Light onto the Nations - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Zsolt Hermann
    • 02.09.13 | 03:44 (IDT)

    Another very important, although less publicized teaching of Rav Kook concentrated on the role of Israel and the Jews in the "redemption of the whole world", how they could fulfill the biblical role of becoming "Light onto the Nations". He noted, similarly to other contemporary sages of Judaism before and during the World Wars, that based on Abraham's method and the Torah Jews and Israel hold the key and method to humanity's salvation that today in the worsening global crisis threatening human existence on multiple fronts, is more relevant than any time before in human history. "Humanity deserves to be united into a single family. At that time all the quarrels and the ill will that stem from divisions of nations and their boundaries shall cease. However, the world requires mitigation, whereby humanity will be perfected through each nation’s unique characteristics. This deficiency is what the Assembly of Israel will complement." The Rav Kook, Orot HaRaaiah [Lights of the Raaiah], Shavuot, p 70

    from the article: 1935: Open-minded founder of religious Zionism dies
    First published 09:47 01.09.13 | Last updated 09:47 01.09.13
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