Our constant goal is not only to be redeemed from Egypt, not only to be healed from wounds and delivered from disease, not only to come forth from the bonds of poverty and the darkness of blindness. We yearn to be filled with greatness: with the great wealth of the soul. We thirst for a fresh life, filled with brilliance.
And we come to the land of Israel. We hope for redemption, we pine for a redemption of the soul, so that the unveiling will be total, so that rays of eternal life will stream from the source of the holy of holies, from the source of the love of pleasure of the eternal Rock, who illumines the lovely land for us with beams of glory.
R. Kook, Moadei Harayah, p. 292, translated by Yaacov Dovid Shulman
Painting by Yitzchak ben Yehuda