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Zionism is T’shuva Too!

16 Tishri 5773 – October 2, 2012
To rectify the blemish caused by galut, the Diaspora Jew has to stop being in exile and join the ingathered. He has to actualize the words of his daily prayers, “And gather us together from the four corners of the earth” by getting on a plane.

An Etrog Tree Doesn’t Grow in Brooklyn

14 Tishri 5773 – September 30, 2012
If it did it would die. Just the way the Diaspora is destined to die. The etrog tree doesn’t belong in Brooklyn. The climate isn’t right for it. It’s the same with the lulav, hadasim, and aravot. The four species which we are commanded to take for ourselves on the Festival of Sukkot are indigenous to Eretz Yisrael, just as the Torah is indigenous to Eretz Yisrael, and the Jewish People are indigenous to Eretz Yisrael. We belong in Eretz Yisrael. All of the holidays are intrinsically connected to Eretz Yisrael. The Torah was designed and fashioned by the Almighty to be observed in Eretz Yisrael.

Gentlemen, To the Land of Israel!

12 Tishri 5773 – September 28, 2012
One of Rav Kook's public proclamations, sent out all over the Diaspora, years before the Holocaust, was entitled, “The Great Call”: "To the Land of Israel, gentlemen, to the Land of Israel! Let us utter this appeal in one voice, in a great and never-ending cry."

Homeward Bound

11 Tishri 5773 – September 27, 2012
L eading up to the holiday of Sukkot, we’ll wrap up our condensed look at Rabbi Kook’s teachings on t’shuva with a few blogs on two of the holidays most important themes – Eretz Yisrael and Torah.

The World’s Leader: Israel

8 Tishri 5773 – September 24, 2012
Inspired by the Holy Nation of Israel, mankind will abandon its vain and misguided paths, and a mighty spirit of t’shuva will be ignited throughout the world.

Goodbye World, I’m Off to the Mountains!

8 Tishri 5773 – September 23, 2012
Rabbi Kook’s advice is to set out correcting the transgressions of the past which are within the person’s reach to correct. This will set into motion a snowball of t’shuva whose inner force will lead him to correct matters more and more difficult, until he succeeds in redressing all wrongs.

Madonna and Kabbalah Don’t Mix

5 Tishri 5773 – September 21, 2012
The more you learn Torah, the more t’shuva you will be inspired to do — and the more t’shuva you do, the more Torah you are able to learn.

Rocket Ship of T’shuva

4 Tishri 5773 – September 20, 2012
Sudden t’shuva is different. It seems to come about all at once with superhuman energy and willpower.

The Key to Success

3 Tishri 5773 – September 19, 2012
Rabbi Kook has good news. If you are a loser, all is not lost. You too can be a winner. You too can succeed. How? Through t’shuva.

Feel Frightened and Depressed? Be Happy!

27 Elul 5772 – September 14, 2012
Simply put, to the initiate, the pain that comes with t’shuva is scary. The baal t’shuva is the man of courage. He is the true hero. He is the one prepared to set out on the greatest journey in life.

Cheeseburgers and T’shuva

26 Elul 5772 – September 13, 2012
Only t’shuva can reconnect the sinner with God. Only t’shuva can restore the harmony between a man’s soul and the world. Only t’shuva can wipe away the sins which prevent a man from being a positive contributor to life.

If Rebbe Nachman were Alive Today

25 Elul 5772 – September 12, 2012
When you are sick, do you go to the doctor, or the student of the doctor? So why go to Uman where Rebbe Nachman is buried, when you could go to the cities in Israel where his teachers are buried?

Be Happy, Now!

24 Elul 5772 – September 11, 2012
Rabbi Kook explains that this misplacing of priorities between the means and the goal stems from the sin of the earth during the days of Creation. By understanding the depth of this teaching, we can learn to be happy, not only when we finally attain our goals and ideals, but also at every moment of our lives.

Don’t Worry! Be Happy!

23 Elul 5772 – September 10, 2012
Even if you haven’t yet atoned for all of your sins, Don’t worry! Be Happy! As long as you are sincerely trying, this is what really counts.

Thoughts Make the Man

20 Elul 5772 – September 7, 2012
Dear Friends, the clock is ticking down to Rosh HaShanah. You can hear the shofars blasting all over the world. T’shuva may seem like a towering mountain too high to climb, but it’s really not as hard as you think.

T’shuva Starts at Home!

19 Elul 5772 – September 6, 2012
Today, the “evil thing” in our communities and homes is the onslaught of immodest websites and images on the Internet.

The Heroes of T’shuva

18 Elul 5772 – September 5, 2012
The true champions of life are not the basketball players, not the Hollywood stars, not even the Prime Ministers and Presidents. The real heroes are the masters of t’shuva.

The World’s Greatest Joy

17 Elul 5772 – September 4, 2012
Even people who have tasted all of life’s secular pleasures insist that the experience of t’shuva is the world’s greatest joy.

Migron Headache

16 Elul 5772 – September 2, 2012
How can it be that in this clear time of Redemption, when millions of Jews have returned to the Land of Israel from the four corners of the world, in the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy that crises and setbacks like the evacuation of Migron still occur?

Saturday Night Fever

13 Elul 5772 – August 31, 2012
There is an old aphorism which claims that two things in life are certain: death and taxes. To this, Rabbi Kook would add a third certainty — t’shuva.

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