Our Rabbi & the Exile

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

A student introduced himself as an "American". Our Rabbi pointed out that he is not an American, since America is not our Land. Rather he should say: A Jew from the Exile of America (Iturei Yerushalayim #64).

One Chabad publication referred to the house of the Lubavitcher Rebbe outside of Israel as "Beit Chayeinu" (The House of our Life). Our Rabbi responded with great distress: "Have mercy on Zion for it is the House of our Life! How is it possible to call a house in America by this name?!" (Iturei Yerushalayim #64 in the name of Ha-Rav Yitzchak Dadon).