Shir Ha-Ma'alot #19

May The Merciful One should send us Eliyahu the Prophet, who is remembered for good...

The last of the prophets, Malachi, announced that prophecy will return: "Behold, I am sending to you Eliyahu the Prophet...and he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the sons, and the hearts of the sons to their fathers" (Malachi 3:23-24). Maran Ha-Rav Avraham Yitzchak Ha-Cohain Kook explained that "the fathers" are "Ha-Yishuv Ha-Yashan - the old settlement of Israel," the Jews who are righteous and God-fearing, and "the sons" are "Ha-Yishuv He-Chadash – the new settlement of Israel," the Jews who build the Land and the revive the Nation [but were largely secular]. There is alienation, and sometimes even tension, between these two camps, and on account of this, both sides lose out. This is the mission of Eliyahu: to explain to the fathers the value of the sons, and to the sons the value of the father, and with this, salvation will arrive.