Rabbi Chanan Morrison grew up in Pennsylvania, and graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics from Yeshiva University (New York). Pursuing advanced Talmudic studies in Jerusalem, he spent the next seven years studying in Jerusalem yeshivot, including the famed Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav, founded by Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook in 1924.
Rabbi Morrison taught Jewish studies for several years in Harrisburg, PA, before returning to Israel. He and his family subsequently settled down in a small community in the Judean Desert.
In an effort to maintain contact with former students, Rabbi Morrison began emailing articles on the weekly Torah portion based on the philosophical writings of Rabbi A. I. Kook. Over the years, this email list grew at a phenomenal rate; it now benefits thousands of readers from all over the world. He is frequently featured on the Torah section of the Israel National News website, and his work can be read on his own website at http://www.ravkooktorah.org.
Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook succeeded in combining many ideals - Torah Judaism, loyalty to the Jewish Nation, Zionism - into a unified philosophy that continues to influence the Jewish people. Sapphire from the Land of Israel brings texts that deepen our understanding of each Torah portion. Rabbi Morrison's explanations are clear and meaningful, offering lessons that impact our lives.
The Kuzari is a classic work of Jewish philosophy, written in 1140 C.E. by famed Jewish poet and philosopher Rabbi Yehudah HaLevi. His goal was to defend Judaism against attacks from philosophers, Christian and Moslem theologians, and Karaites.