Our Rabbi & Maran Ha-Rav Kook's Honor - Part 2

Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah Ha-Cohain Kook
Visits to the Brisker Rav
Our Rabbi would go to hear the Divrei Torah of the Brisker Rav, Ha-Griz - Ha-Rav Yitzchak Zev Soloveitchik, and when he was there, the "zealots" (extreme anti-Zionists) would insult him. When Ha-Rav Shabatai Shmueli, the Yeshiva's secretary, heard about this, he was shaken and turned to our Rabbi to stop going there. Ha-Rav Avraham Shapira also attempted to convince our Rabbi to stop, but he wanted to hear Divrei Torah from Ha-Griz. Ha-Rav Shmueli and Ha-Rav Shapira requested that Reb Aryeh Levin - who frequented there – speak with our Rabbi. He agreed and said to him: "Reb Tzvi Yehudah, you must cease going there. It does not bring honor to the Torah. It is also insulting to Maran Ha-Rav ztz"l." Our Rabbi tried to justify continuing the visits by saying that it does not affect him, and Ha-Griz is one of the great Rabbis of the generation etc., but Reb Aryeh interrupted him and said harsh thing about the "zealots," even though there was a great lost in not hearing Ha-Griz. When our Rabbi heard this from the mouth of Reb Aryeh, he did not return (It was quite rare for Reb Aryeh to speak this way since he had incredible patience and was able to endure anything. If our Rabbi had heard insults about Maran Ha-Rav Kook he would not have remained quiet). (Imrei Shefer of Ha-Rav Yitzchak Dadon, pp. 236-237)

A deep understanding of the love of Israel
A Torah scholar was delivering a eulogy for a great Rabbi and he spoke about Maran Ha-Rav Kook without explicitly mentioning his name. After mentioning his greatness, he added "But his love of Israel is contrary to normal behavior" (see Bereshit Rabbah 55:11 and Rashi to Bereshit 22:3). Our Rabbi explained that Maran Ha-Rav Kook's love of Israel was not in the usual sense, but came from a deep understanding of the love of Israel from which his own love flowed. And regarding the Torah scholar's words, our Rabbi cited the teaching: "One who prays: 'May Your mercy reach the bird's nest,' we silence him" (Berachot 33b). (Sichot Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah – Devarim p. 334)