Posts by Ari Goldwag

Re’eh – Expansion from Constriction

What is the concept of expansion in regards to the land of Israel? When does that expansion occur? How does it parallel the challenge and redemption of Yosef? Why did Abba Yuden lose all of his wealth only to give charity and then become even wealthier? What is the idea behind the comparison of the…

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Ekev – Desired Land

What is the difference between the land of Egypt and the land Israel? What is the significance of the land of Israel being sustained by rain? What does it mean when the verse says that Israel is a place that Hashem ‘constantly searches,’ and that ‘His eyes are upon it?’ Doesn’t Hashem also take care…

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Vaeschanan – Balancing Inclinations

How does one Love and serve Hashem with both the Good and Evil inclinations? What does the word ‘crouching’ mean in the context of the Evil inclination? How does each inclination pull a person toward or away from Hashem? How does one strengthen the power of the Good Inclination? What is the difference between instant…

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Devarim – Humble Blessings

What is the idea behind the fact that Hashem promises to reveal His ‘two letter’ name, but ultimately reveals the ‘name of 72?’ Why do the righteous ‘say a little and do a lot?’ Why did Hashem not reveal the concept of the Manna to Abraham? How could the Jewish people make the claim that…

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Pinchas – Spiritual Patience

What was the great wisdom of the daughters of Tzelafchad? Why did they wait until they were in their forties to get married? What is the concept of inheritance and how does it relate to one’s personal purpose in life? Why did Moshe have to wait 40 years to rectify a mistake he made? What…

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Balak – Getting Hashem’s Hint

The Parsha Podcast celebrates its 10 year anniversary – 10 years of podcasts every week! How was R’ Yochanan able to understand the hint of the angel and go on to greatness? What was the difference between Moshe and Yaakov vs. David and Mordechai when it came to getting the hint? Why did Bilaam get…

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Chukas – Serving with Awe and Love

What was the depth of the sin of Moshe in hitting the rock instead of speaking to it? What would have happened had he not done so? How does this idea parallel the way we learn Torah? Why is the study Torah analogous to water? What is the difference between a relationship of awe and…

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Korach – Organic Leadership

What is the Torah’s approach to leadership? Why did Hashem create a concept of hierarchy? What was the mistake of Korach’s rebellion? What is the depth behind the obligation to give a tithe to the Levites and the Kohanim? What was the mistake of the Jewish people in asking for a king in the times…

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Shlach – Running Thread

What was the root of the sin of the spies? Why were they only able to see the negative side of Eretz Yisrael? What is the connection between that event and the commandment of tzitzis? What is the idea behind the obligation of Tzitzis? What is the meaning of the statement of our sages that…

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Behaaloscha – Shining Hashem’s Light

What is meant when the verse refers to the ‘light of God which guides us?’ How do the sun and moon ‘guide us?’ What is the concept of the ‘face of God?’ Why does the word ‘face’ in Hebrew also refer to the inner aspect of the person? How was Bezalel able to intuitively construct…

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