Posts by Ari Goldwag

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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Nasso – Maintaining Inspiration

What is the idea behind the gift of the 12 princes of wagons to the tabernacle? What is the depth of what is going on with the repetitious listing of their offerings? Why does it follow the Priestly blessings? Why do both these events occur on the eighth day of the Tabernacles dedication? What is…

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Bamidbar – Counting the Uncountable

How does counting the Jewish people express Hashem’s love for us? How can we be counted if we are ‘uncountable?’ Why are there different analogies for this uncountability – stars, sand, dust? Who refers to us in each of these ways? How are we both in this world and above it? How does the reality…

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Behar-Bechukosai – God’s Guarantee

Why does Hashem give such bounty – enough for three years – in the sixth year instead of just providing our needs as they come in the 7th and 8th? What is the concept of Bitachon-trust? How does one truly trust in God that one’s needs will be provided for? Why did Adam’s fall mean…

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Emor – Of Kings and Kohanim

What are the five aspects that make a Kohen Gadol-High Priest ‘greater’ than his brothers? What is the idea behind the concept that if he is not rich himself, his brothers ‘make him rich?’ How does a king parallel the Kohen in these five aspects? Why does a king, as represented by King David, receive…

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Acharei Mos-Kedoshim – Material and Form

Why are the instructions about immoral relationships included in the reading of the High Priest’s service on Yom Kippur? What is the significance of the Exodus and Hashem’s oath to redeem the Jewish people in this context? Why are the Egyptian people referred to as ‘donkeys’ and why are they the example of immoral relationships?…

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