The Golem of Scholem: messianism and Zionism in the writings of Rabbi Avraham Isaac HaKohen Kook and Gershom Scholem

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Rabbi Avraham Itzhack Hakohen Kook and Gershom Scholem, two of the most influential and charismatic Zionist thinkers, came from different contexts and represent different cultural attitudes. Kook, the first Chief Rabbi of Palestine, came from Volozin, the famous Lithuanian Yeshiva, and became an enthusiastic supporter of Zionism. At the same time he was one of the severe (even though exceptional) Halakhic authorities of his age. His ambition to advance a national and spiritual revival made him one of the most influential Jewish thinkers of the twentieth century. Many years after his death his writings became the inspiration for the founding of< Gush Emunim>, the right-wing national-Messianic movement, which demanded the establishment of Jewish settlements and sovereignty all over Palestine
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationPolitik und Religion im Judentum
Place of PublicationTübingen
PublisherMax Niemeyer Verlag
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 1999


  • Eschatology ; Jewish philosophy ; Kook, Abraham Isaac, 1865-1935 -- Philosophy ; Scholem, Gershom, 1897-1982 ; Zionism -- Philosophy

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