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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...  


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'...  


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?  


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...  


Rivalry: Rachel and Leah  
  Rivalry: Rachel and Leah  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 11/22/2011, 19:10
 
Parshat Vayetze: Jacob did not have an easy life. He loved Rachel, but was tricked into marrying Leah. And when he finally married Rachel, his home was tense with rivalry...  


Machpela: The Double Cave  
  Machpela: The Double Cave  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 11/8/2011, 22:12
 
Parshat Chayei Sara: According to tradition, Sarah was not the first person to be buried in the Machpelah cave in Hebron. Already buried there were Adam and Eve…  


Sanctity in Space  
  Sanctity in Space  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 10/31/2011, 16:06
 
Parshat Vayera: Are not the limitations of space and location irrelevant to Hashem? What difference is there between praying at the Kotel or praying at a Los Vegas casino?  


Great Like the Stars  
  Great Like the Stars  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 10/25/2011, 14:59
 
Parshat Lech Lecha - The prominence of the stars indicates the special mission of each individual. This refers to the greatness that the Jewish people acquired at Mount Sinai…  


Two Levels of Teshuva  
  Two Levels of Teshuva  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 9/1/2018, 20:49
 
Parshat Nitzavim: Often we have a strong desire to better ourselves. Yet, circumstances may make such resolutions very difficult to keep. Our goals may seem unattainable…  


The Ox, the Flute, and First Fruit  
  The Ox, the Flute, and First Fruit  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 8/28/2018, 21:51
 
Parshat Ki Tavo - What was the significance of the ox in the procession of first fruits? Why the golden horns and olive-twig crown? And why was the flute chosen for musical accompaniment?  


Ki Tetze: Miriam’s Punishment  
  Ki Tetze: Miriam’s Punishment  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 3/21/2021, 16:28
 
Worse than her sin of slander, Miriam erred in her evaluation of Moses' prophecy. Had Moses been just a regular prophet, Miriam would have been correct in her criticism…  


The Murderer’s Admission  
  The Murderer’s Admission  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 8/12/2018, 10:15
 
Parshat Shoftim - The Talmud answers that the murderer must state clearly, 'I am a murderer.' His inner truth must be public knowledge. He may not hide from the heinous crime...  


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...  


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…  


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