Rav Avraham Yitzchak Hacohen Kook was one of the superstars of the rabbinate during the early part of the twentieth century, revered across the Jewish world for both his erudition and his piety. And yet he was also reviled by a significant group of devout Jews for his enthusiastic cooperation with secular Zionists, and for supporting their aspirations for political control of Eretz Yisrael.
Who was this charismatic rabbi? Why was he such a lightning rod for messianic yearning? And what was the philosophy he espoused that so captivated such a diverse range of followers, but made him a pariah for others?
Using his signature blend of fascinating anecdotes and painstaking research, Rabbi Dunner charts the life of Rav Kook and his milieu, revealing the twists and turns that marked the career of this remarkable spiritual giant whose impact continues to be felt to this day.