Today the third day of the month of Elul is the 78th memorial day for the passing away of Rabbi Avraham Issac Hachohen Kook. Rabbi Kook was the first Ashkenazi chief Rabbi of Israel, a giant in every area of Torah, and the founder of the Mercaz Harav Yeshivah. Rav Kook was the major influence behind the religious Zionist movement, setting a torah standard for bringing in the redemption on a practical level, in working the land, building and fortifying an infrastructure to the Land. Most communities throughout Judea and Samaria are built on the philosophy of Rav Kook. In his merit there are hundreds and thousands of Jews living in Judea and Samaria today. Today , thousands visited the grave site of the Rav who is buried in Mt. Olives.
With the beginning of the month of Elul the Itamar Yeshivah resumed its studies. Thank G-D sixty new students have joined this year. The Yeshivah is working full speed ahead in building its permanent dormitories. We wish the Yeshivah a lot of success and let it be a very fruitful year of Torah study.
Itamar welcomed the visit of a group from Texas this week that came to show their solidarity with Itamar. They attended a lecture by Leah and Rabbi Moshe Goldsmith and got a chance to tour part of the community.
A guest house recently opened up on Itamar that can host 22 people. We wish the owners Arad and Galit a lot of success in bringing visitors to Itamar. Anyone interested in spending a few days on the mountain tops of Itamar for a few quiet days relaxing in a beautiful cabin with a special ambience – email us and we will help you set up your visit.
Itamar’s resident Barak Melet who recently harvested the first spelt crop ever grown in Israel needs a little advice. If anyone knows an inexpensive way of removing the hull of the kernel please let us know. Spelt is not like wheat that by a simple threshing process the husk falls off. Spelt has a very stubborn hull and makes it much harder to process. Barak is looking to introduce spelt which is not grown in Israel into the grain market.
Mazal tov to Benayah and Ayah Blach on the birth of a son.
Mazal tov to Eliezer and Namah Ben Lazar on the birth of a daughter.
Watch Rabbi Moshe Goldsmith’s new Torah lesson for the week.