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Joseph and Judah: The Conflict  
  Joseph and Judah: The Conflict  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 12/6/2011, 20:14
 
Parshat Vayeshev: Joseph saw the Jewish people as a light unto the nations, but Judah was concerned about the negative influences when intermingling with pagan cultures...  


Reliance on Miracles  
  Reliance on Miracles  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 11/29/2011, 15:41
 
Parshat Vayishlach: Once a month Rabbi Zeira would test himself by sitting down in a burning furnace, to see if he would feel the heat. He didn't...  


Rivalry: Rachel and Leah  
  Rivalry: Rachel and Leah  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 11/22/2011, 19:10
 
Parshat Vayetze: Jacob did not have an easy life. He loved Rachel, but was tricked into marrying Leah. And when he finally married Rachel, his home was tense with rivalry...  


Jacob Rescued Abraham  
  Jacob Rescued Abraham  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 11/19/2011, 19:36
 
Parshat Toldot - Our Sages teach us that Abraham was saved due to some special merit or quality of his grandson Jacob. What was this quality of Jacob that Abraham lacked?  


Machpela: The Double Cave  
  Machpela: The Double Cave  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 11/8/2011, 22:12
 
Parshat Chayei Sara: According to tradition, Sarah was not the first person to be buried in the Machpelah cave in Hebron. Already buried there were Adam and Eve…  


Sanctity in Space  
  Sanctity in Space  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 10/31/2011, 16:06
 
Parshat Vayera: Are not the limitations of space and location irrelevant to Hashem? What difference is there between praying at the Kotel or praying at a Los Vegas casino?  


Great Like the Stars  
  Great Like the Stars  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 10/25/2011, 14:59
 
Parshat Lech Lecha - The prominence of the stars indicates the special mission of each individual. This refers to the greatness that the Jewish people acquired at Mount Sinai…  


Two Levels of Teshuva  
  Two Levels of Teshuva  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 9/17/2011, 22:14
 
Parshat Nitzavim: Often we have a strong desire to better ourselves. Yet, circumstances may make such resolutions very difficult to keep. Our goals may seem unattainable…  


The Ox, the Flute, and First Fruit  
  The Ox, the Flute, and First Fruit  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 8/29/2015, 22:31
 
Parshat Ki Tavo - What was the significance of the ox in the procession of first fruits? Why the golden horns and olive-twig crown? And why was the flute chosen for musical accompaniment?  


Miriam’s Punishment  
  Miriam’s Punishment  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 8/22/2015, 21:08
 
Parshat Ki Tetze - Worse than her sin of slander, Miriam erred in her evaluation of Moses' prophecy. Had Moses been just a regular prophet, Miriam would have been correct in her criticism…  


The Murderer’s Admission  
  The Murderer’s Admission  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 8/15/2015, 22:55
 
Parshat Shoftim - The Talmud answers that the murderer must state clearly, 'I am a murderer.' His inner truth must be public knowledge. He may not hide from the heinous crime...  


Eliminating Idolatry  
  Eliminating Idolatry  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 8/14/2011, 20:48
 
Parshat Re’eh: Outside the Land of Israel, the harmonious vision of a unified world cannot be truly revealed. A fragmented worldview, emphasizing division and isolation, reigns...  


A Leader for Israel  
  A Leader for Israel  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 7/21/2011, 16:05
 
Parshat Masei - The Jewish people require two types of leadership – material and spiritual. Capable leadership leads to success in both areas, revealing the greatness of Israel…  


Two Paths to Purity  
  Two Paths to Purity  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 7/11/2011, 18:35
 
Parshat Matot - There are two ways to purify: you can destroy the vessel in order to destroy evil altogether, or you can save the vessel and channel the forces of evil into doing good…  


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