Posts by Ari Goldwag

Bitachon 38 – Lishma & Bitachon

The Alter of Novardok continues his discussion on the importance of Lishma – acting with pure motives – despite the surrounding culture; and having Bitachon-Faith that all of the answers to life’s questions will be answered through our spiritual dedication to Torah. CLICK HERE to listen

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Vayigash – To Make or Not to Make Commitments

What is the danger of making commitments? Why does the Midrash seem to encourage us to steer clear of commitments? What is the idea behind the opposite suggestions, which involve ‘peace between man and his fellow?’ What was the result of Yehuda’s commitment – was it positive or negative? What is the lesson that we…

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Bitachon 37 – Strengthening our Resolve

The Alter of Novardok discusses the excuses of the Yetzer Hara in our service of Hashem – in our work on Bitachon and on our middos – in the guise of a secular excuse and the excuse of the ‘Talmid Chacham.’ The only tool we can employ in response is the strengthening of our resolve.…

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Mikeitz-Chanukah – Listening to the Little Light

What is the idea behind the keitz-end? Can the power of evil continue forever? What is the darkness that comes to an end for the Jewish people, nationally, and for Yosef personally? What is the idea behind the verse that encourages us to ‘increase sadness’ and ‘decrease our speech?’ What is the great joy in…

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Bitachon 36 – Focusing on Bitachon

The Alter of Novardok brings two different stories which illustrate the mistake of focusing too much effort on hishtadlus-efforts and how that could take away from a person’s spiritual striving both in this world and the next. CLICK HERE to listen Running time: 20:49

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Vayeshev – Chasing Away the Enemy

What was the special power of the ingathering of Yaakov and his sons – both into the Land of Israel, as well as in their unique prayer for protection? What was the reason that Esav and his mighty sons left Israel to settle elsewhere? What is the idea underlying the deal of getting 100 lashes…

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Vayishlach – Never Fear

What is the idea behind Hashem’s statement to Yaakov that Esav was going on his way until you sent him messengers? What was the fundamental mistake that Yaakov made, which caused his children to eventually be sent into exile? When can a person be confident and have no fear of negative situations? When does Hashem…

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Bitachon 35 – Seeing Deeper

The Alter of Novardok gives us a perspective as to the amount of spiritual input that goes into everything that we see – although we could superficially believe that the ‘baker’ in front of us made the ‘read,’ so much more – spiritually – went into it. This is an essential contemplation in order to…

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Bitachon 34 – Putting Your Efforts into Bitachon

In this episode we continue in the Alter of Novardok’s discussion of Bitachon, and the power of investing all of one’s efforts into Bitachon, in order to avoid the pitfall of starting to believe that we are doing everything ourselves and the accomplishments belong to us instead of the Real One to Whom the credit…

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Vayetzei – Spiritual Confidence

Why was Yaakov Avinu confident as he left his parents house to head to Charan to find his wife? Why, on the other hand, was he worried in looking back at the way his father had found his wife? Why did Yaakov leave his home without any wealth to display to his prospective match? What…

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