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Rav Kook on Lech Lecha: The Universal Avraham and Israel

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The LORD said to Avram, “Go away from your land , from your birthplace, and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.

ויֹּ֤אמֶר יְהֹוָה֙ אֶל־אַבְרָ֔ם לֶךְ־לְךָ֛ מֵאַרְצְךָ֥ וּמִמּֽוֹלַדְתְּךָ֖ וּמִבֵּ֣ית אָבִ֑יךָ אֶל־הָאָ֖רֶץ אֲשֶׁ֥ר אַרְאֶֽךָּ׃

וְאֶֽעֶשְׂךָ֙ לְג֣וֹי גָּד֔וֹל וַאֲבָ֣רֶכְךָ֔ וַאֲגַדְּלָ֖ה שְׁמֶ֑ךָ וֶהְיֵ֖ה בְּרָכָֽה׃ :I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you; I will make your name great, And you will become a blessing….

וְנִבְרְכ֣וּ בְךָ֔ כֹּ֖ל מִשְׁפְּחֹ֥ת הָאֲדָמָֽה׃ :And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you.” (Breishit 12:1-3)

A huge moment in history.

Rav Avraham Itzchak HaCohen Kook ZT’L, explained that at this moment began: “The divine activity of illuminating the world with the light of the highest holiness. This will manifest to its full splendor in the latter days of history….humankind and existence will be perfected through the continuation of the holiness of Israel into the world.” (Olat Rayah 1:83)

We are re-reading this as Israel in the latter days of history. Rav Kook’s illuminated Torah understandings are important guides to help us consciously participate in the elevation and perfection of the world. He was most appropriately named Avraham. In 1914, in one of his most important essays called “The Significance Of The Revival” Rav Kook explained Avraham and Israel’s past, present and future historical significance:

He begins with........

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