Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Balance the intellect and the emotion


"Due to a person's weakness, when he is able to engage in intellectual exploration then his foundation in faith is weakened, and when he is complete in his faith then he is likely to reduce his insight and the wisdom of his heart. But the goal of the straight path is that each strength not reduce the other, and not be reduced by it, but it should be revealed in its full strength as though it reigned alone."

(Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook, Orot Yisrael 8:1)

Have a great day,


  1. I blogged about this in a post titled Emunah Peshutah vs Machashavah.

    1- The Rambam seems to belittle emunah peshutah. Yedi’ah is the key to olam haba. ...

    2- The Baal haTanya invokes a mystical resolution. The conflict is a function of pursuing machshavah amuqah from a source other than the Yechidah Kelalis....

    3- At the other extreme, Rav Nachman miBreslov discouraged the study of theology, placing all value on having a relationship with HaQadosh barukh Hu....

    4- The Brisker approach is to avoid the whole subject. As Rav Moshe Feinstein put it, it’s a hashkafah of not studying hashkafah....

    5- When thinking about this further I realized that I assumed a different stance when writing AishDas’s charter. I think it warrants mention because I believe it’s the position of the Mussar Movement. It reflects the approach I see utilized by Rav Dessler in Michtav MeiEliyahu....

  2. Also, I find it interesting / odd / ironic that Rav Kook, of all people, who is fostering a dialectic -- and thus dualist -- approach to the issue.