Herzl came in 4th. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson came in 3rd. Who came in 1st and 2nd?
David ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister came in 2nd.
Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook, the pre-State Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi and a pillar of Religious Zionism, came in 1st.
In a survey conducted by Ynet and Gesher Society in honor of Israel's 60th Independence Day, Abraham Isaac Kook was chosen to be the largest contributor to the shaping and building of the State of Israel. The Zionist-religious leader was awarded first place in the survey, which asked thousands to rank Jewish leaders according to their contribution to the State.
In second place was Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, who also gave the State's founding speech. Chabad Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, also known as Rabbi MiLubavitch, came in third, and Binyamin Ze'ev Herzl, founder of Zionism, was ranked fourth.
Other leaders ranked among the top 10 were Prof. Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Rabbi Elazar Menachem Man Shach, Shulamit Aloni, Hayyim Nahman Bialik, and Hannah Senensh.…
To put this all in perspective, Ynet cites another survey done for this Independence Day:
A telephone survey was also conducted, among the adult Jewish Hebrew-speaking population of Israel. Those polled were asked to rate social groups that have influenced the Jewish nature of the State. 24% chose military personalities, 21% chose rabbis, 20% chose statesmen, and 16% chose cultural and philosophic personas.
However, when asked to choose a role model for their children, cultural and philosophic personas ranked first place, while military men came in second.
In other words, as abstract avatars of a certain ideal, rabbis do very well.
As real life role models, they fail miserably.
Now why would that be?