Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Inner Mystery of Judaism


From the OROT (LIGHTS) of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook (first chief rabbi of Palestine, died in 1936):

The Gentiles defiled revealed Judaism by their touch; they touched the holy oils and rendered them impure. The stones of the holy altar were made unfit. However, the inner mysteries (of Judaism) that are hidden and sealed from foreign touch retained their sanctity - but only the most soulful inwardness, for the (outer) expressions of the mysteries were already desecrated by intruders. This inwardness, which is the soul of the supernal soul, is fixed in the characteristic soul of Israel, and never moves thence, as long as the connection to the totality of the nation and its character lives in its midst, as long as it desires at all the well - being and success of the Israelite nation. Though it does not know to call by the Name and enunciate its mysteries, and even if it errs in its deeds and opinions - its inside is the holy of holies.

Despite Rabbi Kook wrote this a long time ago, nothing has changed under the sun !

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