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Art and Creation  
  Art and Creation  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 2/19/2011, 20:11
 
Parshat Vayakhel - What exactly were these gifts of wisdom, insight and knowledge that God bestowed to Betzalel? The Sages wrote that the master craftsman knew the very secrets of creation.  


When Bad Things Happen to Good People  
  When Bad Things Happen to Good People  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 2/7/2011, 19:09
 
Parshat Ki Tisa - After Moses succeeded in petitioning God to forgive the Jewish people for the sin of the golden calf, he made an additional request, begging to understand why people suffer…  


The Dignity of Clothing  
  The Dignity of Clothing  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 1/16/2011, 22:29
 
Parshat Tetzave - Our clothing stresses those qualities that separate us from the animals and their simple physical needs, enabling us to attain a heightened sense of holiness and dignity…  


Revealing the End of Days  
  Revealing the End of Days  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 12/7/2010, 18:40
 
Parshat Vayichi - Why did Jacob want to reveal to his sons when the final exile would end? Why was he prevented from doing so? Why did Jacob’s sons yell out, “Shema Yisrael?”  


Interpreting Dreams  
  Interpreting Dreams  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 11/15/2010, 13:12
 
Parshat Miketz - Do dreams really foretell the future? Does the interpreter really have the power to determine the meaning of a dream, and alter the future accordingly?  


Harnessing the Power of Esau  
  Harnessing the Power of Esau  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 10/25/2010, 18:56
 
Parshat Toldot - Most blessings are of rabbinical origin. There are, however, two exceptions to this rule — blessings that are derived directly from the Torah itself…  


Father of Many Nations  
  Father of Many Nations  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 10/4/2010, 17:46
 
God changed Abram's name to Avraham and explained that this new name is an abbreviation of Abraham's new status — he is "av hamon goyim," the father of many nations.  


The Walk of the Righteous  
  The Walk of the Righteous  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 9/13/2010, 21:29
 
Not all tzaddikim are equal. Different individuals attain different levels of holiness. The Torah calls highlights these distinctions when it describes Noah and Abraham…  


Be Happy!  
  Be Happy!  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 8/29/2015, 22:29
 
Simchah comes from the perception that some unexpected boon has befallen us, like being able to connect to God — a gift far beyond our true level…  


Amalek: Constructive Destruction  
  Amalek: Constructive Destruction  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 8/22/2015, 21:08
 
Amalek's goal was to attack the nation who bears God's Name in the world. Amalek could not tolerate the idea of a people with whom God made a special covenant…  


The Wisdom in Civil Law  
  The Wisdom in Civil Law  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 8/2/2010, 18:26
 
The bench of the Great Sanhedrin was most prestigious. All judges are required to be wise and humble, to love truth and hate bribes, to be well-liked and respected.  


Two Stages of Redemption  
  Two Stages of Redemption  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 7/26/2010, 18:31
 
The redemption from Egypt took place in two stages – the stage of inner freedom and the stage of bodily freedom…  


Bread and Torah  
  Bread and Torah  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 8/20/2016, 23:02
 
Most blessings are of rabbinical origin. There are, however, two exceptions to this rule — blessings that are derived directly from the Torah itself…  


The Book that Moses Wrote  
  The Book that Moses Wrote  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 8/6/2016, 23:30
 
While righteous indignation stems from sincere and pure intentions, the highest goals of holiness will only be achieved through calm spirits and mutual respect…  


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