Posts by Ari Goldwag

Tetzaveh – Lighting and Oil

What is the concept of Olive Oil? Why does the Torah specifically ask us to use it for the lighting of the Menorah in the sanctuary? Why are the Jewish people compared to an olive? How does this reflect the special nature of the Jewish people as a ‘light to the nations?’ How does the…

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Join in the Music!

I have spent the last two and a half years working on my new album and, with Hashem’s help, am so excited to finally share it with all soon! “Lo Nafsik Lirkod – Never Stop Dancing” features 12 tracks that will inspire and encourage listeners around the world as they connect to the beautiful melodies…

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Terumah – Excitement vs Joy

What is the difference between the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the Mikdash (Temple)? Why does one constantly move, while one is only in a single location? What is the difference between the joy of the month of Adar and Purim as opposed to the month of Nissan and Pesach (Passover)? What is the depth behind the…

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Mishpatim – Giving out Giving in

What is the idea behind the prohibition of lending with interest? What is the end of result of the rich man who makes his money by lending with interest? Why are we exhorted not to lend with interest, and told that if we do so, the money will end up in the hands of our…

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Yisro – Lion’s Roar

What is the idea behind Hashem being compared to a Lion Roaring as He reveals Himself on Mount Sinai? When is Hashem referred to as the ‘King of the Nations?’ What is the idea behind the mountain shaking and then the boundaries of the Torah? What is the concept of fear of Hashem? Why are…

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Beshalach – Perfect Dove

Why is the Jewish people sometimes compared to a dove, and other times compared to other animals (Lion, wolf, snake)? Why does the Torah choose the singular form when speaking of the Egyptians chasing after the Jewish people? In what way is the challenge presented by the enemies of Israel greater for them than 100…

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Bo – This Month is Yours

What is the analogy of the month in regards to the kings of Israel? What is the significance of King Solomon (Shlomo) being the 15th generation of kings from Avraham Avinu? Why is his throne so similar to the throne of Hashem Himself, as it were? What is the concept of Shalom as it comes…

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Vaera – Recognizing the Source

Why was the Nile and all the water of Egypt struck first with the plague of Blood? Why did Hashem warn them first before the plague? What is the mistaken understanding of reality that is intrinsic to all idol worship? How did the plagues come to rectify that? Why did Moshe need to show gratitude…

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Shemos – Redemption and the Mouth

Why does baby Moshe refuse to suckle from the milk of an Egyptian, and only agrees to his own mother’s Hebrew milk? Why mustn’t the ‘mouth that speaks to God drink of impure milk?’ What is the significance of Pharaoh and his daughter ‘kissing’ baby Moshe? Why does Moshe pull off Pharaoh’s crown as he…

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Vayechi – Angels and Youthfulness

What is the connection between livelihood and redemption? How does Hashem manifest in each of these cases? What is the idea behind the angel that ‘redeems’ in the blessing Yakov gives to Menashe and Efraim? Why are they referred to as ‘youths?’ Why are Yosef, Binyomin, Yehoshua and Gidon also referred to in this way?…

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