Abraham Isaac Kook Quotes
Abraham Isaac Kook (Hebrew: ????? ???? ???? ??? Abraham Yitshak ha-Kohen Kuk;8 September 1865–11 September 1935) was the first Ashkenazi chief rabbi of British Mandatory Palestine, the founder of Yeshiva Mercaz HaRav Kook (The Central Universal Yeshiva), Jewish thinker, Halakhist, Kabbalist and a renowned Torah scholar. He is known in Hebrew as ??? ????? ???? ???? ??? HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook, and by the acronym ????? (HaRaAYaH), or simply as "HaRav." He was one of the most celebrated and influential rabbis of the 20th century
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Contemplate the wonders of creation, the Divine dimension of their being, not as a dim configuration that is presented to you from a distance, but as the reality in which you live.
The purely righteous do not complain of the dark, but increase the light; they do not complain of evil, but increase justice; they do not complain of heresy, but increase faith; they do not complain of ignorance, but increase wisdom.
I don't speak because I have the power to speak; I speak because I don't have the power to remain silent.
The Second Temple was destroyed because of causeless hatred. Perhaps the Third will be rebuilt because of causeless love.
When one looks truly at the good side of everyone, others come to love him very naturally, and he does not need even a speck of flattery.
Our generation is wonderful generation, full of wonder. It's very hard to find an example of it in all our history. Composed of contradictions â?? light and darkness mixed.
There are free men with the spirit of a slave, and slaves whose spirit is full of freedom. He who is true to his inner self is a free man, while he whose entire life is merely a stage for what is good and beautiful in the eyes of others, is a slave.
An epiphany enables you to sense creation not as something completed, but as constantly becoming, evolving, ascending. This transports you from a place where there is nothing new to a place where there is nothing old, where everything renews itself, where heaven and earth rejoice as at the moment of creation.
The desire to be good to all with no restrictions - not in the quantity of those to whom we are good nor in the quality of the good we perform - that is the inner nucleus of the essence of the soul of Israel.
One whose soul does not wander in the expanses, one who does not seek the light of truth and goodness with all his heart, does not suffer spiritual ruins - but he will also not have his own self-based constructions. Instead, he takes shelter in the shadow of the natural constructions, like rabbits under boulders. But one who has a human soul cannot take shelter in anything other than constructions that he builds with his own spiritual toil...
All the troubles of the world, especially the spiritual, such as grief, impatience, disillusionment, despair, the truly basic troubles of man-they came about only because of the failure to view clearly the majesty of God.