Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Rav Kook at Kinneret


"In the course of [Rabbi Joseph Dov Soloveitchik's] stay in Eretz Yisrael in the summer of 1935, the Rav visited the secular kibbutz of Kinneret. His host proferred some fruit, which the Rav naturally but politely declined. Sensing the reason for the refusal to partake of the offering, the kibbutznik observed that he presumes that it was grounded in concerns about kashrut; whereupon he proceeded to inform his thunderstruck guest that the local kitchen was absolutely kosher. When asked for the cause of this anomaly, he narrated the following story. Rav Kook once spend a Shabbat at the kibbutz, and he of course brought his own food. He ate each se'udah with the group, including participation in the moza'ei Shabbat fireside kumsitz. Upon taking leave of his hosts, he thanked them graciously and concluded with a brief wish. 'I hope that next time I'll be able to eat together with you.' Sure enough, the haverim [members] voted to introduce kashrut in their public hadar okhel [dining hall]."

(Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, Varieties of Jewish Experience, pg. 135)

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