Thursday, March 09, 2006

R-v K--k and Fruit Roll Ups

I recently discovered a manuscript of a letter, which, in my best judgement, was written by R-v K--k, addressed to the Agudas HaRabbonim of America, describing his feelings of the true meaning of Fruit_Roll-Ups .

[This letter was written just prior to his famous visit to America, (which precipitated a different letter in which the Chafetz Chaim referred to him as one of "HaRabbanim HaGeonim", and as the Av Beis Din of Yerushalayim, showing where the Chafetz Chaim's true loyalties lie.)]

This beautiful letter, translated by Rav Betzalel Naor (When R-v K--k Became History, pg. 223), is a must read:

"To My Esteemed Colleagues, August Members of the Agudas HaRabbonim of America, Shlit"a,

In my deep meditations prior to embarking upon my journey to America, it was revealed to me that there is a mission of great significance which I must undertake in the so-called "Golden Medinah". My soul yearns to plumb the depths of the item known as 'Fruit Roll Ups'. This matter has given me no rest, for while the beloved inhabitants of America may have become accustomed to this thing, and their sensitivities have become dull and coarse to its inner message, I believe with complete faith that had the Almighty brought me to your shores for this purpose alone, it would have been sufficient reason to recite the Hallel prayer with a Beracha.

I have learned that when one unravels the Fruit Roll Up, there is heard a great crinkling and crackling, which grates much on the nerves. This has been devised by the Celestial Beings to serve as a reminder to the Provider of Bounty Himself, for it is reminiscent of the very Receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, which was, as well, accompanied by crackling which grated much on the nerves. This is obvious for those who wish to see, but alas, there are many of our brethren, especially those so distant from our Holy Land, whose hearts have been sealed off and their ears have been plugged, for they wish not to hearken.

I have also learned that when the Fruit Roll Up is fully unravelled, provided it is done with great care, it has perfect circular form. This is meant to provide us, along with our children, the opportunity to fulfill the commandment of Remembering Our Redemption fron Egypt. For the orbs are reminiscent of the Matzah, and the care that must be taken to preserve its flat circularity is preordained in Heaven as a reminder to never allow our souls to fester and leaven.

[ Jak, it should be OBVIOUS to you by now that Maran R-v K--k had a great degree of Ruach HaKodesh, for it was only after his death that 'Fruit Roll-Up Corners' was on the market, clearly to accomodate those who partake of square machine-Matzos. ]

Finally, the green and yellow hues of the lemon-lime variety of the Fruit Roll Up have been given to us by Providence to serve as a reminder for the beautiful Festival of Succot, the aromas and appearence of the Four Species permeating the essence of the Soul.

As is plain to see, the moniker of the Fruit Roll Up is not in vain, for it contains within it the ability to inspire soulful cords of love to The Three Festivals. A world, nay, three, rolled up into this hallowed handiwork.

With Blessings of Peace,

R-v Avr-h-m Is--c H-k-h-n

It is this ability, to find the Transcendent and Divine in all of His Creation, which puts Maran R-v K--k in a class by Himself among the Torah Greats of His generation and all prior.


At 9:46 PM, Anonymous Jak Black said...


This letter was NOT written by Rav Kook! Do you really think he would sign HIS OWN NAME with dashes instead of vowels! Come on!

At 12:45 AM, Blogger Jak Black said...

Hey! That wasn't my comment! If it was, my name would be blue, like this!

At 11:23 PM, Anonymous suzan said...

fruit roll ups, lol

At 5:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What kind of fruit roll ups is he talking about?

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