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Igrot Hare’aya – Letters of Rav Kook #106

Supporting an Israeli Winery

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Beit Din Eretz Hemda - Gazit

Tamuz 13 5782
Date and Place: 29 Tevet 5668 (1908), Yafo

Recipient: Rabbi Naftail Hakohen Adler, the Chief Rabbi of London and the nations (British Empire)

Body: On behalf of the love of the desired land (Eretz Yisrael) and the dear mitzva to support its builders and those who work the holy land with great toil, I have come to make a request of you, great scholar.

In the agricultural village of Rechovot, which is near here, the farmers met and founded a guild of vineyard owners and a few years ago built a winery. Everything is handled according to the highest standards of kashrut, as the Torah requires, as they fulfill the land-based mitzvot and all the details of kashrut for all year long and for Pesach.

These people have gone to great lengths [to do things properly], and their undertaking is fit to be well-known and lauded, for they have helped build and improve Eretz Yisrael. They do this not through donations and philanthropic support but with their strength and power in a proper and distinguished manner.

Therefore, I believe that the love of the sanctity of Eretz Yisrael is fit to prepare the leaders of the nation to lend their moral support to these people. In one of the great cities of the world (London), one of the members of the guild, Mr. Moshe Weinschreiber opened a business to sell the wine of the guild. I saw it as a personal obligation to lend my help by turning to the Chief Rabbi, that he [i.e., you] should show them kindness and present them a shining face, with your holy help in whatever way your excellency and pure heart and love for Eretz Yisrael sees fit.

May the merit of the mitzva to settle the Holy Land stand by you to lengthen your life in pleasantries, and may you merit to see when Hashem returns the remnant of His nation to His holy mountain.



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