WAR AND PEACE
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WAR AND PEACE
The Teachings of HaRav Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook
Commentary by Rabbi David Samson and Tzvi Fishman
Hardcover, 360 pages
KTAV Publishing House, Torat Eretz Yisrael Publications, 1997
When one understands that the Redemption of Israel is the goal of world history, one can discover a new spiritual dimension in all of the world's revolutions and wars.
Our heroes of the past, Abraham, Moshe, Joshua, King David, and the Macabbees, were complete in their spiritual building - mighty in Torah, mighty in holiness, and mighty in war. Our identification with them, and our desire to emulate them, awakens our own inner potential.
There are times when Israel is forced to adopt the politics of war, not from a lust for killing and conquest, but to put an end to all war.
Modern western culture, with all of its immorality and falsehoods, will disappear from the world. The holy culture of Israel will be established in its place.
While the general outlook on peace maintains that man's inner peace will come only after world peace is achieved, the opposite is true. Peace begins at home. This is especially important for the nation of Israel, which is destined to lead the world to Shalom.
OROT is one of the most oustanding classics of Jewish philosophy in our times. The Lights on OROT series is desinged to make Rabbi Kook's writings accessible to a wide English-speaking readership. The publication of this second volume, War and Peace, is of timely importance, illuminating Rabbi Kook's teachings on these two profound and controversial topics.
Rabbi Kook revelas that great wars quicken the footsteps of Mashiach and advance the Redemption of Israel. The uprooting of tyrants, and the triumph of good over evil, prepare the world for the great light of Israel.
Often startling in its condemnation of Western civilization's moral decay, Rabbi Kook's writings on war reveal a little-known side of his giant Torah personality. Written during the height of World War One, his essays read like prophecies heralding the rebirth of the Jewish nation in Israel, a miracle which began to unfold in the aftermath of the war.
To balance Rabbi Kook's essays on war, the book's commentators have compiled a selection of Rabbi Kook's writings on peace. True Shalom, he explains, can only be achieved when the nation of Israel is united and guided by Talmidei Chachamim and by the light of the Torah.