Rabbi Yehuda HaKohen teaches history and Emunah at Machon Meir, weaving historical figures and events with philosophical teachings from the writings of the Ramchal, Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook, the Maharal of Prague and other Torah luminaries. Born and raised in New York City, he moved to Israel in 2001 to enlist in the IDF at the height of the Second Intifada. He has worked for over ten years on North American university campuses to generate an atmosphere of acceptance for Jewish identity and national rights within pro-Palestinian circles. As a leader in the Alternative Action movement, Rabbi HaKohen organizes grassroots dialogue sessions for Palestinian and Israeli activists seeking to transcend competing one-sided narratives in favor of a more scientific analysis of the factors forcing both peoples into conflict. He currently lives with his wife and children in Beit El.