Torah Learning with Ari

Vayeshev – Chasing Away the Enemy

By Ari Goldwag | November 25, 2021

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

By Ari Goldwag | November 19, 2021

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

By Ari Goldwag | November 18, 2021

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

By Ari Goldwag | November 17, 2021

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

By Ari Goldwag | November 11, 2021

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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Bitachon 33 – Guidelines for Bitachon

By Ari Goldwag | November 11, 2021

The Alter of Novardok gives clarity as to what is considered Bitachon – specifically, in a situation where it seems likely that a certain individual will provide my needs, it is important to remain aware that Hashem has many ways to send those needs and this person may or may not be His agent for…

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Toldos – The Secret of Motivation

By Ari Goldwag | November 5, 2021

What is the concept of motivation – what drives us to do the things we do? How can we motivate ourselves to do something that we are not so motivated by? What was the fundamental flaw of Esav, and why was he therefore called ‘Edom’ – ‘Red?’ What is the foundational idea of distinguishing between…

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Chayei Sarah – Transforming the Physical

By Ari Goldwag | October 29, 2021

What was so special about the Cave of Machpela that sparked both Avraham and Yaakov to go to such great lengths to acquire? What is the idea behind Avraham discovering the cave while in the midst of performing his kindness toward his guests? Why were Adam and Chava in the cave ‘sleeping with a light…

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Vayera – Spreading Revelation

By Ari Goldwag | October 22, 2021

What is unique about the revelation of Hashem to Avraham immediately before Yitzchok is to be born? What is the idea behind the statement of the midrash that Avraham sat and ‘Hashem stood?’ What was Avraham’s concern about the fact that visitors seemed to have stopped coming after he performed the bris? What is the…

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Lech Lecha – Through the Fire

By Ari Goldwag | October 15, 2021

Why does Hashem command Avraham in a seemingly reverse order – to leave his country, his family, his father’s house? What is the analogy to the burning building which seems to have no one to care for it and douse the flames? What is Hashem’s response when Avraham asks if He has forsaken mankind? Why…

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