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Can IKEA Put Together a Middle East Peace Package?

7 Heshvan 5775 – October 31, 2014
Sweden and John Kerry would make wonderful partners to get lost in the same maze.

TORAH, TORAH, TORAH

18 Tishri 5773 – October 4, 2012
During the reign of King Solomon, the Nation of Israel was at its prime. We lived in peace in our own homeland. A Jewish government ruled over the country from the majestic city of Jerusalem. All of the people gathered for the Festivals at the Temple three times a year. Jewish law went forth from the Sanhedrin. Prophets communicated the word of the Lord to the Nation and the world. A powerful Jewish army guarded the country’s borders. Torah was studied in great academies of learning. Hebrew was spoken on the street. The leaders of foreign nations flocked to Jerusalem to pay tribute to the Jews.

Absolute Joy

17 Tishri 5773 – October 3, 2012
There is a special mitzvah on Sukkot to be “ach samaoch.” Only joyous. It is a happiness not dependent on anything external, beyond definition and words. Just to be absolutely joyous in one’s love and worship of G-d. Rabbi Kook describes the sukkah as a whirlpool of joyous energy which is constantly changing each second, reaching ever-higher levels of joy and attachment to G-d.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

T’shuva Brings Healing to the World

12 Elul 5772 – August 30, 2012
When a man understands that his personal t’shuva advances the redemption process of the world, his motivation to mend his own life is enhanced.

T’Shuva and Finding Happiness

11 Elul 5772 – August 29, 2012
Rabbi Kook teaches that t’shuva encompasses man’s physical being, his moral life, religious life, and his highest, most ideal intellectual endeavor. T’shuva is man’s...

Tevye in the Promised Land, Chapter Eleven: Made in Heaven

9 Elul 5772 – August 27, 2012
When Tevye’s entourage reached the port of Jaffa, hoping to discover something about their fellow travelers who had set sail to Palestine ahead of them, the first thing he saw gave him the shivers. Hadn't he just asked Rabbi Kook for a blessing to find husbands for his daughters? Who was sitting at a dockside cafe but Nachman's two friends, Shmuelik and Hillel!

The T’shuva Train

Rabbi Kook explains that t’shuva comes about in two distinct formats, either suddenly, or in a gradual, slowly developing fashion. Both of these pathways to t’shuva are readily found in the baal t’shuva world. Some people will tell you how their lives suddenly changed overnight. Others describe their experience as a long, challenging process which unfolded over years. Many factors influence the way in which t’shuva appears.

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