Rabbi Abraham I. Kook (d. 1935)

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Rabbi Abraham I. Kook (d. 1935)

Post by Nicholas » Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:01 pm

Whenever a person raises himself through good
deeds, through a higher stirring of his yearning for godliness,
for wisdom, justice, beauty and equity, he perfects thereby
the spiritual disposition of all existence. All people become
better in their inwardness through the ascendency of the good
in any one of them. . . . Such virtue in any one person is due
to spread among the general populace, to stir each one, according
to his capacity, toward merit, and thus all existence
thereby becomes ennobled and more exalted.
Page 25 in The Lights Of Penitence, The Moral Principles, Lights Of Holiness, Essays, Letters, And Poems
Translation And Introduction By Ben Zion Bokser
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Re: Rabbi Abraham I. Kook (d. 1935)

Post by Nicholas » Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:14 pm

In the future the abundance of enlightenment will
spread and penetrate even the animals. "They will not hurt
nor destroy on My holy mountain, for the earth will be full of
the knowledge of the Lord" (Isa. 11:9). The gift offerings of
vegetation that will then be brought as sacrifices will be as
acceptable as the sacrifices of ancient days.
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Re: Rabbi Abraham I. Kook (d. 1935)

Post by DNS » Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:30 pm

Between 1901 and 1904, he published three articles which anticipate the philosophy that he later more fully developed in the Land of Israel. Kook personally refrained from eating meat except on the Sabbath and Festivals; and a compilation of extracts from his writing, compiled by his disciple David Cohen, known as "Rav HaNazir" (or "the Nazir of Jerusalem")[14] and titled by him "A Vision of Vegetarianism and Peace," depicts a progression, guided by Torah law, towards a vegetarian society
Cool, he was vegetarian or moving toward being full-vegetarian.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Isaac_Kook

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Re: Rabbi Abraham I. Kook (d. 1935)

Post by Nicholas » Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:38 pm

More from & about this most righteous one:

http://www.ravkook.net
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Re: Rabbi Abraham I. Kook (d. 1935)

Post by Nicholas » Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:54 pm

One of the great afflictions of man's spiritual world is
that every discipline of knowledge, every feeling, impedes the
emergence of the other. The result is that most people remain
limited and one-sided, and their shortcomings are continually on the increase.

The cloud that each discipline casts on the other also
leads the devotee of a particular discipline to feel a sharp
antagonism toward the discipline that is remote to him, whose
values are outside his concerns.

This defect cannot continue permanently. Man's nobler
future is destined to come, when he will develop to a sound
spiritual state so that instead of each discipline negating the
other, all knowledge, all feeling will be envisioned from any branch of it.

This is precisely the true nature of reality. No spiritual
phenomenon can stand independently. Each is interpenetrated
by all. Only the limitations of our mental capacities
impede us from glimpsing those aspects of the spiritual domain
that are immanent in every part of it. When man rises in
his spiritual development his eyes will open to see properly.
Lights of Holiness, I p.22
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Re: Rabbi Abraham I. Kook (d. 1935)

Post by Nicholas » Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:00 am

The ideological conflicts in the human race, among all people, and
particularly among Jews, are based on the issues of morality. Everyone
knows that wisdom and talent refer to capacity, to strengthen the
intellectual or practical capacities. Morality seeks to perfect the human
will that it seek the good. If man's capacity should increase but his will
for the good remain undeveloped, then the increase in his powers can
only lead to disaster. When the love of self rises beyond the equitable
through the loss of moral sensitivity, it is bound to make life more difficult
to the extent that one's powers increase, and this love itself, being without
a proper base in the spiritual, eternal life, will degenerate progressively
to crude and ugly desires. On the other hand, with a good moral state,
which engenders refinement of soul, a higher sense of holiness and a love
for people, it becomes possible for man to structure the limited forces
operative in his humble capacities in such a way that they will engender
good and blessing for him and the world.
Morality and Faith in God, in Essential Writings, translated by Ben Zion Bokser
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Re: Rabbi Abraham I. Kook (d. 1935)

Post by Nicholas » Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:10 am

It is true that the full benefit will surely come through the complete
union of these two forces, the capacity and the will, in their full state
of excellence. When these join together they will become as one, like
all the forces which manifest themselves to us in the wide domain of
creation, that are united in their source. And the more a person will
grow in knowledge, the more will he recognize the unity of the forces
which manifest themselves in diverse forms . . . This is the most significant
perception of the full unity of capacity and will, as the highest expression
in man's development. But the decisive force in the continuing
development of man, from stage to stage, from generation to generation,
and from epoch to epoch, to the end of time, despite intervening periods
of retreat, is the force of morality and justice. This is the will. It also
stimulates the development of wisdom and talent, which is the realm
of capacity. "The world rests on one foundation, and his name is zaddik"
[the righteous person] (Hagigah 12b).
Essential Writings, p. 33.
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