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From the Purim story, we understood that even the threat of total annihilation can be foiled and bring a new national "lease on life."
  • Should Jews Be Proud of Einstein, Freud & Bob Dylan?
    Many Jews have played disproportionally central roles in western science and culture, having 0.2% of the world's population winning 22% (!) of the Nobel Prizes. Instinctively, many of us are proud of our famous brothers, despite the fact that often their contributions are clearly "non-Jewishly" influenced, and sometimes even the antithesis of Judaism. On the other hand, Jewish pride is a clearly positive issue. Rav Kook has an innovative way of balancing the two, aided by the rabbinic disagreement regarding Joseph and Potiphar's wife.
  • The Importance of Work & Secular Knowledge in Elevating the World
    The western world generally relates to work and secular knowledge as a means to make money, as opposed to Judaism who sees the spiritual and redeeming aspect of these "mundane" topics. Rav Kook, as always, has a surprising and innovative view, especially important for a polarized Judaism which sees just learning Torah as the goal and other issues as a nuisance, as well as today's high standard of living, which brings many to think that work is only a necessity for the lacking.
  • How Can We Know There Is a G-d?
    How can we know with certainty that there is a G-d?
  • A Deeper Take on Shabbat: Why is This Allowed & That Prohibited?
    This important lecture helps answer the classic question we all ask: Why are certain things allowed on Shabbat and others forbidden? Rav Kook, based on Kabbalistic sources, explains that the 6 days of creation and the Mishkan- the 2 classic "constrictions" (Tzimtzum) of God, are the anti-thesis of Shabbat. Accordingly only and precisely those 39 types of labor which were done to construct the mishkan correspond to the 6 days of creation, from which we want to rise above on Shabbat, to get a taste of the original Shabbat which preceded creation, and the final Shabbat, when all of creation will be like Shabbat. This basic and beautiful idea is clarified here in a very understandable way
  • The Significance of 'Coincidental' Associations and Meaning of Numbers & Letters
    Often in life we come across small and apparently "coincidental" associations which somehow connect with something else we are doing. Rav Kook explains that this is one of the venues, how God runs the world. An example is how the number 40 and letter Mem consistently refer to the same idea, whenever mentioned in the Tanach or halacha, including understanding even the details of mikveh and family purity.
  • How the Torah & MItzvot Protect Us
    The teaching of our sages, that the Torah and Mitzvot protect us, demands explanation, and Rav Kook writes how to understand this concept.
  • A Tale of Two Fathers
    After his first Shabbos ends with an unspeakable tragedy, Shimon Ilan’s resilience & faith paves the way for an unexpected friendship and inspires Yaakov Shwekey’s latest hit song Ein Davar Ra.
  • Self-Control with Smallest Body Functions Enables Spiritual & National Greatness
    Self-control and self-discipline are basically the Godly trait of "Gevura", to overcome, but Rav Kook explains that this good manner includes even regarding the smallest of body functions (e.g. burping, etc.). Having good manners and basic etiquette prepare us for higher levels of spirituality. Rav Kook explains here the story of Elisha, the "Master of the Wings" and the Romans who outlawed tefillin, and why we fold our tefillin with "wings" on 2 sides.
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