Tuesday, January 16, 2024

"Rav Kook and Mystical Zionism's Surprising Origins" @ Rutgers U.



Mystical Zionism's Surprising Origins:

Rav Kook's Early Decades

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Wednesday, January 31, 7:00 p.m.

 Yehuda Mirsky, Brandeis University





Rav (Rabbi) Abraham Isaac Kook is widely known as the first Ashkenazi chief rabbi of the Land of Israel, an important theologian, and a foundational thinker of religious Zionism, whose debated legacy still plays an important role in Israeli politics and society. This talk will explore how Rav Kook's unconventional Zionism emerged from decades of meditation on questions of metaphysics, ethics, and the distinctive spiritual challenges of modernity.

Yehuda Mirsky is also the author of Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution (Yale, 2014), which won the Jewish Book Council’s Choice Prize. It appeared in 2021 in a revised Hebrew edition as Rav Kook: Mabat Hadash (Kinneret), which Haaretz called one of the 50 best books of 2021. He teaches courses on the history of Israel, Zionism, Jewish intellectual history, and human rights.





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