Abraham Isaac Kook

The Lights of Penitence, Lights of Holiness, The Moral Principles, Essays, Letters, and Poems
by HaRav Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook
Edited by Rabbi Ben Zion Bosker
Translated by: Rabbi Ben Zion Bosker
Part of the ‘Classics of Western Spirituality – Judaism’ series.

A spiritual master of our own times, Rabbi Kook (1865-1935) was the Chief Rabbi of Palestine prior to the establishment of the State of Israel. Rabbi Kook represents the most significant renewal of the Jewish mystical tradition in modern times. This volume presents to the English reader the major expressions of his thought, and a biographical sketch that sums up his basic teachings.

Confirm for me not in cages
Of substance or of spirit
I am lovesick.
I thirst, I thirst for God.
More than the deer for water brooks.
I am bound to the world, to life,
All creatures are my brothers.
But how can I share with them my light?
– Abraham Isaac Kook(415 Pages)

‘Rabbi Kook’s thought was dominated by two primary concepts, particularity and universality…Born into the restricted world of the Jewish ghetto in Eastern Europe, he was in constant rebellion against all that restricts and narrows the human spirit…In R’- Ben Zion Bokser

Publisher: Paulist Press, 1978

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