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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…  


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...  


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...  


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…  


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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