HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l

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

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

Kedoshim: A Letter for the Neturei Karta

A wonderful story about the iconic religious Zionist Sage, the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, for whom the flagship Merkaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem is named., 4/19/2013, 8:31 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

Technology and the Sabbath: Vayakhel

Torah from the first Chief Rabbi of Israel for whom Merkaz Harav Yeshiva is named. Science and technology must be more than just innovation. They are part of man's potential for holiness., 3/8/2013, 2:23 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

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

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