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Rabbi Kook: Religious Zionism and Those Who Seek to Subvert His Legacy Today

What were the origins of Religious Zionism? David speaks with Professor Yehudah Mirsky about Rav Kook and the subversion of his legacy by certain members of the modern movement.

Photo: Zvi Peretz Cohen/Hoshvilim (Creative Commons)
Photo: Zvi Peretz Cohen/Hoshvilim (Creative Commons)

In this episode, host David Makovsky welcomes Yehudah Mirsky, professor of Near Eastern and Judaic studies at Brandeis University, faculty member of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, and author of “Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution.” The two discuss the ideology of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, founder of Religious Zionism, and how his teachings are being subverted by certain members of the modern movement. Listen here:

Decision Points is a Washington Institute podcast on key moments in Israel’s history and present. The first season focused on the history of U.S. Israel relations, the second season examined key Israeli and Arab leaders, and the third season shifted the focus to Israel’s toughest contemporary policy dilemmas.

Season 4 of the podcast highlights a set of books which are essential to understanding the U.S.-Israel relationship and the history of Zionism and Israel. In each episode, authors will unpack their books and engage in striking and insightful conversations.

The host, David Makovsky, is the Ziegler Distinguished Fellow in The Washington Institute’s Irwin Levy Family Program on the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship and director of the Koret Project on Arab-Israel Relations. He is a former senior advisor to the U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, as well as a sought-after expert in U.S.-Israel diplomatic relations and territorial solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Guests include Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.; Natan Sharansky, a human rights activist and former Israeli government minister; David Petraeus, former CIA Director; and Tzipi Livni, former Israeli Foreign Minister.

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