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Balak: Bilaam and the "Shema"  
  Balak: Bilaam and the "Shema"  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 6/26/2020, 07:48
 
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?  


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
Update date: 11/7/2018, 14:44
 
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
Update date: 8/4/2018, 21:48
 
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
Update date: 7/7/2018, 22:31
 
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…  


The Omer Controversy  
  The Omer Controversy  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 4/25/2015, 21:43
 
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?  


The Holy Cloud  
  The Holy Cloud  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 4/14/2018, 23:31
 
Parshat Achrei Mot: What is this special connection between the ketoret and the Yom Kippur service? And why did it need to be finely pulverized, more than the incense that was offered on other days?  


Technology and the Sabbath  
  Technology and the Sabbath  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 2/24/2019, 10:30
 
Parshat Vayakhel: 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?  


Hashem  
  Hashem's Tefillin  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 2/27/2012, 11:58
 
Parshat Ki Tisa: 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?  


The Aspiring Convert  
  The Aspiring Convert  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 2/10/2019, 10:00
 
Parshat Tetzave: 3 non-Jews wished to convert. Initially rejected by Shamai, known for his strictness, they were later accepted by the modest Hillel…  


Betzalel  
  Betzalel's Wisdom  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 2/10/2018, 22:38
 
Parshat Truma: the Torah's commandment to build the Mishkan (Tabernacle) places great emphasis on external beauty — art, craftsmanship, and aesthetics...  


Permission to Heal  
  Permission to Heal  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 2/7/2015, 20:23
 
Parshat Mishpatim: why must the Torah explicitly give such permission to doctors? We should expect all medical activity to be commended, for easing pain and saving lives...  


Blessings on Miracles  
  Blessings on Miracles  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 1/20/2019, 15:17
 
Parshat Yitro: A blessing over a miracle, as our sages teach us, needs to include recognition of the positive effects of its accompanying details...  


Amalek  
  Amalek's Assault  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 1/12/2019, 19:25
 
Parshat Beshalach: If Israel's sole function was to uplift the rest of the world, they would not have been commanded with mitzvot that isolate them from the other nations...  


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