Torah Learning with Ari

Bechukosai – Finding the Balance

מאת Ari Goldwag | יוני 3, 2016

Which was created first – the Heavens or the Earth? How can we really talk about 'first' if it was before there was time? Who was greater – Moses or Aaron? Why does the verse reverse the order of the patriarchs, speaking of the covenant with Jacob, Isaac and Abraham? Why is this verse surrounded…

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Behar – Sharing the Wealth

מאת Ari Goldwag | מאי 27, 2016

What is the Torah's approach to charity and 'spreading the wealth?' Why does the midrash place the idea of spiritual wealth beside the concept of material wealth? What are the mechanics of the spiritual principle behind the fact that when I share what I have – both in wisdom and in material matters – I…

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Emor – When the Righteous Err

מאת Ari Goldwag | מאי 20, 2016

What is the connection between those who seek the advice of soothsayers and the Kohanim of our parsha? Why was King Saul referred to as a righteous individual despite his many mistakes? Why did Hashem seem to go along with Saul's desire to speak to Samuel (who had already died) if he did it in…

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Kedoshim – Tzion, Yosef and Kedusha

מאת Ari Goldwag | מאי 13, 2016

What is the concept of Kedusha-holiness? Are we to separate ourselves completely from this world? Why does the verse seem to say that we are to be holy because Hashem is holy? Why is the concept of kedusha connected to Tzion, which is Jerusalem and the Temple? Why do the blessings of redemption come from…

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Acharei Mos – Biding the Time

מאת SiteAdmin | מאי 6, 2016

Why is the concept of the Avodah-service of the High Priest on Yom Kippur sandwiched between the death of Nadav and Avihu and the forbidden relationships? What does the midrash mean when it says Nadav and Avihu wanted the 'old guys' to move on so they could take over? What is the concept of 'sustaining…

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Pesach 2 – Rewards of Challenge

מאת SiteAdmin | אפריל 26, 2016

Why do the Jewish people experience an awesome revelation in such a dangerous place – in the Sea of Reeds? Why is this the climax of the Exodus? Why does Israel's angel – Michael – step aside in the face of the challenge of Egypt's angel (uza)? What is the significance of Hashem Himself responding…

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Pesach – Ecstatic vs Measured Spirituality  

מאת SiteAdmin | אפריל 22, 2016

What is the connection between Pesach and Succos? Why do they both occur in the middle of the month? What is the difference between the respective mitzvos of each holiday? Why does Succos involve a lot of movement, while Pesach seems to be more static? Why does Shmini Atzeres come immediately after Succos, while Shavuos…

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Metzora – Pride and Humility

מאת SiteAdmin | אפריל 13, 2016

What are the seven sins that result in tzara'as – spiritual leprosy? What was the sin of the daughters of Zion? Why did they originally focus on the Jewish young men, and ultimately end up with the 'generals of the enemy?' Why did R' Yanai need the spiritual teaching of the 'peddler' if he was…

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Tazria – Levels of Appreciation

מאת SiteAdmin | אפריל 8, 2016

Why does the verse mention the conception of the child, why doesn't it skip straight to the birth, if that is the subject of the verses? What is the idea of the verse in Job which speaks of 'raising the intellect to afar to appreciate the righteousness of our Creator?' When do we 'sing' Hashem's…

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Shemini – Spiritual Elders

מאת Ari Goldwag | אפריל 1, 2016

Why are the elders of Israel invited to inaugurate the Tabernacle if they don't seem to play any role there? Why are the elders compared to the wings of a bird? What is the concept of 'elder?' Why does Hashem 'honor the elders?' What does it mean that they 'belong to Hashem?' Why does Hashem…

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