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Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook taught the following, quoted in :"Holiness of the Jewish State" by Rabbi David Samson:

"Secularism does not lessen the essential holiness of our State," he said. "In the Talmud, our Sages explain that all of the material used in building the Temple became sanctified only after it was set into place. We build with the secular and sanctify it afterward. The Temple was built in this fashion, and this is the way the redemption of Israel develops, in stages, a little at a time. The building of Eretz Yisrael is accomplished by every segment of the nation, by the righteous and by the less righteous. We build with the non-holy, even though this causes complications and problems, yet little by little, all of the various problems will vanish, and the sanctification of G-d will appear in more and more light."