Torah Learning with Ari

Yisro – With One Heart

By Ari Goldwag | February 14, 2020

What is the depth of the idea that the Jewish people received the Torah at Sinai as ‘one person, with one heart?’ How does one achieve this level of camaraderie? Where do we see that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts? Why was there a deeper acceptance of the Torah in…

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Beshalach – Moment of Redemption

By Ari Goldwag | February 7, 2020

What is the secret of the three verses in a row that have exactly 72 letters each? What is the idea of the cloud that leads the Jewish people serving as a separation between them and the Egyptian oppresors? Why is there darkness on the side of the Egyptians and light for the Jewish people?…

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Bo – Exodus and Emunah

By Ari Goldwag | January 31, 2020

Why do we need to constantly remember the Exodus from Egypt? What is behind Chavakuk’s statement that the entire Torah comes down to the mitzvah of Emunah-Faith? What is the idea of Emunah as opposed to Bitachon? How does Emunah-Faith translate into action in our lives? Where does Emunah apply in our actual Mitzvah observance?…

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Vaera – Seize the Moment

By Ari Goldwag | January 24, 2020

What is meant in the verse when it says to command the Israelites to let them out of Egypt? Why are they being commanded at this time for something that will not be practical for another 54 years? Why is the idea of releasing one’s Israelite slaves during Shmitah so much more severe because it…

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Shemos – Appreciating Life

By Ari Goldwag | January 17, 2020

Why did Iyov receive such great difficulties for doing something better than Bilaam, who received a quick death? How can we appreciate the amazing good fortune Hashem bestows upon us in that He gives us life? How can we face our challenges with positivity, and even thank Him for those difficulties? What do our sages…

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Vayechi – Shema Yisrael

By Ari Goldwag | January 10, 2020

What is represented by the fact that Yakov is unable to reveal the End Times to his children? Why do they respond by saying ‘Shema Yisrael?’ Why does the Gemara Berachos begin with the concept of saying Shema? Why specifically does the Torah speak first of saying Shema at night? What is the idea behind…

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Vayigash – Shechina in Exile

By Ari Goldwag | January 3, 2020

What is the idea of Hashem’s assurance to Yakov that He will accompany him into the exile? Why does Onkelos uncharacteristically translate Hashem’s descent literally, as opposed to referring to Hashem’s honor? How do we understand the dichotomy of the exile being a place where Hashem’s presence is hidden, and yet the Divine Presence and…

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Mikeitz – Waiting for Justice

By Ari Goldwag | December 27, 2019

What is the idea behind all the injustices Yosef must endure, despite his great righteousness? What is the end result of Potifar’s treachery to his faithful servant Yosef? Why is Yosef able to recognize his brothers, but they do not recognize him? What is the end result of Yosef’s commitment to absolute truth in the…

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Vayeshev – Chanukah and Yosef

By Ari Goldwag | December 20, 2019

Why does the Torah repeat the theme of a beautiful person experiencing a challenge as a result of their beauty – be it Sarah, Rivkah, Dina or Yosef? What is the difference between all other cultures in the way that they show their prominence as opposed to the Jewish culture? How does the story of…

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Vayishlach – Following Examples

By Ari Goldwag | December 12, 2019

Why did Ovadya separate the 100 prophets he was saving into two groups? Why is it important that he followed the example of Yakov in our parsha? Why do we find this theme in a number of places in the Gemara? Why do we find this also in regards to the behavior of the Amoraim…

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