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Rav Kook on Parshat V’etchanan

This idea — that we can only attach ourselves to God by imitating His attributes — is a fundamental concept in Judaism. Any other understanding of cleaving to God implies some degree of anthropomorphism or idolatry. The very existence of … Continue reading

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Rav Kook on Parshat Devarim

Already from its opening sentence, we see that the final book of the Pentateuch is different from the first four. Instead of the usual introductory statement, “God spoke to Moses, saying,” we read:”These are the words that Moses spoke to … Continue reading

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Rav Kook on Parshat Massei: Unchecked Violence

With regard to a society where murderers can evade punishment through bribery, the Torah admonishes:”Do not defile the land in which you live and in which I live.” (Num. 35:34) In what way does allowing murderers go unpunished ‘defile the … Continue reading

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The Link to the Blog “HA’OROT-THE LIGHTS OF RAV KOOK”

Rav Kook was not a stranger to war. At the outbreak of WW1 (on Tisha beAv/9th of Av, 1914), he was in Germany to address the leading rabbis of Europe at a conference of Agudat Israel. He was going to … Continue reading

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Rav Kook on Parshat Matot

Two major facets of the soul are the intellect and the emotions. Fortunate is the individual who has succeeded in refining both intellectual and emotional aspects, so that they work together and complement each other.Torah study and mitzvot help us … Continue reading

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Rav Kook on Parshat Pinchas

When Pinchas saw a prince from the tribe of Shimon publicly cavorting with a Midianite princess, he took the law into his own hands. Using his spear, Pinchas killed them both. God praised his act of zealotry, rewarding him with … Continue reading

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Rav Kook on Parshat Balak: An Eternal People

In the parashah of Balak, we find prophetic verses of exquisite beauty and an inspiring story of God’s vigilant watch over the Jewish people. But to truly appreciate this Torah portion, consider this remarkable teaching of the Sages.The Talmud (Berachot … Continue reading

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Rav Kook on Parshat CHUKAT

What is the meaning of God’s instruction to Moses to speak to the rock? Can rocks hear us? The short answer is — yes! Nature and all of its laws are listening. They listen for the call of redemption. They … Continue reading

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Rav Kook on Parshat Korach

All forces in the world, even the forces of death and destruction, contribute to the development and perfection of the universe. When all the realms and their forces, both spiritual and physical, draw together, each one provides a unique function. … Continue reading

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Rav Kook on Parshat Shelach

“Our father died in the desert… He died because of his own sin, and he had no sons.” (Num. 27:3)So begins the request of the daughters of Tzelofchad. Since there were no sons in the family, the daughters wanted to … Continue reading

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