rav kook

Judaism has compassion for animals

Jewish thinkers and commentators weigh in on textual sources about compassion and cruelty regarding animal slaughter.

By DAVID ROSEN
13/10/2021

Reflections on Yom Yerushalayim

Why can’t we create a Yom Yerushalayim ritual that contrasts the suffering and the redemption, the dream and the fulfillment?

By RABBI RAYMOND APPLE
18/06/2020

Israel's third elections marks the defeat of Rabbi Kook’s dream

Let’s imagine a conversation between Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hacohen Kook, religious Zionism’s greatest thinker, and the four Yamina Party leaders.

By Yedidia Z. Stern
12/03/2020
RABBI ZVI YEHUDA KOOK (right) – whose father Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook founded Mercaz HaRav – stands

Theodor Herzl vs. Rabbi Kook

“As rabbi of Jaffa, Kook was requested to eulogize Herzl who passed away just two months ago. For a rabbi raised in the world of the yeshivas of Lithuania it was a difficult and challenging act."

By YITZCHAK WEISZ
11/12/2019

Israel elections: Who – and what – are you voting for?

‘If you are going to build a country, you had better be prepared to get your hands dirty!’– Rav Kook

Statehood and spirit: Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaCohen Kook

Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaCohen Kook made aliyah two months prior to Herzl’s death and was appointed rabbi of Jaffa and the colonies. As part of his position he was requested to eulogize Herzl.

By BENNY LAU
28/08/2019

Bergson’s race against the Shoah in America

Two Holocaust scholars, in a book based largely on interviews, give voice to Peter Bergson, a key Holocaust rescue activist in America

By RAYMOND S. SOLOMON
03/05/2019

Votes for women

“Rav Kook truly thought that total equality of the sexes was not only a halachic [Jewish law] problem, but even more so a historical, social, and moral mistake"-Rabbi Yoel Bin Nun

By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
17/01/2019
RAV ABRAHAM ISAAC KOOK  in 1924

The four songs of Rav Kook

In an attempt to expose Kook’s ideas to a wider audience, Schwartz has compiled and translated some of the most significant parts of his work into 268 pages, organized into four main sections.

Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hacohen Kook

Bayit Yehudi proposes nat'l commemoration day for Rav Kook

Shas is hoping to piggy back on Bayit Yehudi’s bill by advancing their own legislation in tandem for a national day of commemoration for the party’s late spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

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