- Rabbi Ari Shvat (Chwat)
- Duration: 35 min
Rav Kook on: The Danger of and Solution to the 'Psychology of the Masses'- Shmitta or Exile
- 33 min 9 sec
Rav Kook explains that the masses can meet on the lowest common denominator, and if so, the state and social cultures do more harm than good. The serious breaches are often in the fields of sexual infidelity, which turns the key of altruism, giving and goodness of the family unit into a selfish oriented lust of cheap "fun". Shabbat is a day for introspection, but for societal problems, an entire year of Shabbat (Shmitta) is needed, to leave one's daily routine for an entire year of analyzing life and our priorities. If that doesn't work, then exile is like a super-shmitta, totally uprooting our status, livelihood, culture, society, and forcing us to compare it with living as nomads in a totally different culture.