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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?  


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
Publish date: 9/5/2011, 20:17
 
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
Publish date: 8/29/2011, 20:38
 
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…  


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