The Nazir of JerusalemFor the Torah portion about the nazirite, a story about the famous Nazir of Jerusalem, a close follower and disciple of Israel's first Chief Rabbi Harav Kook.
Rav Kook's Approach to ZionismHow the iconic first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel approached secular Zionism.
Rav Neriah:The City of One GateRav Neriah zts"l answers a question about Jerusalem.
Rabbi Kook and The Balfour DeclarationA wondrous chain of historical events.
Usishkin's Eulogy for Harav KookA tribute to the iconic Torah sage-philosopher-poet who led religious Zionism and was Israel's visionary first Chief Rabbi. His yahrzeit is in Elul.
Shoftim: HaRav Kook and the Jerusalem Police OfficerA beautiful Shabbat story in which the true commanding officer was Rav Kook.
Rav Kook's Grave at The Mount of Olives CemeteryWhat occurred to the graves on the Mount of Olives from 1949-1967 when Jordan was supposed to allow Jews access to holy sites, but didn't, is infamous. What happened to Rav Kook's grave is told below.
Rav Kook and the Second SederThe honor of Eretz Yisrael requires Jews who are visiting Israel for the holiday to observe the second day of Yom Tov in private. Rabbi Kook had a novel way of enforcing this!
Purim Joy at HaRav Kook's House in Jaffa"Rebbe, I love you!" shouted the inebriated merchant, Reb Moshe.
In Memoriam: Rav Kook on Visiting the SickFor Elul 3, the revered Rabbi's yahrzeit.
HaRav Kook on Parshat Re'ehUprooting idolatry in the Land of Israel, a theme of the parsha.
Rav Kook on the Wicked Among UsPsalm 73: The Complacency of the Wicked
Rav Kook on V'EtchananVa'etchanan is about loving God with all your might
HaRav Kook on the Month of AvSeeing Jerusalem in its Joy.
Rav Kook on the Three WeeksThree Weeks: Teachers Armed with Spiritual Might.
Rav Kook on PinchasThe Rav explains the symbolism of the Tamid Offering performed at Sinai and every day in the Holy Temple.
Rav Kook: G-d Aids the SickWhen one's physical world comes crashing down, one is driven to reevaluate life, to look beyond the superficial,
Rav Kook on the SpiesHow do we repair the failure of the 12 spies Moses sent to the land of Israel?
Rav Kook on BehalotchaBehalotcha: The Unique Prophecy of Moses
Rav Kook and Jerusalem DayThe story of Rav Kook's arrival in Jaffa.
Rav Kook on BamidbarThe holiness of Sinai as a way to understand temporary and permanent holiness.
Rav Kook on Judicial CorruptionBechukotai is this week's Torah portion dealing with what happens to the Jewish people when there is judicial corruption in its courts.
Rav Kook on Independence DayIsrael Independence Day: Redeeming the Land
Rav Kook on EmorRav Kook talks about the kohanim as agents of the Jewish people's innate holiness.
Rav Kook on Caring for TefillinThe way we treat our Tefillin has bearing on our attitude to life.
A Fatal MistakeRav Kook's advice was ignored and there was no second chance.
Rav Kook on PesachAiming for greatness.
Rav Kook on the MetzoraThe power of speech is the Rav zts"l's lesson for the week.
Rav Kook on Psalm 24Ravi Kook explains the climbing and standing in the Psalm.
Rav Kook: "Gather All the Jews"With the prescience of a Torah Sage, Rav Kook wrote: The Hamans of every generation strike at us with their poisonous hatred.
Rav Kook on VayakheilVayakheil: An inspiring explanation of the Dual Nature of the Tabernacle.
Rav Kook on Ki TisaWisdom for the Wise
Rav Kook: Priestly ClothesThree stories of conversion.
Rav Kook on Teruma"Take for Me an offering". Why the verb "take"?
Rav Kook on PikudeiWhy is G-d's name repeated in the tefillin but only once in the tzitz worn by the High Priest?
Rav Kook on MIshpatimWhat does it mean when we say: "All of these were given to Moses at Sinai"?
Rav Kook on Tu B'shvatTu B'Shvat shows our ties to the Land of Israel.
Rav Kook on Moses' LeadershipAn analysis of Psalm 99 by a true leader, the first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel, a Talmudic genius, philosopher and poet: The Leadership of Moses and Aaron.
Rav Kook on Parshat ShmotTrue humility, a goal for everyone, is symbolized by the burning bush in this week's Torah reading.
Rav Kook on VayechiJacob's blessing to Joseph was unusually worded.
Rav Kook on ChanukahChanukah is celebrated without feasting and wine. It is a contra to the challenge of Hellenism.
Psalm 91: Dwelling on HighSaid many times in Jewish prayer services, and also at gravesites, this psalme, explained by HaRav Kook zts"l, is an inspired expression of trust in G-d.
Rav Kook: Abraham Kept MitzvotPractical commandments are the basis of normative Judaism, but also of its belief system.
Rav Kook: Prayer at SunriseAn analysis of Psalm 72.
Vayera: The Road to Mount MoriahRabbi Avraham Yitschak HaCohen Kook explains the binding of Isaac, in this week's portion.
The Inner Will of the UniverseAbraham, the Sages noted, was the first person in history to address G-d as his 'Master' (Gen. 15:8). Why makes this so noteworthy?
Ps. 37: My Feet Will Not StumbleWe cannot truly fulfill our moral obligations, nor can we realize our spiritual aspirations, only on the basis of our intellect and logic/
Breishit: Torah of Eretz YisraelWhy is the Torah interested in gold? What is it referring to?
Sukkot Completes the Days of AweA short and clear explanation for The Season of Our Joy, as Sukkot is called in the Bible.
From My Very Bones: Yom KippurFrom one's innermost being, can come atonement.
Psalm 36: Man and BeastA telling analysis by HaRav Kook of Psalm 36: "You Deliver Man and Beast".
Ki Tavo:Led by an Ox and a FluteWhy were the farmers bringing first fruits to the Temple accompanied by an ox and the music of a flute?
Free Will vs. CausalityTo what extent are events pre-determined, and to what extent do we have free will? To what degree are we responsible for our actions?
Usishkin's Eulogy for Rav KookRabbi Abraham Kook, Israel's revered chief rabbi, was niftar on the 3rd of Elul, 1935. The 19th Zionist Congress, was taking place at the time. This eulogy tells us how the Rav was seen by Zionist leaders.
Ps.33: Our Inner Source of TrustRav Kook zts'l on joy and trust in G-d, two levels of the soul.