Torah Learning with Ari

Gog and Magog – part 1

By Ari Goldwag | November 12, 2008

A while ago I posted about the idea that Gog – גוג – is the opposite of Dovid – דוד. What this means is that whereas Dovid represents complete התבטלות (self-nullification) – דלות ודלות, Gog represents complete and absolute pride – גאווה וגאווה. The more we associate ourselves with the attribute of humility, the more…

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Vayera

By Ari Goldwag | November 11, 2008

Why didn’t Hashem tell Sarah directly that she would be having a child, but rather tell Avraham who already knew? Why did the malach who was going to destroy Sodom also have to come to Avraham and Sarah if he had no job to do there? Why did Sodom have to be destroyed at the…

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Sign of the times

By Ari Goldwag | November 10, 2008

From the mailbag: Ari, The day after election night, my host said to me the following: “My close friend in Lakewood was driving by the passport office and said it was flooded with Jews the day after the election. She drives by there all the time and she said it’s never like that.” Thought you…

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Of Autists and Sheitels

By Ari Goldwag | November 9, 2008

I must admit that I have read most of what Ben Golden and Daniel have said on their site www.dani18.com. The prospect of a blog that’s hooked up to what’s going on in shamayim is pretty interesting. They have even been right in some of their predictions (like the fall of the world economy). Some…

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The Real Moshiach

By Ari Goldwag | November 6, 2008

I recently came across a very important statement Galia made in her book. You will find it on pages 113-114. Ima: Is the time of the Mashiach coming soon?Galia: Yes, my dear Ima, mighty and wonderful revelations await us so soon. But you have to be very wary of people who define themselves as messiahs.…

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Lech Lecha

By Ari Goldwag | November 6, 2008

What was Avraham Avinu’s real contribution to the world? Monotheism was already being taught in Shem’s yeshiva. Why does the Torah start the story of Avraham from the command of Hashem to go to Israel, and leave out his first 75 years? What is the significance of the letter Heh being added to Avraham and…

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More Moshiach dreams?

By Ari Goldwag | November 5, 2008

Dear Rabbi Goldwag, Have you heard anything about Rav Kanievsky having a dream in which Rav Schach zt”l told him that Moshiach is coming soon? Have a good week,Mrs. Goldstein I have not. I am wary of these types of stories until I hear them from a close source. I did recently hear from someone…

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Obama, Moshiach, and Gog

By Ari Goldwag | November 5, 2008

The election of Barack Obama is for me a source of interest and what I would describe as an emotion bordering on the edge of excitement. Why? Because Hashem is clearly guiding our paths each day and each moment, both individually and nationally, and this election is bringing the final redemption closer. What makes me…

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four-fifths

By Ari Goldwag | November 5, 2008

We’ve all heard that during the plague of darkness in Egypt, directly preceding the redemption, at least four-fifths of the Jewish people perished. We have also heard that the final redemption will parallel the redemption from Egypt, thus leading us to conclude that at least four-fifths of our people will Chas V’shalom not make it…

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5769 II

By Ari Goldwag | November 5, 2008

The passuk uses the words “והיה ביום ההוא” in numerous places to refer to the time of Moshiach. On the surface these words are quite innocuous. The gematria of these words is 101, which would seem to be insignificant. It gets interesting when you break down the letters as follows: וי”ו ה”י יו”ד ה”י (והיה)…

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