RAV ABRAHAM ISAAC KOOK, seen here in 1924.
(photo credit: US LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)
Scholar, philosopher, mystic and sage, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook (1865-1935), the first chief rabbi of pre-state Israel, was one of the most influential rabbis of the 20th century. The unique love that he had for every Jew, his storied devotion to the Land of Israel and his landmark rulings in Jewish law made him famous throughout the world.While many are familiar with his name and striking visage, few people study his philosophical works, which are difficult to understand, even in English translation. In The Spiritual Revolution of Rav Kook, author Rabbi Ari Ze’ev Schwartz explains that some have also avoided studying his ideas for ideological reasons.