Saturday, March 8, 2008

How Judaism survives in exile


"Were it not for the nourishment it receives from the dew-of-life of the sanctity of the land of Israel, Judaism in exile would really have no actual basis - only vision of the heart, founded on pictures of hope and rare reflection, of the future and the past. However, there is a limit to the power of this imaging to carry the vision of life and pave a way for the life of the people, and it would seem that this quota has already been filled. Therefore, Judaism in exile foes down drastically, and there is no hope for it other than planting it in the source of life, real life, of essential holiness, which may be found only in the Land of Israel."

(Rav Avraham Yitzchak haKohen Kook, Orot haTechiyah paragraph 8, Naor translation)

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