Rabbi Chanan Morrison

Third of Elul: HaRav Kook's Final Requests

HaRav Avraham Yitschak Hacohen Kook, Israel's iconic first Asheknazic Chief Rabbi, returned his soul to G-d on the third of Elul., 8/14/2015, 4:40 PM

The Nazir of Jerusalem

For 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., 5/29/2015, 4:09 PM

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

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

HaRav Kook on the Month of Av

Seeing Jerusalem in its Joy., 7/28/2011, 7:26 PM

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 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 Caring for Tefillin

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

A Fatal Mistake

Rav Kook's advice was ignored and there was no second chance., 4/22/2011, 3:41 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 Pikudei

Why is G-d's name repeated in the tefillin but only once in the tzitz worn by the High Priest?, 2/3/2011, 11:48 AM

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 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

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

Breishit: Torah of Eretz Yisrael

Why is the Torah interested in gold? What is it referring to?, 10/1/2010, 1:47 AM

From My Very Bones: Yom Kippur

From one's innermost being, can come atonement., 9/16/2010, 5:29 PM

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

Ki Tavo:Led by an Ox and a Flute

Why were the farmers bringing first fruits to the Temple accompanied by an ox and the music of a flute?, 8/26/2010, 11:47 AM

Free Will vs. Causality

To what extent are events pre-determined, and to what extent do we have free will? To what degree are we responsible for our actions? , 8/18/2010, 2:44 PM

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

Rav Kook on Rebuilding Temple

A brief notice in a (non-Jewish) London magazine caused a great stir in the London Zionist office in 1921., 7/15/2010, 10:13 AM

Rav Kook on Parshat Pinchas

Rav Kook explained the symbolism of the Daily Sheep Offering, Korban Tamid., 7/1/2010, 7:04 PM

Korach: The Secret of Incense

What special power does the incense have?, 6/11/2010, 1:27 AM

The Seven Lamps of the Menorah

Why does the Menorah, whose lighting is commanded in our Torah reading this Sabbath, have seven lamps facing the center? , 5/27/2010, 6:40 PM

Bamidbar: Jacob's Signs

Why did the tribes need separate encampments instead of integrating them?, 5/14/2010, 12:04 AM

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

Psalm 9: Nations who Forget G-d

In every generation, they rise upon us to destroy us, it says in the Passover Haggadah. These words about ancient enemies describe the Nazis as well. Rabbi Kook zt"l died before the Holocaust., 4/11/2010, 8:53 PM

Love in the Song of Songs

The Song of Songs is read on the Intermediate Sabbath of Passover. Rabbi Avraham HaCohen, Kook zts"l, first Chief Rabbi of Israel and founder of Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav, wrote a brilliant work on the nature of this poem. , 4/1/2010, 8:19 PM

Pesach: "Because of This"

What does the word "this" refer to in the Haggadah's command to tell your child the Biblical verse: "Because of this that G-d acted for me when I left Egypt?", 3/26/2010, 9:25 AM

Psalm 104 Messenger and Servant

How can we be G-d's servants as well as his servants?, 3/11/2010, 6:27 PM

Ki Tissa: A Leadership Lesson

Why did G-d tell Moses to descend from Mount Sinai when the Jews sinned?, 3/5/2010, 11:58 AM

Ki Tisa: A Suitable Leader

Why did G-d tell Moses to go down from Mount Sinai when the people sinned?, 3/1/2010, 12:30 PM

Truma: The Tachash as Erev Rav

What did the Tachash, the creature whose hide was used to cover the Tabernacle, symbolize?, 2/19/2010, 12:30 AM

Mishpatim: Healing

Should we rely solely on G-d's help in case of illness or are we allowed to turn to doctors? Perhaps we are commanded to turn to doctors. What are the ramifications?, 2/11/2010, 10:14 AM