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  • The Splendor of Tefillin: Insights into the Mitzvah of Tefillin From the Writings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook on Oct. 18, 2011

    This is not a long book - it consists of nine essays - but I found that it helped me relate to the mitzvah of tefillin on a much deeper level. It made wearing tefillin much more meaningful for me. Each chapter discusses a different aspect of tefillin - the significance of the knots, its connection to the Exodus from Egypt, the requirement to always be aware of tefillin while wearing them, the unusual four-pronged Shin, and so on. I find that now, when I put on tefillin and wrap the black strap on my arm, I think of the "zeroa netuyah" - the "outstretched arm" by which G-d redeemed the Jewish people from Egypt. Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook explained this metaphor beautifully. The "outstretched arm" means an arm stretched out to the future. It reaches out and points the way to the future redemption of Israel and the entire world. He explained that the word "zeroa" is like the word "zera" - a 'seed.' The mitzvah of tefillin is a holy seed, planted when the Israelites left Egypt thousands of years ago. It constantly refines the Jewish people and prepares them for a better, holier future. If you want to better understand the inner meaning and significance of this ancient tradition - this book is definitely worthwhile!
  • The Splendor of Tefillin: Insights into the Mitzvah of Tefillin From the Writings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook on Oct. 18, 2011

    This is not a long book - it consists of nine essays - but I found that it helped me relate to the mitzvah of tefillin on a much deeper level. It made wearing tefillin much more meaningful for me. Each chapter discusses a different aspect of tefillin - the significance of the knots, its connection to the Exodus from Egypt, the requirement to always be aware of tefillin while wearing them, the unusual four-pronged Shin, and so on. I find that now, when I put on tefillin and wrap the black strap on my arm, I think of the "zeroa netuyah" - the "outstretched arm" by which G-d redeemed the Jewish people from Egypt. Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook explained this metaphor beautifully. The "outstretched arm" means an arm stretched out to the future. It reaches out and points the way to the future redemption of Israel and the entire world. He explained that the word "zeroa" is like the word "zera" - a 'seed.' The mitzvah of tefillin is a holy seed, planted when the Israelites left Egypt thousands of years ago. It constantly refines the Jewish people and prepares them for a better, holier future. If you want to better understand the inner meaning and significance of this ancient tradition - this book is definitely worthwhile!
  • The Kuzari: Arguments in Defense of Judaism on Feb. 28, 2012

    Over the past 900 years, much of the science and Aristotelian philosophy that Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi so valiantly battled against in his classic work "The Kuzari" are no longer relevant. But many of the book's major themes - such as the limitations of human logic, the special mission of the Jewish people, the centrality of the Land of Israel - as well as his brilliant parables - are as important as ever. The translation, while based on Prof. Hirschfeld's work, underwent a major overhaul; the English is up-to-date and flows. As an ebook, the formatting is clear, and the table of contents is detailed and fully linked. Also included are introductory essays about Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi and the major themes of the book. This version of "The Kuzari" is definitely the best one currently available as an ebook.