LIGHTS ON OROT
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LIGHTS ON OROT
The Teachings of HaRav Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook
Commentary by Rabbi David Samson and Tzvi Fishman
Hardcover, 235 pages
KTAV Publishing House, Shorashim Publications, Torat Eretz Yisrael Publications 1996
Only by learning the secrets of Torah, can a person experience the highest levels of holiness, and the transcendental Segula of Eretz Yisrael.
Rooted in Kabbalistic literature is the understanding that Hebrew letters are the atoms and building blocks of the soul. When a Jew makes Aliyah to Israel, his small, individual letters expand to become the gigantic letters of Clal Yisrael.
Our Sages teach that the redemption of Israel is a gradually developing process whihc unfolds over time, like the awakening of dawn over the mountains. Because the soul of a Jew is connected to all of the souls in the Clal, the yearning of even one individual for the Land of Israel has a profound, multiple effect on all of the nation. The mercy of G-d is aroused, and the nation returns to its homeland.
The longing for the true Israeli life and religious expression burns even in the souls of Jews who are distant from Torah and precepts. All of their longing for freedom, for enlightenment, and for redemption, in whatever form it takes, stems from the nation's holy longing for G-d.
OROT is one of the most oustanding classics of Jewish philosophy in our times. The book OROT explores the deepest, most esoteric understandings of the nation of Israel, and Israel's role in world redemption. Lights on OROT is intended to be a series of commentaries on Rabbi Kook's most profound and visionary treatise.
Rabbi Kook teaches that a proper understanding of the nation of Israel can only be obtained after one first recognizes the significance of Eretz Yisrael to the Jewish people. To understand who we are as a nation, and to actualize our role as a light to all of the world, we first have to understand the special relationship between the Divinely-chosen people and the Divinely-chosen Land.
Owing to the book's startling insights, its difficult Hebrew, and often esoteric style, OROT has remained the cherished possession of Rabbi kook's students and generation of Torah scholars in Israel who were privileged to learn from his son, HaRav Tzvi Yehuda. The Lights on OROT series is designed to make Rabbi Kook's writings accessible to a far wider readership.
The authors of the commentary, Rabbi David Samson and Tzvi Fishman are the writers of the popular book, Torat Eretz Yisrael, The Teachings of HaRav Tzvi Yehuda HaCohen Kook.