"And His mercies extend to all of His works" - Part 1

Our Rabbi, Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah Ha-Cohain Kook

At the end of our Rabbi's class on Maran Ha-Rav Kook's commentary on the siddur, "Olat Re'eiyah," some students entered to talk to him about an important matter. He motioned to them not to say anything and that they should sit next to him on the couch. The students were surprised by the need for silence since nobody was in house. Our Rabbi also sat silently and left his book open. After a while, he said with a wonderful smile: "He has desired it for His dwelling" and he repeated: "He has desired it for His dwelling" (Tehillim 132:13). The students assumed that this was what out Rabbi was teaching from "Olat Re'eiyah." He smiled again and said: "He has desired it for His dwelling" and pointed at the book. The students looked closely and saw a moth on the book. Our Rabbi did not want the students to scare it, he therefore told them to enter quietly. After a few minutes, the moth flew away on its own. Our Rabbi closed the book and began to talk.

A student lived with our Rabbi to aid him, but our Rabbi would not allow the student to throw out the garbage, but he did it himself. The student once wanted to see why he acted this way. He saw that our Rabbi opened the garbage very gently, and he also heard him make all sorts of soft sounds. He explains that he opened the lid this way in order not to scare the cats, and he made the sounds to move them from there.

Our Rabbi was once walking and talking to a group of people in the street when he suddenly stopped and put his finger to his lips to tell them to be quiet. He stood quietly for a few minutes, and then continued on his way. When he was asked why he did this, he explained that a cat was eating from the garbage, and if they passed it would get scared, run away, lose the food and be upset.