Torah Learning with Ari

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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Ki Sisa – Choosing Greatness

By Ari Goldwag | March 17, 2017

What does it mean when the midrash says that ‘Hashem reviews the material four times before teaching the Torah to the people of Israel?’ What is the depth of the idea that those who have fear of Heaven merit to have offspring who embody Torah? What is the idea behind the book of generations that…

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Tetzaveh-Purim – Power of Prayer

By Ari Goldwag | March 10, 2017

What is the concept behind the special clothes of the Kohanim? What is the Torah referring to when it says ‘this is the thing that you shall do to sanctify the Kohanim unto me?’ Why did Mordechai return to his fasting, praying and sackcloth even after he saw that the tide was turning and the…

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Terumah – Shechinah Returning

By Ari Goldwag | March 3, 2017

What is the concept of the Mishkan-Tabernacle? How does it act as a continuation of the revelation at Mount Sinai? What is the depth of the concept of the Shechina leaving as a result of man’s sins, and returning through the deeds of the righteous? How can we create a ‘tabernacle’ for our own revelations…

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Mishpatim – Preparatory Angel

By Ari Goldwag | February 24, 2017

Why does Hashem inform the Jewish people of their future in the very midst of the revelation at Sinai? Is the angel who will lead them in the future a positive or negative force? What is the reassurance to Jacob that he can ‘ascend the ladder’ and that he will never fall, if the Jewish…

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Yisro – Hearing Hashem’s Voice

By Ari Goldwag | February 17, 2017

What is the difference between Moshe’s experience of the revelation at Sinai as opposed to the entire Jewish people’s experience? Why is his experience described as ‘seeing’ as opposed to the Jewish people’s which is described as ‘hearing the voice?’ Why does the Torah use the name of Hashem in the interactions with Moshe, as…

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Beshalach – Singing Then

By Ari Goldwag | February 10, 2017

What is the idea of the verse that says that ‘then’ Moshe and the Jewish people sang? How does that manifest in regards to Hashem’s relationship with the world, the Jewish people’s relationship with Hashem, and Moshe’s relationship with Hashem? Why is the word ‘az’ which means ‘then’ used both in regards to Moshe’s disbelief…

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