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.
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.
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 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 Judicial CorruptionBechukotai is this week's Torah portion dealing with what happens to the Jewish people when there is judicial corruption in its courts.
A Fatal Mistake Rav Kook's advice was ignored and there was no second chance.
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 PikudeiWhy is G-d's name repeated in the tefillin but only once in the tzitz worn by the High Priest?
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 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.
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?
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.
The Seven Lamps of the MenorahWhy does the Menorah, whose lighting is commanded in our Torah reading this Sabbath, have seven lamps facing the center?
Psalm 9: Nations who Forget G-dIn 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.
Love in the Song of SongsThe 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.
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?"
Mishpatim: HealingShould 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?
Checking Pockets before ShabbatChecking out your pockets before the start of the Sabbath is not only to prevent transgressing the prohibition against carrying objects.