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Mikeitz: Interpreting Dreams  
  Mikeitz: Interpreting Dreams  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 12/12/2020, 19:37
 
Do dreams really foretell the future? Does the interpreter really have the power to determine the meaning of a dream, and alter the future accordingly?  


Mikeitz: Nationalism or Universalism?  
  Mikeitz: Nationalism or Universalism?  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 12/12/2020, 19:37
 
How do we explain the conflict between “light unto the nations” and our need to maintain a separate existence to safeguard our unique heritage?  


Vayeshev: The Conflict Between Joseph and Judah  
  Vayeshev: The Conflict Between Joseph and Judah  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 12/5/2020, 18:31
 
Joseph saw the Jewish people as a light unto the nations, but Judah was concerned about the negative influences when intermingling with pagan cultures...  


Vayishlach: Reliance on Miracles  
  Vayishlach: Reliance on Miracles  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 11/28/2020, 19:52
 
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...  


Toldot: Jacob  
  Toldot: Jacob's Hand on Esau's Heel  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 11/14/2020, 18:27
 
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?  


Toldot: Jacob Rescued Abraham  
  Toldot: Jacob Rescued Abraham  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 11/14/2020, 18:27
 
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?  


Toldot: Harnessing the Power of Esau  
  Toldot: Harnessing the Power of Esau  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 11/14/2020, 18:26
 
Most blessings are of rabbinical origin. There are, however, two exceptions to this rule — blessings that are derived directly from the Torah itself…  


Masei: A Leader for Israel  
  Masei: A Leader for Israel  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 7/11/2020, 22:11
 
The Jewish people require two types of leadership – material and spiritual. Capable leadership leads to success in both areas, revealing the greatness of Israel…  


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…  


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...  


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...  


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...  


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