Korach: The Secret of IncenseWhat special power does the incense have?
The Seven Lamps of the MenorahWhy does the Menorah, whose lighting is commanded in our Torah reading this Sabbath, have seven lamps facing the center?
Bamidbar: Jacob's SignsWhy did the tribes need separate encampments instead of integrating them?
How to PrayRabbi Kook's analysis of Psalm 145 that tells us to pray "in truth" and that we say in "Ashrei" every day.
Morning Prayers: Before EatingOne who eats and then prays, has placed the physical before the spiritual, but also missed something else.
Psalm 9: Nations who Forget G-dIn every generation, they rise upon us to destroy us, it says in the Passover Haggadah. These words about ancient enemies describe the Nazis as well. Rabbi Kook zt"l died before the Holocaust.
Love in the Song of SongsThe Song of Songs is read on the Intermediate Sabbath of Passover. Rabbi Avraham HaCohen, Kook zts"l, first Chief Rabbi of Israel and founder of Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav, wrote a brilliant work on the nature of this poem.
Pesach: "Because of This"What does the word "this" refer to in the Haggadah's command to tell your child the Biblical verse: "Because of this that G-d acted for me when I left Egypt?"
Psalm 104 Messenger and ServantHow can we be G-d's servants as well as his servants?
Ki Tissa: A Leadership LessonWhy did G-d tell Moses to descend from Mount Sinai when the Jews sinned?
Ki Tisa: A Suitable LeaderWhy did G-d tell Moses to go down from Mount Sinai when the people sinned?
Truma: The Tachash as Erev RavWhat did the Tachash, the creature whose hide was used to cover the Tabernacle, symbolize?
Mishpatim: HealingShould we rely solely on G-d's help in case of illness or are we allowed to turn to doctors? Perhaps we are commanded to turn to doctors. What are the ramifications?
Checking Pockets before ShabbatChecking out your pockets before the start of the Sabbath is not only to prevent transgressing the prohibition against carrying objects.
B'shalach: TwoTypes of HolinessCrossing the Red Sea was the harbinger of the vision of crossing the Jordan River, which happened twice. The two crossings relate to two forms of holiness, innate and acquired.
Bo: Training for GreatnessIt is not enough to emancipate slaves. They must overcome the mindset of a slave.
Rav Kook on Parshat BoMemoris of the Soul
Sukkot Water-Drawing CelebrationThe nature of these evening celebrations.
Ha'azinu: Diversity of IsraelA greater potential for internal strife.
Knowing the Teruah-Blast"Fortunate is the nation that knows the teruah."
Ki Tavo: Splendor of TefillinWhy is wearing tefillin sometimes inappropriate?
Ki Tetze: Miriam's PunishmentWe are reminded of Moses' unique prophecy.
Rabbi Akiva's PrayerThere are two levels of kavanah.
Eikev: Loves for Eretz YisraelThere are two types of love for the Land.
Va'Etchanan: What is Prayer?Prayer effects a change in us.
The Call for Sacred SplendorWhy does HaShem not rebuild the Temple?
Matot-Masei: Soldiers' AtonementWhy did the soldiers feel a need for atonement?
Pinchas: Atonement for New MoonsThe very act of creation is problematic.
Chukat: The Book of God's WarsThe conflict between Torah and foreign cultures.
Korach: Holiness in NumbersThe minyan requirement, learned from Korach.
Shelach: Rejecting the LandMay you see the goodness of Jerusalem.
Beha'alotkha: Pray 'Against' GodIt is unrealistic to speak about praying "to God."
Jerusalem Day: Windows to PeaceWe turn towards the city of Jerusalem in prayer.
Emor: The Illusion of DeathKohanim must rise above the falsehood of death.
The Sanctity of Yom Ha'AtzmautA courageous decision and a true miracle.
Strong Hand, Outstretched ArmHow we steadily advance towards our final goal.
Tzav: The Olah OfferingThe highest level of communication with God.
Vayikra: Maimonides and KorbanotInvited to sit at the King's table.
Ki Tisa: The Copper WashstandWhat is its significance?
Trust in God vs. Self-RelianceWhich is the correct attitude?
Yitro: Coercion at SinaiThe Torah expresses our inner essence.
Psalms 12: Circles and LinesKabbalists distinguished between the two realms.
Va'era: Jewels on Tattered ClothWhat is the 'jewelry' of Israel?
Psalm 27: Unanswered PrayersUnderstanding the very essence of prayer.
Chanukah: Richness of SpiritAn important part of the message of Chanukah.
Vayetzei: Prayers of the AvotEach of the three prayers has its own nature.
Toldot: Jacob's Hand-Esau's HeelThe world may be mended in different ways.
Chayei Sarah: In the Double CaveTwo paths of spiritual growth and enlightenment.
Noach: Gathering Within the ArkThe year spent inside the ark was necessary.
Bereishit: Titans, Men of RenownThey brought about the world's moral collapse.
The Holy KingWhy change the text of the prayers for ten days?
The Music of TeshuvahThe shofar is a wake-up call.
Ki Tavo: Two Paths of BikkurimThe path of Torah and the path of prophecy.
Guard My Tongue and LipsThe two aspects of speech.
Psalm 122: Peace and ScholarsTrue peace comes through divergent views.
The Beauty of the UniverseThe Temple promotes the world's spiritual advance.
Psalm 97: Light for the TzaddikWe find that light comes before joy.