Rabbi Kook’s followers are still debating his legacy

11.03.2012                      17.Adar. 5772


Rabbi Kook's followers are still debating his legacy

Thirty years on from the death of Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook, religious figures are still grappling with how to balance belief and patriotism.

All seven Knesset members from Habayit Hayehudi and the National Union party, political clusters which have fragmented frequently in the past, joined forces last week to send out a special invitation. The right-wing MKs called on rabbis and educators from all parts of the religious camp to come with their pupils to the "Mount of Olives, across from our Temple, to honor our Rabbi", meaning Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook.
"We are beginning a tradition," declared MKs Yaakov Katz, Uri Ariel, Aryeh Eldad, Michael Ben Ari, Daniel Hershkowitz, Zevulun Orlev and Uri Orbach. They implored rabbis to expose their students to "the magnificent figure, whose path all of us follow", on the day marking the anniversary of his death. The MKs added that it is "especially important, given current conditions, to deliver a special message to our public, to give expression to what unites all of us despite the variations in our path"…