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Rav Kook's Approach to Zionism

How the iconic first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel approached secular Zionism., 4/24/2015, 8:44 AM

Rav Neriah:The City of One Gate

Rav Neriah zts"l answers a question about Jerusalem., 5/28/2014, 6:45 AM

Rabbi Kook and The Balfour Declaration

A wondrous chain of historical events., 5/5/2014, 9:23 AM

Usishkin's Eulogy for Harav Kook

A 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., 8/8/2013, 8:35 AM

Shoftim: HaRav Kook and the Jerusalem Police Officer

A beautiful Shabbat story in which the true commanding officer was Rav Kook., 8/24/2012, 12:12 PM

Rav Kook's Grave at The Mount of Olives Cemetery

What 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., 8/17/2012, 5:40 PM

Rav Kook and the Second Seder

The 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!, 4/5/2012, 3:14 PM

Purim Joy at HaRav Kook's House in Jaffa

"Rebbe, I love you!" shouted the inebriated merchant, Reb Moshe., 3/8/2012, 7:42 AM

In Memoriam: Rav Kook on Visiting the Sick

For Elul 3, the revered Rabbi's yahrzeit., 9/1/2011, 9:40 AM

HaRav Kook on Parshat Re'eh

Uprooting idolatry in the Land of Israel, a theme of the parsha., 8/26/2011, 2:47 AM

Rav Kook on the Wicked Among Us

Psalm 73: The Complacency of the Wicked, 8/19/2011, 3:03 PM

Rav Kook on V'Etchanan

Va'etchanan is about loving God with all your might, 8/11/2011, 10:38 PM

Rav Kook on the Three Weeks

Three Weeks: Teachers Armed with Spiritual Might., 7/22/2011, 1:50 AM

Rav Kook on Pinchas

The Rav explains the symbolism of the Tamid Offering performed at Sinai and every day in the Holy Temple., 7/14/2011, 9:19 AM

Rav Kook: G-d Aids the Sick

When one's physical world comes crashing down, one is driven to reevaluate life, to look beyond the superficial,, 7/7/2011, 11:56 AM

Rav Kook on the Spies

How do we repair the failure of the 12 spies Moses sent to the land of Israel?, 6/17/2011, 8:38 AM

Rav Kook on Behalotcha

Behalotcha: The Unique Prophecy of Moses, 6/10/2011, 5:37 AM

Rav Kook and Jerusalem Day

The story of Rav Kook's arrival in Jaffa., 6/1/2011, 5:52 PM

Rav Kook on Bamidbar

The holiness of Sinai as a way to understand temporary and permanent holiness., 5/27/2011, 1:22 AM

Rav Kook on Judicial Corruption

Bechukotai is this week's Torah portion dealing with what happens to the Jewish people when there is judicial corruption in its courts., 5/19/2011, 12:24 PM

Rav Kook on Independence Day

Israel Independence Day: Redeeming the Land, 5/10/2011, 7:30 AM

Rav Kook on Emor

Rav Kook talks about the kohanim as agents of the Jewish people's innate holiness., 5/5/2011, 12:49 PM

Rav Kook on Caring for Tefillin

The way we treat our Tefillin has bearing on our attitude to life., 4/30/2011, 10:29 PM

Rav Kook on Pesach

Aiming for greatness., 4/12/2011, 11:36 AM

Rav Kook on the Metzora

The power of speech is the Rav zts"l's lesson for the week., 4/7/2011, 8:42 AM

Rav Kook on Psalm 24

Ravi Kook explains the climbing and standing in the Psalm., 3/24/2011, 4:46 PM

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., 3/17/2011, 9:47 AM

Rav Kook on Vayakheil

Vayakheil: An inspiring explanation of the Dual Nature of the Tabernacle. , 2/22/2011, 6:11 AM

Rav Kook on Ki Tisa

Wisdom for the Wise, 2/17/2011, 5:59 PM

Rav Kook: Priestly Clothes

Three stories of conversion., 2/10/2011, 9:10 PM

Rav Kook on Teruma

"Take for Me an offering". Why the verb "take"?, 2/3/2011, 7:40 PM

Rav Kook on MIshpatim

What does it mean when we say: "All of these were given to Moses at Sinai"?, 1/26/2011, 3:39 PM

Rav Kook on Tu B'shvat

Tu B'Shvat shows our ties to the Land of Israel., 1/19/2011, 8:43 PM

Memories of the Soul

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Rav Kook on Moses' Leadership

An 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., 12/30/2010, 8:15 AM

Rav Kook on Parshat Shmot

True humility, a goal for everyone, is symbolized by the burning bush in this week's Torah reading., 12/23/2010, 12:16 PM

Rav Kook on Vayechi

Jacob's blessing to Joseph was unusually worded., 12/10/2010, 2:21 PM

Rav Kook on Chanukah

Chanukah is celebrated without feasting and wine. It is a contra to the challenge of Hellenism., 12/3/2010, 1:51 PM

Psalm 91: Dwelling on High

Said 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., 11/11/2010, 11:51 AM

Rav Kook: Abraham Kept Mitzvot

Practical commandments are the basis of normative Judaism, but also of its belief system., 11/4/2010, 8:26 PM

Rav Kook: Prayer at Sunrise

An analysis of Psalm 72., 10/28/2010, 9:11 AM

Vayera: The Road to Mount Moriah

Rabbi Avraham Yitschak HaCohen Kook explains the binding of Isaac, in this week's portion., 10/21/2010, 1:42 PM

The Inner Will of the Universe

Abraham, the Sages noted, was the first person in history to address G-d as his 'Master' (Gen. 15:8). Why makes this so noteworthy? , 10/14/2010, 1:45 PM

Ps. 37: My Feet Will Not Stumble

We cannot truly fulfill our moral obligations, nor can we realize our spiritual aspirations, only on the basis of our intellect and logic/, 10/6/2010, 11:40 PM

Sukkot Completes the Days of Awe

A short and clear explanation for The Season of Our Joy, as Sukkot is called in the Bible., 9/21/2010, 8:17 AM

Psalm 36: Man and Beast

A telling analysis by HaRav Kook of Psalm 36: "You Deliver Man and Beast"., 9/3/2010, 11:35 AM

Usishkin's Eulogy for Rav Kook

Rabbi 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., 8/5/2010, 10:25 PM

Ps.33: Our Inner Source of Trust

Rav Kook zts'l on joy and trust in G-d, two levels of the soul., 7/29/2010, 1:26 PM

Psalm 5: Love and Awe

How can we awaken within ourselves feelings of Ahavah and Yirah, love and awe of G-d? , 6/18/2010, 9:47 AM

How to Pray

Rabbi Kook's analysis of Psalm 145 that tells us to pray "in truth" and that we say in "Ashrei" every day., 5/3/2010, 11:33 PM

Morning Prayers: Before Eating

One who eats and then prays, has placed the physical before the spiritual, but also missed something else., 4/22/2010, 11:55 AM

Bo: Training for Greatness

It is not enough to emancipate slaves. They must overcome the mindset of a slave., 1/21/2010, 1:10 PM

Rav Kook on Parshat Bo

Memoris of the Soul, 1/1/2010, 1:16 AM

Rabbi Kook on <I>Yitro</I>: Breaking Bread With Scholars

Rabbi Avin's statement needs to be clarified. What is so wonderful about eating with a Torah scholar? Wouldn't studying Torah with him be a much greater spiritual pleasure? And in what way is such a meal like "enjoying the splendor of God's Presence"?, 2/8/2007, 11:52 PM

Rabbi Kook on <i>Beshalach</I>: Listening to the Old...

In Biblical Hebrew, verbs are emphasized by adding the gerund form before the verb - <I>shamo'a tishma</I>. The Talmud often infers additional meanings from this grammatical repetition. In this case, the sages taught an important lesson about learning Torah. , 2/1/2007, 7:27 PM

Parshat Bo: The So Holy Donkey

Immediately before leaving Egypt, the Israelites were commanded to commemorate the final plague of the Death of the Firstborn through the mitzvah of consecrating the firstborn., 1/24/2007, 7:26 PM