DOT... LETTER... WORD...
by Rav Kook
We must broaden thought a great deal: in length, in breadth, in depth, in height, in how it spreads and in size—so that it will penetrate deeply, in detail, in an individual way and in detail, in seeking and in miniature, to the very thinnest of threads.
And we travel from the great to the tiny and from the tiny to the great; from the particular to the general and from the general to the particular, and then again.
We soar from the highest emanation, from the ideal, to the corporeal, to the physical, to the realm of action, and we return and rise from the realm of deed to the highest emanation, to the ideal.
And we are involved constantly with movement filled with life, moving outward and inward, rising and descending.
And thus we live an ecstatic life, a holy life, in the glory of the name of Hashem.
We yearn to pronounce the Name, we desire to explicate the supernal light, we are filled with a supernal thirst slaked with delights to fill the mouth with the praise of the God of gods.
And out of an abundance of pure awe, out of an intensity of a trembling of holiness, we return to the silence.
And we engage in holy unifications, supernal unifications, with song, with holiness, with poetry, with gaiety, with purity, with quivering, with shaking with delight.
And all of my bones will sing, and the kingship of heaven will be elevated, and the supernal honor will be uplifted, and my spirit will stride forward mightily, and I am filled with praise and song, and heaven and hear rejoice in my joy, and all judgments are mitigated, and seraphim and erelim-angels sing together with me, and the ministering angels gather as in the musical entertainments of groom and bride, and everything expresses glory.
“Blessed is the glory of God from His place.” Blessed is He and blessed is His great name, hidden from all living beings, and concealed from all existence, and over everything, may He be exalted and uplifted, forever.
Chadarav, p. 55
Yaacov David Shulman
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