3 Elul – Yahrtzeit of Maran Ha-Rav Kook

The words engraved on Maran Ha-Rav Kook's tombstone

Ha-Rav Avraham Yitzchak Ha-Cohain Kook

Born on 16 Elul 5625

Ascended to the Land of Israel on 28 Iyar 5664

Ascended to Jerusalem on 3 Elul 5679

Ascended to Heaven on 3 Elul 5695

Maran Ha-Rav Kook's grave

Rabbi Yaakov Filber relates that Maran Ha-Rav Kook's grave on Mt. Olives remained completely intact during the period between of the War of Independence and the Six-Day War when the area was under Jordanian control.  While all the other graves were vandalized and the tombstones were uprooted by the Arabs and used for paving roads, Maran Ha-Rav Kook's grave remained untouched.  He heard from reliable sources that every time a Jordanian tractor came within reach of the grave, the tractor would flip over.  The Jordanians were struck by the holiness of the grave and left it alone.  Our Rabbi filled in the details.  While everything around Maran Ha-Rav Kook's grave was bombed out or destroyed, his grave remained whole.  An Arab worker related that they received special instructions from their superiors not to damage the grave in any way (Sichot Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah #51).  (Mareh Cohain of Ha-Rav Yaakov Filber, p. 139 including pictures of the untouched grave and its destroyed surroundings immediately after the Six-Day War).