Rav Kook on Parshat VaYeilech: The Song of Torah

“Now write for yourselves this song and teach it to the Israelites” (Deut. 31:19).
This verse is the source-text for the obligation of each Jew to write a Torah scroll (Sanhedrin 21b). [However, the Shulchan Aruch quotes the opinion of Rabbeinu Asher (the Rosh) that ‘Nowadays it is a mitzvah to write books of the Pentateuch, Mishnah, Talmud, and their commentaries,’ since we no longer study directly from Torah scrolls:


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3 Responses to Rav Kook on Parshat VaYeilech: The Song of Torah

  1. The concept of “free choice” seems to contradict another fundamental principle of the Jewish faith—the belief in the ultimate triumph of good.[2] Indeed, this apparent contradiction can be discerned in the very verses which establish the concept of free choice. After stating, “I have set before you life and goodness, and death and evil,” and “Life and death I have set before you, the blessing and the curse,” the Torah proclaims: “And you shall choose life.”:


  2. There are two primary paths through life: the path of faith and the path of mind. The path of faith is a “short and long way,” and the path of mind is a “long and short way.”:


  3. And Moses went and spoke the following words to all of Israel. And he said to them: “I am one hundred and twenty years old today . . .”Deuteronomy 31:1–2:


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