Rav Kook Torah

Bereishit — Genesis

Rav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook, rabbi of Zoimel (Zaumel), Lithuania (1888)

The purest tzaddikim do not complain about evil;
Rather they increase justice.

They do not complain about godlessness,
But increase faith.

They do not complain about ignorance,
But increase wisdom.

(Arpilei Tohar, p. 39)


Bereishit —

Tasty Fruit Trees

The Torah of Eretz Yisrael

Adam's Unicorn Offering

Braiding Eve's Hair

Creation of the Universe – Twice

Be Fruitful and Multiply

Cain's Offering

The Titans, Men of Renown

The Hidden Light of Creation

Letters of Creation

Cherishing Troubles

The Age of the Universe

Noah —

The Walk of the Righteous

Gathering Within the Ark

Permission to Eat Meat

The Rainbow in the Clouds

Balancing the Universe

The Beauty of Greece

Lech Lecha — -

The Inner Will of the Universe

Be Complete!

Great Like the Stars

Malkhi-tzedek and Abraham

Mamrei's Advice

Father of Many Nations

The Dream and the Brit Ceremony

VaYeira —

Sanctity in Space

The Salt of Sodom

Combating Evil

The Binding of Isaac

Preparing for the Akeidah

The Journey to Mount Moriah

Hidden and Revealed Holiness

Abraham's Return from the Akeidah

Don't Look Back

Chayei Sarah —

Guarding the Inner Child

Princess of Israel and the World

The Burial of Sarah

Burial in the Double Cave

The Afternoon Prayer of Isaac

Rav Kook and Hebron

The Torah of the Patriarchs

Toldot —

Abraham Kept Mitzvot

Harnessing the Power of Esau

Jacob's Hand on Esau's Heel

Jacob Rescued Abraham

Vayeitzei —

The Prayers of the Avot

Prayer before Sleep

The Blessing of a Scholar's Presence

The Rivalry between Rachel and Leah

Vayishlach —

The Service of Pillars and Altars

"I Have an Ox and a Donkey"

Pillars and Sanctuaries

Reliance on Miracles

Jacob and Israel

The Clash Between Jacob and Esau

The Prohibition of Gid Ha-Nasheh

Jacob Arrived Whole

Ancient Agronomists

Reuben's Sin

Vayeishev —

Joseph and Judah (I)

The Reality of Dreams

The Nature of Exile

Tamar's Sacrifice

Joseph's Labors in Exile

The Special Teshuvah of Reuben

Mikeitz —

Joseph and Judah (II)

Joseph and the Evil Eye

Waiting for the Dream

Interpreting Dreams

Vayigash —

The Hazards of Leadership

The Reunion of Joseph and Judah

The First Exile

The Shepherd-Philosopher

Vayechi —

Jacob Did Not Die

Revealing the End of Days

Jacob's Superior Blessing

Fishy Blessings

When Great Souls Err

Jacob's Sword and Bow

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