A living memorial

Beit Harav Kook marks the religious giant’s 80th yahrzeit.

By GIL STERN STERN ZOHAR
August 23, 2015 17:17
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hacohen Kook

A historic photo hanging in the ‘beit midrash’ (study hall) depicts Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hacohen Kook giving a talk. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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The first Torah reading in decades at the historic Beit Harav Kook on Rabbi Kook Street off Zion Square took place last Shabbat. In 1964, the Universal Central Seminary, popularly known as Mercaz Harav Kook – founded in 1924 by the first Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Palestine – moved to its current premises in Kiryat Moshe. Over the decades, the historic yeshiva and residential site fell into disrepair.

“The resumption of Torah reading at site is being undertaken to mark the 80th yahrzeit of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hacohen Kook (1865-1935), who died on Elul 3,” explains Rabbi Yitzhak Marmorstein. A disciple of Kook, Marmorstein introduced Friday evening services in the historic study hall last year, and is now expanding his congregation’s assembly times to include Saturday mornings.

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