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The First Word of the Torah also Alludes to Hidden Beginnings

Why did the Torah begin with the letter beit [of “bereishit”], and not with an alef? Why was the alef saved for the first letter of “I am G-d” – “Anochi” – the first word of the Ten Commandments? The … Continue reading

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Eliminating Doubt

“Remember what Amalek did to you…Eradicate totally the memory of Amalek” (Deut. 25:17-19) The question is asked, “Why of all the nations of the earth are we commanded to eradicate Amalek?” In the Torah portion Ki Tisa, it is written: … Continue reading

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The Contemporary Kabbalists on Parshat VeZot HaBrachah

The final eight verses of the Torah describe the death of Moses. Our sages have two opinions as to who wrote these verses. The first opinion is that God dictated these last eight verses to Moses’ successor, Joshua. The second … 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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V’Zot HaBracha(Deuteronomy 33-34)”This is the Blessing with which Moshe Blessed…”

The parasha of Vezot Ha-berakha opens with Moshe’s farewell address to Bnei Yisrael and his blessings to the tribes. This speech has an introduction (33:1-5) and a conclusion (26-29), with his words to the tribes occupying twenty verses (6-25). Since … Continue reading

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Contemporary Kabbalists on Parshat Ha’azinu

It is well known that in the song of Ha’azinu are encoded the personal histories of every single Jewish soul and all that it will experience from that moment until the coming of the redeemer. In Seder Hadorot, a 17th … 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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Parshat Ha’azinu(Deuteronomy 32)

It is known that there are 600,000 letters in the Torah corresponding to the 600,000 souls of B’Y. Chazal have even expounded for us the word YiSROeL to be the acronym for YaishShishi Ribui Osios L’Torah meaning `there are 600,000 … Continue reading

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Contemporary Kabbalists on Parshat vaYeilech

Parashat Vayelech contains the Torah’s 613th and final mitzvah (commandment), to write a Sefer Torah (Torah scroll), just as Moshe Rabbeinu did. Parashat Vayelech also contains the Torah’s 612th mitzvah, to gather the entire Jewish people, men, women, and children … 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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