Our Rabbi & Pictures

Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah Ha-Cohain Kook

Our Rabbi did not like when people took pictures of him. The majority of the pictures in which he appears were without his knowledge. Occasionally, when he noticed that some was taking his picture, he would turn his head in the other direction. (see Ha-Rav Yechezkel Greenwald and see Shut Da'at Cohain, p. 162)

At one of the Tzahal Parades, someone photgraphed our Rabbi. Our Rabbi took offense and asked if he had permission. At that time, our Rabbi related that Ha-Rav Kook only had his pictures taken at the beginning of new periods in his life, such as making aliyah or moving to Jerusalem. He would hire a photographer and would be particular not to fill the entire picture, i.e. from head-to-toe. (Ha-Rav Yitzchak Steiner and see Shut Da'at Cohain, p. 166)

Our Rabbi was not particular if someone took a picture of him from afar or he happened to be in the picture, but he was not happy if someone took a picture right on from a close distance. (Ha-Rav Daniel El Chai)