March 9, 2006

by Reb Yudel
Save 20% on Rav Kook's Essential Writings!

I'm proud to announce the publication of a new edition of The Essential Writings of Abraham Isaac Kook, edited and translated by Rabbi Ben Zion Bokser.

The sequel to Bokser's popular Paulist Press "Classics of Western Spirituality" anthology of Rav Kook, The Essential Writings features letters, short essays and short excerpts from Rav Kook's works, particularly Orot Ha-Kodesh.

Says David Shatz, professor of philosophy at YU and editor of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook and Jewish Spirituality (NYU Press: 1995),

"This work excels both in it its judicious selection of texts -- all brief, pointed, and accessible -- and the quality of its translation."
And did I mention the new index prepared for this edition?

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Just wondering whether any of Rav Kook's writings about vegetarianism are included in the book.

Posted by: Doug Mann at March 10, 2006 11:27 AM

Alas, not really. There are a couple of passages that speak well of animals, and our role in helping them reach their spiritual potential.

I would be delighted to publish translations of more (and more) Rav Kook writings. Do you know whether the vegetarianism material ever been fully translated?

Posted by: Reb Yudel at March 10, 2006 11:37 AM

I believe his main treatise on this subject, "A Vision of Vegetarianism and Peace," has never been fully translated into English. There is some mention of animals and vegetarianism in Bokser's "Classics of Western Spirituality" and Rabbi David Sears, I believe, has also partially translated some of Rav Kook's writings on this subject. It would be a great accomplishment to translate this material into English. Although, perhaps, not a major part of Rav Kook's overall work, it is such an important aspect of his vision, particularly in light of modern day abuses. Thank you.

Posted by: Doug Mann at March 10, 2006 12:06 PM
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