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Rabbi Chanan Morrison

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

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

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

Checking Pockets before Shabbat

Checking out your pockets before the start of the Sabbath is not only to prevent transgressing the prohibition against carrying objects. , 2/4/2010, 2:52 PM

B'shalach: TwoTypes of Holiness

Crossing the Red Sea was the harbinger of the vision of crossing the Jordan River, which happened twice. The two crossings relate to two forms of holiness, innate and acquired., 1/27/2010, 11:06 PM

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

Sukkot Water-Drawing Celebration

The nature of these evening celebrations., 10/7/2009, 1:56 AM

Ha'azinu: Diversity of Israel

A greater potential for internal strife., 9/24/2009, 1:16 AM

Knowing the Teruah-Blast

"Fortunate is the nation that knows the teruah.", 9/17/2009, 10:05 AM

Ki Tavo: Splendor of Tefillin

Why is wearing tefillin sometimes inappropriate?, 9/3/2009, 2:14 AM

Ki Tetze: Miriam's Punishment

We are reminded of Moses' unique prophecy., 8/27/2009, 2:19 AM

Rabbi Akiva's Prayer

There are two levels of kavanah., 8/17/2009, 12:25 AM

Eikev: Loves for Eretz Yisrael

There are two types of love for the Land., 8/6/2009, 1:20 PM

Va'Etchanan: What is Prayer?

Prayer effects a change in us., 7/31/2009, 3:21 AM

The Call for Sacred Splendor

Why does HaShem not rebuild the Temple?, 7/27/2009, 12:14 PM

Matot-Masei: Soldiers' Atonement

Why did the soldiers feel a need for atonement?, 7/17/2009, 12:20 AM

Pinchas: Atonement for New Moons

The very act of creation is problematic., 7/10/2009, 11:08 AM

Chukat: The Book of God's Wars

The conflict between Torah and foreign cultures., 6/26/2009, 8:00 AM

Korach: Holiness in Numbers

The minyan requirement, learned from Korach., 6/19/2009, 1:28 AM

Shelach: Rejecting the Land

May you see the goodness of Jerusalem., 6/10/2009, 10:28 PM

Beha'alotkha: Pray 'Against' God

It is unrealistic to speak about praying "to God.", 6/5/2009, 2:06 AM

Jerusalem Day: Windows to Peace

We turn towards the city of Jerusalem in prayer., 5/21/2009, 10:31 AM

Emor: The Illusion of Death

Kohanim must rise above the falsehood of death., 5/7/2009, 9:12 PM

The Sanctity of Yom Ha'Atzmaut

A courageous decision and a true miracle., 4/28/2009, 4:47 PM

Strong Hand, Outstretched Arm

How we steadily advance towards our final goal., 4/12/2009, 10:47 AM

Tzav: The Olah Offering

The highest level of communication with God., 4/3/2009, 1:19 AM

Vayikra: Maimonides and Korbanot

Invited to sit at the King's table., 3/27/2009, 1:16 AM

Ki Tisa: The Copper Washstand

What is its significance?, 3/13/2009, 2:04 AM

Trust in God vs. Self-Reliance

Which is the correct attitude?, 2/20/2009, 2:48 AM

Yitro: Coercion at Sinai

The Torah expresses our inner essence., 2/13/2009, 12:58 AM

Psalms 12: Circles and Lines

Kabbalists distinguished between the two realms., 2/1/2009, 10:19 AM

Va'era: Jewels on Tattered Cloth

What is the 'jewelry' of Israel?, 1/23/2009, 2:39 AM

Psalm 27: Unanswered Prayers

Understanding the very essence of prayer., 1/11/2009, 9:48 AM

Chanukah: Richness of Spirit

An important part of the message of Chanukah., 12/28/2008, 10:29 AM

Vayetzei: Prayers of the Avot

Each of the three prayers has its own nature. , 12/4/2008, 1:05 AM

Toldot: Jacob's Hand-Esau's Heel

The world may be mended in different ways., 11/28/2008, 12:11 PM

Chayei Sarah: In the Double Cave

Two paths of spiritual growth and enlightenment., 11/20/2008, 1:24 AM

Noach: Gathering Within the Ark

The year spent inside the ark was necessary., 10/31/2008, 2:55 AM

Bereishit: Titans, Men of Renown

They brought about the world's moral collapse., 10/24/2008, 10:14 AM

The Holy King

Why change the text of the prayers for ten days?, 10/3/2008, 1:24 AM

The Music of Teshuvah

The shofar is a wake-up call., 9/28/2008, 11:22 AM

Ki Tavo: Two Paths of Bikkurim

The path of Torah and the path of prophecy., 9/19/2008, 12:55 AM

Guard My Tongue and Lips

The two aspects of speech., 9/8/2008, 1:39 PM

Psalm 122: Peace and Scholars

True peace comes through divergent views., 8/19/2008, 12:48 AM

The Beauty of the Universe

The Temple promotes the world's spiritual advance., 8/7/2008, 4:58 AM

Psalm 97: Light for the Tzaddik

We find that light comes before joy., 7/14/2008, 12:13 PM