Commentary and Edited by Rabbi Bezalel Naor
“The Souls of the World of Chaos” is a most famous essay of Rav Kook, a modern mystic.
First published in 1913, it continues to intrigue and inspire spiritual seekers in our day. Not content with inspirational reading, Bezalel Naor has undertaken the formidable task of unpacking the Kabbalistic structures that inform the essay. Cognoscenti will appreciate the copious endnotes. In the Introduction, we are provided with the historical backdrop to the essay and insight into the Kulturkampf that rocks Israeli society to this day. Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook (1865-1935) was the first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Erets Israel. A brilliant polymath, he excelled in areas as diverse as law and poetry, philosophy and mysticism. As time goes on, many of the futuristic predictions of Rav Kook become reality. Bezalel Naor is acknowledged as an authoritative interpreter of Rav Kook’s thought. He has translated several of his writings into English, including: When God Becomes History: Historical Essays of Rabbi Kook (Kodesh); The Legends of Rabbah bar Bar Hannah with commentary of Rabbi Kook (Kodesh); Orot (Maggid); and The Koren Rav Kook Siddur. Product Details 5 inches wide 8 inches high 224 pages