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The Scapegoat  
  The Scapegoat  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 4/13/2013, 21:30
 
Parshat Achrei Mot: Azazel is the worship of demons, the unrestrained barbarity to be found in human nature. For this reason, the offering was sent to a desolate cliff...  


The Priestly Benediction  
  The Priestly Benediction  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 3/17/2013, 00:52
 
Parshat Shmini: The Priestly blessing is part of the Temple service, and at the same time, reflects the Kohen's interaction with the people...  


A Three-Legged Chair  
  A Three-Legged Chair  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 2/12/2013, 18:09
 
Parshat Ki Tisa: The three outstanding characteristics of Israel - kindness, modesty, and compassion - are inherited from the patriarchs...  


Jacob  
  Jacob's Hand on Esau's Heel  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 10/23/2012, 18:47
 
Parshat Toldot: How could Isaac not be aware of the true nature of his twin sons? Why did he insist on blessing his apparently wicked son Esau?  


The Song of Torah  
  The Song of Torah  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 9/11/2012, 15:51
 
Parshat Vayelech: By studying ethics, we gain a proper reverence for Torah. Ethics, or mussar, prepares one to delve into an intellectual analysis of Torah...  


Searching for The Temple  
  Searching for The Temple  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 8/7/2012, 18:04
 
Parshat Re’eh: The Torah never spells out exactly where the Temple is to be built; we are instructed to build the Beit HaMikdash 'in the place that God will choose'...  


Atonement for the Soldiers  
  Atonement for the Soldiers  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 7/10/2012, 17:39
 
Parshat Matot: if the soul fails to retain its purity, it will lack defense against defiling images. Improper sights will have a negative impact on one's emotional faculties…  


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?  


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