Posts by Ari Goldwag

Vaera – Signs of Salvation and Justice

What is the meaning of the sign that Moshe gave Pharaoh when the staff was thrown down and turned into a snake? Does Hashem need to prove that ‘He is right’ or is His ultimate desire that the wicked turn back to Him? Why did the righteous individuals – Noach, Chizkiya, Chananya, Mishael and Azaryah…

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Bitachon 143 – Israel’s Victory is Hashem’s

We explore the passuk in Tehillim (Psalms) 33, verse 22, which speaks of our recognition that the degree of Hashem’s open intervention in our lives corresponds to the degree that we hope to Him for our success. The people of Israel’s unique ability to succeed is ultimately determined solely by their dependence on Hashem’s Divine…

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Shemos – Israel’s Relationship with G-d

What is behind Moshe’s (Moses’) question to G-d as to what His name is? What is the understanding of Hashem’s response in saying ‘I will be that I will be?’ Why is the language at first doubled, and then singular? What is behind the different names of Hashem in different contexts? What three special times…

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Bitachon 142 – Ultimate Happiness

We explore the passuk in Tehillim (Psalms) 33, verse 21, which speaks of the great happiness we experience when we sense that Hashem is guiding us in our lives, which is a perspective we gain as we strengthen our Bitachon-trust in Him. CLICK HERE to listen to the audio Running time: 21:29

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Vayechi – Children of Israel, Gather

When Yakov calls his sons to bless them, to Whom Else does he call? What is the calling that we do on Rosh Hashana and what is decided on Yom Kippur? How does this parallel the blessings Yakov gave to his sons? Why are the people of Israel referred to as ‘Jews’ which derives from…

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Bitchon 141 – Israel’s Special Providence

We continue our study in chapter 33 passuk 18 of Tehillim (Psalms) which speaks of the “Eye of Hashem,” which denotes His Divine Providence, which is upon those who revere Him, on those who hope for His kindness. Among the ideas we discuss is the idea that there is a special Hashgacha-Providence that applies to…

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Vayigash – Unity in Israel

What does the story of Yosef and Yehuda and the brothers coming together represent, beyond the simple understanding of the verses? How do these two great paragons of leadership return to a state of unity alongside all the children of Israel? Why did we read the story of Shlomo Hemelech (King Solomon) with the two…

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Bitachon 140 – Levels of Divine Providence

We continue our study in chapter 33 passuk 18 of Tehillim (Psalms) which speaks of the “Eye of Hashem,” which denotes His Divine Providence, which is upon those who revere Him, on those who hope for His kindness. We explore the contrast between times when the ‘two eyes of Hashem’ are upon us as opposed…

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Mikeitz – Destruction and Hope

Why does the verse say that Yakov ‘sees’ that there is food in Egypt, but then say that Yakov ‘heard’ there is food in Egypt? Why did Yakov lose his Ruach Hakodesh (Divine Inspiration), and what was his experience as it was about to return? Why does the Torah use the unusual word ‘shever’ to…

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Bitachon 139 – Good Things Are Coming

We continue studying the passuk in Tehillim ch. 32 passuk 10 and we explore a few different lessons, among them – that when we have Bitachon we can be assured that good things are coming. We also discuss the different approaches in regards to healing and doctors as opposed to relying on Bitachon. CLICK HERE to…

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