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Central Universal Yeshiva Merkaz Harav
[Zionism - Only Ed.]
This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Broadside, 428:331 mm., creased, tears, age staining.
Donor's certificate of the Yeshiva Merkaz ha-Rav, founded by R. Abraham I. Kook. Critical of the yeshivot of his time for excluding secular subjects from the curriculum, R. Kook dreamed of establishing a yeshiva which would present to the student an integrated program of higher Jewish education. Students would be chosen not only on the basis of proficiency in Talmud but also on the basis of their knowledge of Bible. Emphasis would be placed on the development of a lucid style in both writing and speaking, for R. Kook hoped that the graduates would become teachers and spiritual leaders in their communities. R. Kook, in 1924, set up a yeshiva in Jerusalem which was unique among yeshivot in its religious philosophy and its positive attitude to Zionism. The program at Merkaz ha-Rav was less ambitious and never attained the ideals envisioned by R. Kook.
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