January 18, 2006

by Reb Yudel
Rav Kook on post-denominationalism

It is for us to decide that a hidden force directing our steps toward the good exists in each camp, and in every person, especially among all to whom the general worth of the Jewish people and its hopes are precious in any measure.

Let us be known by the general name of the people of Israel, not by the name of a party or a camp

Let us know that in each camp there is much to be mended, and much light and good that one can receive from the other.

Maamore Ha-Rayah, pp. 76-77; The Essential Writings of Abraham Isaac Kook, pp.38-39

If we are being completely honest, we would have to acknowledge that rav kook was probably not referring to denominational groups within Judaism, but political religious factions in the orthodox world, specifically, the Agudah- Mizrachi split which dominated the orthodox world from which he sprung.

Posted by: Jordan Hirsch at January 22, 2006 9:13 PM

Actually, he describes he spells out which camps he means a page earlier:

It appears to me that we are divided into two camps. We are accustomed always to invoke the two names which embrace our general community, the "religious" , and the "secularists." These are new names which had never been heard of in the past.

Posted by: Reb Yudel at January 22, 2006 9:26 PM

Ah yes, but the secularists are not demoniational either. you want the 'camps' discussion to be about denominationalism, but neither my suggestion or your substitution of denomination for "secularist" is accurate. I am not saying you are wrong, but I do not think you can infer from the original quote what Rav Kook would say towards today's Reform or Conservative or Orthodox movements, other than that they are Jews, mostly.

Posted by: jordan Hirsch at January 31, 2006 4:52 PM
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