Some pages from the book "AN ANGEL AMONG MEN". Impressions from the life of Rav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook zt"l by Simcha Raz translated by Moshe D. Lichtman. (Jerusalem 5763)
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Time line for Rav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook

5625         1864
Born in Greive (now Griva), Latvia.
5645         1884
Studied for a year and a half at the famed Volozhin yeshiva (headed at that time by Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Berlin - the "Netziv").
5646         1886 Married Batsheva, the daughter of Rabbi Eliyahu David Rabinowitz-Teomim (known as the "Aderet"), then rabbi of Ponevez (later appointed chief rabbi of Jerusalem).
5648         1888 Appointed rabbi of Zoimel (Zaumel), Lithuania.
During his stay in Zoimel, Rav Kook's first wife died. His father-in-law, the Aderet, convinced him to marry Raize-Rivka, daughter of the Aderet's twin brother.
5648         1888 Launched a monthly rabbinic journal, "Iturie Sofrim"
5655         1895 Became rabbi of Bausk (now Bauska).
5664         1904 Arrived in Eretz Yisrael on the 28th of Iyar. He served as rabbi of Jaffa and the surrounding settlements for the next ten years.
5665         1905 First chapters of Orot HaTeshuva, Rav Kook's original thoughts on the topic of repentence, published.
5670         1910 ((Shmitta year) Published Shabbat Ha'Aretz, defending the heter mechira.
5674         1914 Went to Europe for Agudat Yisrael convention in Berlin. Unable to return to Israel due to the outbreak of World War I, Rav Kook spent two years in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
5676         1916 Served as rabbi of Machzikei HaDat congregation in London during the war.
5679         1919 Returned to Eretz Yisrael. In Tevet 5680, he accepted the position of Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem.
5680         1920 Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook edited some of his father's writings, publishing them in the book Orot.
5681         1921 Established Chief Rabbinate in pre-state Israel, becoming Chief Rabbi together with Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yaakov Meir.
5684         1924 Established the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva, unique among the yeshivot at that time in its religious philosophy and positive attitude towards Zionism.
5695         1935 Died of cancer on the 3rd of Elul, in Jerusalem, several days before his 70th birthday.


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