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Rav Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook

Rav Kook’s “inclusion of anmals in the fullest unfolding of morality”6 can be attributed to various aspects of his personality and his thought, Certainly his self-described love for all existence, and his evident compassion for all of God’s creatures, explain … Continue reading

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Rav Kook on Parshat VeZot HaBrachah: Moses’ Death

The Torah employs different words for death. The most commonly used term is mitah, but occasionally the Torah uses the word geviah, usually translated as ‘expiring.’ What is the difference between the two? The Talmud in Baba Batra 16b notes … Continue reading

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Rav Kook on Parshat Ha’azinu

It is surprising that the Torah often uses anthropomorphic expressions, attributing to God human emotions (anger, pleasure), senses (seeing, hearing) and even physical attributes (‘outstretched arm’). Nothing could be further from the teachings of Judaism, and yet, the Torah uses … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Rav Kook on Parshat Nitzavim

The Torah portion of Nitzavim is always read before Rosh Hashanah, a fitting time to speak about reflection and repentance. Often we have a strong desire to make changes in our lives. We may want to be better parents, better … Continue reading

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Rav Kook on Parshat KiTavo

There is an unusual mitzvah performed twice every seven years. It is called Viduy Ma’aser — literally, ‘Tithing Confession.’ But this is not a confession in the usual sense. The individual goes to Jerusalem and publicly declares that he has … Continue reading

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Rav Kook on Parshat Ki Tetze

“Remember what Amalek did to you on your way out of Egypt. When they encountered you on the way, and you were tired and exhausted, they cut off those lagging to your rear, and they did not fear God. Therefore… … Continue reading

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Rav Kook on Parshat Shoftim

While the Torah commands every Jew to write a Torah scroll, there is one individual who is obligated to write an additional Torah scroll. Surprisingly, it is neither the high priest, nor the head of Sanhedrin. It is the king … Continue reading

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Rav Kook on Parshat RE’EH

Surprisingly, but the Torah never spells out exactly where the Temple is to be built. Rather we are instructed to build the Beit HaMikdash ‘in the place that God will choose: “But only to the place that the Eternal your … Continue reading

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Rav Kook on Parshat Eikev: What Does God Want of You?

The Torah clearly expects us to feel both love and awe for God: “And now, Israel, what does God want of you? Only that you remain in awe of the Eternal your God, following in all His paths and loving … Continue reading

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