“The boy Avraham Yitzhak invented a new game in order to entertain himself and
his friends in Cheder. During the break, the small children would set themselves up in
rows with their bags on their shoulders, as if they were preparing to go on a long journey,
and he, little Avraham’lke would conduct them. They would ask each other: “To where
are we going?” and he would respond “To Eretz Yisrael.” His face shined happily.” 1
Though Rav Kook might be most famous for his writing and yearnings for the
Holy Land of Israel, this was only a small portion of the work that he produced. In fact,
Rav Kook wrote tremendously on the nature of the soul, the Jewish people, and our
relationship with the rest of the world. In some ways, Rav Kook viewed his whole life as
being a journey, much as the history of the Jewish people was a journey throughout time
and space, along the trajectory of the world’s constant ascent. Like the little boy in the
story, he saw himself as constantly striving for something greater to come, with hopes
and dreams of what it would be like. And also like the boy in the story, Rav Kook
conducted himself like a leader, being the head of a group, the Jewish people, who were
on their personal and collective journeys to enhance themselves and the world.
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