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by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook
The commandment to cover one’s waste matter
All descriptions of life are worthy of being expanded upon,
Even in stories and descriptions,
To expand a person’s awareness and spiritual delight
And to teach him about life
In all of its aspects
In a very clear way.
But the ugly aspects of life,
Whether naturally ugly
Or ugly in terms of human morality,
Must be covered.
“The wise cover shame.”
And those people who expand on [these] matters
In all of the details of life, including in the ugly ways,
Remove the Divine splendor from the hearts of those who see them and read them,
And violate the important warning,
“And your camp shall be holy and no unseemly matter will appear in you.”
Yaacov David Shulman
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