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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 talkwill 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