Torah Learning with Ari

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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Pesach – Rose of the Valley

By Ari Goldwag | April 14, 2017

What is the difference between a Chavatzelet-rose and a Shoshana-rose? What is the parallel between our sojourn in Egypt and the many challenges we have faced as a nation? What is the parallel between the exodus and the final redemption? What is the idea of the song that we sang then and that we will…

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Tzav – Finding Peace

By Ari Goldwag | April 7, 2017

What is the concept of the korbanos-sacrifices? How does the study of Torah assure the Jewish people that they need not fear the heaviness of the idea of the sacrifices? What is the concept of the Shelamim-Peace sacrifice? Why does the concept of Peace always come last? What is the depth of the importance of…

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Vayikra – Servant Leadership

By Ari Goldwag | March 31, 2017

How is the average Israelite meant to approach the book of Leviticus which seems to contain mostly laws for Kohen-priests? What is the take home lesson for us when the midrash speaks about Moshe’s special relationship with Hashem? What is the meaning of Hashem’s reference to the Jewish people as ‘His?’ How can we relate…

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Vayakhel-Pekudei – Nature and Nurture

By Ari Goldwag | March 24, 2017

Why is is it important for us to know the lineage of Betzalel – his father, his grandfather and his tribe? What is the reason for his greatness – his grandfather, his grandmother, his tribe or specifically Hashem filling him with inspiration? What does the midrash mean when it says that even the animals were…

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