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distinct from the path of renaissance which we wish to follow. Let each one choose
               whichever he will choose, but let him be aware what he has chosen, and let him know

               that whoever has chosen the path of renaissance will not follow the path of Exile. Exile
               is always Exile, and in the Land of Israel there is no less Exile than anywhere else.  The
               price for choosing renaissance is giving up the way of life in Exile and in truth, this is
               not a heavy price to pay.  One must not think that he who desires the life of the future

               must deprive himself of life in the here and now.

               One who desires life must seek life, but he must seek it in a different manner. He must
               seek a different life, that is to say, a life with/for another purpose. The lover is
               satisfied with a piece of dry bread and a humble tent together with his beloved more

               so than with a life of delights in the palace of a king without her, for only life in
               proximity to his beloved is for him real life. He who loves also seeks luxury and
               abundance in life, but only while close to his beloved and anything which distances him
               from his beloved distances him from his life. And so it is with spiritual love. One who
               desires a life impressed with the stamp of the renaissance chooses that life whether it
               is a good life or a humble life and spurns life which is not impressed with the stamp of

               the renaissance, which is thus neither life eternal nor life of the hour in the here and

               *Translator’s Note:

               The Hebrew terms, “Chayei Sha-ah” (העש ייח ) and “Chayei Olam” (םלוע ייח ) have been
               translated as “life of the hour” and “life eternal” respectively.  A rendering of “life in
               the here and now” and “life everlasting” or “life forever” is also possible. In the
               Hebrew, these terms also imply the contrast and the tension between the finite and
               the infinite. The concept of “Chayei Olam” is also cognate with the term “Tikkun Olam”

               (םלוע ןוקית ), to mend, to transform, to perfect the world. In Jewish tradition this is the
               Divine purpose of human existence.

               **emphasis in the original.

               ***”sacrificial lamb”: A metaphorical reference to a person or animal sacrificed (killed
               or discounted in some way) for the common good. The term is derived from the Biblical
               tradition where a lamb is brought to the temple to atone for certain sins. (Leviticus 5:
               5-6. The concept is also associated with the binding of Isaac – Abraham’s readiness to
               sacrifice his son, Isaac, at God’s behest (Genesis 22.}

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