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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...  


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…  


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…  


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: 3/24/2019, 08:55
 
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…  


White Fire  
  White Fire  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 3/10/2019, 10:37
 
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...  


Always on His Mind  
  Always on His Mind  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 2/20/2011, 18:42
 
Parshat Pekudei - The High Priest’s task required constant awareness of his actions, without extraneous thoughts and calculations. He couldn't let his mind wander...  


Art and Creation  
  Art and Creation  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 2/19/2011, 20:11
 
Parshat Vayakhel - What exactly were these gifts of wisdom, insight and knowledge that God bestowed to Betzalel? The Sages wrote that the master craftsman knew the very secrets of creation.  


When Bad Things Happen to Good People  
  When Bad Things Happen to Good People  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 2/7/2011, 19:09
 
Parshat Ki Tisa - After Moses succeeded in petitioning God to forgive the Jewish people for the sin of the golden calf, he made an additional request, begging to understand why people suffer…  


The Dignity of Clothing  
  The Dignity of Clothing  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 1/16/2011, 22:29
 
Parshat Tetzave - Our clothing stresses those qualities that separate us from the animals and their simple physical needs, enabling us to attain a heightened sense of holiness and dignity…  


Revealing the End of Days  
  Revealing the End of Days  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 12/18/2018, 21:37
 
Parshat Vayichi - Why did Jacob want to reveal to his sons when the final exile would end? Why was he prevented from doing so? Why did Jacob’s sons yell out, “Shema Yisrael?”  


Interpreting Dreams  
  Interpreting Dreams  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Publish date: 11/15/2010, 13:12
 
Parshat Miketz - 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?  


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