come to the world in a peaceful way, with guidance that is full of calmness, tranquility and honor.
“Often many obstacles can prevent one from fulfilling their own life path fully…One must overcome these with all one’s might…All the obstacles in the world cannot prevent one from living their lives fully.”
“Yerushalayim, and Zion in particular, is a teaching about the return of humankind to its highest status -to the point that all the nations who divided into many streams in the past will return to form one pure and good unit”. -Rav Kook, TZ”L
“Our state, the State of Israel, is the foundation of God’s throne in the world- her whole desire is that God will be one and God’s Name one.” -Rav Kook
“Intrinsic freedom is that exalted spirit by which a person- as well as the nation as a whole- is inspired to remain faithful to their inner essence, to the spiritual attribute of the Divine image within. It is that attribute which enables one to feel that their life has purpose and value.” – Rav Kook
“The foundational essence of freedom is that elevated spirit by which a human being and a nation rises to be loyal to their inner being-to the Tzelem Elokim-The Divine Image within.”
“The eternal words ‘Go, gather all the Jews’ must once again revitalize us and elevate us. In the final analysis, we are, and shall be, one nation, and Israel shall once again rise to the eternal words ‘Go, gather all the Jews’.”- Rav Kook