Torah Learning with Ari

Vzos Habracha/Breishis – Ending and Beginning

By Ari Goldwag | October 11, 2017

Why do we read the final portion of the Torah on Shmini Atzeres, not on Shabbos? What is the difference between Atzeres (stop) and Shabbos (stop)? Why do we complete the Torah and then start it again immediately? Why does the torah conclude with blessings and the death of Moshe? What is Hashem’s name which…

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Succos – Joy of Submission

By Ari Goldwag | October 4, 2017

What does the midrash mean when it says that we leave our homes and enter the Succah to atone for the deserved punishment of exile? How does the mitzvah of Succah relate to the command to do teshuva (repent)? What does going into exile accomplish? What is the special joy of Succos? Why do we…

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Haazinu-Rosh Hashana

By Ari Goldwag | September 18, 2017

Why do we always read the parshios related to the transition when we are standing at the new year? Why does Moshe call the Heaven and Earth as witnesses to Hashem’s covenant with the Jewish people? How does Hashem express the covenant? How do we express that covenant? How does this relate to our crowning…

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Nitsavim-Vayelech – Return to Paradise

By Ari Goldwag | September 15, 2017

Why does the Torah preface the commandment to repent (Teshuva) with a description of what life will be like after the Messiah’s arrival? What is the difference between our state at present, and the way it will be when the Messiah arrives? What is the concept of the orlas halev (barier on the heart)? How…

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Ki Savo – Power of Amen

By Ari Goldwag | September 8, 2017

What is the concept of the word ‘Amen?’ What is behind the three meanings of Amen – Oath, Admission, and Prayer? Why does one merit to say Amen in the next world if one says Amen in this world? Why does one merit to ‘hear the voice of the bride and groom’ in the future…

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Ki Seitze – Compassion and Fellowship

By Ari Goldwag | September 1, 2017

What is the depth of the idea of sending away the mother bird when taking the chicks? Why does the Gemara say that it is improper to say that this mitzvah indicates that Hashem has compassion upon the animals? Why does our midrash indicate the opposite? How does fulfilment of this commandment bring closer the…

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Shoftim – Charity and Justice

By Ari Goldwag | August 25, 2017

Why does the verse imply that Justice and Charity are greater than bringing sacrifices in the Temple? In what ways are they indeed greater? Why did King David rejoice when his scoffers expressed their wish that ‘the temple be built’ when it meant the end of his own life? How did King David perform justice…

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Re’eh – Expansion from Constriction

By Ari Goldwag | August 18, 2017

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

By Ari Goldwag | August 11, 2017

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

By Ari Goldwag | July 31, 2017

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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