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Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook

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Beshalach: Innate and acquired holiness

Beshalach: Innate and acquired holiness

“Until Your people have crossed, O God; until the people that You acquired have crossed over.”- why is the crossing mentioned twice?

Bo: The Exodus and Tefillin

Bo: The Exodus and Tefillin

Rabbi Kook:We bind these memories of G-d's role in history to our hand, heart, and mind, and transform our coarse nature to a holy one.'

Va'eira: God's Name

Va'eira: God's Name

Israel's first chief rabbi, Torah luminary and iconic leader of Religious Zionism: The Names of G-d are connected to living in Eretz Yisrael

Shemot: Moses hid his face

Shemot: Moses hid his face

Did Moses' covering his face reflect awe or unwarranted timidity?

 Vayigash: The first Exile

Vayigash: The first Exile

The Jewish people have spent more years in exile than in their own land. Why?

Hannukah: Flickering lights in dark times

Hannukah: Flickering lights in dark times

The special rules of Hannukah lights parallel the Maccabean struggle against the Greeks but also how Judaism meets foreign philosophies.

Vayeshev: The reality of dreams

Vayeshev: The reality of dreams

Berachot 55a: “Even if most of a dream comes true, not all of it will come to pass.”

Vayishlach: The service of pillars and altars

Vayishlach: The service of pillars and altars

One rock or many stones?.What typifies the Jewish people? What makes them a klal?

Psalm 34: Freeing ourselves from bad habits

Psalm 34: Freeing ourselves from bad habits

First, we must learn to identify ourselves as servants of God.

Toldot: Harnessing the power of Esau

Toldot: Harnessing the power of Esau

Jacob held on to Esau’s heel holding him back. The name Jacob refers to this aspect of restraint, reining in fierce forces of our nature.

Vayeira: The journey to Moriah

Vayeira: The journey to Moriah

Rabbi Kook shows how the text hints at Abraham’s remarkable strength and composure as he readied himself to fulfill God’s command.

Psalm 140: The Tzaddik and the Yashar

Psalm 140: The Tzaddik and the Yashar

The difference between them concerns their atitude to contributing to the world's progress as well as to its spiritual level.

The Sabbath Influence

The Sabbath Influence

The very fact that the Sabbath is able to influence the days of work reveals the soul’s innate closeness to God.

Breishit: Letters of Creation

Breishit: Letters of Creation

Why the Torah begins with the letter bet and not aleph has a meaning connected with the nature of light.

All of Israel in One Sukkah

All of Israel in One Sukkah

Now, after the High Holydays, we can attain a comprehensive unity, one that extends its holy light over all. Op-ed.

How to be happy on Sukkot during these crazy times

How to be happy on Sukkot during these crazy times

If I get punished, I want it to be for the sin of focusing too much on the good that Hashem has given us. Op-ed.

The dual call of the Shofar

The dual call of the Shofar

Why do we need two sets of shofar blasts?

Nitzavim: Dances of teshuvah in Poriah

Nitzavim: Dances of teshuvah in Poriah

Many of those present cherished the memory of that winter night when young secular pioneers sang and danced with the Chief Rabbi of Jaffa.

Ki Tavo: The Splendor of Tefillin

Ki Tavo: The Splendor of Tefillin

Tefillin, containing passages from the Torah mentioning God’s Name, are a visible sign for others that “God’s Name is called upon you."

Ki Tetze: Advice to a troubled father

Ki Tetze: Advice to a troubled father

We should never give up on a single Jewish soul. “A myrtle among the reeds is still a myrtle and is called a myrtle“ (Sanhedrin 44a).

Rabbi Kook’s concept of unity

Rabbi Kook’s concept of unity

Rabbi Avraham Kook ztz”l proposed a unified concept that would contain all the customs, along with the Ingathering of the Exiles.

Gimmel Elul: Rabbi Kook and our longings for Jerusalem

Gimmel Elul: Rabbi Kook and our longings for Jerusalem

Israel's third president told a story about Rav Kook that is especially appropriate on his yahrzeit.

Re'eh: Private and public Redemption

Re'eh: Private and public Redemption

"Night and day symbolize the two stages of redemption."

Eikev: Balancing Torah and Work

Eikev: Balancing Torah and Work

The amount of time devoted to a particular activity is not the sole factor in determining that this is our main pursuit in life.

Va'etchanan: In mind and heart

Va'etchanan: In mind and heart

What is the difference between “knowing it” and “pondering it in our heart”?

You will not find them in Berlin

You will not find them in Berlin

A great man prophesied and his words came to pass. Op-ed.

Devarim: Di Zahav - Too much gold

Devarim: Di Zahav - Too much gold

Do you know anyone who had enough money and refused to accept more?

Kashering the spoils of Midian

Kashering the spoils of Midian

Israel's first Chief Rabbi: 'The two steps in kashering the spoils parallel the two steps in possessing the Land of Israel.'

For Jabotinsky's Yahrzeit: Jabotinsky and the Haganah

For Jabotinsky's Yahrzeit: Jabotinsky enlists Tuvia in the Haganah

“The point of the matter is, as Rabbi Kook writes, that the inner soul of the Zionism movement derives from a holy source." Book excerpt.

Appointing a Leader for Israel

Appointing a Leader for Israel

The Jewish people need material as well as spiritual leadership. Can that be found in one person or must we have two? Rav Kook responds.

Psalm 128: Striving for excellence

Psalm 128: Striving for excellence

Our greatest pleasure comes, not from resting, but from hard work.

A taste of Rabbi Kook's writings

A taste of Rabbi Kook's writings

Pearls from Rabbi Ze’ev Sultanovich’s annotations to Rabbi Kook’s writings, whose publication was completed this week.

Psalm 126: We were like dreamers!

Psalm 126: We were like dreamers!

Our dreams are the forerunners of our national redemption.

Psalm 37: My feet will not stumble

Psalm 37: My feet will not stumble

The Temple represents service of G-d, the Ark represents His Torah. Without Torah, it is impossible to know how to serve God.

Shelach: The grape harvest

Shelach: The grape harvest

Harvesting the produce of Eretz Yisrael is a mitzvah. When it is time to harvest, this takes precedence over Torah study!

BeHa'alotecha: The triumph of the Ark

BeHa'alotecha: The triumph of the Ark

"We are besieged by two kinds of opponents. Some are overt, like Amalek. Others are hidden foes, dangers that we may not even be aware of."

Naso: Divine favoritism?

Naso: Divine favoritism?

What did the Jews do to earn them leniency before the Heavenly Court? Is that a good thing?

  Shavuot: Seeing sound

Shavuot: Seeing sound

Israel's first Chief Rabbi on the Sinai revelation: 'At their source, sound and sight are united.'

Jerusalem Day: The two messengers

Jerusalem Day: The two messengers

Prophetic words from Israel's first Chief Rabbi: There are two heralds of the return to our holy city and they bear two different messages.

Psalm 119: “I arose...and cried out; I hope for Your word.”

Psalm 119: “I arose...and cried out; I hope for Your word.”

Torah from Israel's first chief rabbi: When did David arise during the night to meditate and pray? And what did it signify?