Light of Redemption
A Passover Haggadah Based Upon the Writings
of Rav Kook. Hebrew with English Commentary
Edited by Gideon Weitzman
This Passover Haggadah presents the ideas of the great Israeli rabbi and thinker, Rabbi Kook, on the Haggadah and on Passover in general, making them available to the English speaking public for the first time. The full text of the Passover Haggadah appears in the original Hebrew with English translation. The commentary is in English. When the Jews left Egypt they achieved more than just physical freedom. They were now able to flourish and become a nation.
This process did not stop, but continues until today. Rav Kook was one of the greatest Jewish leaders and thinkers of recent history. He understood that the Zionist awakenings were the realization of the prophetic visions of rebirth and return. It was in this context that Rav Kook explained Pesach and wrote a commentary on the Haggadah. His poetic and kabbalistic style meant that his writings have been largely inaccessible to the English reader.
Rabbi Weitzman presents these ideas in a lucid and readable style that will enhance the understanding of the Seder and will be an excellent addition to any Jewish library. Rabbi Kook (1865-1935), the first Chief Rabbi of modern Israel, is recognized as one of the greatest Jewish leaders and thinkers of the past century. He taught that the gatherings in Israel and Zion were the early realization of the prophetic visions of rebirth and return. The poetic and kabbalistic style of his writings have been largely inaccessible to the English reader. Rabbi Gideon Weitzman founded the Kansas City Community Kollel and served as its first Rosh Kollel.
He currently teaches and is the Head of the English Speaking Section of the Puah Institute for Fertility and Gynecology in Accordance with Halachah. He is the author of Sparks of Light, a book of essays on the weekly Torah portion based on the philosophy of Rav Kook, and In Those Days, At This Time, a volume on the festivals based on the philosophy of Rav Kook, as well as many halachic articles.
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