Kook, Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen (1865–1935).
The first Ashkenazi chief Rabbi of Palestine. Born to a Hassidic mother and a Mitnagdic father, Rav Kook combined Talmudic and halachic scholarship with the mysticism of the Kabbalah. Rav Kook’s inspirational writings, poetry, and works of halachah served as the ideological foundation for many religious Zionists. He is widely perceived to be a bridge between the religious and secular worlds because he expressed admiration for the secular Zionists who were doing God’s work, albeit unknowingly. His son, Tzvi Yehudah Kook, has become a central figure in the Israeli settler movement, which sees the State of Israel as the beginning of messianic redemption. A good digest of his writings can be found in The Lights of Penitence.
Courtesy: Professor Shai Cherry