Rav Abraham Isaac Kook’s Funeral Takes Place

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September 2, 1935

80,000 mourners, approximately a quarter of the Jewish population in the Land of Israel, line the streets of Jerusalem for the funeral of Rav Abraham Isaac Kook, who had passed away the day before after battling cancer.

Kook was born in Latvia in 1865 and arrived in Eretz Yisrael in 1904 becoming the rabbi in Jaffa. Atypical of most Orthodox religious leaders at the time, Kook identified with the Zionist movement, which he believed was the beginning of divine redemption, while simultaneously being critical of of the movement for its singular focus on the secular revival of the Jewish people.

Rav Abraham Isaac Kook’s Funeral

In 1921, he was appointed the first Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of the British Mandate.
For More: JTA article about the funeral

An editorial from last month’s Jerusalem Post reflecting on Rav Abraham Isaac Kook on the day of the new Chief Rabbi elections in Israel

The David B. Keidan Collection of Digital Images from the Central Zionist Archives at Harvard has a collection of 31 images from the funeral.

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