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Eretz Yisrael - The Divine Attachment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tzvi Fishman   
Saturday, 06 December 2014

Eretz Yisrael - The Divine Attachment


This article is excerpted from the English-language book, Eretz Yisrael, Lights on Orot by Rabbi David Samson and Tzvi Fishman, a commentary on Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook’s classic work Orot, available online at Createspace books:

The book, Orot, explores the deepest understandings of the nation of Israel, and Israel's role in world redemption. In compiling the essays which make up the book, Rabbi A. Y. Kook's son, HaRav Tzvi Yehuda, זצ"ל, chose to begin with selections of his father's writings on Eretz Yisrael. This choice is, in itself, a great innovation. Rabbi Kook explains 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.1 To understand who we are as a nation, and to actualize our role in the world, we first have to understand the special relationship between the Divinely-chosen people and the Divinely-chosen land.

The first essay of Orot is not only a study of our connection to the Land of Israel, it is also an introduction to the Segula of the nation, one of the main themes of Rabbi Kook's writings. This Segula, a Divine inner attachment to G-d unique to the Jewish people is the key to understanding the unity of the nation of Israel, the Torah, the Land of Israel, and G-d.2

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The Land & Tikun Yesod PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael   
Sunday, 09 November 2014

The Land of Israel & Tikun HaYesod

The Tikunei Zohar explains that man’s first primordial sin in the Garden of Eden was a sexual transgression. Ever since that time, it has been the task of mankind to rectify this sin which shattered the symbiosis between the Creator and His creation. As we have learned, this rectification is called Tikun HaYesod. Every individual who safeguards his personal sexual life is taking a part in this historic, world rectification.

The Arizal teaches that after Cain murdered Abel, Adam separated from his wife for 130 years, afraid to bring more offspring into the world. During these years, evil forces plagued him, causing him to spill semen in vain. These lost souls were captured by the realm of evil, and with mankind’s subsequent immoral decline, they became imprisoned in the land of Egypt, the sexual cesspool of the world. This is why, the Arizal explains, that the Jewish People had to leave the Land of Israel and descend to bondage in Egypt – in order to liberate these kidnapped souls. This was to bring about a world, historic rectification that would return mankind to its exalted holy status of the Garden of Eden. On a mystical level, these liberated souls were “the great wealth” that the Jews carried out of Egypt on the way to Eretz Yisrael. But with the sin of the Golden Calf, and the sexual transgression that accompanied it, the Jewish People failed in their mission. The awaited world rectification, Tikun HaYesod, was to be accomplished in the future - with the conquest of Eretz Yisrael, with the cleansing of sexual sin from the land, and with the building of the Temple in Jerusalem.

However, this tikun was short lived. With the immoral decline of the Jews in Israel, especially sexual sin, the Temples were destroyed, and the Jews were expelled from their land and cast into exile. Jewish nationhood was destroyed, damaging the channel of Yesod, and cutting off G-d’s blessing to the world, which comes down to mankind through the national life of the Jewish People in Eretz Yisrael.  

On a mystical level, this dispersion amongst the impure nations of the world represents the dispersion of the sparks of holiness of the semen that was wasting through transgressions of the Jewish People and captured by the realm of evil.

In Kabbalistic terms, Eretz Yisrael, the Holy Land, represents the female principle of Malchut, the vessel created especially for the development of the Jewish People and for the establishment of the Kingdom of G-d in the world.

Just as the dispersion of the Jews parallels the dispersion of the lost holy souls, it is the ingathering of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel from the four corners of the earth that redeems these scattered spiritual children, reunited the sefirah of Yesod with Malchut.

This ingathering of the Jewish exiles to Eretz Yisrael is the ultimate world-historic Tikun HaYesod, bringing about the redemption of all the lost souls, the redemption of Israel, and the redemption of the world in its wake.   

In this light, we can understand the great importance of the rebuilding of the Jewish Nation in the Land of Israel, and also understand why the forces of evil in the world are so against the resettlement of the Jewish People in its Land.

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Eretz Yisrael & The Secrets Of Torah PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael   
Sunday, 09 November 2014

Eretz Yisrael & The Secrets Of Torah

This article is chapter two from the English-language book, Lights on Orot by Rabbi David Samson and Tzvi Fishman, a commentary on Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook’s classic work Orot.

  In the first essay of the book, Orot, we learned that Eretz Yisrael is not a secondary, external acquisition of the nation, but rather an essential, life-giving foundation of Clal Yisrael. We further learned that the bond between the Land of Israel and the Jewish people is something above human logic. It is based on the Divine Spirit which rests on the land and on the nation. This understanding is channeled to us through the great Rabbis who are uniquely connected to the life of the Clal through their profound penetration into the depths of the Torah. Finally, Rabbi Kook emphasized that the future of the Jewish people depends not on strengthening the Diaspora, but rather on strengthening our connection to Eretz Yisrael.

  In this second essay, Rabbi Kook explains in greater depth how an alienation from the secrets of Torah causes a distortion in our comprehension of Judaism and a crisis in Jewish life.

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Rabbi Nachman of Breslov on the Land of Israel PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rabbi Nachman   
Sunday, 26 October 2014

1) With true faith, prayer comes into its own. Prayer is bound up with the concept of bring about miracles. To attain this level of faith is only possible in the Land of Israel, for it is there that prayer ascends to the worlds above.

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The Time Has Come! PDF Print E-mail
Written by HaRav Tzvi Yehuda HaKohen Kook   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013

(Excerpted from a lecture by Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda HaKohen Kook, delivered in Jerusalem to Bnei Akiva student leaders from the Diaspora. The full lecture and commentary by Rabbi David Samson appears in the book, "Torat Eretz Yisrael," Chapter Five.)

The Land Of Israel

Our connection to Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel) is not solely based on the fact that it is our homeland. There is a reason that it is our homeland. The Almighty created it especially suited to us.

Eretz Yisrael is the land of Clal Yisrael, the land of the nation and community of Israel.

To properly understand our connection to Eretz Yisrael, we first have to know who we are.
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