01 September 2016

Setting the Record Straight on Rabbi Meir Kahane of Blessed Memory

28 Menachem Av 5776

As I have said many times on this blog, I owe a very great debt to Rabbi Meir Kahane of blessed memory, Hashem should avenge his blood! You see, I've been learning Rabbi Kahane since 1997. I have all of his books (save one or two recently published ones) and have read them more than once. I use Or HaRa'ayon regularly as a reference book. You'll find hundreds, if not thousands, of his words reproduced throughout these blog posts. 

I did not just one day a couple of weeks ago flip through one chapter over the course of 18 hours of flight time. Plus, I learned directly from Rabbi Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane, ztz"l Hy'd in Jerusalem. Therefore, I have Rabbi Kahane to thank for my solid foundation in Torah Truth and my identity as a Jew. That is a very great debt indeed. And it is for this reason that I make these attempts to set the record straight on what he taught, because there are those who would misrepresent those pure and perfect words of Torah for their own benefit. Whether through deceit or delusion, I know not.

The following comes from a Youtube video published yesterday...
"...we are to do Meir Kahane's shita and in Or HaRa'ayon of Rav Kahane you will see that he credits the entire ideology that he holds by is Kol HaTor ideology which is Vilna Gaon works of Tzionit Gra'it. It is in the book Or HaRa'ayon, several chapters worth of references to Kol HaTor, ok, Kol HaTor. ...The point is we see that Meir Kahane obviously knew by being in the Kol HaTor it means to be what? A Light to the Nations. That his ideology came from the GR"A and Kol HaTor therefore, he would have read this and would have known that is the definition of Ohr LeGoyim."
Anyone who reads Rabbi Meir Kahane for himself, by the way, it is written to be accessible to anyone regardless of knowledge level or background, will notice one thing right away. Rabbi Kahane brought nothing new or innovative and barely used his own words. He quoted broadly and extensively and based his teachings exclusively on the Torah and Mesorah handed down from our Sages.

In the back of Or HaRa'ayon, which is considered his main work, there is a list of all the sources used in its writing. I've reproduced it here. Based on that, YOU be the judge of the accuracy of the statements made above.

OR HARA'AYON SOURCE INDEX

BIBLE
The Five Books of Torah
Books of the Prophets
The Writings

MISHNA
Peah, Maaser Sheni, Bikurim, Makot, Eduyot, Avot, Kelim, Taharot, Yadayim, Oktzin

TOSEFTA
Sotah, Sanhedin, Shavuot, Avodah Zarah

SMALL TRACTATES
Avot DeRabbi Natan, Derech Eretz Zuta, Tractate Kallah, Semachot - Avel Rabbati

JERUSALEM TALMUD
Berachot, Peah, Sheviit, Bikurim, Shabbat, Pesachim, Yoma, Taanit, Chagigah, Yevamot, Nedarim, Sotah, Kiddushin, Sanhedrin

BABYLONIAN TALMUD
Berachot, Shabbat, Eruvin, Pesachim, Rosh Hashanah, Yoma, Succah, Betza, Taanit, Megillah, Moed Kattan, Chagigah, Yevamot, Ketuvot, Nedarim, Nazir, Sotah, Gittin, Kiddushin, Bava Kamma, Bava Metzia, Bava Batra, Sanhedrin, Shavuot, Makot, Avodah Zarah, Horiot, Zevachim, Menachot, Chulin, Arachin, Keritut, Me'ilah

MIDRASH HALACHA
Mechilta deRabbi Yishmael, Mechilta deRabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, Torat Kohanim - Sifra, Sifri

MIDRASH RABBAH
Bereshit Rabbah, Shemot Rabbah, Vayikra Rabbah, Bamidbar Rabbah, Devarim Rabbah, Shir HaShirim Rabbah, Ruth Rabbah, Echah Rabbah, Kohelet Rabbah, Esther Rabbah

OTHER MIDRASHIM
Beit HaMidrash, Eliyahu Rabbah, Eliyahu Zuta, Lekach Tov - Pesikta Zutrati, Midrash Chadash, Midrash HaGadol, Midrash Tehillim - Shochar, Mishnat R. Eliezer, Pesikta DeRav Kahana, Pesikta Rabbati, Pirkei DeRabbi Eliezer, Sechel Tov, Sefer HaYashar, Tanchuma, Tanchuma Yashan, Tanna Devei Eliyahu, Yalkut Shimoni, Zohar

OTHER BOOKS
Aruch HaShulchan HeAtid, Chatam Sofer - Responsa, Torah Shebal Peh, Chovot Levavot, Emunot VeDe'ot, HaChinuch, Kad HaKemach, Kol HaTor (8 references total in 1000 pages), Kitvei Maharitz Chayyot, Kuzari, Maharit - Responsa, Messilat Yesharim, Minchat Chinuch, Netzach Yisrael, Prayer, Rambam, Seder Olam Zuta, Semag, Shaarei Teshuva, Shulchan Aruch, Siddur Bet Yaakov, Trumat HaDeshen, Yalkut Ha-Urim

I would urge everyone to read Rabbi Kahane for himself and not to rely on anyone else to tell him what he said.