A Kosher Book If There Ever Was One

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5 Responses

  1. Shlomo says:

    “Landesman writes about an incident after the dedication of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, at which Rabbi Abraham I. Kuk spoke, describing his hope for the school as exemplified in the verse, “And Torah shall go forth from Zion.”

    This is a total fiction. Rabbi Kook never said anything of the sort.

  2. dovid landesman says:

    Shlomo:
    You might want to check the following:
    מתוך הספר ‘מאמרי הראי”ה’, חלק ב’ בעריכת הרב אלישע אבינר,[4] וזו מסתיימת במילים אלו (עמ’ 308 שם):
    “ונזכה לראות בשמחת גויינו, ובבנין בית מקדשנו ותפארתנו, אשר אליו ינהרו כל הגויים לקחת תורה מציון ודבר ה’ מירושלים, אמן”.
    See also Simcha Raz’s biography of Rav Kook.
    There are no recordings of the speech and many have interpreted Rav Kook’s words not as a reference to Hebrew U.

    • Yitzchok Adlerstein says:

      The successful attempt by an anti-frum journalist to blacken R Kook’s name is well documented. I can’t check now, but I remember that Jewish Action carried a detailed treatment of it years ago, embedded in a book review. R Kook’s use of the pasuk “Ki mi-Tziyon teitzei Torah” was cut and pasted from a different section of his remarks. The journalist’s version did considerable harm to R Kook, even among his earlier rabbeim, who somehow fell for it, until corrected many years later. The story is well known; nonetheless a popular English language publication dutifully trots it out once a year to demonstrate the naivete of those Zionists who are no out-and-out resha’im. In Israel, it was the subject of a din Torah, when publications there insisted on repeating the story, even though they had been shown evidence that the charge against R Kook was an evil fabrication. My recollection is that R Kook’s followers won the din Torah, but the publications chose not to listen anyway. (At this point I hope one of our readers will contribute greater clarity and accurarcy.)

  3. Yehoshua D says:

    If one would read the full text of the speech, and not just the last sentance, it is readily apparent that the “Ki Mitziyon” quote was about the traditional yeshivos, not Hebrew University.

  4. cvmay says:

    Always look forward and enjoy R. Landesman’s thoughts, particularly when he pens them to be read.

    Simple thinking, Black or White POV, Myths & Stereotypes is the thought process of today. The youthful mind is not being introduced to subtle differences, ideologies, or controversies that are l’shem shamayim.

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