HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l
Pareshat Shekalim: All for OneThis 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.
Mishpatim: Slavery in the TorahDvar Torah from the religious Zionist icon, Israel's first Chief Rabbi for whom the Merkaz Harav flagship Zionsit yeshiva is named.
Yitro: Serving the PeopleWise 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.
Vaera:Who Brings You ForthTorah insights from the iconic religious Zionist Torah sage, leader, philosopher, poet and first Chief Rabbi of Israel.
Vayigash: The Shepherd-PhilosopherSome 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.
Vayeshev: The Nature of ExileRabbi 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?
The Service of Pillars and AltarsTorah 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.
The Rivalry Between Rachel and LeahDvar Torah from the iconic religious Zionist Torah sage, poet and philosopher first Chief Rabbi of Israel, for whom Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva is named.
Isaac's Afternoon PrayerTorah thoughts for the parsha from the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, icon and sage of religious Zionism for whom Merkaz Harav Yeshiva is named.
Abraham's Return from the AkedaThoughts 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.
The Rainbow in the CloudsThoughts from the icon of religious Zionism, the late Chief Rabbi, sage, philosopher-poet for whom the Merkaz Harav yeshiva is named.
The Song of TorahVayelech has two mitzvahs - in the second of which which the Torah is called a song.
A Story for the Nine DaysToday 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
Psalm 84: Better than a ThousandDavid 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?
Two Layers of WisdomAs opposed to first impressions, the practical wisdom of how to apply abstract principles in everyday life is both profound and uncommon.
Rising Above Ten HandbreathsBy examining the Tabernacle's structure and parts, we may reveal the paths by which the human soul draws close to its Maker.
Blessings for MiraclesThe 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.
Be Complete!Abraham was frightenened until he received the explanation of completeness.
Sukkot and the Land of IsraelPerformance 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.