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Gold from the Land of Israel: A New Light on the Weekly Torah Portion from the Writings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook

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With a clear and succinct style, this selection of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook’s writings grants readers a window into the rich, original, and creative—if occasionally dense—insights of the preeminent Halachist, Kabbalist, and Torah scholar. The book elucidates Kook’s thoughts on a range of fascinating topics, including whether the Torah’s account of creation can be reconciled with modern science, the Torah’s view on vegetarianism, the purpose of death, why bad things happen to good people, the nature of God, and ...

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Overview

With a clear and succinct style, this selection of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook’s writings grants readers a window into the rich, original, and creative—if occasionally dense—insights of the preeminent Halachist, Kabbalist, and Torah scholar. The book elucidates Kook’s thoughts on a range of fascinating topics, including whether the Torah’s account of creation can be reconciled with modern science, the Torah’s view on vegetarianism, the purpose of death, why bad things happen to good people, the nature of God, and how to balance Torah study and work. The enduring wisdom of one of the great theological minds of the 20th century is laid bare in this fascinating book.

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Editorial Reviews

Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins
Rabbi Chanan Morrison, a former student at Mercaz HaRav, is deeply immersed in the writings and thought of Rav Kook and has done a masterful job of extracting Rav Kook’s thoughts on the weekly Parashah. This is a book to return to again and again.
Yocheved Golani
At this historic time, familiarity with and love for Rabbi Kook’s writings are often popularly interpreted as yardsticks for measuring someone’s love for the Holy Land and attachment to Torah ideals. Grasp the treasure of Rav Kook's teachings with "GOLD from the Land of Israel." It's a wonderful addition to any Jewish library and a fine birthday gift to students of almost any age.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789657108925
  • Publisher: Urim Publications
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 367
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Chanan Morrison studied for several years at Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav, the Jerusalem yeshiva founded by Rabbi Kook. He taught Jewish studies for several years in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, before returning to Israel.

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Table of Contents


Preface     13
Sefer Bereishit- The Book of Genesis     19
Bereishit: Tasty Fruit Trees     21
Bereishit: The Age of the Universe     23
Bereishit: The Torah of Eretz Yisrael     26
Noah: The Walk of the Righteous     28
Noah: Permission to Eat Meat     31
Noah: The Rainbow in the Clouds     34
Leich Lecha: "Be Complete!"     37
Leich Lecha: Sanctity in Space     39
Leich Lecha: Mamrei's Advice     42
Vayeira: The Salt of Sodom     44
Vayeira: Combating Evil     46
Vayeira: The Binding of Isaac     49
Chayei Sarah: Princess of Her People and the Entire World     51
Chayei Sarah: Burial in the Double Cave     53
Chayei Sarah: Isaac's Afternoon Prayer     56
Toldot: Harnessing the Power of Esau     58
Toldot: Jacob's Hand on Esau's Heel     60
Vayeitzei: The Prayers of the Avot     65
Vayeitzei: The Blessing of a Scholar's Presence     68
Vayishlach: Reliance on Miracles     70
Vayishlach: Jacob Arrived Whole     73
Vayishlach: Reuben's Sin     75
Vayeishev: The Conflict between Joseph and Judah     78
Vayeishev: The Nature of Exile     81
Mikeitz: Interpreting Dreams     83
Mikeitz: Joseph and the Evil Eye     86
Vayigash: The First Exile     88
Vayigash: The Shepherd-Philosopher     91
Vayechi: Fishy Blessings     93
Vayechi: Jacob Did Not Die     95
Sefer Shemot- The Book of Exodus     99
Shemot: Moses Hid His Face     101
Shemot: Moses' Mistake     103
Shemot: Going to Peace     106
Va'eira: Order in Miracles     108
Va'eira: Hamotzi - For all Times     110
Bo: Destroy Chametz, Gain Freedom     113
Bo: Draining Egypt     116
Bo: The Exodus and Tefillin     118
Beshalach: "This is My God"     121
Beshalach: Innate and Acquired Holiness     124
Beshalach: The Influence of Amalek     127
Yitro: Serving the Community     130
Yitro: The Lesson of Mount Sinai     133
Yitro: Seeing Sound     135
Mishpatim: Trust in God vs. Self-Reliance     136
Mishpatim: Slavery in the Torah     139
Mishpatim: Revealing Our Inner Essence     142
Terumah: Betzalel's Wisdom     144
Terumah: Tachash Skins in the Tabernacle     147
Terumah: Rising Above Ten Handbreadths     149
Tetzaveh: The High Priest's Clothes and the Convert     152
Tetzaveh: Beyond the Holy     155
Ki Tissa: Wisdom for the Wise     158
Ki Tissa: A Lesson in Leadership     160
Ki Tissa: When Bad Things Happen to Good People     162
Vayakheil: Technology and the Sabbath     164
Vayakheil: Choosing a Leader     166
Vayakheil: Stars in the Tabernacle     168
Sefer Vayikra - The Book of Leviticus     171
Vayikra: Animal Sacrifices in the Third Temple?     173
Vayikra: Sacrifices vs. Fasting     177
Vayikra: Black Fire on White Fire     179
Tzav: The Olah Offering and Prophecy     182
Tzav: The Prohibition of Cheilev     185
Shemini: The Priestly Benediction     187
Shemini: Immersion in Water     190
Tazria/Metzora: A Return to Ritual Purity     192
Tazria/Metzora: Purifying Time and Soul     195
Acharei Mot: The Ox and the Goat     198
Acharei Mot: The Goat for Azazel     200
Kedoshim: Sha'atnez- A Glimpse into the Future     202
Kedoshim: First Impressions      205
Emor: Kohanim and the Illusion of Death     207
Emor: Eating before Yom Kippur     210
Behar: Jubilee - National Reconciliation     213
Behar: Shemitah - Window to the Future     216
Bechukotai: Why Exile?     218
Bechukotai: Prophetic Letters     221
Sefer Bamidbar- The Book of Numbers     225
Bamidbar: Flags of Love in the Desert     227
Bamidhar: Jacob's Signs     230
Naso: Tithes and the Sotah     233
Naso: Divine Favoritism?     236
Beha'alotecha: The Seven Lamps of the Menorah     239
Beha'alotecha: A Tale of Two Prayers     241
Shelach: The Sin of Tzelofchad     243
Shelach: Garments of the Soul     246
Shelach: The Third Passage of Shema     249
Korach: Inclusion and Selection     252
Korach: The Secret of the Incense     256
Korach: Holiness in the Midst of the Community     258
Chukat: Total Dedication to Torah     261
Chukat: The Death of a Tzaddik     263
Chukat: The Book of God's Wars     266
Balak: Tents and Dwelling Places     269
Balak: Eliminating Idolatry     271
Pinchas: Genuine Zealotry      275
Pinchas: Atonement for the New Moon     278
Matot: Keeping Vows     280
Matot: Two Paths to Purity     282
Sefer Devarim- The Book of Deuteronomy     285
Devarim: The Book that Moses Wrote     287
Devarim: Elucidating the Torah     291
Devarim: Right verses Might     294
Va'etchanan: Cleaving to God     297
Va'etchanan: In Mind and Heart     299
Va'etchanan: Loving God with All Your Might     301
Eikev: Two Loves for Eretz Yisrael     303
Eikev: Blessings over Bread and Torah     307
Eikev: Balancing Torah and Work     310
Re'eih: "The Word of Shemitah"     314
Re'eih: Private and Public Redemption     316
Shoftim: Food for Thought     318
Shoftim: The Murderer's Admission     322
Ki Teitzei: The Rebellious Son - Preventive Medicine     324
Ki Teitzei: Rationale for Mitzvot     327
Ki Teitzei: Free Will versus Causality     329
Ki Tavo: Be Happy!     332
Ki Tavo: First Fruits, Led by an Ox and a Flute     334
Ki Tavo: Tithing in the Proper Order     336
Nitzavim: Two Levels of Teshuvah     339
Nitzavim: Bridging the Generation Gap     342
Vayeilech: The Song of Torah     344
Ha'azinu: How Do We Serve God?     346
Vezot HaBerachah: The Full Cup of Blessing     351
Vezot HaBerachah: Why Keep Mitzvot?     354
Bibliography     357
Timeline for Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook     361
Glossary of Hebrew Terms     363
Index     364
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    I look forward to reading this book every week for the weekly Pa

    I look forward to reading this book every week for the weekly Parsha (weekly Torah portion). Rabbi Morrison presents Rav Kook's concepts in a clear, understandable manner. I highly recommend this book!

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