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Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution (Jewish Lives) by [Mirsky, Yehudah]
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Finalist for the 2016 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.
(Sami Rohr Prize The Jewish Book Council 2016-03-02)

Won the Choice Award as runner-up for the 2016 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, given to the best work of Jewish nonfiction published within the past two years. The Rohr and Choice prizes are coordinated and administered under the auspices of the Jewish Book Council. The Choice Award is given biennially. The author receives $25,000.
(Jewish Book Council)

"Yehudah Mirsky’s lively and clarifying book presents this great-souled rabbi in all his startling richness, and responsibly introduces its readers to one of the most influential and misread figures in modern Jewish thought. This is a significant contribution to the history of Jewish ideas – and also to contemporary debates about the Jewish religion and the Jewish state, because the best and the worst of Israeli Judaism may be traced back to the dissonant strains, by turns tolerant and jingoist, in Kook’s profoundly original writings." ―Leon Wieseltier
(Leon Wieseltier)

"Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, was one of the most important Jewish religious thinkers of modern times - and indisputably the most influential in Israel - yet biographic studies of him in any language, and English studies in general, have been sorely lacking. Yehudah Mirsky’s volume instantly becomes the go-to life and thought of this revolutionary, conservative, radical, traditional, messianic, reality affirming, richly dialectical thinker. The book is written with authority and clarity and is a pleasure to read. Mirsky writes with literary grace and sensitivity, nuance and complexity without losing clarity and focus. Mirsky’s mastery of traditional texts enriches his deep reading of Kook's writings even as his rigorous academic method enables his scholarly lucidity, on Kook’s extraordinary life and oeuvre and the complex afterlife of his teachings. All this and more are captured by Mirsky with restraint, understatement, irony and wisdom."―Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg, theologian, past professor of Jewish Studies at City College of the City University of New York; President Emeritus of CLAL: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership
(Rabbi Irving Greenberg)

"This volume is the most extensive personal and intellectual biography of Rav Kook in English-- and, to use Rav Kook’s beloved imagery, it sheds a great deal of light. Rich in insights and studded with previously neglected or unknown historical details, the book moves through Rav Kook’s life and writings in a way that both makes his ideas accessible and provides a sorely needed context for the various stages of his thought. Mirsky does not shy away from critique. Both scholars and the general public will profit immensely from this book."―David Shatz, Professor of Philosophy, Yeshiva University, editor Torah u-Madda Journal
(David Shatz)

"Sensitive and deeply engaging . . . Yehudah Mirsky’s account of the life of this exceptional religious leader is must reading for anyone wishing to better understand Rav Kook and his times."—Jewish Book World 
(Jewish Book World)

"Learned, luminous and uncannily timely . . . [A]rich and compelling presentation of Kook's life and thought . . . Erudite [and] excellent."—Jewish Review of Books (Jewish Review of Books)

"Yehudah Mirsky’s new biography of Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Kook focuses on a brief but enormously significant period of modern history . . . As the question of Jewish unity feels rather pressing in our own day, Kook’s belief in overcoming partisanship for the common good is worth recalling. And Mirsky’s excellent feat of scholarship is a great place to begin."—JWeekly
(JWeekly)

"Superb . . . gripping, panoramic . . . vividly rendered . . . Combines scholarly balance with wonder . . . All this in clear, elegant and at times beautiful English."—The Jewish Chronicle
(The Jewish Chronicle)

"Mirsky has a deep knowledge of the historical context of Rav Kook's life and career. He also knows the classical Jewish sources that his subject drew upon and often reformulated in his writing. And he is truly critical (as distinct from argumentative) in examining both the strengths and weaknesses of his subject. And he is an exceptionally good writer."—First Things
(First Things)

"Excellent. . . . Neither current Israeli politics nor contemporary Jewish spirituality can be accurately understood without addressing Rabbi Kook's legacy. The book brings to English readers the life story of Rabbi Kook, along with an explanation of his religious philosophy, in language as clear as anything I have ever read about Rabbi Kook's thought."—Canadian Jewish News
(Canadian Jewish News)

"While some books offer a good read, and others encapsulate groundbreaking scholarship, Yehudah Mirsky’s Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution manages to do both."—Jewish Week
(Jewish Week)

"An intellectual biography in its truest sense: a story of the coming-to-be of a towering intellect and a turbulent soul. Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution will aid English-language readers unfamiliar with this profoundly influential rabbi to understand one of the founding figures of contemporary Israeli society."—Marginalia Review of Books
(Marginalia Review of Books)

“Yehudah Mirsky’s remarkable new intellectual biography . . . is a must-read as an elixir to the monochromatic times in Israel we are living through now.”—Aubrey L. Glazer, The Times of Israel
(Aubrey L. Glazer The Times of Israel)

“This volume presents a clear picture of [Kook’s] thought—without forcing it into a consistency that was never there and without hiding the problematic of his ideas. Mirsky is a master of prose and is able to present complex ideas in understandable English while maintaining the flow of the narrative. . . . It certainly is now the standard biography of Rav Kook and it is essential for any serious collection dealing with modern Jewish religious thought as well as related areas.”—Shaul Stampfer, Religious Studies Review
(Shaul Stampfer Religious Studies Review)

"Yehudah Mirsky’s fantastic new book . . . deserves all the accolades it has received."—Marc B. Shapiro, Seforim Blog
(Marc B. Shapiro Seforim Blog)

Book Description

This insightful biography of Abraham Isaac Kook, the first chief rabbi of Jewish Palestine and the founding theologian of religious Zionism, recounts the extraordinary events of his life and examines his teachings and complicated legacy.


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  • File Size: 2279 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (February 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I50EXPU
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