Rabbi Abraham Yitzhak Kook, “Rav Kook” 1865-1935. 9×14 Oil on board
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, “Rav Kook” is nothing short of a giant in Judaism. Most significant about him was his intense personal spirituality and his originality in thought. He engrossed himself in Torah and Talmud learning and was an expert in both Halacha and Kabbalah. He was devoted to traditional Jewish Orthodoxy, but embraced the modern world as well. After humble beginnings as a Rabbi, he later became the first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem and opened a yeshiva there as well. His teachings remain rominent for Jews all over the world. For exceptional further reading consult: Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution by Yehudah Mirsky.