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Radiating Love and Tolerance

BS”D

I felt like sharing another of R. HaKohen Kook’s letters with you, this talking about the relation between one’s quest for God and his love for mankind.

It seems like there’s something about it. I feel that in the periods where I tend to draw closer to God, and meditate more on His Teachings, then I become more relaxed and patient. I tend to see people more positive, and not wanting to get into long intense discussions.

R. HaKohen Kook calls it the “Higher Holiness,” which would seem to be to be related to one’s nearness to God, being shown through the holiness radiating from God through the believer, being visible through his care and tolerance for others. Anyway, judge for yourself:

The Holiness That Abounds with Love for All

The higher holiness abounds with love, compassion and tolerance, as the mark of its most radiant perfection.

Hatred, sternness and irritability result from forgetting God, and the extinguishing of the light of holiness.

The more intense the quest for God is in a person’s heart, the more the love for all people will grow in him. He will also love the wicked and the heretics and desire to correct them, as he indeed corrects them by his great faith.

However, a person is unable openly to show love except to someone in whom he finds a good element. He will thus be able to direct his love to the dimension of the good. He will not be hurt by the evil side in those people to whom he will extend love in meeting his commitment to love people, which involves being good and extending good to the wicked as well as the good.

Orot HaQodesh, Vol. III, p. 317


4 Comments

  1. Larry says:

    I believe that kindness is a secular value crowbarred into religion.

  2. qolyehudi says:

    Hi Larry and thanks for the comment

    I think that kindness is a human expression, which can be found in any person who either inherits it by natural ability or chooses to cultivate it. I don’t believe that you need to be of a certain religious faith or not in order to show kindness, nor do I think that any religion claims to be the foundation of kindness, rather that many religions encourage it.

    All the best

    Shmuel

  3. Kindness may be a secular/universal value, but it certainly isn’t inherited or natural. I found this out when my kids were in elementary school, and they were picked on constantly for not conforming and being cookie-cutter kids. Kindness does require the intention and cultivation on our part, and whatever it takes to do so is good. As for me, faith in Christ has helped me most because I tend to learn by seeing an example.

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