HaRav Kook

This week's topic in the series 'New Insights in Zionism'

Gepubliceerd op: 11 november 2021

On the 26th of January 2022 the subject in the series 'New Insights in Zionism' will be: A spirit full of freedom: HaRav Kook

HaRav Kook (Abraham Isaac Hacohen Kook 1865-1935), the first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of British Mandatory Palestine in Eretz Israel, was a most influential religious thinker of 20th century Judaism and one of the fathers of religious Zionism.

We will discuss his high-tension religious concept and the way in which he tried to bridge complete loyalty to the Jewish tradition with modern and national spirits.

During the lecture we will refer to his personal diaries, to his most known work Orot and to some of his Halachic writings.

Known quotes of Harav Kook are:
“The pure righteous do not complain about the dark, but increase the light; they do not complain about evil, but increase justice; they do not complain about heresy, but increase faith; they do not complain about ignorance, but increase wisdom” (from his book Arpilei Tohar)

“There could be a freeman with the spirit of the slave, and there could be a slave with a spirit full of freedom; whoever is faithful to himself – he is a freeman, and whoever fills his life only with what is good and beautiful in the eyes of others – he is a slave.” (from his book Olat Raiyah)


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