Friday, April 27, 2007

Torat Eretz Yisrael: The Teachings Of HaRav Tzvi Yehuda HaKohen Kook

David Samson, T.E.Y., 1991

Rabbi T.Y. Kook was the son of the famous Rav Kook, first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Palestine. He was a controversial figure, who seemed to bridge two worlds: he lived in the Ge’ulah neighbourhood of Jerusalem and dressed in conservative style, yet was the rabbi and inspiration of the Gush Emunim ‘settler’ movement and advocated settlement and expansion in all areas of Biblical Eretz Yisrael. He also served as head of the Merkaz HaRav Yeshivah. Scholars are divided as to whether his writings were, as he claimed, a natural fulfilment of the aspirations of his illustrious father or his own, radicalised version thereof. This collection, in English, is a representative sample of his writings about the belief system of the Jewish people and the special nature of the land and state of Israel. The collection provides the reader with a good sense of the ideology of Rav Kook: inspiration, radical, eschatological in tone, with a messianic fervour, especially in relation to the land and the state.

Torat Eretz Yisrael