A New Light on the Weekly Torah Portion From the Writings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook By Rabbi Chanan Morrison (367 Pages)Publisher: Urim Publications, 2006
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935), the celebrated first Chief Rabbi of pre-state Israel, is recognized as being among the most important Jewish thinkers of all times. His writings reflect the mystic s search for underlying unity in all aspects of life and the world, and his unique personality similarly united a rare combination of talents and gifts. Rav Kook was a prominent rabbinical authority and active public leader, but at the same time, a deeply religious mystic. He was both Talmudic scholar and poet, original thinker and saintly tzaddik.
Rav Kook s writings, due to their poetic and mystical nature, are difficult even for those fluent in Hebrew and rabbinical texts. Gold from the Land of Israel uses a clear, succinct style to grant the reader a window into his original and creative insights. This book elucidates his thoughts on many fascinating topics, including:
Can we reconcile the Torah s account of creation with modern science?
What is the Torah s view on vegetarianism?
What is the purpose of death?
Why do bad things happen to good people?
Why do we have dreams?
Will the Third Temple have animal sacrifices?
Who is God?
How can one attain joy in serving God?
How should we balance our time between Torah study and work?