Torah Learning with Ari

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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Bo – Twin Moshiachs

By Ari Goldwag | February 3, 2017

What is the role of Moshe’s staff? What does the staff represent? What is the difference between the roles of Moshe and Aharon in the redemption process? Why does Aharon remain with the Jewish people in Egypt during the lengthy time Moshe is in Midian? Why is it necessary to ask Pharaoh’s permission to let…

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Va’era – Hosting Godliness

By Ari Goldwag | January 27, 2017

What does the verse mean when it says that Hashem told Moshe he would be a ‘god’ to Pharaoh? Why was King Solomon unable to bring the Holy Ark into the Temple? Why did he need to invoke his father, King David’s honor? Why is Hashem referred to as the ‘King of Honor?’ When does…

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Shemos – Voices of Redemption

By Ari Goldwag | January 20, 2017

What was special about the brotherly relationship between Moshe and Aharon? How did that parallel that of Binyomin and Yosef? Why does the midrash stress that Binyomin and Yosef ‘suckled from the same milk?’ What is the significance of the kiss of Moshe and Aharon? What is the idea behind the ‘voice of Hashem’ that…

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