Our Rabbi & the Holocaust

Our Rabbi, Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah Ha-Cohain Kook
The Holocaust
Our Rabbi gave a parable in relation to the Holocaust: There is a house next to a forest and a young child plays at the edge of the forest. It begins to get dark in the late afternoon, and the mother goes out and calls to the child: "Come inside the house, it is beginning to get dark and cold." The child does not listen. The mother goes out and calls again: "It is already cold. There is hot water for a shower, a hot meal and a clean bed. Come into the house," but the child does not hear. She yells next time: "It is already night, lions and bears roar in the forest, and they will soon go out to search for prey. It is dangerous to be outside, but the child continues to hide from her. The mother finally decides that she needs to bring him in by force. She approaches him and grabs the child, who is yelling and protesting by force. The time had arrived to go home, and to save him from the attacking animals, she would have pulled off one of his limbs, if she had to. (Ha-Rabbanit Chana Tau, Am Nolad p. 17)

Someone once came to pick up our Rabbi in a Volkswagen. He refused to enter.
(Ha-Rav David Goldenberg)

Our Rabbi disagreed with what Ha-Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik said in the name of his father, Ha-Rav Moshe, that anyone who arises against the Nation of Israel to wage war is in the category of Amalek in all respects (Kol Dodi Dofek p. 101, Five Derashot and Nefesh Ha-Rav, p. 87). And he said that it was only a derashah (a homiletic teaching), and one should refrain from saying things such as like this. While Ha-Rav Moshe held that "Amalek" is defined by a philosophy and can apply to any nation, our Rabbi held that it only refers to the biological offspring of Amalek (Ha-Rav Yitzchak Shilat quoted in the book "Melumdei Milchamah" of Ha-Rav Nachum Eliezer Rabinovitz. See Sefer Ha-Mitzvot of the Rambam #187 and Moreh Nevuchim 3, 50).