This day in Jewish history / Open-minded founder of religious Zionism dies
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, the first Ashkenazi chief rabbi of pre-state Israel, exhibited surprising openness toward Jews of different denominations.
On September 1, 1935, Abraham Isaac Kook, a seminal religious figure of the pre-state Jewish community in Palestine, and its first Ashkenazi chief rabbi, died, at the age of 69. Rav Kook, as he is universally referred to, was a pioneer in combining Orthodoxy with Zionism, for his embrace of the non-religious together with the pious, and for the messianic and mystical threads of his theology, which remains...
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