Rav Kook Torah

Tefillah — Prayer


Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook
The Perpetual Prayer of the Soul

We can only pray the way prayer is supposed to be when we recognize that in fact the soul is always praying.

Without stop, the soul soars and yearns for its Beloved. It is at the time of outward prayer, that the perpetual prayer of the soul reveals itself in the realm of action.

This is prayer's pleasure and joy, its glory and beauty. It is like a rose, opening its elegant petals towards the dew, facing the rays of the sun as they shine over it with the sun's light.
(Olat Re'iyah vol. I, p. 11)


On Prayer

Circles and Straight Lines

Rabbi Akiva's Prayer

A Favorable Time for Prayer

Sanctity in Space

Unanswered Prayers

Prayer Out Of The Depths

The True Prayer of the Soul

A Tale of Two Prayers

Praying to God

First Impressions

The Power of Prayer

Free Expression of the Inner Soul

To Pray "in Truth"

Prayer and Torah Study

Climbing and Standing

Balancing Prayer and Torah

The Torah of Rashbi

Messengers and Servants

The King's Servant and His Minister

Preparing for Prayer

Dressing for Prayer

Preparing for Prayer

Preparing the Heart to Pray

You Prepare Their Heart

"You Have Cast Me After Your Body"

Awakening Love and Awe

Jacob's Sword and Bow

Tefillin

God's Tefillin

Elisha, the Master of Wings

The Exodus and Tefillin

The Knot of God's Tefillin

The Splendor of Tefillin

Connected to Life

The Daily Prayers

The Three Prayers of the Avot

Three Prayers, Three Goals

Tents and Dwelling Places

Mizmor Shir: Melody and Song

The Two Features of Ashrei

The Shema

The Double Shema

Offering Wine and Grain

Prolonging Echad

Loving God with all Your Soul

Loving God with all Your Might

The Third Passage of Shema

The Amidah

Engaging the Intellect, Heart, and Actions

Prayer at Sunrise

The Proper Dose of Deference

God Raises the Bowed

Guard My Tongue and Lips

Introducing Prayer with Praise

Genuine Zealotry

Tachanun: Crying Without Tears

Aleinu: In Mind and Heart

Minchah: The Afternoon Prayer of Isaac

Ma'ariv: Prayer before Sleep

The Double-Edged Sword of Shema


Sabbath and Holiday Prayers

Shabbat and Water

The Sabbath Bride

Yom Kippur: The Value of Life

Yom Kippur: Attaining Complete Teshuvah

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