Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook

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Ki Tetze: Advice to a troubled father

Ki Tetze: Advice to a troubled father

We should never give up on a single Jewish soul. “A myrtle among the reeds is still a myrtle and is called a myrtle“ (Sanhedrin 44a).Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 20/08/2021 17:00
Rabbi Kook’s concept of unity

Rabbi Kook’s concept of unity

Rabbi Avraham Kook ztz”l proposed a unified concept that would contain all the customs, along with the Ingathering of the Exiles.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 17/08/2021 17:00
Gimmel Elul: Rabbi Kook and our longings for Jerusalem

Gimmel Elul: Rabbi Kook and our longings for Jerusalem

Israel's third president told a story about Rav Kook that is especially appropriate on his yahrzeit.Rabbi Chanan Morrison, 11/08/2021 12:18
Re'eh: Private and public Redemption

Re'eh: Private and public Redemption

"Night and day symbolize the two stages of redemption."Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 06/08/2021 16:40
Eikev: Balancing Torah and Work

Eikev: Balancing Torah and Work

The amount of time devoted to a particular activity is not the sole factor in determining that this is our main pursuit in life.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 30/07/2021 16:40
Va'etchanan: In mind and heart

Va'etchanan: In mind and heart

What is the difference between “knowing it” and “pondering it in our heart”?Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 23/07/2021 17:00
You will not find them in Berlin

You will not find them in Berlin

A great man prophesied and his words came to pass. Op-ed.Shalom Pollack, 18/07/2021 07:44
Devarim: Di Zahav - Too much gold

Devarim: Di Zahav - Too much gold

Do you know anyone who had enough money and refused to accept more?Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 16/07/2021 16:22
Kashering the spoils of Midian

Kashering the spoils of Midian

Israel's first Chief Rabbi: 'The two steps in kashering the spoils parallel the two steps in possessing the Land of Israel.'Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 10/07/2021 22:14
For Jabotinsky's Yahrzeit: Jabotinsky enlists Tuvia in the Haganah

For Jabotinsky's Yahrzeit: Jabotinsky enlists Tuvia in the Haganah

“The point of the matter is, as Rabbi Kook writes, that the inner soul of the Zionism movement derives from a holy source." Book excerpt.Tzvi Fishman, 09/07/2021 08:31
Appointing a Leader for Israel

Appointing a Leader for Israel

The Jewish people need material as well as spiritual leadership. Can that be found in one person or must we have two? Rav Kook responds.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 04/07/2021 11:07
Psalm 128: Striving for excellence

Psalm 128: Striving for excellence

Our greatest pleasure comes, not from resting, but from hard work.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 29/06/2021 21:23
A taste of Rabbi Kook's writings

A taste of Rabbi Kook's writings

Pearls from Rabbi Ze’ev Sultanovich’s annotations to Rabbi Kook’s writings, whose publication was completed this week., 28/06/2021 20:51
Psalm 126: We were like dreamers!

Psalm 126: We were like dreamers!

Our dreams are the forerunners of our national redemption.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 22/06/2021 19:04
 Psalm 37: My feet will not stumble

Psalm 37: My feet will not stumble

The Temple represents service of G-d, the Ark represents His Torah. Without Torah, it is impossible to know how to serve God.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 17/06/2021 09:44
Shelach: The grape harvest

Shelach: The grape harvest

Harvesting the produce of Eretz Yisrael is a mitzvah. When it is time to harvest, this takes precedence over Torah study!Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 04/06/2021 15:00
BeHa'alotecha: The triumph of the Ark

BeHa'alotecha: The triumph of the Ark

"We are besieged by two kinds of opponents. Some are overt, like Amalek. Others are hidden foes, dangers that we may not even be aware of."Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 28/05/2021 16:00
Naso: Divine favoritism?

Naso: Divine favoritism?

What did the Jews do to earn them leniency before the Heavenly Court? Is that a good thing?Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 21/05/2021 15:00
  Shavuot: Seeing sound

Shavuot: Seeing sound

Israel's first Chief Rabbi on the Sinai revelation: 'At their source, sound and sight are united.'Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 16/05/2021 15:00
Jerusalem Day: The two messengers

Jerusalem Day: The two messengers

Prophetic words from Israel's first Chief Rabbi: There are two heralds of the return to our holy city and they bear two different messages.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 09/05/2021 16:00
Psalm 119: “I arose...and cried out; I hope for Your word.”

Psalm 119: “I arose...and cried out; I hope for Your word.”

Torah from Israel's first chief rabbi: When did David arise during the night to meditate and pray? And what did it signify?Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 02/05/2021 17:07
Acharei Mot: Triple measure of incense

Acharei Mot: Triple measure of incense

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism: "Teshuva allows us, in a sense, to rewrite the past."Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 23/04/2021 16:09
Today's Korachs are politicians

Today's Korachs are politicians

The mini Korachs of today express the same jealousy and hatred for Netanyahu that Korach had for Moshe.Tzvi Fishman, 12/04/2021 12:00
Shemini: The role of the kohen

Shemini: The role of the kohen

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism: "We honor the kohen for his potential."Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 09/04/2021 15:00
Pesach: Next Year in Jerusalem!

Pesach: Next Year in Jerusalem!

Israel's first Chief Rabbi gave an unusual twist to the words at the end of the Seder for those of us already living in Jerusalem.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 26/03/2021 15:00
Psalm 104: God's Messengers

Psalm 104: God's Messengers

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic leader of Religious Zionism. "In service to G-d, we can be both messengers and servants."Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 17/03/2021 15:54
A chair with three legs

A chair with three legs

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi and iconic leader of Religious Zionists on why Moses did not accept G-d's offer after the Golden Calf.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 08/03/2021 16:50
Timna and Purim - Rav Kook's instantaneous Dvar Torah

Timna and Purim - Rav Kook's instantaneous Dvar Torah

A story for Purim about Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the Torah luminary who was the iconic leader of Religious Zionism.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 25/02/2021 19:30
 Psalm 24: Opening the Temple gates

Psalm 24: Opening the Temple gates

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbim iconic leader of Religious Zionism: "Why did the Temple gates disobey Solomon and refuse to open?"Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 20/02/2021 20:06
Psalm 104: Let sin be uprooted

Psalm 104: Let sin be uprooted

Torah from Israel's frst Chief Rabbi and iconic leader of Religious Zionism: "Why didn't Rabbi Meir think of his wife's solution himself?"Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 14/02/2021 21:41
Psalm 41: God sustains the ill

Psalm 41: God sustains the ill

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism: 'In what way does G-d come to the aid of those who are ill?'Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 05/02/2021 13:13
Beshalach: Two levels of love

Beshalach: Two levels of love

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism: "The song at the Red Sea refers to two types of love for God."Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 29/01/2021 14:19
 Bo: The Passover leap

Bo: The Passover leap

Israel's first Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism: The paschal lamb was a spiritual leap, but not everyone could partake of it.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 22/01/2021 14:00
Judging Torah scholars favorably

Judging Torah scholars favorably

Israel's first Chief Ashkenazi rabbi and iconic leader of Religious Zionism explains Psalm 125: We are all judges of those who teach us.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 19/01/2021 19:56
The servant and the Minister

The servant and the Minister

Thoughts from Israel's first Chief Rabbi and iconic leader of Religious Zionism: Should we serve G-d with our intellect or our heart?Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 11/01/2021 13:06
Our father Jacob did not die?

Our father Jacob did not die?

Israel's first Chief Rabbi and iconic leader of religious Zionism: Sometimes a goal is achieved via means that conflict with the objective.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 01/01/2021 14:45
The holiness of the Synagogue

The holiness of the Synagogue

Israel's first Cheif Rabbi and iconic leader of Religious Zionism: The synagogue reflects the holiness in the life of the community.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 26/12/2020 19:21
Mikeitz: Joseph and the Evil Eye

Mikeitz: Joseph and the Evil Eye

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism: 'The Evil Eye is an example of how one soul may affect another..'Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 18/12/2020 15:00
From Israel's First Chief Rabbi: 'Hanukkah's richness of spirit'

From Israel's First Chief Rabbi: 'Hanukkah's richness of spirit'

The Menorah is a material vessel, but the olive oil in it is a metaphor for the Jewish nation’s inner spirit, which merited the miracle.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 10/12/2020 21:08
  VaYishlach: Reuben's Sin

VaYishlach: Reuben's Sin

Israel's first Ashkenazi Cheif Rabbi, leader of Religious Zionism:'Oral Torah adds insightful understanding through careful examination.'Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 04/12/2020 15:28
Vayetze: Prayer before sleep‏

Vayetze: Prayer before sleep‏

Israel's first Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism: It is only the soul that experiences visions while dreaming.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 27/11/2020 14:15
Psalm 115: The Earth is entrusted to us

Psalm 115: The Earth is entrusted to us

Israel's first Chief Rabbi and iconic leader of Religious Zionism: How much should we be involved in this world and its pleasures?Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 21/11/2020 23:59
Psalm 26: Two levels of love

Psalm 26: Two levels of love

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic leader of Religious Zionism: Love is bound to our self, but love of G-d transcends self.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 14/11/2020 21:00
Vayeira: 'Sanctity in Space' -  as synagogues begin to reopen

Vayeira: 'Sanctity in Space' - as synagogues begin to reopen

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism: 'What is religious humility? Why have a set location for prayer?'Rabbi Avraham HaKohen Kook, 06/11/2020 12:00
Psalm 3: The enemy from within

Psalm 3: The enemy from within

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism: Sometimes our greatest enemy comes from within.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 02/11/2020 16:58
Psalm 95: Bowing Before Our Maker

Psalm 95: Bowing Before Our Maker

Israel's first Chief Rabbi and the iconic leader of Religious Zionism on controlling the soul's emotions.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 24/10/2020 21:02
 Breishit: The Age of the Universe

Breishit: The Age of the Universe

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic leader of Religious Zionism: The Torah's message is ethics in a world created by G-d.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 16/10/2020 14:00
Like doves flying home

Like doves flying home

Torah from Israel's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi and iconic leaader of Religious Zionism: 'Longing for home, the dove returns to its nest.'Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 09/10/2020 16:00
Is this holiday seven, eight or nine days long?

Is this holiday seven, eight or nine days long?

Understanding the source of the difference in holiday observance in the Diaspora and Israel.Daniel Pinner, 06/10/2020 13:05
Succoth: The role of the lowly willow

Succoth: The role of the lowly willow

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism: The willow represents the unlearned, blessed with common sense.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 02/10/2020 15:00
The light of teshuva - a nation returning to its roots

The light of teshuva - a nation returning to its roots

Rabbi Kook teaches that in the return of even secular Zionists to Israel there is a profound holy core, there is the light of teshuva.Tzvi Fishman, 27/09/2020 16:15
Ha'azinu: The source of Rabbinic Authority

Ha'azinu: The source of Rabbinic Authority

Torah from Israel's iconic first Chief Rabbi: 'Our Sages examined two aspects when formulating a new law...":Rabbi Avraham HaKohen Kook, 25/09/2020 16:00
Rosh Hashannah: Personal Judgment

Rosh Hashannah: Personal Judgment

Israel's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi on the Day of Judgment: Musaf on Rosh Hashannah, the longest prayer of the year.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 18/09/2020 13:21
 Psalm 81: Aiming for greatness

Psalm 81: Aiming for greatness

Encouragement from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic leader of Religious Zionism.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 11/09/2020 15:59
For Elul: Psalm 27- Tenacious prayer

For Elul: Psalm 27- Tenacious prayer

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi: The essence of prayer is incremental.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 06/09/2020 11:26
Rabbi Kook’s Essay “HaDor” (“The Generation”)

Rabbi Kook’s Essay “HaDor” (“The Generation”)

Does Rav Kook's fundamental essay apply to today's generation as well?Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 31/08/2020 10:00
 Ki Teitzei: Remembering Miriam's punishment

Ki Teitzei: Remembering Miriam's punishment

Torah from Israel's first chief rabbi, the iconic leader of Religious Zionism.Rabbi A.Y. HaCohen Kook, 28/08/2020 17:30