כ׳ במרחשון ה׳תשע״ד (October 24, 2013)
Rabbi Morrison Brings Rav Kook To The English Speaking World [eBook “Sapphire From The Land Of Israel”]
“Sapphire from the Land of Israel: A New Light on the Weekly Torah Portion From the Writings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook” by Rabbi Chanan Morrison [eBook]
Rabbi Shlomo Aviner has spoken of Rav Avraham Yitzchak haKohen Kook as being not simply the Gadol haDor – the leading scholar of our generation – but the Gadol haDorot, the leading scholar of generations. This is because the first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of the Land of Israel had a dramatic impact not only on his generation, but on all those that followed. It was Rav Kook who was able combine many ideals – Torah Judaism, loyalty to the Jewish Nation, Zionism – into a unified philosophy that continues to impact the Jewish people decades after his passing. His steadfast love of all Jews made him a role model even for those who disagree with his philosophy. Furthermore, his students, and the students of his students, have occupied many positions of leadership in Israel, thus spreading Rav Kook’s influence. Rav Kook was indeed the prominent scholar of these generations.
Still, there is much work to be done in order to continue to spread Rav Kook’s light through the world. For many years, Rabbi Chanan Morrison has been engaged in the holy work of spreading Rav Kook’s Torah to the English speaking world. Rav Kook’s writings are difficult and require explanation even for those who are fluent in Hebrew. A mere translation into English would not do justice to the depth of his thought. Therefore, Rabbi Morrison has worked not merely to translate the thoughts of Rav Kook, but to explain and put them in context for his readers.
Rabbi Morrison’s third book in his series, Sapphire From the Land of Israel, continues his wonderful work. For each weekly Torah reading, he has selected a text from Rav Kook’s writings that deepens our understanding of that portion and provides a window into Rav Kook’s thought. As in his prior books, Rabbi Morrison’s explanations are clear and meaningful. He provides lessons from Rav Kook that impact our religious and practical lives. […]
Rabbi Morrison’s scholarship is impressive when one is reminded that with the exception of one book (Midbar Shur), Rav Kook did not publish specifically on the weekly Torah portion. Rabbi Morrison therefore collected thoughts from throughout Rav Kook’s writings that relate to the individual Parsha. (from review by Rabbi Shmuel Jablon)
“Sapphire from the Land of Israel: A New Light on the Weekly Torah Portion From the Writings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook” by Rabbi Chanan Morrison [Kindle Edition] is available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad with free Amazon app (download app – here), get Amazon app for BlackBerry – here, for Android – here and for PC– here
File Size: 515 KB
Print Length: 340 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 23, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Price – Kidle Edition: $8.54 (Buy now)
Price – Paperback: $11.19 (Order now)
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