Inside the Mind of Rav Kook: Redeeming Not Only the World, but One's Soul

A work of scholarship about the writings of the Abraham Isaac Kook allows us a glimpse into how the pre-state chief rabbi perceived himself: as a ‘righteous man of his generation’ and even in messianic terms.

“Tzadik Yesod Olam: Hashlihut Hasodit Ve’ha’havaya Hamistit shel Harav Kook” ‏(“Tzaddiq Yesod Olam: Rabbi Kook’s Secret Mission and Mystical Experience”‏), by Smadar Cherlow. Bar-Ilan Press, 435 pages, NIS 135

Considering the immense influence that Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook ‏(1865-1935‏) has had on the fate of the State of Israel in our day, it is surprising how few scholarly books have been...