TORAT ERETZ YISRAEL
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TORAT ERETZ YISRAEL
The Teachings of HaRav Tzvi Yehuda HaCohen Kook
Commentary by HaRav David Samson
Hardcover, 388 pages
KTAV Publishing House, Torat Eretz Yisrael Publications, 1991
HaRav Tzvi Yehuda HaCohen Kook was the only son of HaRav Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook, and the person closest to Rabbi Kook and his teachings. As Rosh Yeshiva of the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem, he educated a new generation of Israelis to see the Divine Hand in the rebuilding of the Jewish nation in Israel.
Dedicated to his father's vision of Torah and Am Yisrael, Rav Tzvi Yehuda worked throughout his life to edit and publish his father's prolific writings. His small apartment in the Geula section of Jerusalem was also the spiritual center of the settlement movement in Israel.
The founders of the new Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, in Aza and the Golan Heights, were all students of HaRav Tzvi Yehuda. Gedolei HaDor, Prime Ministers, Tzahal generals, and Baale Tshuva from all over Israel were frequent visitors to his home.
This book marks the first time that Rav Tzvi Yehuda's lectures have been translated into English. His teachings on Torah, Emunah, Ahavah, Eretz Yisrael, Zionism, and the Holocaust, Geula, and the Mashiach, bring the encompassing Torah of Eretz Yisrael into unparalleled light. The book's commentary brings the reader into the Beit Midrash of Rabbi Kook, presenting an intimate understanding of his vision and the unique era of redemption which Rabbi Kook inspired the nation to see.
Excerpts from Torat Eretz Yisrael:
"We must strengthen the conquest of Israel. Everything which the gentiles do to interfere is null and void. We must stand against their opposition with dedication and sacrifice, with counsel and with valor - without fear. We are not beholden to anyone. We must strive to strengthen the settlement all over, both near and far."
"Absolutely no spark of Kedusha of Torat Yisrael is allowed to be forsaken, just as no Israeli soul is allowed to be abandoned, just as no handful of Eretz Yisrael is allowed to be lost. We are bonded by a triangle of encompassing Kedusha. Bonded to ALL of the Torah, to ALL of Clal Yisrael - to every soul, whether he be a Tzaddik, a person of average deeds, or a wicked man. And we are bonded to ALL of Eretz Yisrael, out of the recognition of the Kedusha which pervades it all."
"The Ramban clearly establishes that this Land, which Hashem promised to our forefathers, must be kept in our hands, and not in the hands of any other nation. Everyone understands that a land in the hands of a nation means the establishment of a state over that land. Medinat Yisrael is a fundamental precept of the Torah - to establish and maintain Jewish sovereignty over the land of Israel."
"Just as the stones used in building the Temple were not sanctified until after the building was complete, so too the building of Eretz Yisrael is accomplished by every segement of the nation of Israel, by the righteous, and by the less righteous. We build with the non-holy, with all of the complications and difficulties inherent in this, and little by little, all of the assorted problems shall vanish, and the sanctification of Hashem shall appear in stronger and stronger light."