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Pinchas: Refining Zeal  
  Pinchas: Refining Zeal  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 7/4/2020, 22:14
 
When G-d gave Pinchas a covenant of peace, He affirmed that Pinchas' act of zealotry — defending Israel from idolatrous influences — was performed with pure motives…  


Balak: Eliminating Idolatry  
  Balak: Eliminating Idolatry  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 6/27/2020, 22:42
 
Bilaam devised a plan to make trouble for the Jewish people. He advised using Moabite and Midianite women to entice the men into a trap of Baal-Peor idolatry…  


Chukat: Beyond Logic  
  Chukat: Beyond Logic  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 6/20/2020, 22:05
 
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…  


Korach: The Lesson of the Tithe  
  Korach: The Lesson of the Tithe  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 6/13/2020, 21:59
 
Tithing provides us with the opportunity to rise above these selfish feelings of possessiveness, and to contribute to the community...  


Shlach Lecha: The Goodness of Jerusalem  
  Shlach Lecha: The Goodness of Jerusalem  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 6/6/2020, 22:19
 
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...  


Behaalotcha: Dreams  
  Behaalotcha: Dreams  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 5/30/2020, 21:48
 
There are the idealistic dreams of great visionaries for a better world; and there are our national dreams of redemption...  


Nasso: Three Priestly Blessings  
  Nasso: Three Priestly Blessings  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 5/23/2020, 21:35
 
Aaron and his descendants the kohanim were commanded to bless the Jewish people with three special blessings...  


Bamidbar: Flags of Love  
  Bamidbar: Flags of Love  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 5/16/2020, 22:01
 
The Zohar says that the banners of the four major Israelite encampments in the desert corresponded to the four 'faces' of the supernal chariot…  


Bechukotai: Why Exile?  
  Bechukotai: Why Exile?  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 5/9/2020, 21:39
 
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…  


Shmini: The Priestly Benediction  
  Shmini: The Priestly Benediction  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 4/12/2020, 08:23
 
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: 3/28/2020, 21:00
 
Four types must publicly give thanks and serve as an example to appreciate the natural, societal, physical, and ethical boundaries that make life livable…  


Beyond the Holy  
  Beyond the Holy  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 2/13/2019, 13:14
 
Parshat Tetzave: 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...  


Be Complete!  
  Be Complete!  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 10/13/2018, 21:45
 
Parshat Lech Lecha: Brit milah serves to refine the special connection between body and soul. It deals with a sphere that is beyond human comprehension — and accountability...  


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...  


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