Posts by Ari Goldwag

Chukas – Purity from Impurity

Why is the formula to purify a person who has come in contact with the dead so full of hints to judgment – red and fire? Why does this purity come about by causing impurity to the Kohen who is performing the process? Why does Avraham, a great righteous individual, come from the wicked Terach?…

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Korach – Beginning and End

What is the depth behind the sons of Korach who will be raised out of their place in Gehinom in the future? What is the connection between this and the idea of the double letters in Hebrew that have different versions in the middle and end of the word? How do these double letters indicate…

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Shlach – Angels and Messengers

What is the essence of a good messenger? Why was Pinchos able to make himself invisible as he was involved in his spying activity? Why were the spies in our parsha viewed negatively (in their perception)? What is the nature of the final messenger (Eliyahu Hanavi) who will be sent immediately before Hashem reveals Himself…

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Behaaloscha – Songs for Hashem

What is the concept of the 7 stringed, 8 stringed and 10 stringed instruments of the Levites in the Temple? Why do they correspond to this world, the Messianic age and the World to Come? Why were they assigned by King David and the prophet Samuel? Why do we speak of stringed instruments when there…

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Naso – Protecting Our Land

What is the depth behind the vow of the Nazir who promises not to drink wine? What were the mistakes of the Northern kingdom of Israel and how did it contrast to the mistakes of the Southern kingdom of Judah? Why do the Jewish people lay claim to our great people – wealthy, wise and…

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Bamidbar – Of Mountains and Valleys

Why does the Torah go into such detail in describing the location and specific date that Hashem commanded Moshe to count the Jewish people? What is the idea that righteousness is associated with a mountain, while judgment and wickedness are associated with a pit of darkness? What is the relationship between the darkness that the…

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Behar-Bechukosai – Share the Wealth

What is so special about the regular talk of the people of Eretz Yisrael (Israel)? What is the unique message of the poor person who was once rich? What is the wrong approach to the poor person? What happens to the rich person who can’t share his wealth and belittles the poor man? What is…

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Emor – Questions and Silence

What is the concept of the ‘seventh’ month – Tishrei, which hosts the day of Rosh Hashana? How does the word Shevi’i-Seventh relate to the word Shevuah-Oath? Why was an oath necessary when Avraham completed his challenge with the binding of Yitzchak – wasn’t that a time of love – why did Hashem make an…

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Acharei-Kedoshim – Leadership and Responsibility

Why is the command for the service of the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) on Yom Kippur prefaced with the mention of the death of Aharon’s sons? Why was this command given six months before it was to be performed? In the order of the parshas, starting with Vayikra, why do we interrupt the description of…

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Tazria-Metzora – Transforming Curses to Blessings

What is the idea behind the spiritual disease of Tzara’as-Leprosy? What is the concept of the Tzara’as-infected house? Why does the Torah preface this description with speaking of when the Jewish people enter the land of ‘Canaan?’ Why was Israel first referred to as the land of Canaan? How was Eliezer, the offspring of Canaan,…

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