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 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!
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.
Rav Kook on EmorRav Kook talks about the kohanim as agents of the Jewish people's innate holiness.
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 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?
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/
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.
Psalm 5: Love and AweHow can we awaken within ourselves feelings of Ahavah and Yirah, love and awe of G-d?
How to PrayRabbi Kook's analysis of Psalm 145 that tells us to pray "in truth" and that we say in "Ashrei" every day.
Rabbi Kook on <I>Yitro</I>: Breaking Bread With ScholarsRabbi 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"?
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.
Parshat Bo: The So Holy DonkeyImmediately 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.