Torah Learning with Ari

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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Noach – Right Intentions

By Ari Goldwag | October 8, 2021

Why does the Torah speak of the children of Noach in the context of describing him as righteous? Why were the wicked of the generation of the flood so totally destroyed – what was their fundamental flaw? Why are intentions so important and how do they show up in the fruit or product of what…

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Breishis – World Foundations

By Ari Goldwag | October 1, 2021

Why does the Torah begin with the word ‘Breishis,’ which means the beginning of – without telling us the beginning of what it is talking about? What is the idea behind the Torah preceding the world by 2000 years? What are the four levels of it having been hidden and protected by Hashem in that…

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Succos – Pesach, Lulav and Hallel

By Ari Goldwag | September 24, 2021

What is the parallel between Pesach and Succos, and between the Pesach sacrifice and the Lulav? What is special about these two mitzvos that engenders a recital of Hallel – the song of praise of Hashem? What month did the exodus take place, and when were the Jewish people actually freed from slavery? What is…

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Vayelech-Yom Kippur – The King’s Gifts

By Ari Goldwag | September 10, 2021

What is behind Hashem’s statement to Moshe that his time has come, and that it is time for the leadership of Yehoshua to begin? Why does the midrash stress the greatness of Moshe – his ability to battle the angels and easily sway Hashem, as it were – and contrast that with his weakness in…

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Nitsavim-Rosh Hashana – Prayer and Repentance

By Ari Goldwag | September 1, 2021

What is the concept of prayer, and specifically a prayer for forgiveness? What is the idea behind the statement of the medrash that ‘Prayer is very great in front of Hakadosh Baruch Hu (G-d)? What is the idea behind the limitation of the punishment of Kayin (Cain) which split his decree in half through his…

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Ki Savo – Affirming Hashem’s Reality

By Ari Goldwag | August 27, 2021

What is the concept of the word ‘Amen?’ What are the three contexts of the use of this word, and the theme of all three? Why is it that if we ‘say Amen in this world, we will say Amen in the next?’ Why is there a parallel concept in regards to the study of…

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Ki Seitze – ‘Floating’ to Redemption

By Ari Goldwag | August 20, 2021

What is the deeper concept behind the obligation of circumcision? Why is it done on the eighth day? How does this relate to Hashem’s compassion? In what way does Hashem show compassion for the animals and the birds? Why do we send away the mother bird when we take the baby birds? How do these…

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Shoftim – Foundation of the World

By Ari Goldwag | August 13, 2021

What is the idea behind a father being forbidden from serving as a judge in his son’s court case, and vice versa? What is the role of the Kohen as judge? Why is the concept of proper judgment a foundational precept for the entire world’s existence? What happens to the social structure when courts do…

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Re’eh – Preparing for Tishrei

By Ari Goldwag | August 6, 2021

This week’s podcast is dedicated l’ilui nishmas Sara bas Yosef; and for the hatzlacha of her children Mimi & Yitzchak Sadowsky. Thank you to their daughter Elisheva for her contribution to Torah How does a person merit blessings? What is the singular mitzvah (commandment) that includes all the other ones? Why does that single commandment…

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