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Dreams Can Reflect Reality

Thoughts on the parsha from the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, the iconic Torah sage, poet, philosopher and religious Zionist leader for whom Merkaz Harav Yeshiva is named., 11/22/2013, 7:07 AM

Jacob Arrived Whole

Dvar Torah from the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, the iconic religious Zionist leader, poet and philosopher for whom Merkaz Harav yeshiva is named., 11/14/2013, 10:00 AM

The Blessing of a Scholar's Presence

Torah words from the iconic first Chief Rabbi of Israel, Religious Zionist leader, Torah sage, poet and philosopher for whom Merkaz HaravYeshiva is named., 11/8/2013, 9:59 AM

For the Honor of Torah: An Astounding Story

A true story with twists and turns and a surprise ending., 11/1/2013, 9:07 AM

Sarah, Princess of Her People and of the World

Torah from the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, the religious-Zionist sage, poet and philosopher, for whom Merkaz Harav Yeshiva is named., 10/25/2013, 4:14 PM

Combatting Evil

Dvar Torah on this week's Torah reading from the iconic first Chief Rabbi of Israel., 10/18/2013, 2:39 PM

Mamrei's Advice

Dvar Torah on the parsha from Israel's iconic first Chief Rabbi, Torah Sage, philosopher, religious Zionist leader and poet., 10/11/2013, 9:20 AM

The Beauty of Greece

, 10/4/2013, 4:49 PM

Bereishit: Braiding Eve's Hair

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic religious Zionist leader and Talmudic sage, philosopher and poet., 9/26/2013, 11:11 PM

All of Israel in One Sukkah

Dvar Torah for Sukkot from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic Religious Zionist Torah sage, philosopher and poet., 9/17/2013, 10:49 PM

The Yom Kippur Reading: The Ox and the Goat

We read from the portion of Acharei Mot on this solemn day., 9/12/2013, 10:47 PM

1933 Sermon: The Call of the Great Shofar

The third type of shofar about which the first Chief Rabbi spoke was an intimation of the Holocaust to come., 9/4/2013, 3:35 PM

Teshuva for the Generation of Rebirth

Dvar Torah on the week's parsha from the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, the iconic Religious Zionist Sage who was also leader, poet and philosopher., 8/30/2013, 4:44 PM

Serving God With Joy

Dvar Torah of the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, the iconic religious Zionist Torah Sage, leader, poet and philosopher., 8/23/2013, 4:33 PM

Waging War

Dvar Torah from the iconic Torah Sage, the religious Zionist leader and first Chief Rabbi of Israel for whom Merkaz Harav Yeshiva is named., 8/16/2013, 5:36 PM

The Word of Shmittah

Why have the whole procedure of debt-remission in the Shmittah (agricultural sabbatical) year? Torah from the iconic first Chief Rabbi of Israel, for whom Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem is named., 8/2/2013, 8:29 AM

Balancing Torah and Work

Torah insights from the iconic religious Zionist philosopher-leader and first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel., 7/25/2013, 11:13 PM

With All Your Soul

Dvar Torah from the iconic leader of religious Zionism, Israel's first Chief Rabbi for whom Merkaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem is named., 7/19/2013, 6:51 AM

Right verses Might

Torah from the iconic first Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel for whom Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem is named., 7/12/2013, 12:13 PM

Anticipating Redemption

Torah from the iconic religious Zionist leader, the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, for whom Merkaz Harav yeshiva is named., 7/5/2013, 12:15 AM

Parsha Thoughts: Genuine Zealotry

Torah from the iconic religious Zionist leader, the first Ashkenazi Chief Rabb of Israel, for whom the Merkaz HaRav yeshiva in Jerusalem is named., 6/28/2013, 7:46 AM

Balak: Eliminating Idolatry

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic leader and philosopher-sage, for whom Merkaz HaRav yeshiva is named., 6/14/2013, 10:02 AM

Who Needs the Priesthood?

Dvar Torah from Israel's iconic first Chief Rabbi, for whom Merkaz HaRav yeshiva is named., 6/7/2013, 7:58 AM

A Tale of Two Prayers

Dvar Torah of the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, the iconic religious Zionist leader for whom Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav in Jerusalem is named., 5/24/2013, 7:49 AM

Torah Study

"All other studies are like foreign lands with regard to the spiritual development of Israel." , 5/16/2013, 8:01 AM

The Kotel Affair

One of the things this story shows, besides the Jewish rights to the Kotel, is that there was a mechitza in 1928., 5/10/2013, 3:37 PM

Israel's 1st Chief Rabbi on the Parsha: Why Exile?

Torah from the iconic religious Zionist first Chief Rabbi of Israel for whom Merkaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem is named., 5/3/2013, 5:24 PM

The Omer Controversy

Torah from the iconic religious Zionist first Chief Rabbi of Israel, for whom Merkaz Harav yeshiva is named., 4/25/2013, 10:19 AM

This Week's Parsha: Everyday and Holy Speech

There is a higher form of speech, a holy speech that God bestowed upon Israel. Torah from the First Chief Rabbi of Israel for whom Jerusalem's Merkaz Harav yeshiva is named., 4/11/2013, 11:59 AM

Israel's 1st Chief Rabbi on the Parsha: Nadav and Avihu

The question of mourning for Nadav and Avihu, by the iconic religious Zionist leader for whom Merkaz Harav yeshiva is named., 4/5/2013, 9:42 AM

Israel's 1st Chief Rabbi: The Hillel Sandwich

How should one eat the seder sandwich?, 3/25/2013, 12:20 AM

Israel's 1st Chief Rabbi on the Parsha

Parshat Tsav: The prohibition of Cheilev. Torah from the iconic rabbi-philosopher-poet-religious Zionist leader, for whom Merkaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem is named., 3/22/2013, 10:34 AM

Vayikra: Black Fire on White Fire

Weekly Dvar Torah from the iconic leader of religious Zionism, for whom Merkaz Harav Yeshiva is named., 3/13/2013, 11:44 PM

Ki Tisa: Wealthy and Wise

Torah thoughts from the iconic religious Zioinist sage, the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, for whom Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva of Jerusalem is named., 3/1/2013, 12:19 PM

Parshat Zachor/Tetzaveh: Beyond the Holy

Dvar Torah from the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, the iconic religious Zionist leader., 2/22/2013, 2:52 PM

Channels of Communication

There are different ways to communicate with the Divine, 2/15/2013, 12:57 AM

Pareshat Shekalim: All for One

This past Shabbat, Pareshat Shekalim, is the first of four special Shabbatot preceding the Pesach holiday. The last part of the Torah portion we read tells of the half shekel Jews were commanded to give to the Tabernacle. Read its message below., 2/10/2013, 7:28 AM

Mishpatim: Slavery in the Torah

Dvar Torah from the religious Zionist icon, Israel's first Chief Rabbi for whom the Merkaz Harav flagship Zionsit yeshiva is named., 2/8/2013, 2:58 PM

Yitro: Serving the People

Wise words for those who labor for the public good, from the iconic first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel for whom Jerusalem's Merkaz Harav Yeshiva is named., 2/1/2013, 10:58 AM

Tu B'Shvat: Every Creature Utters Its Song

What a love for G-d's creation the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, for whom the Merkaz HaRav flagship Zionist yeshiva is named, expresses in this beautiful story., 1/25/2013, 9:44 AM

The Exodus and Tefillin

How does wearing tefillin ensure that the Torah will be 'in our mouths'?, 1/17/2013, 11:37 PM

Vayigash: The Shepherd-Philosopher

Some of the Jewish people's greatest leaders were shepherds. Torah thoughts from the iconic religious Zionist Torah sage, philosopher, poet and leader for whom Merkaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem is named. , 12/20/2012, 3:22 PM

The Rivalry Between Rachel and Leah

Dvar Torah from the iconic religious Zionist Torah sage, poet and philosopher first Chief Rabbi of Israel, for whom Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva is named., 11/23/2012, 3:07 PM

The Rainbow in the Clouds

Thoughts from the icon of religious Zionism, the late Chief Rabbi, sage, philosopher-poet for whom the Merkaz Harav yeshiva is named., 10/19/2012, 1:54 PM

Cain's Offering

What was really wrong with Cain's offering?, 10/11/2012, 10:06 AM

The Song of Torah

Vayelech has two mitzvahs - in the second of which which the Torah is called a song. , 9/21/2012, 4:30 AM

Rav Kook on Ki Tavo: Chavruta

The importance of studying together., 9/7/2012, 11:35 AM

Dances of Teshuva in Poriah

, 9/5/2012, 12:17 PM

Dvarim: The Human Drive for More

Striving for more? More of what? That is the challenge., 7/27/2012, 1:25 PM

A Story for the Nine Days

Today is the first of Av, a Rosh Chodesh (first day of a new month) that ushers in the nine days of mourning that culminate - if the Messiah does not come - in the Fast of the Ninth of Av. Below is a true story from the early days of the state, 7/20/2012, 5:30 PM

HaRav Kook on Psalm 119

The longest psalm explained by the Torah sage for whom Yeshivat Merkaz haRav is named., 7/6/2012, 4:45 PM

Chukat: Can Rocks Hear?

, 6/28/2012, 4:43 PM

Jerusalem Day: The Two Messengers

Who are the two messengers to Jerusalem, , 5/18/2012, 5:35 PM

Behar (Israel): Window to the Future

A taste of the Garden of Eden., 5/11/2012, 5:48 PM

Psalm 84: Better than a Thousand

David yearned to build the Temple, but it was left for his son. Yet G-d loved David's prayers best. What is the meaning of this?, 5/4/2012, 6:18 PM

A Return to Ritual Purity: Tazria-Metzora (and Shmini)

What happened to the idea of ritual purity? Why does it seem so removed from us?, 4/19/2012, 2:00 PM

The Inner Light of Destruction:

The task of revealing the inner light in the forces of destruction was given to the kohanim, the descendants of Aaron., 3/23/2012, 12:16 AM