Torah Learning with Ari

Korach – Organic Leadership

By Ari Goldwag | June 23, 2017

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

By Ari Goldwag | June 16, 2017

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

By Ari Goldwag | June 9, 2017

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

By Ari Goldwag | June 2, 2017

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

By Ari Goldwag | May 26, 2017

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

By Ari Goldwag | May 18, 2017

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

By Ari Goldwag | May 12, 2017

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

By Ari Goldwag | May 5, 2017

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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Tazria-Metzora – Winds of Change

By Ari Goldwag | April 28, 2017

What are the causes of the spiritual disease of Tzara’as-Leprosy? Why is the person who contracts it referred to as Adam? What are the ‘measures of the winds’ referred to in the verse in Job? What is the concept of the winds of destruction that threatened the world in the time of Job, Jonah and…

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Shmini – Revealing God’s Glory

By Ari Goldwag | April 21, 2017

What is needed for ‘Hashem’s Glory to be revealed?’ How are the barriers removed that stand between the Jewish people and Hashem? What is the purpose of the sacrifices in the Mishkan-tabernacle? How does one infuse one’s mitzvah observance with Hashem’s presence? What is the natural spiritual state of a Jew? Find out in this…

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