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Bechukotai: Why Exile?  
  Bechukotai: Why Exile?  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 5/1/2021, 20:45
 
For the Jewish people to fulfill their national destiny, God's seal must be placed on the people as a whole. The nation must recognize its special mission…  


Behar: Jubilee Year as National Reconciliation  
  Behar: Jubilee Year as National Reconciliation  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 5/1/2021, 20:45
 
The best expression of freedom and equality that the American Founding Fathers could find for the Liberty Bell was the Biblical verse describing the Jubilee year…  


Emor: The Omer Controversy  
  Emor: The Omer Controversy  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 4/24/2021, 21:10
 
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?  


Tazria: Man Versus Mosquito  
  Tazria: Man Versus Mosquito  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 4/10/2021, 21:12
 
Why does the Torah discuss the laws of ritual purity in people after teaching the analogous laws concerning animals, differentiating between kosher and not?  


Shmini: The Error of Nadav and Avihu  
  Shmini: The Error of Nadav and Avihu  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 4/4/2021, 07:28
 
Nadav and Avihu erred by pursuing the spiritual pleasures of prophecy and wisdom in a form detached from Torah and its practical teachings…  


Shmini: The Priestly Benediction  
  Shmini: The Priestly Benediction  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 4/4/2021, 07:43
 
The Priestly blessing is part of the Temple service, and at the same time, reflects the Kohen's interaction with the people...  


Tzav: The Four Who Give Thanks  
  Tzav: The Four Who Give Thanks  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 3/20/2021, 19:39
 
Four types must publicly give thanks and serve as an example to appreciate the natural, societal, physical, and ethical boundaries that make life livable…  


Vayikra: White Fire  
  Vayikra: White Fire  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 3/13/2021, 19:28
 
The white space on the parchment that surrounds the black letters is a higher form of Torah. It is analogous to the white fire of Sinai — a sublime, hidden Torah...  


Vayakhel: Technology and the Sabbath  
  Vayakhel: Technology and the Sabbath  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 3/6/2021, 19:26
 
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?  


Vayakhel: Art and Creation  
  Vayakhel: Art and Creation  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 3/6/2021, 19:26
 
What exactly were these gifts of wisdom and knowledge that God bestowed to Betzalel? The Sages wrote that the master craftsman knew the secrets of creation.  


Pekudei: Always on His Mind  
  Pekudei: Always on His Mind  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 3/6/2021, 19:25
 
The High Priest’s task required constant awareness of his actions, without extraneous thoughts and calculations. He couldn't let his mind wander...  


Ki Tisa: Hashem  
  Ki Tisa: Hashem's Tefillin  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 2/28/2021, 12:05
 
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?  


When Bad Things Happen to Good People  
  When Bad Things Happen to Good People  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 2/28/2021, 12:05
 
After Moses succeeded in petitioning God to forgive the Jewish people for the sin of the golden calf, he begged to understand why people suffer…  


Tetzaveh: Beyond the Holy  
  Tetzaveh: Beyond the Holy  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 2/21/2021, 07:58
 
The conflict between sacred and secular exists both in our private lives and in the public sphere, as indicated by the garments of the High Priest...  


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