Torah Learning with Ari

Shmini – Balancing Vessels and Light

By Ari Goldwag | April 9, 2021

Why did Nadav and Avihu drink wine as they entered the Holy of Holies when the Tabernacle was finally completed? Why did Shlomo Hamelech (King Solomon) marry the daugther of Pharaoh when he completed the building of the Beis Hamikdash (Temple)? Why did he drink wine at that time? What is the depth of the…

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Pesach – Revelation of the Sea

By Ari Goldwag | April 2, 2021

Why are the Jewish people referred to as Yordei Hayam – “Those who went down into the sea?” Why was their revelation greater than that requested by Moshe on Har Sinai? When will we experience that type of revelation again? Why are the angels unable to have the kind of direct experience that we are…

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Tzav-Pesach – Taste of the Future

By Ari Goldwag | March 26, 2021

Why does the Torah speak in a seemingly repetitious way when speaking about the Korban Olah? What is the relationship of a broken heart to the building of the Beis Hamikdash (Temple) in Jerusalem? Why do we speak on Pesach at the Seder about our return to Eretz Yisrael and the building of the Beis…

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Vayikra – Calling From Love

By Ari Goldwag | March 19, 2021

What happened to the prophesy of the nations of the world with the advent of the Mishkan? What is the difference between the prophesy of the Jewish prophets as opposed to the prophets of the nations of the world? Why does the Torah refer to Hashem speaking to Bilam as ‘Vayikar’ – ‘happening’ to speak…

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Vayakhel-Pekudei – The King’s Crown

By Ari Goldwag | March 11, 2021

Why was the final completion of the Mishkan-tabernacle left to Moshe to do? Why did he need to lift it if it was lifted miraculously? What is the concept of the Crown? What is the ‘crown that Shlomo’s mother crowned him with?’ What is behind the reference to the people of Israel first as a…

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Ki Sisa – Admitting our Mistakes

By Ari Goldwag | March 4, 2021

What is the embarrassment we are to feel within the mitzvah of Tzedakah-Charity? Why was the giving of the Luchos (tablets) accompanied by a grievous sin on the part of the Jewish people? What is the idea behind feeling shame for our sins? What is the idea behind the verse that teaches us that when…

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Tetzaveh-Purim – He Carries, We Carry

By Ari Goldwag | February 25, 2021

Why does Hashem ask the Kohanim to carry the Aron if He is carrying it Himself? Why did Achashverosh want to wear the clothing of the High Priest? Why does the Midrash stress that the Jewish people have all the talent we need – in leadership, priesthood, war prowess, etc – and that we need…

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Terumah – Tabernacle of Torah

By Ari Goldwag | February 18, 2021

Why does the Torah place the concept of the Tabernacle immediately following Moshe’s ascension onto Har Sinai? What is the parallel between the Tabernacle and the Torah? What is unique about Torah, in its description as a ‘good item’ that Hashem has ‘sold’ us? What do we accomplish in our study of the Torah, and…

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Mishpatim – What’s Right is Right

By Ari Goldwag | February 12, 2021

Why does the Torah place the concept of withholding a poor man’s collateral next to the prohibition of cursing a judge or leader? Why is that commandment followed by the concept of giving tithes from one’s produce in the right time? How does the concept of the tithes then further connect to the concept that…

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Yisro – The Lion’s Roar Revisited

By Ari Goldwag | February 5, 2021

What is the idea behind Hashem being compared to a Lion Roaring as He reveals Himself on Mount Sinai? When is Hashem referred to as the ‘King of the Nations?’ What is the idea of the continuation of the passuk in relation to the Lion’s roar, that when Hashem speaks, all will prophesy? What is…

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