Our Rabbi and Neuteri Karta

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

Joining in Protest
Neuteri Karta organized a protest against taxes on education which were established by the British in Eretz Yisrael, which would then be divided up by the municipality in a relative manner. Our Rabbi also participated in the protest. A student was surprised: Why is Ha-Rav participating in a protest with Neuteri Karta, who caused him so much trouble to his father (Maran Ha-Rav Kook)? Our Rabbi responded: "For what they did to Abba Ha-Rav z"l, they either have received a punishment or will receive one. Where they are correct – they are correct!" (Iturei Yerusalayim #64 in the name of Ha-Rav Yitzchak Dadon).

Meah Shearim
Our Rabbi said that not everyone in Meah Shearim is Neuteri Karta. In fact, many people in Meah Shearim would greet him warmly (Iturei Yerushalayim #64).

Finding a Minyan
It once happened that a student did not daven Maariv at the conclusion of Shabbat. He therefore went to find a minyan in Meah Shearim, and he met up with our Rabbi who also had not davened Maariv. Our Rabbi spoke with the student for an hour and three-quarters about the Neturei Karta, who are against the State of Israel and against Tzahal, even at a time when the Master of the Universe is showing us all of the signs of the Redemption, and when everything written in Yechezkel chapter 36 is materializing before our eyes. After all of this, our Rabbi brought him to the shul of the Chasidim of Reb Arele Roth (a group known as Toldos Ahron who are intensely anti-Zionist), not by way of the main road but by way of the courtyard. When they entered the large hall, all eyes turned toward him. They finished the blessing after eating and davened Maariv as if they were completely on fire. They then stood in line to say "shalom" to our Rabbi. After they left, the student asked, "Before we arrived I heard an hour and three-quarters from you against the Neturei Karta, and now they stand in line to say "shalom" to the Rav?" Our Rabbi responded, "One can learn from everyone. How to pray - this is learned here. You should know that when father, Ha-Rav ztz"l, desired prayer of 'all my bones would speak' (Tehillim 35:10), he would come here." Two weeks later, the student was walking in Meah Shearim. One of the Chasidim of Reb Arele ran after him, saying "Send regards to Rav Tzvi Yehudah from so-and-so." When he related this to our Rabbi, he responded to him, "He is an expert in the writings of my father, Ha-Rav, but he learns them in secret, because if this was discovered he would be in danger, as he was born into Neturei Karta." In fundamental and principled matters, our Rabbi did not differentiate between this stream and that stream. For example, in protests against autopsies, our Rabbi would always participate with different Orthodox streams (Iturei Cohanim #248 - in the name of Ha-Rav Binyamin Eisner).