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ZionTimes Parsha Insights #2 Parsha Insights (5778) - (Parsha Beams, Orot HaRav Kook, etc) ZionTimes Parsha Insights #2
 
Vayeilech: Footsteps in the SandVayeilech: Footsteps in the Sand
by Rabbi Lazer Brody

Raviv couldn't describe the sublime pleasure of that blinding white light, which caressed his soul in a love that defied words...   [Full article]

Nitzvaim: Two Levels of TeshuvaNitzvaim: Two Levels of Teshuva
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l
Often we have a strong desire to better ourselves. Yet, circumstances may make such resolutions very difficult to keep. Our goals may seem unattainable...   [Full article]

Ki Savo: Be Happy!Ki Savo: Be Happy!
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l
Simchah comes from the perception that some unexpected boon has befallen us, like being able to connect to God - a gift far beyond our true level...   [Full article]

Ki Seitzei: Constructive DestructionKi Seitzei: Constructive Destruction
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l
Amalek's goal was to attack the nation who bears God's Name in the world. Amalek could not tolerate the idea of a people with whom God made a special covenant...   [Full article]

Shoftim: The Murderer's AdmissionShoftim: The Murderer's Admission
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l
The Talmud answers that the murderer must state clearly, 'I am a murderer.' His inner truth must be public knowledge. He may not hide from the heinous crime...   [Full article]

Re'eh: Two Stages of RedemptionRe'eh: Two Stages of Redemption
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l

The redemption from Egypt took place in two stages - the stage of inner freedom and the stage of bodily freedom...   [Full article]

Eikev: Bread and TorahEikev: Bread and Torah
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l
Most blessings are of rabbinical origin. There are, however, two exceptions to this rule - blessings that are derived directly from the Torah itself...   [Full article]

Va'eschanan: Tangible EmunaVa'eschanan: Tangible Emuna
by Rabbi David Schallheim
We should never be ashamed of asking Hashem for even the simplest material requests, especially if we need them for a mitzvah...   
[Full article]

Devarim: The Book that Moses WroteDevarim: The Book that Moses Wrote
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l
While righteous indignation stems from sincere and pure intentions, the highest goals of holiness will only be achieved through calm spirits and mutual respect.   [Full article]

Masei: A Leader for IsraelMasei: A Leader for Israel
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l
The Jewish people require two types of leadership – material and spiritual. Capable leadership leads to success in both areas, revealing the greatness of Israel...   [Full article]

Mattos: Atonement for the SoldiersMattos: Atonement for the Soldiers
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l
If the soul fails to retain its purity, it will lack defense against defiling images. Improper sights will have a negative impact on one's emotional faculties...   [Full article]

Pinchas: The Little OnionPinchas: The Little Onion
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Moses expected that one of his sons should inherit him as the leader of the Jewish People, but Hashem had other ideas. What was the nature of their disagreement?   [Full article]

Balak: Bilaam and the 'Shema'Balak: Bilaam and the 'Shema'
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l
What lesson is contained in the words of Bilaam that could possibly compare to the Torah's most fundamental beliefs, as affirmed in the Shema?   [Full article]

Chukas: Beyond LogicChukas: Beyond Logic
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l
The mistake of the golden calf was in the people's attempt to attain Divine closeness through actions dictated by their own logic and reasoning...   [Full article]

Korach: The Lesson of the TitheKorach: The Lesson of the Tithe
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l
Tithing provides us with the opportunity to rise above these selfish feelings of possessiveness, and to contribute to the community...   [Full article]

Shelach: The Sin of the SpiesShelach: The Sin of the Spies
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l
The spies defamed the Land of Israel; we can rectify this terrible sin by praising our beloved homeland wherever we go, focusing on all her wonderful attributes...   [Full article]

Beha'aloscha: DreamsBeha'aloscha: Dreams
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l

There are the idealistic dreams of great visionaries for a better world; and there are our national dreams of redemption...   [Full article]

Nasso: Three Priestly BlessingsNasso: Three Priestly Blessings
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l

Aaron and his descendants the kohanim were commanded to bless the Jewish people with three special blessings...   [Full article]

Bamidbar: Flags of LoveBamidbar: Flags of Love
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l
The Zohar says that the banners of the four major Israelite encampments in the desert (north, south, east and west) corresponded to the four 'faces' of the supernal chariot...   [Full article]

Bechukotai: The Best Employer on EarthBechukotai: The Best Employer on Earth
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Here is a foolproof method to get your business or your personal finances out of slump mode and on the road to unfathomable success...   [Full article]

Behar: The Two-Sided ContractBehar: The Two-Sided Contract
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The Israeli Government has been searching everywhere for some type of solution to enable its citizens to dwell in peace and security, but nothing seems to work...   [Full article]

Emor: Jew or Jewish?Emor: Jew or Jewish?
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The Kohanim in the Holy Temple must be holy in order to deal with such high level holiness; yet, technical holiness alone doesn't make a person holy...   [Full article]

Kedoshim: True Torah, True LoveKedoshim: True Torah, True Love
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Many people learn Torah, but how can a person know if he's on the right track and learning properly? Here's an effective way to test yourself...   [Full article]

Acharei Mot: The Holy CloudAcharei Mot: The Holy Cloud
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
What is this special connection between the ketoret and the Yom Kippur service? And why did it need to be finely pulverized, more than the incense that was offered on other days?   [Full article]

Metzora: The Blessing of Family PurityMetzora: The Blessing of Family Purity
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Why does Judaism use the term, 'Family Purity'? It's because the entire sanctity of the marriage and the future of the offspring depend on this important mitzvah...   [Full article]

Tazria: Spotless GarmentsTazria: Spotless Garments
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Is there still such a thing as leprous afflictions of garments today? What causes these afflictions and how does it affect our daily lives?   [Full article]

Shemini: Truth - No Room for LustShemini: Truth - No Room for Lust
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
It's all the same template – first decide what you want, then build an ideology that accommodates your lust. Yet, that doesn't mean that it's true...   [Full article]

Tzav: The Four Who Give ThanksTzav: The Four Who Give Thanks
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza”l
Four types must publicly give thanks and serve as an example to others to appreciate the natural, societal, physical, and ethical boundaries that make life livable...   [Full article]

Vayikra: No Fear, Just TruthVayikra: No Fear, Just Truth
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Although Bava Ben Bota was a student of Shammai, he shunned 'partisan interests' and admitted that the halacha was according to Hillel's opinion...   [Full article]

Vayakhel-Pekudei: Technology and the SabbathVayakhel-Pekudei: Technology and the Sabbath
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l
One might think that only the pristine natural world is truly the work of God. Is human technology perhaps alien to the true purpose of the universe?   [Full article]

Ki Sisa: Mess of the MassesKi Sisa: Mess of the Masses
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The true motivation of the erev rav is to give a free reign to their base urges and appetites; not only that, but to legitimize them with legislation...   [Full article]

Tetzaveh: The Royal GarmentsTetzaveh: The Royal Garments
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Peer and social pressure are like a fiery furnace; how did Hanania, Mishael and Azaria react when they were sentenced to burn in the fiery furnace?   [Full article]

Terumah: The Secret of Jewish UnityTerumah: The Secret of Jewish Unity
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Why wait until the next war to strengthen Jewish Unity? Who needs another war? There is a much better, safer and easier way of bringing about Jewish Unity...   [Full article]

Mishpatim: Peace and Common SenseMishpatim: Peace and Common Sense
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
People wonder all the time, 'How do we possibly overcome the threat of radical Islam and and global terror?' The answer is surprisingly simple...   [Full article]

Yisro: Blessings on MiraclesYisro: Blessings on Miracles
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l

A blessing over a miracle, as our sages teach us, needs to include recognition of the positive effects of its accompanying details...   [Full article]

Beshalach: The Power of SilenceBeshalach: The Power of Silence
by Rabbi Lazer Brody

Moses commands the Jewish People to be silent, for that way, Hashem will fight their battles for them. Does that principle still apply?   [Full article]

Bo: Egypt and the MayflowerBo: Egypt and the Mayflower
by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook zatza"l
Does an American child know when the Mayflower set sail for the New World? 300 years ago? 350 years ago? We know exactly when we left Egypt...   [Full article]

Va'eira: Of Frogs and ScholarsVa'eira: Of Frogs and Scholars
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The Midrash tells us that the Egyptian's suffered more from the frogs' croaking than from their actual presence in mass. We see the same exact phenomenon today...   [Full article]

Shemos: Where the Baal Teshuva StandsShemos: Where the Baal Teshuva Stands
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Baal Teshuva's don't have an easy life. Their soul corrections are frequently excruciating, but that is Hashem lovingly purifying them for their ultimate benefit...   [Full article]

Vayechi: It All Depends on EffortVayechi: It All Depends on Effort
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Jewish parents bless their daughters to be like our holy matriarchs. Yet, they bless their sons to be like Ephraim and Menashe; why them particularly?   [Full article]

Vayigash: Soul GlueVayigash: Soul Glue
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
What constitutes a true connection between two souls? According to the Zohar, this is a connection that causes the two souls to merge in perfect unity...   [Full article]

Mikeitz: Help's on the WayMikeitz: Help's on the Way
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Hashem helps us find our mission on earth when we're straying along the wrong path. This often entails painful tribulations and tests of faith...   [Full article]

Vayeishev: A Perfect FitVayeishev: A Perfect Fit
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The prophet Amos tells us that Joseph the tzaddik was sold for the price of shoes (see Amos 2:6). Why specifically for the price of a pair of shoes?   [Full article]

Vayishlach: Don't Be My BrotherVayishlach: Don't Be My Brother
by Rabbi Lazer Brody

Jacob, in his holy prophetic spirit, knew that the influence of Esau's offspring would be spiritually catastrophic on his offspring...   [Full article]

Vayeitzei: Leah's SongVayeitzei: Leah's Song
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Rebbe Shimon says, 'From the day Hashem created the world, there wasn’t a person who praised Hashem, until Leah did.' What? No one praised Hashem until then?   [Full article]

Toldos: Peacock or VultureToldos: Peacock or Vulture
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Esau is an enigma; he acts like the coarsest of individuals, yet his speech is spiced with the politeness. What’s the lesson that history learns from him?   [Full article]

Chayei SarahChayei Sarah
by Rabbi David Schallheim
Avraham demonstrated God’s attribute of chessed – loving kindness – to the world. He devoted himself to acts of chessed...   [Full article]

Vayeira: Sodom or Nineveh?Vayeira: Sodom or Nineveh?
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Hashem tried to spiritually awaken the Sodomites for 25 years to no avail. Nineveh, though, made a complete turnaround after hearing only 5 words from Jonah...   [Full article]

Lech Lecha: Decisions of a True LeaderLech Lecha: Decisions of a True Leader
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Abraham's bold new way of thinking became the template for the decision-making process of our true leaders; may President-elect Trump follow in this path...   [Full article]

Noach: Challenges of Each GenerationNoach: Challenges of Each Generation
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Hashem in His amazing Divine providence decided to plant each individual in each respective generation. Don't say, 'We're not good enough'; we too have power...   [Full article]

Bereishis: Intellect and EmunaBereishis: Intellect and Emuna
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
The more Torah a person learns, the stronger his emuna becomes and the more his intellect is enhanced with holiness, uplifting him even more...   [Full article]


 


 
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