18 Shvat 5782 / Thursday, January 20, 2022 | Torah Reading: Va'era
 
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Vayechi: Revealing the End of Days  
  Vayechi: Revealing the End of Days  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 12/11/2021, 18:57
 
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”?  


Vayigash: The Hazards of Leadership  
  Vayigash: The Hazards of Leadership  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 12/4/2021, 19:32
 
Working for the public good is certainly laudable. However, there are certain hazards in such a career. Precisely because one is occupied attending to…  


Mikeitz: Interpreting Dreams  
  Mikeitz: Interpreting Dreams  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 11/27/2021, 19:50
 
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?  


Vayeshev: The Conflict Between Joseph and Judah  
  Vayeshev: The Conflict Between Joseph and Judah  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 11/20/2021, 18:49
 
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: 11/13/2021, 18:59
 
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: 10/30/2021, 19:54
 
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: 10/30/2021, 19:53
 
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: 10/30/2021, 19:48
 
Most blessings are of rabbinical origin. There are, however, two exceptions to this rule — blessings that are derived directly from the Torah itself…  


Chayei Sara: The Double Cave  
  Chayei Sara: The Double Cave  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 10/23/2021, 20:19
 
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…  


Vayera: Sanctity in Space  
  Vayera: Sanctity in Space  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 10/16/2021, 20:37
 
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?  


Lech Lecha: Be Complete!  
  Lech Lecha: Be Complete!  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 10/9/2021, 20:30
 
Brit milah serves to refine the special connection between body and soul. It deals with a sphere that is beyond human comprehension — and accountability...  


Lech Lecha: Great Like the Stars  
  Lech Lecha: Great Like the Stars  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 10/9/2021, 20:29
 
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…  


Vayelech: The Song of Torah  
  Vayelech: The Song of Torah  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 9/4/2021, 20:31
 
By studying ethics, we gain a proper reverence for Torah. Ethics, or mussar, prepares one to delve into an intellectual analysis of Torah...  


Nitzavim: Two Levels of Teshuva  
  Nitzavim: Two Levels of Teshuva  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 8/29/2021, 04:52
 
Often we have a strong desire to better ourselves. Yet, circumstances may make such resolutions very difficult to keep. Our goals may seem unattainable…  


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