This Day in Jewish History 1935: 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.

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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...