Dvarim: The Human Drive for MoreStriving for more? More of what? That is the challenge.
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
HaRav Kook on Psalm 119The longest psalm explained by the Torah sage for whom Yeshivat Merkaz haRav is named.
Jerusalem Day: The Two MessengersWho are the two messengers to Jerusalem,
Behar (Israel): Window to the FutureA taste of the Garden of Eden.
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?
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?
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.
Moshe Hid His FaceWhat is our main goal? Developing our intellect or our character?
Jacob Did Not DieWhy we do not find in the Torah that Jacob's sons eulogized their father.
The First Exile is in VayigashThere are two purposes to be accomplished during exile.
Waiting for the Dream: MIketzIt is worth waiting for a dream to come to pass.
The Conflict Between Jacob and EsauJacob harmonized human life and holiness.
Jacob Prays Before SleepingWhat is so special about the evening prayer?
What are Blessings?Psalm 115: "The Earth He Entrusted to Humanity" , on the correct approach to pleasures of this world. In this week's Torah portion, Yaakov, too, is blessed with the world's plenty.
Sarah: Guarding the Inner ChildChildhood and Society was written by Erik Erikson. This is the Torah way of guiding the interaction of children and society.
The Salt of SodomThe idea behind 'Mayim Acharonim', handwashing at the end of a meal, and the salt of Sodom.
You Know the Mysteries of the UniverseThe mystery of repentance is within our grasp.
The Dual Call of the ShofarThe shofar is the tool that helps us in seeking out God with the mind and calling to Him with the heart.