Posts by Ari Goldwag

Vayelech-Yom Kippur – The King’s Gifts

What is behind Hashem’s statement to Moshe that his time has come, and that it is time for the leadership of Yehoshua to begin? Why does the midrash stress the greatness of Moshe – his ability to battle the angels and easily sway Hashem, as it were – and contrast that with his weakness in…

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Nitsavim-Rosh Hashana – Prayer and Repentance

What is the concept of prayer, and specifically a prayer for forgiveness? What is the idea behind the statement of the medrash that ‘Prayer is very great in front of Hakadosh Baruch Hu (G-d)? What is the idea behind the limitation of the punishment of Kayin (Cain) which split his decree in half through his…

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Ki Savo – Affirming Hashem’s Reality

What is the concept of the word ‘Amen?’ What are the three contexts of the use of this word, and the theme of all three? Why is it that if we ‘say Amen in this world, we will say Amen in the next?’ Why is there a parallel concept in regards to the study of…

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Ki Seitze – ‘Floating’ to Redemption

What is the deeper concept behind the obligation of circumcision? Why is it done on the eighth day? How does this relate to Hashem’s compassion? In what way does Hashem show compassion for the animals and the birds? Why do we send away the mother bird when we take the baby birds? How do these…

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Shoftim – Foundation of the World

What is the idea behind a father being forbidden from serving as a judge in his son’s court case, and vice versa? What is the role of the Kohen as judge? Why is the concept of proper judgment a foundational precept for the entire world’s existence? What happens to the social structure when courts do…

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Re’eh – Preparing for Tishrei

This week’s podcast is dedicated l’ilui nishmas Sara bas Yosef; and for the hatzlacha of her children Mimi & Yitzchak Sadowsky. Thank you to their daughter Elisheva for her contribution to Torah How does a person merit blessings? What is the singular mitzvah (commandment) that includes all the other ones? Why does that single commandment…

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Ekev – It’s All a Miracle

How can we be assured that Hashem will fulfill His promise to give us the land of Israel if we are far from deserving of that? How do we know that we will merit miracles and that Hashem will defeat our enemies in a way that is beyond our natural ability? What is the concept…

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Vaeschanan – Making Him King

What is the concept of ‘Krias Shema’ – the reading of Shema? Can we also apply the other meaning of kriah – calling? Why is it important to say the words carefully? Who are we calling to when we say ‘Hear O Israel’ – ourselves? The people of Israel as a whole? How does this…

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Devarim-Tisha B’av – Return from Exile

What is the purpose of exile – how does being sent away from a center of spirituality serve to return us to Hashem? Why is it guaranteed that no matter how far we are from Hashem that we will return? How did the forty years of wandering in the wilderness serve to return us to…

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Matos-Masei – Respecting His Name

What is the concept of a vow or oath that involves the name of Hashem? What are the the three characteristics necessary for a person to be able to use the name of Hashem in an oath? Why do these attributes give greater value to the mention of His name? Why can it be so…

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