Elsewhere in “Orot,” Rabbi Kook writes:
The secrets of Torah bring the Redemption and return Israel to its Land, because the Torah of truth in its mighty inner logic demands the complete soul of the Nation. Through this inner Torah, the Nation begins to feel the pain of exile and to realize the absolute impossibility for its character to fulfill its potential as long as it is oppressed on foreign soil. As long as the light of the supernal Torah is sealed and bound, the inner need to return to Zion will not stir itself with deep faith (“Orot,” pg.95).
Thus we learn that a national return to the Land of Israel, and to the Torah, are necessary for the complete t’shuva of both the individual Jew and the Nation. Living a religious life in the Diaspora is not to be taken as the end of the journey. It is the combination of a life of Torah in Eretz Yisrael which brings the Jewish People to perfection, and which returns the light of God to the world. As Rabbi Kook writes, “The Judaism of Eretz Yisrael is the salvation itself” (“Orot.” Eretz Yisrael, 1).
About the Author: Tzvi Fishman was awarded the Israel Ministry of Education Prize for Creativity and Jewish Culture for his novel "Tevye in the Promised Land." A wide selection of his books are available at Amazon. The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of The Jewish Press
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