Our Rabbi and the Yeshiva Students – Part 5

Our Rabbi, Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah Ha-Cohain Kook

Fatherly Concern
A student told our Rabbi that he was going home because he ran out of clean clothing. Our Rabbi took money out of his pocket, gave it to him and told him where he could do laundry. (Iturei Cohanim #35)

Married Students and Stipends
A number of students tried to refuse financial support from the Yeshivah (perhaps due to the opinion of Rambam that one should not receive money for learning Torah), yet our Rabbi was adamant that they receive a stipend.
In response to the claim that some married students received higher stipends than others, our Rabbi requested of Rav Noson (Rabbi Raanan Kook, Maran Ha-Rav Kook's son-in-law) to make all Yeshivah stipends equal so that there be no jealousy among students. In response to Rav Noson's, "Where will I come up with the money," our Rabbi responded, "From the place where there is for one, you will find for all."
When there came a request to increase stipends for students with larger families, our Rabbi said, "Mercaz Ha-Rav is not a Kollel. We help students until they find their place in life, with an emphasis being placed on the Rabbinate or education."