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HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l

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

The Exodus and Tefillin

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

Vaera:Who Brings You Forth

Torah insights from the iconic religious Zionist Torah sage, leader, philosopher, poet and first Chief Rabbi of Israel., 1/10/2013, 10:31 AM

Shmot: Moses' Mistake

Did Moses have enough faith in the Jewish people?, 1/3/2013, 7:10 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

Vayeshev: The Nature of Exile

Rabbi Tanchum spoke of a pit containing snakes and scorpions. What is the difference between these two dangerous animals? And how do they relate to Exile?, 12/7/2012, 3:37 PM

The Service of Pillars and Altars

Torah thoughts on Vayishlach from the the first Chief Rabbi of Israel and the iconic sage of religious Zionism, for whom Merkaz Harav Yeshiva is named., 11/30/2012, 8:11 AM

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

Harnessing Esau's Active Force

Religious Zionist iconic sage for whom Merkaz Harav Yeshiva is named, on the use of military strength in Israel., 11/16/2012, 10:52 AM

Isaac's Afternoon Prayer

Torah thoughts for the parsha from the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, icon and sage of religious Zionism for whom Merkaz Harav Yeshiva is named., 11/9/2012, 10:37 AM

Abraham's Return from the Akeda

Thoughts on the parsha from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic Religious Zionist leader, Torah sage, poet and philosopher, for whom Merkaz Harav Yeshiva is named., 11/2/2012, 8:08 AM

Lekh Lekha: The Dream and the Brit

In this parsha, Abraham is commanded to perform circumcision and pass this covenant on to his offspring, the Jewish people., 10/26/2012, 6:12 AM

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

Hoshana Raba:: The Role of the Lowly Willow

Sometimes one can learn much from the lowly and humble, seemingly simple folk., 10/5/2012, 8:05 AM

Dvar Torah on Haazinu

Ha'azinu: The Source of Rabbinic Authority., 9/27/2012, 6:09 PM

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

HaRav Kook on Ki Tetsei: Parental Preventive Medicine

The iconic first Chief Rabbi of Israel and founder of Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav on: The Rebellious Son, Preventive Medicine. , 8/31/2012, 9:34 AM

Nourishing the Soul

Dvar Torah for Parshat Eikev., 8/9/2012, 10:41 AM

Vaetchanan: In Mind and Heart

Immortal words from the iconic leader of religious Zionism., 8/3/2012, 12:24 AM

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

Pinchas: Appointing a Leader for Israel

Joshua as the next leader., 7/13/2012, 2:18 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

Korach: Inclusion and Selection

Was Korach before his time?, 6/20/2012, 1:48 PM

Shlach: The Lesson of Shiloh

Rav Kook had a way of convincing people why living here in Israel is so good for them., 6/15/2012, 6:50 PM

Behaalotcha: Aaron's Punishment

Did Aaron get punished for gossiping about Moshe? Why is only Miriam's punishment mentioned?, 6/8/2012, 5:54 PM

A Story for Naso: The Blessing of a Kohen

A Kohen's blessing has power., 6/1/2012, 5:11 PM

Shavuot: The King's Torah

The national level of Torah responsibility differs from the personal. The Book of Ruth shows this., 5/25/2012, 6:23 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

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

Two Layers of Wisdom

As opposed to first impressions, the practical wisdom of how to apply abstract principles in everyday life is both profound and uncommon., 3/16/2012, 2:22 PM

Rising Above Ten Handbreaths

By examining the Tabernacle's structure and parts, we may reveal the paths by which the human soul draws close to its Maker. , 2/24/2012, 4:50 PM

Blessings for Miracles

The Sages learned from Yitro's blessing that when one sees a place where a miracle occurred for the Jewish people, one should recite a special blessing. , 2/10/2012, 4:02 PM

The Birth of a Nation

Why was God in a hurry at the time of the Exodus? , 1/27/2012, 4:37 PM

G-d's Name

, 1/20/2012, 1:02 PM

Tamar's Sacrifice

, 12/15/2011, 3:03 PM

Be Complete!

Abraham was frightenened until he received the explanation of completeness., 11/3/2011, 12:02 PM

Two Songs, Two Worlds

An explanation of Psalm 63., 11/1/2011, 3:19 PM

Sukkot and the Land of Israel

Performance of mitzvot outside the Land does not fulfill their inner purpose, but rather is a means to enable the Jewish people to return to their land., 10/11/2011, 3:07 PM

You Know the Mysteries of the Universe

The mystery of repentance is within our grasp., 10/7/2011, 12:39 AM

The Dual Call of the Shofar

The shofar is the tool that helps us in seeking out God with the mind and calling to Him with the heart., 9/27/2011, 11:23 AM

Rav Kook on Psalm 20: Jacob's G-d

Grasping the Middle of the Beam, 9/15/2011, 7:17 PM