BEFORE ROSH Hashanah and Yom Kippur, many people look for inspiration. I know I do. Sometimes I am inspired by what I do not understand.
Though I am steeped in the rationalist, Lithuanian (“Litvak”) tradition — admirer and consumer of its Talmudic, musar and philosophical works — mysticism speaks to my soul.
For example, I am inspired by the writings of the first chief rabbi of Palestine, Abraham Isaac Kuk. I understand next to nothing of what he wrote outside the rational context of Jewish law (Halachah).