Rav Kook Torah

Tehillim — Psalms


Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaCohen Kook, Chief Rabbi, in Washington DC, 1924
Expanses, expanses,
Expanses divine my soul craves.

Confine me not in cages,
Of substance or of spirit.
My soul soars the expanses of the heavens.

Walls of heart and walls of deed
Will not contain it.

Morality, logic, custom -
My soul soars above these,
Above all that bears a name,
Above all that is exalted and ethereal.

I am love-sick -
I thirst, I thirst for God,
As a deer for water brooks.

(Chadarav, p. 39)


Psalms 1,2: One Chapter or Two?

Psalm 2: Rejoice with Trembling

Psalm 3: David's Song

Psalm 3: Enemies from Within

Psalm 4: Restraining Evil Impulses

Psalm 5: Awakening Love and Awe

Psalm 6: Crying Without Tears

Psalm 9: Nations Who Forget God

Psalm 10: You Prepare Their Heart

Psalm 12: Circles and Straight Lines

Psalm 13: Trust, Happiness, and Song

Psalm 19: The Power of Holy Speech

Psalm 19: Words Acceptable to God

Psalm 20: Grasping the Middle of the Beam

Psalm 24: Climbing and Standing

Psalm 24: Opening the Temple Gates

Psalm 26: Connected to the Klal

Psalm 27: Unanswered Prayers

Psalm 29: Shabbat and Water

Psalm 30: Mizmor Shir: Melody and Song

Psalm 31: "My Times Are in Your Hand"

Psalm 31: Like a Lost Vessel

Psalm 32: Praying for Results

Psalm 33: Our Inner Source of Trust

Psalm 34: Who Wants a Good Life?

Psalm 34: Amen – Response of the Inner Soul

Psalm 35: From My Very Bones

Psalm 36: "Man and Beast, You Deliver"

Psalm 37: "My Feet Will Not Stumble"

Psalm 39: When Will I Die?

Psalm 41: Supporting the Sick

Psalm 43: Fight Against A Merciless Nation

Psalm 49: Parables and Riddles

Psalm 50: Torah from Zion

Psalm 63: Two Songs, Two Worlds

Psalm 68: Song from the Womb

Psalm 68: The Golden Dove

Psalm 68: Each Day's Blessings

Psalm 69: A Favorable Time for Prayer

Psalm 72: Prayer at Sunrise

Psalm 73: The Complacency of the Wicked

Psalm 81: Aiming for Greatness

Psalm 82: The Holiness of the Synagogue

Psalm 84: Preparing for Prayer

Psalm 84: Better than a Thousand

Psalm 86: A Sign of Forgiveness

Psalm 87: The Beloved Gates of Halacha

Psalm 90: Teach us to Count Our Days

Psalm 91: "Dwelling On High"

Psalm 92: Faith in the Nights

Psalm 94: Fortunate Misfortune

Psalm 97: Light Sown for the Tzaddik

Psalm 99: The Leadership of Moses and Aaron

Psalm 100: Serving God in Joy

Psalm 100: Manifest Kindness

Psalm 103: Reaching Inwards to God

Psalm 104: The Inner Meaning of Hallelujah

Psalm 104: The Hidden Light of Creation

Psalm 104: Messengers and Servants

Psalm 104: Let Sin Be Uprooted

Psalm 105: Deepening Our Wonder

Psalm 105: Our Ties to the Land of Israel

Psalm 111: The Divine in the Details

Psalm 112: No Fear!

Psalm 115: The Earth He Entrusted to Humanity

Psalm 115: Why Do We Love Life in This World?

Psalm 119: King David's Nightly Schedule

Psalm 119: A Time to Act for God

Psalm 122: The Peace of Torah Scholars

Psalm 125: Judging Scholars Favorably

Psalm 126: We Were Like Dreamers

Psalm 128: Striving for Excellence

Psalm 128: Seeing the Goodness of Jerusalem

Psalm 130: Prayer Out Of The Depths

Psalm 132: Searching for the Temple Site

Psalm 135: Deliverance from Powerful Enemies

Psalm 140: The Tzaddik and the Yashar

Psalm 144: No Breach in Our Street

Psalm 145: The Two Features of Ashrei

Psalm 145: To Pray "in Truth"

Psalm 146: God Raises the Bowed

Psalm 149: The Double-Edged Sword of Shema

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