At first glance, the subject which we have undertaken to clarify and the manner in which we have formulated it seem absurd. What is the connection between the love of Israel and halakhic decision-making? Isn't halakhah decided according to analytic halakhic principles? So what is the relationship between halakhah and the love of Israel? But anyone who knew at first-hand our teacher, Rabbi Uziel of blessed memory, knows that his personality was stamped with the love of kindness and mercy to all people, and certainly to Jews, who are called children of God (Avot 3:14). It is not plausible that the heart which beat with pure love did not wield its influence on his general and halakhic thinking.
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