בר מצווה

 קוק זל
The teachings of Rabbi Kook Z'l live within us.
For a number of years, every Monday night, a wonderful bunch of community members from Modi'in
have been gathering at the Yeshiva's community Library named after the late Lt. Col. Avner Goldman,
to study Rabbi Kook's teachings.
 
This week, we studied a paragraph in Orot, Israel and its Resurrection.
During the discussion, a topical issue was raised, and the question was asked about the relevance of Jabotinsky to his day,
and whether there are any ordinary people today, apart from researchers in the academic world who deal with his teaching (without citing The Iron Wall slogan)?
 
One of the attendants, A high-tech man,  asked about the relevance tous of the late Rabbi Kook, to the present day ?
I told him that at this very moment we are sitting, late in the night, in Modiin, there are many, all over the country,
and throughout the world, who are engaged in the teachings of Rabbi Kook, eighty-four years after his passing.
 
Today, at his remembrance on Gimel Elul, at the Yeshiva, I told the students that a few years ago, a Yeshiva student asked me:
Where can he see Rabbi Kook's teachings, today, after so many years?
 
I said to him (in all seriousness): Look in the mirror!
What you will see there is an expression of Rabbi Kook's teachings.
Because if it wasn't for Rabbi Kook's appearance and his influence on our spiritual world,
you would have probably seen a different look.
As a Yeshiva boy, the appearance may have been more like the appearance of an ultra-Orthodox Yeshiva boy,
and as a military officer, you might have seen the appearance of a working settler.
 
His appearance as a Yeshiva member who served in the army is an expression of the wonderful combination
of the Israeli Beit Midrash that would not have existed had it not been for Rabbi Kook's work.
 
 
 
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