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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…  


Ki Tavo: The Ox, the Flute, and First Fruit  
  Ki Tavo: The Ox, the Flute, and First Fruit  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 8/21/2021, 21:01
 
What is the significance of the ox in the procession of first fruits? Why the golden horns and olive-twig crown? And why is the flute chosen for accompaniment?  


Ki Teitzei: Miriam’s Punishment  
  Ki Teitzei: Miriam’s Punishment  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 8/14/2021, 21:10
 
Worse than her sin of slander, Miriam erred in her evaluation of Moses' prophecy. Had Moses been just a regular prophet, Miriam would have been correct in her criticism…  


Shoftim: The Murderer’s Admission  
  Shoftim: The Murderer’s Admission  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 8/7/2021, 21:36
 
The Talmud answers that the murderer must state clearly, 'I am a murderer.' His inner truth must be public knowledge. He may not hide from the heinous crime...  


Masei: A Leader for Israel  
  Masei: A Leader for Israel  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 7/3/2021, 21:47
 
The Jewish people require two types of leadership – material and spiritual. Capable leadership leads to success in both areas, revealing the greatness of Israel…  


Matot: Atonement for the Soldiers  
  Matot: Atonement for the Soldiers  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 7/3/2021, 21:46
 
If the soul fails to retain its purity, it will lack defense against defiling images. Improper sights will have a negative impact on one's emotional faculties…  


Matot: Two Paths to Purity  
  Matot: Two Paths to Purity  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 7/3/2021, 21:46
 
There are two ways to purify: you can destroy the vessel in order to destroy evil, or you can save the vessel and channel the forces of evil into doing good…  


Pinchas: Refining Zeal  
  Pinchas: Refining Zeal  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 6/27/2021, 04:26
 
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: Bilaam and the "Shema"  
  Balak: Bilaam and the "Shema"  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 6/20/2021, 04:29
 
What lesson is contained in the words of Bilaam that could possibly compare to the Torah's most fundamental beliefs, as affirmed in the Shema?  


Balak: Eliminating Idolatry  
  Balak: Eliminating Idolatry  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 6/20/2021, 04:28
 
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…  


Chukat: Beyond Logic  
  Chukat: Beyond Logic  
 
By Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Update date: 6/13/2021, 09:58
 
The mistake of the golden calf was in the people's attempt to attain Divine closeness through actions dictated by their own logic and reasoning…  


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...  


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