17 01, 2018

A new siddur with Rav Kook’s commentary

By |2018-01-17T06:11:55-07:00January 17th, 2018|Book Reviews|

Koren Press, a prestigious publishing house, has published “The Koren Rav Kook Siddur.” Rabbi Abraham Isaac haKohen Kook (1865–1935) was the first Ashkenazi chief rabbi of the British Mandate for Palestine He was the founder of the Religious Zionist Yeshiva Merkaz HaRav. He was a Torah scholar, a decider of halakha (Jewish law), a mystical [...]

27 11, 2014

Four Views about Divine Revelation

By |2014-11-27T05:43:53-07:00November 27th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                            Four Views about Divine Revelation   There is no single view about divine revelation of the Bible. The following are four of the many opinions that scholars have offered.   Abraham Ibn Ezra Ibn Ezra (1089-c.1167) mentions what he calls his “secret of the twelve” in his commentary to Deuteronomy 1:2. [...]

29 07, 2013

Divine revelation continues today

By |2013-07-29T10:33:51-07:00July 29th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                            By Israel Drazin     Pinchas Polonsky describes the open-minded concept of Rabbi Abraham-Yitzhak Kook (1865-1935)[1]. His “teachings reflect a deep modernization of the Jewish faith and of its approach to an array of contemporary problems.” Polonsky calls Kook’s approach “Modern Orthodoxy.” But his ideas could, and indeed should, radically change the way [...]