Torah Learning with Ari

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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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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