Midot HaRayah

Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, zt’l, writes in his important work on morality, Midot HaRayah, that whenever we as human beings are attracted to another person, another object, another creature, whenever we are drawn to something or someone else in this world, it is not that we are drawn solely by their appearance as seen by just our eyes, rather that our soul recognizes and sees and is drawn to the divine sparks contained within each individual, within each place, within each of G-d’s creations. Rav Kook explains that one who truly seeks to be an ethical, moral person will constantly work to recognize and see the divinity within every person, every creature, and every thing.

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