Rabbis and Politics

Stories of Rabbenu – Our Rabbi, Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah Ha-Cohain Kook

When our Rabbi, was asked his opinion regarding the involvement of rabbis in politics, he answered as follows: "Rabbis are obligated by the Torah to involve themselves in politics, and if they refrain from doing so they are guilty of betrayal. It is written in the Torah: 'Do not fear any man!'" Once, when, as a result of the words of our Rabbi, a public commotion arose, and many claimed that rabbis should not deal
in politics, our Rabbi responded: "I am not asking anybody's permission. I am obligated by the Torah to proclaim and publicize that which is just and true. The political issues of the Community of Israel are themselves Torah. They are sacred."
Shemirat ha-lashon After the Yom Kippur War, during the time of "The War of Generals," our Rabbi warned Arik Sharon about guarding his tongue (Iturei Cohanim Elul 5766 #264 p. 48 in name of Rabbi Yitzchak Shilat).