Our Rabbi & Maran Ha-Rav Kook

Our Rabbi, Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah Ha-Cohain Kook

Ha-Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv and Maran Ha-Rav's Honor
Ha-Rav Yosef Buxbaum, the editor of the journal "Moriah,” had a very close relationship with our Rabbi, following the lead of his Rav, Ha-Gaon Ha-Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach. Our Rabbi would give him letters which great Rabbis wrote to Maran Ha-Rav Kook in order to publish them in "Moriah." Ha-Rav Buxbaum would often visit our Rabbi. And when a baby boy was born to him, he asked our Rabbi to serve as the cohain at the Pidyon Ha-Ben.
It once happened that one of the editors of the "Otzar Mefarshei Ha-Talmud" (Treasury of Talmudic Commentators) included a ruling of Maran Ha-Rav Kook, but another editor removed it. Ha-Rav Buxbaum asked him why he removed the ruling: was it because he raised a difficultly with it and it required further study? He answered: "I didn't even look into the issue. I just think that a ruling of Ha-Rav Kook is not appropriate for 'Otzar Mefarsehi Ha-Talmud.'" Ha-Rav Buxbaum said to him: "From this moment, you are fired!" The editor did not accept his decision, and they went to Ha-Gaon Ha-Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv. Ha-Rav Elyashiv was shocked and said to the editor: "Did you know Ha-Rav Kook?! You should know – he was holy. He did not belong to our generation, and in his generation, they did not properly understand him. Reb Yosef was certainly permitted to fire you. I would have done the same thing." (Ha-Rav Yosef Buxbaum ztz"l)

Ha-Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer
Our Rabbi related that Maran Ha-Rav would go to relax on Mt. Carmel in Haifa because of his physical condition. Ha-Gaon Ha-Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer, Rosh Yeshiva of Eitz Chaim, once happened to meet him there. When he returned, he said: I merited seeing a Jew who does not have a moment devoid of holiness.

Our Rabbi related that Ha-Rav Meltzer said: If only our Neilah prayer was like Maran Ha-Rav's Minchah on a Friday.

Zichron Moshe
Our Rabbi would not pass through the "Zichron Moshe" neighborhood since they had burned an effigy of Maran Ha-Rav there in the past. (Choveret Avanim Levavot, p. 24).

Maran Ha-Rav's Room
On one of the summer days in 5708, during the war of Independence, only two students – Ha-Rav Yosef Kapach and Ha-Rav Glazer – were learning in the old building of the Yeshiva, together with our Rabbi, who did not refrain from coming to the Yeshiva even during times of danger. A large bomb hit the Yeshiva and its surrounding area and two women were killed in the Yeshiva's courtyard. Our Rabbi brought the two students with him into Maran Ha-Rav's room, pointed to his chair and announced: "In merit of the one who sat in this chair nothing will happen here!" (Ha-Rav Yosef Kapach)