Sunday, June 26, 2011

Harav Kook And the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Arutz Sheva has this interesting tidbit. In a new book that has just been published called "Free Iמ Peace" פדה בשלום" there is this telegram sent by Rav Kook to the Joint. In it Harav Kook urges the Joint to work towards freeing then Lubavitcher Rebbe Yosef Yitzchok (Joseph Isaac) that had just been arrested in Russia. Here is the Wikipedia Summary:

In 1927 he was arrested and imprisoned in the Spalerno prison in Leningrad. He was tried by an armed council of revolutionaries, accused ofcounter-revolutionary activities, and sentenced to death.[3] A world-wide storm of outrage and pressure from Western governments and theInternational Red Cross forced the communist regime to commute the death sentence and instead on 3 Tammuz it banished him to Kostroma in the Urals for an original sentence of three years.[3] Yekaterina Peshkova, a prominent Russian human rights activist, helped from inside as well. This was also commuted following political pressure from the outside, and he was finally allowed to leave Russia for Riga in Latvia, where he lived from 1928 until 1929.
Here is a copy of the telegram sent by Harav Kook: 

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