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Bo: Egypt and the Mayflower  
  Bo: Egypt and the Mayflower  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 1/16/2021, 19:49
 
Does an American child know when the Mayflower set sail for the New World? 300 years ago? 350 years ago? We know exactly when we left Egypt...  


Va  
  Va'eira: The “Hamotzi” Blessing  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 1/9/2021, 20:18
 
Bread differs from other foods. The elements that make up bread achieve a significant role which they lacked while they were still buried in the earth.  


Vayechi: Revealing the End of Days  
  Vayechi: Revealing the End of Days  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 12/26/2020, 19:09
 
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: 12/19/2020, 19:11
 
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: 12/12/2020, 19:37
 
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?  


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…  


Masei: A Leader for Israel  
  Masei: A Leader for Israel  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 7/11/2020, 22:11
 
The Jewish people require two types of leadership – material and spiritual. Capable leadership leads to success in both areas, revealing the greatness of Israel…  


Pinchas: Refining Zeal  
  Pinchas: Refining Zeal  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 7/4/2020, 22:14
 
When G-d gave Pinchas a covenant of peace, He affirmed that Pinchas' act of zealotry — defending Israel from idolatrous influences — was performed with pure motives…  


Balak: Eliminating Idolatry  
  Balak: Eliminating Idolatry  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 6/27/2020, 22:42
 
Bilaam devised a plan to make trouble for the Jewish people. He advised using Moabite and Midianite women to entice the men into a trap of Baal-Peor idolatry…  


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