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Three Priestly Blessings  
  Three Priestly Blessings  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 5/24/2015, 22:04
 
Parshat Nasso: Aaron and his descendants the kohanim were commanded to bless the Jewish people with three special blessings...  


The Omer Controversy  
  The Omer Controversy  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 4/25/2015, 21:43
 
Parshat Emor: During the Second Temple Period, a fierce controversy raged concerning the springtime offering of barley, called the Omer. What was the exact date for the Omer?  


The Holy Cloud  
  The Holy Cloud  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 4/18/2015, 20:59
 
Parshat Achrei Mot: What is this special connection between the ketoret and the Yom Kippur service? And why did it need to be finely pulverized, more than the incense that was offered on other days?  


Technology and the Sabbath  
  Technology and the Sabbath  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 3/7/2015, 19:54
 
Parshat Vayakhel: One might think that only the pristine natural world is truly the work of God. Is human technology perhaps alien to the true purpose of the universe?  


Hashem  
  Hashem's Tefillin  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 2/27/2012, 11:58
 
Parshat Ki Tisa: What did the Sages mean that God wears tefillin? And what is special about the knot, that God revealed that particular part of His tefillin to Moses?  


The Aspiring Convert  
  The Aspiring Convert  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 2/22/2015, 09:48
 
Parshat Tetzave: 3 non-Jews wished to convert. Initially rejected by Shamai, known for his strictness, they were later accepted by the modest Hillel…  


Betzalel  
  Betzalel's Wisdom  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 2/14/2015, 20:38
 
Parshat Truma: the Torah's commandment to build the Mishkan (Tabernacle) places great emphasis on external beauty — art, craftsmanship, and aesthetics...  


Permission to Heal  
  Permission to Heal  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 2/7/2015, 20:23
 
Parshat Mishpatim: why must the Torah explicitly give such permission to doctors? We should expect all medical activity to be commended, for easing pain and saving lives...  


Blessings on Miracles  
  Blessings on Miracles  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 1/31/2015, 20:22
 
Parshat Yitro: A blessing over a miracle, as our sages teach us, needs to include recognition of the positive effects of its accompanying details...  


Amalek  
  Amalek's Assault  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 1/24/2015, 20:34
 
Parshat Beshalach: If Israel's sole function was to uplift the rest of the world, they would not have been commanded with mitzvot that isolate them from the other nations...  


Egypt and the Mayflower  
  Egypt and the Mayflower  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 1/17/2015, 19:21
 
Parshat Bo: Does an American child know when the Mayflower set sail for the New World? 300 years ago? 350 years ago? We know exactly when we left Egypt...  


The “Hamotzi” Blessing  
  The “Hamotzi” Blessing  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 1/10/2015, 19:09
 
Parshat Va'era: bread differs from other foods. The elements that make up bread achieve a significant role which they lacked while they were still buried in the earth.  


The Hazards of Leadership  
  The Hazards of Leadership  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 12/19/2011, 18:48
 
Parshat Vayigash: Working for the public good is certainly laudable. However, there are certain hazards in such a career. Precisely because one is occupied attending to…  


Nationalism or Universalism?  
  Nationalism or Universalism?  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 12/13/2011, 18:14
 
Parshat Miketz: How do we explain the conflict between “light unto the nations” and our need to maintain a separate existence to safeguard our unique heritage?  


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