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The Love of Humankind and The Love of the Nation

Rav Kook 13.07.2012 03:45
The Love of Humankind and The Love of the Nation - Jewish-Christian - Peace Proposals - Rav Kook - New Israel


A strong voice against religious (even Jewish) chauvinism. "It is only a person rich in love for people and love for each individual person who can reach the love for his own nation in its noblest dimension, spiritually and practically", plus more about Love.



The Love of Humankind and The Love of the Nation 

from Orot haQodesh 4:20 (translation by Rabbi B.Z. Bokser)


Much effort is needed to broaden the love for people to the proper level, at which this love must pervade life to its fullest depth. This must be done in opposition to the superficial view, which suggests itself initially on the basis of inadequate study of the Torah and of conventional morality, and where it would seem as though there is a contradiction to such love, or, at least, indifference to it.

The highest level of love for people is the love due the individual person; it must embrace every single individual, regardless of differences in views on religion, or differences of race or temperament. It is essential to understand the mentalities of different nations and groupings, to study their characteristics and life-styles in order to know how to base our human love on foundations that will readily translate themselves into action.

It is only a person rich in love for people and love for each individual person who can reach the love for his own nation in its noblest dimension, spiritually and practically.

The narrow-mindedness that leads one to view whatever is outside a particular nation, even what is outside the Jewish people, as ugly and defiling is a phase of the frightful darkness that undermines altogether every effort to reach that state of spiritual development whose dawn is awaited by every sensitive spirit.

 

Few more sections about LOVE (From Midot haRa'ayah)

LOVE
1) The heart must be filled with love for all

2) The love of all creation comes first, then comes the lovel for all mankind, and the follows the love for the Jewish people, in which all other loves are included, sinice it is the destiny of the Jews to serve toward the perfection of all things. All these loves are to be expressed in practical action, by pursuing the welfare of those we are bidden to love, and to seek their advancement. But the highest of all loves is the love of G-d, which is love in its fullest maturing. This love is not intended for an derivative ends; when it fills the human heart, this itself spells man’s greatest happiness.

4) One cannot but love equity and righteousness, the bening order that engenders good for all, which is firmly linked to the reality of existence, and in which the heart envisions excellence, that, becaue of its majesty and beauty, we designate as the will of G-d. The divine will is manifest in it, but it is greater than all this, and distinct from all this, and it nourishes the soul of every living being which delight beyond anything to which thought could reach. And it is impossible not to be filled with love for every creature, for the flow of light of G-d shines in everything, and everything discloses the pleasantness of the Lord. “The mercy of the Lord fills the earth” (Ps 33:5)


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