Merkaz Harav…Flagship of Zionism

Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, the religious Jewish school attacked by a Pal gunman, is the historical seat of learning of Zionism and man-made Talmud.

Merkaz Harav…Flagship of Zionism

Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, the religious Jewish school attacked by a Palestinian gunman Thursday night, March 6, is considered to be the historical seat of learning of Zionism and man-made Talmud, which contains several texts inciting hatred against Arabs, in particular, and gentiles (non-Jews), generally.

It was founded in 1924 by Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (1865–1935).

Living in London at the time, Kook played a key role in pressing the British government to issue the Balfour Declaration of 1917, which created a homeland for Jews within Palestine.

In 1921, Kook flew to Palestine and became the first Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Palestine, which was still under British mandate before Zionist militants bombarded Palestinian towns and cities and established Israel in 1948 on the rubble of Palestine.

The Talmudical academy educated generations of ultra-orthodox Jews, some of whom are today's leaders and members of Israel's right-wing parties like the National Religious Party, Hazit, Likud and National Union (nationalist party).

The school does not follow state curricula and has a curriculum of its own, though it is subsidized by the Israeli government.

The Yeshiva (institute in Hebrew) is only open for boys and male teens.

Controversial Teachings

Merkaz Harav's curricula is based on the Talmud-inspired writings and philosophy of Kook.

Kook's writings eventually gave birth to the Religious Zionist movement, which is today led by rabbis who studied under Kook's son at Merkaz Harav.

Kook wrote that "the difference between the Israelite soul... and the souls of all non-Jews, no matter what their level, is bigger and deeper than the difference between the human soul and the animal soul."

Talmud, written by Jewish rabbis centuries ago, is the holiest religious book for ultra-orthodox Jews unlike the Torah, the literal word of God.

It contains several texts that treat Jews as the chosen people of God and superior to other human beings.

One such controversial text call non-Jews "beasts not humans" but rather "children of animals."

Yigal Amir, the killer of former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is himself a graduate of Merkaz Harav.

Confessing to his murder, Amir said he killed Rabin because he wanted to give a "promised land" to Arabs following the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords with late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat.

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