Torah Learning with Ari

Rosh Hashana – Holding on to the Throne

By Ari Goldwag | September 14, 2020

What is the unique power of Teshuva? How does it help a person to reach Hashem’s Throne of Glory? What was the importance of what the angels showed Moshe at each level as he rose through the seven heavens? Why is Teshuva-repentance associated with the seventh level and the throne? How was Moshe able to…

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Nitsavim-Vayelech – Seeking Completion

By Ari Goldwag | September 11, 2020

What is the idea behind the severity of the punishment of Yehuda for not completing the mitzvah and bringing Yosef all the way home? Why is a mitzvah considered as if it was done completely by the one who finished it, as opposed to the one who started it? Why are the bones of Yosef…

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Ki Savo – Hearing the Call

By Ari Goldwag | September 4, 2020

What is the idea of Moshe ‘calling’ to all of the people of Israel? Why does this phrase appear in our parsha, in speaking about the miracles of the 40 years in the wilderness, and also in the context of the revelation at Sinai? Why is the word ‘kriah’ – ‘calling’ also used in the…

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Ki Seitze – Absolute Forgiveness

By Ari Goldwag | August 28, 2020

While praying for his sister Miriam to be healed, why did Moshe Rabeinu imply that if Hashem would not heal her, he would heal her himself? How was Moshe able to pray on her behalf when he was the very one who she had wronged? How did he make use of the fact that he…

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Shoftim – Ending the Plague With Peace

By Ari Goldwag | August 21, 2020

Why are we asked to reach out for peace as we go out to war? What ways are we enjoined to seek peace in our personal lives? Why did our sages create a system of who gets honored by being called to the Torah – first Kohen, then Levi, then Yisrael? Why does the Sun…

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Re’eh – Times of Challenge and Expansion

By Ari Goldwag | August 14, 2020

What is the idea behind the fact that originally eating meat was completely prohibited unless as part of a korban? Why did Hashem permit it when ‘He will expand your borders?” Why would Yosef have been happy enough even if he would have been released without being made into a king? How does this parallel…

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Ekev – Of Horns and Heels

By Ari Goldwag | August 7, 2020

What is the idea behind the prohibition of assembling the pieces of a candelabra on Shabbos? What is the idea of the first Shabbos that was kept by the entire Jewish people? How does one ‘enjoy’ the Shabbos? Why do we receive spiritual rewards for physical enjoyment on Shabbos? What does the midrash mean when…

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Vaeschanan – With All Your Soul

By Ari Goldwag | July 31, 2020

What is the idea behind the quiet recitation of the second line of Shema – ‘baruch shem…’ Why is it something that only the angels can say out loud, and that we can also, when we are like angels on Yom Kippur? What is the idea of loving of Hashem with all of our souls?…

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Moshiach 16 – Tisha B’av, The Fall of Persia, and Moshiach ben Dovid

By Ari Goldwag | July 29, 2020

Why did Reish Lakish – who lived in Israel – get upset at the Babylonian Rabba bar Bar Chana? Would the Beis Hamikdash have been destroyed if all the Jews returned from Bavel when it was built? What is the prerequisite for the Divine Presence to dwell upon the Holy Temple? Why can’t the third…

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Devarim – Love and Rebuke

By Ari Goldwag | July 24, 2020

Why does Moshe start his final speech with words of rebuke? What is the contrast between how Moshe speaks on behalf of Klal Yisrael in front of Hashem when they have sinned, and how he speaks to the Jews themselves? Why is it that the wicked Bilaam is the one who speaks highly of the…

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