RavKookQuietofCalm
Rav Kook wrote that there is a level of divine inspiration referred to in the kabbalistic literature as “Giluy Eliyahu be-Orah Sekhel” (“The Revelation of Elijah by Way of Intellect”).
In a letter to Rabbi Nahman Greenspan of London, Rav Kook writes:
“The content of the Revelation of Elijah occurs in several forms: by way of vision and also by way of intellect.”

(See the very first comment of the Vilna Gaon to the Introduction to Tikkunei Zohar: “By way of intellect—Meaning to say that they did not see with the senses but rather by their apprehension.” Further references are available in Kol ha-Nevu’ah [The Voice of Prophecy], the magnum opus of Rav Kook’s disciple, the “Nazirite,” Rabbi David Cohen, p. 312, note 464.)

Rav Kook continues: “It is apparent to me that the Revelation of Elijah “to make peace in the world” and the Revelation of Elijah “to settle controversy” [see Mishnah, end ‘Eduyot] are two techniques that follow one another: a technique of spirit that effects a discipline and a quiet of calm (sheket shel shalvah); and a technique of illumination that manifests knowledge and truthfulness in the supernal values of holiness, from which ramifies the life of the collective.”

If I am not mistaken, “sheket shel shalvah” is a terminus technicus whose source lies in the famous hymn “Ha-Aderet ve-ha-Emunah”: “Ha-Shalvah ve-ha-sheket le-Hai ‘Olamim.” “Calm and quiet to the Life of Worlds.” This lends further credence to my hunch that that particular line in the hymn (unlike some others) may not be a random coupling but the key to a meditative technique reaching back in time perhaps as far as the authors of the Hekhalot literature.

 

 

 

 

One thought on “RAV KOOK ON THE “QUIET OF CALM” (“SHEKET SHEL SHALVAH”)

  1. There is no such line in the piyut אדרת ואמונה. The line you may be thinking of is הַשִּׁיר וְהַשֶּׁבַח- לְחַי עוֹלָמִים.

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