Torah Learning with Ari

Vayechi – War of Armageddon

By Ari Goldwag | January 12, 2017

What is the parallel between the blessings of Jacob and that which occurs on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur? Why do the 10 tribes gather to the portions of Yehuda and Benjamin? Why do they need to ‘show honor to Judah and Benjamin?’ What is the idea of there not being ‘any arguments’ as a…

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Vayigash – Exile and Redemption

By Ari Goldwag | January 6, 2017

What is the significance of Chushim ben Dan’s arrival on the scene in Egypt as Yosef was about to reveal himself to his brothers? Why does he also play a significant role as Yakov is about to be buried in the Cave of the Patriarchs? How does this parallel what will happen in the future…

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Miketz – Real Peace

By Ari Goldwag | December 30, 2016

When Benjamin was caught with the ‘stolen’ goblet, what was the beginning of the conversation about between Yosef and Yehuda? Why were the brothers innocent even as they were guilty? What did Yosef mean when he said that he would only keep Benjamin as a slave and the others could return ‘in peace’ to their…

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Vayeshev – Yosef and Chanukah

By Ari Goldwag | December 23, 2016

What is the lesson in the story of Yosef and his challenges? Why do we always read these passages during our celebration of Chanukah? Why does Chanukah occur toward the end of the Jewish month of Kislev? Why does the miracle of Chanukah occur in the winter? Why does it happen at a point in…

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Vayishlach – Rising Above Angels

By Ari Goldwag | December 16, 2016

How can we understand the contrast between when Jacob returns to Israel and battles with the angel, as opposed to when he left Israel and just passively observed them climbing and descending the ladder? What is the depth of the idea of the name of Esav’s angel, which denotes ‘blinding?’ Why does Jacob have all…

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Vayetzei – Drawing Hashem into the Darkness

By Ari Goldwag | December 9, 2016

What is the idea of the vow that Jacob makes as he leaves the land of Israel? Why does he ask for such basic things – bread and clothing? What is the understanding of R’ Bachya’s teaching that he received much more than bread and clothing? What is the depth of R’ Yeshoshua’s explanation to…

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Toldos – Clothes of Dominion

By Ari Goldwag | December 2, 2016

What were the special clothes that Rivka made sure Yakov wore when he stole the blessings from Esav? Why did wild animals become docile when they saw these garments? Why did Esav wear them whenever he served his father? How were they connected to Adam’s naming of all the animals? Why did they give Adam…

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Chayei Sarah – Death and Rebirth

By Ari Goldwag | November 24, 2016

What does the midrash mean when it says that Esther became queen over 127 provinces paralleling the 127 years of Sarah’s life? Why did Esther go through a similar experience to Sarah in becoming young again after becoming old? How does that parallel the state of the Jewish people at the time? Why does Sarah’s…

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Vayera – Source of Power

By Ari Goldwag | November 18, 2016

Why were others miraculously healed when Sarah miraculously conceived? What is the connection between Yitzchak’s miraculous birth and the story of Esther becoming queen? Why did all the princesses become unable to nurse, and why did they have to come to Sarah to have their children nursed? What was the significance of the party Avraham…

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Lech Lecha – Fame and Fortune

By Ari Goldwag | November 10, 2016

Why does Hashem stress to Avraham that he will become a great nation and have great fame? Is fame something that is positive from a spiritual perspective? What is the greatness of Hashem’s promise to Avraham that he will have a great nation descend from him – didn’t Noach have 70 nations descend from him?…

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