Rejecting the Land of Israel by HaRav Kook

Rav Kook Torah Rejecting the Land of Israel "And [the spies] began to speak badly about the land that they had explored." (Num. 13:32) A dispirited discussion took place at Beit HaRav, Rav Kook's house in Jerusalem, not long after the end of World War II. The Chief Rabbi had passed away ten years earlier; now... Continue Reading →

Beshalach: Redemption and Song

Beshalach: Redemption and Song By Ariella Bracha My beloved Jewish nation, “I am G-d, your G-d who removed you from the land of Egypt to be a G-d to you!” The Torah portion of Beshalach is in my personal opinion, the most dramatic, heart-wrenching, heart-warming, suspenseful, exciting and revealing Torah portion of the entire five... Continue Reading →

Parsha Shemot: What’s In a Name?

Parsha Shemot: What’s In a Name? By Ariella Bracha Waldinger The opening Torah portion in the book of Exodus is titled Shemot which means “names.” The Torah commentaries teach us that one of the reasons our ancestors merited to leave Egypt and be redeemed was because they did not change their Hebrew name.  Holding on... Continue Reading →

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