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One of the yeshiva buildings

Mercaz HaRav (Hebrew: מרכז הרב‎, lit. rabbinical center) is a national-religious yeshiva in Jerusalem, Israel, founded in 1924 by Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook. It has become synonymous with his teachings.[1]



Following Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook's death in 1935 his student, Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Harlap, became head of the yeshiva. [2] After his passing in 1951, Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook, the son of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook took up the position of Rosh Yeshiva. In 1982, after Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook died, Rabbi Avraham Shapira took the position and led the institution until his death in 2007. His son, Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, was his successor. Today, the yeshiva has about 500 students, including 200 students in the yeshiva's kollel (post-graduate division).

In 1964, a yeshiva high school, Yeshivat Yerushalayim L’Tzeirim (Yashlatz) was opened on the campus.

Notable alumni

The list includes a number of Knesset members and community leaders.[3]

Mercaz HaRav massacre

On the night of March 6, 2008, Alaa Abu Dhein, an Arab from Jabel Mukaber in East Jerusalem, entered the yeshiva with a gun and began firing indiscriminately, killing eight students and wounding 15 others. Abu Dhein's bloody rampage ended with the arrival of Yitzhak Dadon, a part-time student of the yeshiva, and David Shapira, an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, who shot him to death.

The victims, mostly teenagers, were identified as:


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