Torah Learning with Ari

Ekev – It’s All a Miracle

By Ari Goldwag | July 29, 2021

How can we be assured that Hashem will fulfill His promise to give us the land of Israel if we are far from deserving of that? How do we know that we will merit miracles and that Hashem will defeat our enemies in a way that is beyond our natural ability? What is the concept…

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Vaeschanan – Making Him King

By Ari Goldwag | July 23, 2021

What is the concept of ‘Krias Shema’ – the reading of Shema? Can we also apply the other meaning of kriah – calling? Why is it important to say the words carefully? Who are we calling to when we say ‘Hear O Israel’ – ourselves? The people of Israel as a whole? How does this…

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Devarim-Tisha B’av – Return from Exile

By Ari Goldwag | July 16, 2021

What is the purpose of exile – how does being sent away from a center of spirituality serve to return us to Hashem? Why is it guaranteed that no matter how far we are from Hashem that we will return? How did the forty years of wandering in the wilderness serve to return us to…

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Matos-Masei – Respecting His Name

By Ari Goldwag | July 9, 2021

What is the concept of a vow or oath that involves the name of Hashem? What are the the three characteristics necessary for a person to be able to use the name of Hashem in an oath? Why do these attributes give greater value to the mention of His name? Why can it be so…

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Pinchas – Finding Peace

By Ari Goldwag | July 2, 2021

What is the idea of Peace? Why is this blessing of peace given to Pinchas? How does his act of killing someone who is publicly desecrating Hashem’s name create Peace? What are the ‘Torah’s paths of Peace?’ Why do we ask of a person’s peace on his return from a trip? Why is Peace the…

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Balak – 14th Anniversary! – The Little Things

By Ari Goldwag | June 25, 2021

What is the idea behind the ‘little mitzvahs’ that provide big protection? How does the ‘little’ mitzvah of washing one’s hands provide long life? Why do we learn this lesson from such seemingly unlikely stories? Why did Bilaam realize he was unable to curse the Jewish people? How do we become partners with Hashem? Where…

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Chukas – Purity from Impurity

By Ari Goldwag | June 18, 2021

Why is the formula to purify a person who has come in contact with the dead so full of hints to judgment – red and fire? Why does this purity come about by causing impurity to the Kohen who is performing the process? Why does Avraham, a great righteous individual, come from the wicked Terach?…

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Korach – Beginning and End

By Ari Goldwag | June 11, 2021

What is the depth behind the sons of Korach who will be raised out of their place in Gehinom in the future? What is the connection between this and the idea of the double letters in Hebrew that have different versions in the middle and end of the word? How do these double letters indicate…

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Shlach – Angels and Messengers

By Ari Goldwag | June 4, 2021

What is the essence of a good messenger? Why was Pinchos able to make himself invisible as he was involved in his spying activity? Why were the spies in our parsha viewed negatively (in their perception)? What is the nature of the final messenger (Eliyahu Hanavi) who will be sent immediately before Hashem reveals Himself…

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Behaaloscha – Songs for Hashem

By Ari Goldwag | May 27, 2021

What is the concept of the 7 stringed, 8 stringed and 10 stringed instruments of the Levites in the Temple? Why do they correspond to this world, the Messianic age and the World to Come? Why were they assigned by King David and the prophet Samuel? Why do we speak of stringed instruments when there…

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