Rabbi Kook, 70, Seriously Ill in Jerusalem
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Rabbi Kook, 70, Seriously Ill in Jerusalem

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Chief Rabbi Abraham I. Hacohen Kook is gravely ill here, and his condition is becoming steadily worse, it was learned today.

The first intimation of the noted scholar’s illness came when the Rabbinate of Palestine ordered posters pasted all over Palestine calling upon Jews to go to the synagogues and offer up prayers for Rabbi Kook’s speedy recovery.

News of Rabbi Kook’s illness spread rapidly throughout the Jewish community. Everywhere the greatest concern was shown for the well-being of the great scholar. Thousands of Jews throughout the country heeded the request of the Rabbinate and flocked to the synagogus to pray.

Meanwhile Dr. Zondak and Prof. Marcus, two of the greatest doctors in the country, were called into consultation.

Jews in Palestine were preparing to celebrate the seventieth birthday of the Chief Rabbi. Only recently Rabbi Kook published an appeal not to mark the day with any elaborate ceremony.


A resolution greeting Chief Rabbi Kook of Jerusalem was adopted by the Mizrachi Youth Organization (renamed the Hapoel Hamizrachi of America) at the closing session of its thirteenth annual convention at Yeshiva College.

The resolution reads:

“The convention sends its warmest greetings to Chief Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook of Palestine on the occasion of his seventieth birthday and expresses the hope that he will live to see the day when he will not only be the chief rabbi of Palestine Jewry but of the many millions of Jews who hope to come into Palestine and that he may enjoy many happy years of fruitful labor for the people of Israel.”

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