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Why are Young People So Idealistic? Understanding Education and Childhood Differently in the Eyes of Rav Kook

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May 31, 2020
 
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Rav Kook examines why young people are especially idealistic, and how the goal is not to become “adulterated” and lose that idealism with age. Every society has a measuring stick: primitive man measured by one’s physical strength, western man- by his money or prestige. Accordingly, women and children are generally going to be second-class. Judaism measures by one’s Godliness, and accordingly women and children rate especially high. Also, this Jewish view doesn't see youth as a necessary preparation for life, but rather one of the greatest parts of life. The goal of life is to add experience & wisdom, without losing our youthful idealism, curiousity, honesty, t'mimut, etc. [This is the conclusion of "Education- Western & Jewish Differences"]

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