Thousands Mark 78 Years Since Rabbi Kook’s Passing

More than 3,000 people visited the tomb of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Hacohen Kook on Friday, to mark 78 years since his passing.

Rabbi Kook (more commonly known in Hebrew as ”Rav Kook” or “HaRoe”h” – the visionary, an acronym of his name) was born in Griva, Latvia in 1865. He studied at the prestigious Volozhin yeshiva (religious academy), and soon became a renown prodigy, developing a close relationship with the Rosh Yeshiva (dean) and famous scholar Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin (known as “The Netziv”).

By the time he was 23, Rabbi Kook had already assumed his first rabbinical post, during which time he published several articles concerning the Land of Israel which would form the basis of his later, more famous works. In 1904 he made Aliyah (emigrated to Israel) and became the Chief Rabbi of the port city of Yafo (Jaffa).

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