Silver from the Land of Israel: A New Light on the Sabbath & Holidays

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A companion volume to Gold from the Land of Israel, this book presents Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook’s thoughts on Shabbat and Jewish holidays in a clear, succinct style. Among the questions addressed in this compilation of Rabbi Kook’s teaching are Why are Jews instructed to drink on Purim? What is the role of art and literature? Why is there a need for both an oral and written Torah? Why is Chanukah not celebrated with a festive meal? and Why is the Temple so important? The writings of the celebrated first ...

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Overview

A companion volume to Gold from the Land of Israel, this book presents Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook’s thoughts on Shabbat and Jewish holidays in a clear, succinct style. Among the questions addressed in this compilation of Rabbi Kook’s teaching are Why are Jews instructed to drink on Purim? What is the role of art and literature? Why is there a need for both an oral and written Torah? Why is Chanukah not celebrated with a festive meal? and Why is the Temple so important? The writings of the celebrated first Chief Rabbi of pre-state Israel—often difficult to absorb for their poetic and mystical nature—are accessibly presented in this offering.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Such an uplifting collection of essays. . . . A wonderful gift."  —Chicago Jewish Star

"[A] delightfully inspiring book of ideas regarding the Sabbath and Holidays, a wonderful introduction to the spellbinding and unique world of [Rabbi] Kook, one of the most influential Jewish thinkers of our times."  —Jerusalem Post

"Rabbi Morrison has produced a volume that presents a picture of Rav Kook in depth, one that should be welcomed by all lovers of Jewish tradition."  —Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews

Douglas Wertheimer
The writings of Rav Kook, with their allusive mix of Chassidic and Talmudic learning, are impenetrable to many readers. That is why Rabbi Morrison authored this book, whose goal is to summarize Rav Kook's views on these topics, interspersed with excerpts from his writings.

Talk about uplifting. When it comes to the Jews and the Jewish people, it's hard to imagine anyone more upbeat than Rav Kook.
Rabbi Zvi Leshem
Silver from the Land of Israel is both a delightfully inspiring book of ideas regarding the Sabbath and Holidays, and a wonderful introduction to the spellbinding and unique world of R. Kook, one of the most influential Jewish thinkers of our times.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789655240429
  • Publisher: Urim Publications
  • Publication date: 5/21/2010
  • Pages: 269
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Chanan Morrison studied for several years at Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav, the Jerusalem yeshiva founded by Rabbi Kook. He taught Jewish studies for several years in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, before returning to Israel. He is the author of Gold from the Land of Israel.

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Table of Contents

Preface 11

The Sabbath 21

Sabbath Peace, Inside and Out 23

The Proper Time to Light 26

The Sabbath Bride 29

Shabbai and Water 31

What is True Success? 34

The Sabbath Influence 37

Rosh Hashanah 41

Unity and Repentance 43

The Teshuvah of Rosh Hashanah 45

Personal Judgment 47

The Call of the Great Shofar 49

The Dual Call of the Shofar 52

The Music of Teshuvah 54

Knowing the Teruah-Blast 57

Awakening the Mind and Heart 59

Blasts That Penetrate the Heart 62

Yom Kppur 65

The Holy King 67

Eating Before Yom Kippur 69

Complere Teshuvah 72

"You Know the Mysteries of the Universe" 74

Fulfilling Our Mission 77

Healing the Universe 79

The Ox and the Goat 82

Succoth 85

Completing the Days of Awe 87

All of Israel in One Sukkah 89

Out Protective Fortress 91

A Sukkah of Peace 94

Succoth and the land of Israel 95

The Water-Drawing Celebration 99

Connecting the Natural with the Supernatural 101

The Role of the Lowly Willow 104

Chanukah 107

The Hellenist Challenge 109

Flickering Lights in Dark Times 112

Richness of Spirit 116

The Single Light of Chanukah 118

The Highest Love 120

Purim 127

All for One Parashat Shekalim 129

Accepting the Torah in the Days of Ahasuerus 133

The Assault of Amalek 135

Wine Enters, Secrets Emerge 138

The Influence of Amalek 140

Timna and Purim 143

Passover 145

Who is Free? 147

Aiming for Greatness 149

Destroy Chametz, Gain Freedom 151

The Strong Hand and the Outstretched Arm 154

"Because of This" 156

Answering the Wise Child 158

Priceless Jewels on Tattered Clothes 161

The Special Pesach Offering 163

The "Hillel Sandwich" 165

The Song of Songs Shir HaShirim 168

Israel Independence Day 173

Rav Kook and Zionism 175

The Balfour Declaration 181

"Who are You, Great Mountain?" 185

Redeeming the Land 188

The Sanctity of Yom Ha'Atzmaut 191

Lag Ba'omex 197

Elevated Souls 199

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai Returns 202

The Torah of Rashbi 205

Jerusalem Day 207

The Two Messengers 209

Windows to the City of Peace 211

Zion and Jerusalem 213

Shavuot 217

Seeing Sound 219

The Kings Torah Scroll 220

Revealing Our Inner Essence 222

The Date of Matan Torah 224

Accepting Two Torahs 226

A Pure Revelation 229

The Lesson of Mount Sinai 231

Coercion at Sinai 233

Connecting to Torah 236

Tisha Be'av 239

The Wall of Iron 241

Rebuilding the World with Love 243

The Beauty of the Universe 247

The Call for Sacred Splendor 250

The Three Watches of the Night 253

Anticipating Redemption 257

The Poel Mizrachi Kitchen 259

Bibliography 263

Glossary of Hebrew Terms 266

Index 268

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