Ein Aya

Why Donate a Kiddush?! Life of Greatness With Israel or Life of Smallness Alone

Ein Aya, Shabbat 2, 283

Rav Kook explains why our sages teach us the custom to donate a Kiddush, contribution etc. to the shul, community or to Israel, to commemorate & celebrate an individual simcha, milestone or recuperation. Most people are preoccupied with their small and immature self-centered concerns, but a more worthwhile, mature, satisfying & idealistic option is to live a life of greatness as part of Am Yisrael, the Chosen Nation, adding depth and meaning to an otherwise, small life.

Rabbi Ari Shvat | Av 4 5781