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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…  


Eliminating Idolatry  
  Eliminating Idolatry  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 6/12/2011, 22:07
 
Parshat Balak - Bilaam devised a plan to make trouble for the Jewish people. He advised using Moabite and Midianite women to entice the Israelite men into a trap of Baal-Peor idolatry…  


The Sin of the Spies  
  The Sin of the Spies  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 6/2/2018, 22:02
 
Parshat Shelach - The spies defamed the Land of Israel; we can rectify this terrible sin by praising our beloved homeland wherever we go, focusing on all her wonderful attributes…  


Flags of Love  
  Flags of Love  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 5/12/2018, 22:31
 
Parshat Bamidbar - The Zohar says that the banners of the four major Israelite encampments in the desert (north, south, east and west) corresponded to the four 'faces' of the supernal chariot…  


Why Exile?  
  Why Exile?  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 5/10/2011, 16:34
 
Parshat Bechukotai - 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…  


Jubilee: National Reconciliation  
  Jubilee: National Reconciliation  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 4/28/2018, 22:26
 
Parshat Behar - 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…  


The Illusion of Death  
  The Illusion of Death  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 4/22/2018, 10:43
 
Parshat Emor - What people call 'death' is in fact the intensification of life. As man wallows in pettiness, he pictures this increase of life in a pained, black fashion…  


Return to Ritual Purity  
  Return to Ritual Purity  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 3/27/2011, 21:03
 
Parshat Metora discusses a topic that is most challenging for us to relate to. What relevance do the laws of ritual purity and impurity for lepers hold for us?  


Man Versus Mosquito  
  Man Versus Mosquito  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 3/22/2011, 17:21
 
Parshat Tazria - Why does the Torah only discuss the laws of ritual purity in people after teaching the analogous laws concerning animals, differentiating between kosher and not?  


The Error of Nadav and Avihu  
  The Error of Nadav and Avihu  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 3/25/2018, 11:15
 
Parshat Shmini - Nadav and Avihu erred by pursuing the spiritual pleasures of prophecy and wisdom in a form detached from Torah and its practical teachings…  


The Four Who Give Thanks  
  The Four Who Give Thanks  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 3/21/2018, 12:30
 
Parshat Tzav - Four types must publicly give thanks and serve as an example to others to appreciate the natural, societal, physical, and ethical boundaries that make life livable…  


White Fire  
  White Fire  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 3/11/2018, 10:52
 
Parshat Vayikra - 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...  


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