Some Giants of Torah (may their memories be for a blessing)...

HARAV AVRAHAM YITZCHAK HaCOHEN KOOK zt"l

Maran HaRav Kook was the first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Eretz Yisrael. His was a great love for all Jews as he worked to build the Land of Israel. He founded Yeshivat Merkaz haRav in Yerushalayim.

 


 

HARAV TZVI YEHUDA HaCOHEN KOOK zt"l

Rebbenu haRav Tzvi Yehuda was the father of the "settlement movement" in Israel while also insisting on love and honor for Torah leaders who held different views. Rosh haYeshiva at Merkaz haRav Kook, he published his father's books. His teachings continue at Ateret Yerushalayim and with his great student, HaRav Shlomo Aviner shlit"a.

 

Rabbi Jablon at Har HaZeytim at the graves of HaRav Kook zt'L and HaRav Tzvi Yehuda Kook zt"l


HARAV YITZCHAK ISAAC HaLEVI HERZOG zt"l

Rav Herzog was the first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel. An ardent Religious Zionist, he combined the best of Torah and scientific learning (in both Hebrew and English). You can read my article on Rav Herzog HERE.

 


HARAV YOSEF DOV HaLEVI SOLOVEITCHIK zt"l

"The Rav" was in many ways the father of American Orthodoxy, serving as both "Chief Rabbi" of Boston and Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University. His articles are available in numerous English books, and on the web.

 


 

HARAV IMMANUEL JAKOBOVITS zt"l

HaRav HaLord Jakobovits, Chief Rabbi of England, was the "father of Jewish medical ethics," being the first to widely publish in English on this crucial topic. In England he was the standard bearer for increased Jewish education. He travelled the world as a model of Torah leadership and personal courage, emphasizing moral influence over power and coersion. Said the Chief Rabbi (commenting on Beresheet 12:3), "The primary goal of the Jewish people is to be an instrument with which we will show to th eentire world the moral path, the purpose of life and the right road..." He was the only one of these heroes with whom I was able to meet and spend time. The Chief Rabbi gave my family strength when it was sorely needed, a gift for which I will always be grateful.

Read a beautiful selection from Rav Jakobovits' The Timely and The Timeless.

Read the hespedim (eulogies) written by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks shlit"a in The Times and The Jewish Chronicle.

 


 

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