There is a light that Adam saw:

     “…Rabbi Elazar said: ‘[In] The light which the Holy One created on the first day, Adam saw…from one end of the world to the other. When the Holy One considered the generation of the flood and the generation of the dispersion, and that their works were vain, He took it from them and concealed it for the upright [tzadikim] in the world to come’.” [1]

Rav Kook recounted:

      “When I lived in London I used to visit the National Gallery, and my favourite pictures were those of Rembrandt. I really think that Rembrandt was a Tzadik…We are told that when G-d created light, it was so strong and pellucid, that one could see from one end of the world to the other, but G-d was afraid that the wicked might abuse it. What did He do? He reserved that light for the righteous when the Messiah should come. But now and then there are great men who are blessed and privileged to see it. I think that Rembrandt was one of them, and the light in his pictures is the very light that was originally created by G-d Almighty.” [2]

Rembrandt’s birthday is July 15.

(for another post about Rav Kook or Kuk, see:


[1] g’morah to Hagigah, Mishnah 2:1, and elsewhere

[2] The Jewish Chronicle; London; 13 September 1935, p. 21; for the complete article, see:

an alternate version of this anecdote can be found at, from an interview dated 9/9/35, but the correct date/edition has been confirmed as 9/13/35.