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Vision

Rav Kook

Rav Kook zt”l is to many the visionary of our generation. It is he who truly understands the greatness of our generation. He teaches us how to approach both Torah and life in this present day and age, according to חז"ל’s teachings. It is in his footsteps we wish to follow.

The Gold Of That Land Was Good

‘And the gold of that land was good’- this teaches that there is no Torah like the Torah of the land of Israel (Bereshit Rabbah 16:7).

In every generation, it is fitting to have great love for the Torah of the land of Israel. This is particularly true now… We must give our generation the life-giving medicine of the Torah of the land of Israel. We must show this generation the greatness of truth and clarity found within our G-dly treasure, in the ideas and insights of the true Torah, in the beauty and exalted nature of its mitzvot, and in its overall view of life... This can be achieved only via the light of the Torah of the land of Israel.

Our generation is ready. It must be influenced by ideas that have a fresh life and greatness. Shriveled, small matters can no longer capture its heart. Its communal nature has grown exceedingly. We must give everything to this generation in an inclusive fashion: a stream of the flow of life of the entire nation. This brings us to the essential difference between the Torah of the land of Israel and the Torah of chutz la’aretz (outside the land of Israel). Whatever is small and individual - whether in the general context of spiritual ideas or, more particularly, of those ideas that deal with the great breadth of Torah and faith - when viewed from the perspective of the Torah of chutz la’aretz becomes great and inclusive as soon as it draws to itself the atmosphere of the land of Israel. The Torah of chutz la’aretz is only aware of how to care for the individual, for his spiritual and physical completion, his temporal as well as eternal condition. But the Torah of the land of Israel is concerned with the totality, with the nation: with its soul and energy, its body and spirit, its total present, its total future, and the living imprint of its past - simultaneously. All details enter it and are subsumed in its exalted state. This is the inner renewal, deep and broad, of the Torah of the land of Israel. It declares that all individual thoughts and ideas proceeding in an impoverished and scattered state - the atmosphere of the land of other nations - must form one bundle, must clothe themselves in one general intent related to the life of the entire nation, under the influence of the land of Israel“.

Translated from Ma’amrei HaRe’aya - Rav Kooks Essays, page 78

To fulfill such a divine vision, Yeshivat Ma'alot encourages learning all aspects of Torah. By putting a special emphasis on Gemara and Emuna, Tanach and Halacha, and by reviving the study of Midrash, one is exposed to the many faces of Torah.

There is no Torah like the Torah of Eretz Yisrael. Bereshit Rabbah 16:7