Or Hara'ayon = The Jewish Idea, volume 1

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More than any other book written by Rabbi Kahane, 'The Jewish Idea' expreses the axioms which were the essence of his being. The fundamentals of Jewish faith which are set forth in this volume, such as humility, faith and trust, kindness, revenge, self-sacrifice, and sanctifying G-d's name, were not abstract theories, but the day-to-day guidelines of his life. This book reveals the erudite scholarship and mastery of Torah which was the source of Rabbi Kahane's untiring activities.

Detailed indexes, by subject, Biblical source, Talmudic source and Midrashic source, for both volume one and volume two, are found in The Jewish Idea, volume two.

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Rabbi Kahane was born in New York City in 1932. He studied at the Mir Yeshiva in Brooklyn, and was ordained in 1956. The same year, he completed New York Law School. He founded the Jewish Defense League in 1968, which spearheaded a campaign of Jewish activism which led to the emigration of tens of thousands of oppressed Jews from the Soviet Union. He went to live in Israel in 1971, and entered politics, becoming a Member of the Israeli Parliament from 1984 to 1988. His widely read columns appeared in the weekly 'Jewish Press' from 1961 to 1990.

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The Jewish Idea, Vol. 1, p. 78. The essence of Torah is to learn, to know, to become familiar with Divine attributes, concepts and ideas and to walk in G-d's ways -- to cling to Him. Ritual observance is only the external expression of the internal idea. It is the conceptual framework which stands at the heart of Torah, determining the path one must follow. When a person does not understand a mitzvah and the idea behind it, or worse, he has internalized alien, distorted concepts and attributes; then when he fulfills the mitzvah, the external form of devotion, he is only emphasizing an idea that is fallacious...

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