The Challenge of Greatness: Spirituality in the Land of Israel

The Challenge of Greatness: Spirituality in the Land of Israel

The generation in the desert did not achieve the spiritual greatness which would allow working the land without losing spirituality.Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, 8/7/2020, 4:00 AM
The collective honor of Am Yisrael

The collective honor of Am Yisrael

Moses prayed 515 times to no avail. But in rejecting Moshe’s prayers, Hashem was enhancing the honor of the collective of Am Yisrael., 7/31/2020, 1:00 PM
It is all in the details

It is all in the details

Moshe’s message to the people is not to see a burden in the details of mitzva observance, because it is there spirituality is to be found.Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, 7/24/2020, 9:00 AM
“Torah She’baal Peh”: The implicit Torah

“Torah She’baal Peh”: The implicit Torah

When a person truly identifies with the Torah he also understands things that have not been said explicitly.Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, 7/17/2020, 10:00 AM
 Pinchas: The Tamid offering performed at Sinai

Pinchas: The Tamid offering performed at Sinai

Torah from Israell's first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi, the iconic Torah Luminary and undisputed leader of Religious Zionism.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 7/10/2020, 2:00 PM
National redemption and private protection

National redemption and private protection

Torah from Israel's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, the iconic leader of Religious Zionism.Rabbi Avraham HaKohen Kook, 5/15/2020, 1:00 PM
Connecting agriculture and history in the Land of Israel

Connecting agriculture and history in the Land of Israel

Are the three pilgrimage festivals agriculturally or historically based? The answer lies in the connection between the two.Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 5/9/2020, 10:06 PM
Psalm 105:  Our ties to the Land of Israel

Psalm 105:  Our ties to the Land of Israel

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic leader of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 2/16/2020, 2:10 PM
Psalm 91: Dwelling on High

Psalm 91: Dwelling on High

Learning Psalms with Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic Sage, poet, writer and leader of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 12/9/2019, 9:19 AM
The Great Call

The Great Call

Today is the 3rd of Elul, the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook. He wrote this open and prophetic letter, which he named, “The Great Call,” to world Jewry in 1907. Does it apply to you?HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 9/3/2019, 8:19 AM
'They're streaming to come here with fire in their eyes'

'They're streaming to come here with fire in their eyes'

'We study not only for ourselves; the Torah we study here is Torah of the Jewish People, helping the Nation of Israel thrive in its land.'In cooperation - Merkaz HaRav, 7/9/2019, 6:32 PM
Merkaz HaRav looks to the future

Merkaz HaRav looks to the future

The Mother of the Zionist yeshivot, Merkaz Harav, with about 600 students, embarks on unique mass mobilization campaign.In cooperation - Merkaz HaRav, 7/8/2019, 7:17 PM
Beha'alotecha: The seven lamps of the Menorah

Beha'alotecha: The seven lamps of the Menorah

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi and the iconic founder of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 6/14/2019, 1:04 PM
The Kotzkzer, Rabbi Soloveitchik and Israel's going out to war

The Kotzkzer, Rabbi Soloveitchik and Israel's going out to war

The words of the Kotzker, his grandson Shem Mishmuel, Rabbi Soloveitchik and the medieval commentary Ibn Ezra build a picture of how the Jewish people must go to war and rejoice at victory. Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 6/13/2019, 2:59 PM
Religious coercion issue could weaken the Right in the coming election

Religious coercion issue could weaken the Right in the coming election

The religious coercion scare fueled by the media and Avigdor Liberman's attacks of MK Smotrich's remarks on a halakhic state may well weaken Netanyahu in the coming elections. Ron Jager, 6/6/2019, 3:11 PM
Watch: Independence Day celebrations at the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva

Watch: Independence Day celebrations at the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva

Merkaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem celebrates the 71st anniversary of Israel’s independence.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/9/2019, 2:41 AM
First time in English: The radiance of Torah on Hanukkah

First time in English: The radiance of Torah on Hanukkah

First time in English, late Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapira's illuminating writings on Hanukkah: 'The miracle of Hanukkah is that there was an aspect of Matan Torah all over again: the ability of the Oral Torah to expand and develop had returned.'Harav Avraham Shapira zts"l, 12/4/2018, 8:39 AM
Vayishlach: Reliance on miracles

Vayishlach: Reliance on miracles

Torah from the first Chief Rabbi of Israel.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 11/23/2018, 2:59 PM
Toldot: Abraham kept Mitzvot 

Toldot: Abraham kept Mitzvot 

Torah from Israel's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, the iconic founder of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 11/9/2018, 3:45 PM
Rabbi Yosef Wald from Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav passes away

Rabbi Yosef Wald from Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav passes away

Late Rabbi who served as teacher and also as researcher at Halacha Berura Institute passes away during holiday.Mordechai Sones, 10/1/2018, 9:03 PM
The Holocaust - Why?

The Holocaust - Why?

On Holocaust Memorial Day at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva decades ago, Rabbi Kook approached the question from a perspective which embraces all of Jewish history.Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, 4/12/2018, 2:58 PM
Watch: "There was only one Abraham" –  a Tzaddik in our times

Watch: "There was only one Abraham" – a Tzaddik in our times

Although we may be awestruck by their greatness and humbled by their deeds, learning about the lives of tzaddikim, and especially contemporary ones, serves as a guide for our own lives. Rochel Sylvetsky, 1/26/2018, 3:15 PM
Vayishlach: "I have an ox and a donkey"

Vayishlach: "I have an ox and a donkey"

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi and the founder of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 12/1/2017, 12:15 PM
Officer who eliminated terrorist to command Binyamin brigade

Officer who eliminated terrorist to command Binyamin brigade

Lt. David Shapiro, who killed terrorist in middle of Mercaz Harav massacre in 2008, tapped to command regional brigade in Samaria.Uzi Baruch, 11/13/2017, 12:35 PM
Thousands at Sukkot celebration in Merkaz Harav Yeshiva

Thousands at Sukkot celebration in Merkaz Harav Yeshiva

Thousands celebrate Simchat Beit Hashoeva at Jerusalem's Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, together with Yeshiva Dean Rabbi Yaakov Shapira.Hezki Baruch, 10/9/2017, 8:00 AM
UK Ambassador: What is Religious Zionism's credo?

UK Ambassador: What is Religious Zionism's credo?

Ambassador David Quarrey meets with Merkaz HaRav dean and staff to learn about Religious Zionism's approach to the Jewish State..Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/19/2017, 9:45 PM
Watch:  Eyewitnesses tell of the liberation of Jerusalem

Watch: Eyewitnesses tell of the liberation of Jerusalem

A new and historic film, recently given English subtitles, tells the story of Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook and the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva students who liberated the city - and continue to celebrate its unification every year as if it has just occurred. Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/11/2017, 3:03 PM
There is no Hebrew word for history

There is no Hebrew word for history

In Hebrew the word is zechira, remembrance. Historic words spoken to a crowd of thousands at the central celebration of Jerusalem Day 2017, at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva. Malcolm Hoenlein, 5/29/2017, 9:49 AM
Vayakhel-Pekudei: Art and Creation

Vayakhel-Pekudei: Art and Creation

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 3/24/2017, 12:06 PM
In Memoriam: the teachings of Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook

In Memoriam: the teachings of Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook

Called the Father of the Return to Judea and Samaria, a true Torah leader with vision and courage. Tzvi Fishman, 3/12/2017, 8:22 PM
WATCH: Thousands celeberate Sukkot in Merkaz Harav

WATCH: Thousands celeberate Sukkot in Merkaz Harav

Thousands attend traditional Sukkot celebration in Merkaz Harav yeshiva.Hezki Baruch, 10/21/2016, 9:23 AM
 The Teshuva of Rosh Hashanah

 The Teshuva of Rosh Hashanah

Torah from Israel's first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi, the iconic Torah luminary, poet, philosopher and founder of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 10/2/2016, 2:18 PM
Jerusalem celebrates 49 years of liberation

Jerusalem celebrates 49 years of liberation

Students at the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva dance and sing in honor of holiday.Hezki Baruch, 6/4/2016, 11:25 PM
'Eight years after massacre, we miss them more'

'Eight years after massacre, we miss them more'

Merkaz Harav Yeshiva holds memorial for 8 students murdered in 2008 attack; 'they were one like the 8 branches of the menorah.'Hezki Baruch, 3/6/2016, 7:40 PM
Why Didn't Shin Bet Report Attackers' Terror Ties?

Why Didn't Shin Bet Report Attackers' Terror Ties?

Council Arieh King reveals family of terrorists in Tuesday's attack 'are third generation terrorists,' employers weren't told.Benny Toker, Ari Yashar, 11/19/2014, 9:26 AM
Watch: Thousands Party at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva

Watch: Thousands Party at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva

Leading figures in religious Zionism attend annual Sukkot celebration harkening back to Temple times.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/13/2014, 9:04 AM
Rav Kook's Message:: Stay in the Land!

Rav Kook's Message:: Stay in the Land!

A timely and meaningful story for his yahrzeit, the third of Elul, which this year falls on Friday, August 29th.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 8/29/2014, 1:08 PM
Shlach: Offering Wine and Flour

Shlach: Offering Wine and Flour

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic Torah sage, leader, philosopher and poet.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 6/13/2014, 1:39 PM
The Wilderness and Jerusalem

The Wilderness and Jerusalem

We have come out of the desert to Jerusalem, our destiny as G-d's people. Moshe Kempinski, 5/27/2014, 7:15 AM
Man vs. Mosquito

Man vs. Mosquito

HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 3/28/2014, 12:01 PM
Jerusalem Celebrates Purim

Jerusalem Celebrates Purim

Watch celebrations of Purim in Jerusalem’s Merkaz Harav yeshiva.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/17/2014, 9:22 AM
An Eye for an Eye

An Eye for an Eye

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, sage, poet, philosopher and religious Zionist leader.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 1/24/2014, 8:37 AM
Psalm 2: Rejoice with Trembling

Psalm 2: Rejoice with Trembling

Torah from the first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel - Torah Sage, Religious Zionist leader, poet, and philosopher.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 12/29/2013, 2:14 PM
Sukkot Celebrations at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva

Sukkot Celebrations at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva

Thousands join in lively "simchat beit hasho'eva" celebrations at Jerusalem's Merkaz Harav yeshiva.Yoni Kempinski and Ari Soffer, 9/23/2013, 8:52 PM
Waging War

Waging War

Dvar Torah from the iconic Torah Sage, the religious Zionist leader and first Chief Rabbi of Israel for whom Merkaz Harav Yeshiva is named.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 8/16/2013, 5:36 PM
"Don't Give in to Terror"

"Don't Give in to Terror"

In a letter to the PM, the families of 8 young students murdered in 2008 ask him not to give in to Chinese pressure over terror lawsuitArutz Sheva, 7/23/2013, 2:35 PM
A7 Talks to Rabbi Y.Shapira, Chief Rabbi Candidate

A7 Talks to Rabbi Y.Shapira, Chief Rabbi Candidate

"The existence of a Chief Rabbinate in a Jewish state is a sanctification of G-d's name," says the head of Merkaz Harav to A7.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/12/2013, 7:03 PM
Israel's 1st Chief Rabbi on the Parsha: Nadav and Avihu

Israel's 1st Chief Rabbi on the Parsha: Nadav and Avihu

The question of mourning for Nadav and Avihu, by the iconic religious Zionist leader for whom Merkaz Harav yeshiva is named.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 4/5/2013, 9:42 AM
Remembering Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, (d. Purim, 1982)

Remembering Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, (d. Purim, 1982)

The spiritual leader of the "settlement" movement, former head of Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, is remembered by today's Rosh Yeshiva, who grew up in his environment. Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, 2/27/2013, 2:51 PM
Mishpatim: Slavery in the Torah

Mishpatim: Slavery in the Torah

Dvar Torah from the religious Zionist icon, Israel's first Chief Rabbi for whom the Merkaz Harav flagship Zionsit yeshiva is named.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 2/8/2013, 2:58 PM
Merkaz Harav Memorial in Photos

Merkaz Harav Memorial in Photos

Merkaz Harav yeshiva held a memorial Thursday for the eight young students slain by a terrorist five years earlier., 2/8/2013, 11:56 AM
Rabbi Kook Benefit Concert with Shlomo Katz

Rabbi Kook Benefit Concert with Shlomo Katz

The 90-year-old Beit HaRav Kook will hold a benefit concert with Shlomo Katz, and jazz poetry.Ben Bresky, 1/18/2013, 2:31 PM
Isaac's Afternoon Prayer

Isaac's Afternoon Prayer

Torah thoughts for the parsha from the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, icon and sage of religious Zionism for whom Merkaz Harav Yeshiva is named.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 11/9/2012, 10:37 AM
Why the World Did Not Start with Abraham

Why the World Did Not Start with Abraham

Torah from Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav in Jerusalem: What happened after the flood that made G-d swear never again to destroy all of mankind? After all, man continued to sin.Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, 10/19/2012, 10:36 AM
'95,000 People Said Amen'- At the USA Siyum HaShas

'95,000 People Said Amen'- At the USA Siyum HaShas

Dean of Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva, returning from US Siyum HaShas to speak at celebrations in Israel: "Everyone there spoke of Jewish unity." Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/5/2012, 3:52 PM
Vaetchanan: In Mind and Heart

Vaetchanan: In Mind and Heart

Immortal words from the iconic leader of religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 8/3/2012, 12:24 AM
"I Know My Roots" Vows PM at Merkaz HaRav

"I Know My Roots" Vows PM at Merkaz HaRav

Emotional Netanyahu vows: "I know my roots. I will never give up any of Jerusalem". Rosh yeshiva reveals letters from PM's grandfather.Elad Benari, 5/21/2012, 8:09 AM