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Bilaam and the "Shema"  
  Bilaam and the "Shema"  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 6/25/2012, 21:22
 
Parshat Balak: What lesson is contained in the words of Bilaam that could possibly compare to the Torah's most fundamental beliefs, as affirmed in the Shema?  


Beyond Logic  
  Beyond Logic  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 6/23/2012, 22:16
 
Parshat Chukat: The mistake of the golden calf was in the people's attempt to attain Divine closeness through actions dictated by their own logic and reasoning…  


The Lesson of the Tithe  
  The Lesson of the Tithe  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 6/12/2012, 22:17
 
Parshat Korach: Tithing provides us with the opportunity to rise above these selfish feelings of possessiveness, and to contribute to the community...  


The Goodness of Jerusalem  
  The Goodness of Jerusalem  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 6/5/2012, 21:33
 
Parshat Shlach Lecha: It may appear as if the dissatisfied visitors are the ones who reject the Land of Israel. But in fact, it is the Land that rejects them...  


Dreams  
  Dreams  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 5/28/2012, 18:47
 
Parshat Behaalotcha: there are the idealistic dreams of great visionaries for a better world; and there are our national dreams of redemption...  


Three Priestly Blessings  
  Three Priestly Blessings  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 5/16/2012, 13:15
 
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
Publish date: 4/28/2012, 23:47
 
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...  


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