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Korach: The Lesson of the Tithe  
  Korach: The Lesson of the Tithe  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 6/6/2021, 04:25
 
Tithing provides us with the opportunity to rise above these selfish feelings of possessiveness, and to contribute to the community...  


Shlach Lecha: The Sin of the Spies  
  Shlach Lecha: The Sin of the Spies  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 5/29/2021, 21:23
 
The spies defamed the Land of Israel; we can rectify this sin by praising our beloved homeland wherever we go, focusing on all her wonderful attributes…  


Shlach Lecha: The Goodness of Jerusalem  
  Shlach Lecha: The Goodness of Jerusalem  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 5/29/2021, 21:23
 
It may appear as if the dissatisfied visitors are the ones who reject the Land of Israel. But in fact, it is the Land that rejects them...  


Behaalotcha: Dreams  
  Behaalotcha: Dreams  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 5/22/2021, 21:03
 
There are the idealistic dreams of great visionaries for a better world; and there are our national dreams of redemption...  


Nasso: Three Priestly Blessings  
  Nasso: Three Priestly Blessings  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 5/16/2021, 07:03
 
Aaron and his descendants the kohanim were commanded to bless the Jewish people with three special blessings...  


Bamidbar: Flags of Love  
  Bamidbar: Flags of Love  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 5/8/2021, 21:04
 
The Zohar says that the banners of the four major Israelite encampments in the desert corresponded to the four 'faces' of the supernal chariot…  


Bechukotai: Why Exile?  
  Bechukotai: Why Exile?  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 5/1/2021, 20:45
 
For the Jewish people to fulfill their national destiny, God's seal must be placed on the people as a whole. The nation must recognize its special mission…  


Behar: Jubilee Year as National Reconciliation  
  Behar: Jubilee Year as National Reconciliation  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 5/1/2021, 20:45
 
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…  


Emor: The Omer Controversy  
  Emor: The Omer Controversy  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 4/24/2021, 21:10
 
During the Second Temple Period, a fierce controversy raged concerning the springtime offering of barley, called the Omer. What was the exact date for the Omer?  


Tazria: Man Versus Mosquito  
  Tazria: Man Versus Mosquito  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 4/10/2021, 21:12
 
Why does the Torah discuss the laws of ritual purity in people after teaching the analogous laws concerning animals, differentiating between kosher and not?  


Shmini: The Error of Nadav and Avihu  
  Shmini: The Error of Nadav and Avihu  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 4/4/2021, 07:28
 
Nadav and Avihu erred by pursuing the spiritual pleasures of prophecy and wisdom in a form detached from Torah and its practical teachings…  


Shmini: The Priestly Benediction  
  Shmini: The Priestly Benediction  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 4/4/2021, 07:43
 
The Priestly blessing is part of the Temple service, and at the same time, reflects the Kohen's interaction with the people...  


Tzav: The Four Who Give Thanks  
  Tzav: The Four Who Give Thanks  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 3/20/2021, 19:39
 
Four types must publicly give thanks and serve as an example to appreciate the natural, societal, physical, and ethical boundaries that make life livable…  


Vayikra: White Fire  
  Vayikra: White Fire  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 3/13/2021, 19:28
 
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...  


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