Rav Kook was a prominent rabbinical authority
and active public leader, but at the same time a
deeply religious mystic. He was both Talmudic scholar and poet,
original thinker and saintly tzaddik.
I have not attempted to translate his works. I doubt whether if it is possible to lucidly transmit his ideas when constrained to a literal translation. Instead, I have taken sources from his writings and tried to present them in a clear, straightforward fashion. Of course, this method runs the risk of over-simplifying and even misinterpreting the author's true intent. Still, this is a sincere effort that I believe to be faithful to the spirit of the Rav's thought.
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“I don't speak because I have the power to speak; I speak because I don't have the power to remain silent.”
“If we were destroyed, and the world with us, due to baseless hatred, then we shall rebuild ourselves, and the world with us, with baseless love.”
“There are free men with the spirit of a slave, and slaves whose spirit is full of freedom. One who is true to his inner self is a free man, while one whose entire life is merely a stage for what is good in the eyes of others, is a slave.”
“The old shall be renewed, and the new shall be made holy.”
“Ascend towards the heights, ascend!
For you have great strength.
You have wings of spirit, wings of mighty eagles.
Do not fail them, or they will fail you.
Seek them and you will find them right away.”