Posts by Ari Goldwag

Bo – Har Habayis – Space of the Throne

What is the message of the mitzvah of making the month of Nissan special for the Jewish people? What is the uniqueness of the Jewish people that makes them suited to make this their special month? What are the two modes through which they are able to destroy their enemies? What is the importance of…

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Bitachon 95 – Bitachon Saves From Gehenom

We continue exploring the fascinating understanding of the Ramchal in ‘kivui’ – showing desire for Hashem’s salvation, which draws Hashem Himself, as it were, to the side of the person experiencing troubles. Getting into the habit of Bitachon takes a person to a place where his sins are forgiven and he can actually use Bitachon…

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Bitachon 94 – Ramchal’s Understanding

We dive deep into a relatively short essay by the Ramchal about Bitachon and the concept of Kivui – hoping to Hashem, and how that relates to the Hebrew word ‘kav’ which means a line. It is through Bitachon that we literally draw ourselves a line directly to Hashem. CLICK HERE to listen to the…

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Shemos – Selflessness Brings Redemption

What was the reward that Pharaoh offered the midwives in exchange for their act of infanticide? How did they go above in beyond in defying Pharaoh’s decree? How did the decree actually cause there to be no birth defects or stillborns amongst the babies born to the Jewish people? What was the special reward in…

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Bitachon 93: Bitachon Protects Our Children

We now begin studying verses from Mishlei, words of wisdom from Shlomo Hamelech (King Solomon). He encourages us to align our will with Hashem’s will and strengthen our Bitachon alongside that. In addition, besides for the spiritual inheritance we bequeath to our children, we also provide a protective shield for them when we have Bitachon.…

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Vayechi – Bury me in Israel

Why did Yaakov not want to be buried in Egypt? Why couldn’t the burial in Israel wait, as it did for Yosef, whose bones were eventually brought for final burial in Israel? What is the great importance of being buried specifically in Israel? What happens to the bones of the righteous who were not buried…

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Bitachon 92 – Ask for Kindness

Dovid Hamelech teaches us that we can not compare trusting in Hashem even to trusting a person who is generous and kind. We also learn the passuk which teaches us that we can ask Hashem to show us the light of morning, even when we are in the darkness of night. CLICK HERE to hear…

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Vayigash – Peace of the Wolf and Lamb

What is the concept of the wolf and the lamb pasturing together in the time of Moshiach? How does this parallel the cure of the deaf, mute and lame in the future time? What is the root of all imperfections in the world? Why are the dead brought back to life with their imperfections, and…

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Bitachon 91 – More Bitachon, More Hashgacha

We continue with pesukim from Tehillim (Psalms). Dovid Hamelech speaks of the three levels in the Jewish people – the general populace – ‘Yisrael,’ the house of Aharon – Kohen and Levi, and those who ‘fear Hashem’ – those study Torah and who strive for righteousness. The higher the level of dedication to Hashem, the…

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Mikeitz – Character Development

What is Yosef’s goal in sending the brothers through these difficult trials and tribulaltions? How does Yehuda’s request of Yosef express, on behalf of his mother, the appreciation for Rachel allowing Leah into the home of Yaakov? Why was this appreciation absent at the end of the story? How does Yosef use the middah (character…

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