Torah Learning with Ari

Balak – Swallowing development

By Ari Goldwag | July 2, 2009

From where did our chazal see that Bilaam was so evil? What was his fundamental character flaw? Why did he experience such a strange miracle, namely the speaking donkey? Why did he speak of the End of Days? Why is the story followed by the prince of the tribe of Shimon’s sin? What is the…

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Sensing Kedusha

By Ari Goldwag | July 2, 2009

A few days ago, I played at a simcha, and had the chance to rent a car. On my way home, I was driving through Ramat Bet Shemesh Bet, and I picked up a chossid to give him a lift. He noticed I was American, and asked about my feelings toward Eretz Yisrael. He explained…

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Recognizing Moshiach

By Ari Goldwag | July 1, 2009

In Bilaam’s brachos of the Jewish people, he relays a message that was intended just for us, sitting on the threshold of the end of days. In perek כד passuk יז Hashem’s plan is revealed in the statement דרך כוכב מיעקב וקם שבט מישראל – A star will shoot out from Yakov, and a ruler…

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Chukas – Cows, calves, and oxen

By Ari Goldwag | June 25, 2009

What is the fundamental understanding of the Red Cow? What is the concept of the cow in relationship to the Golden Calf? What is the significance of the calf as opposed to the cow and the ox? Why is Yosef represented by the ox? What is the significance of the egla arufa and what is…

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JM show

By Ari Goldwag | June 25, 2009

This is a short Jewish Music show I put together. It features some tracks from Yehuda David’s Rockiah and Shmaya Silverman’s Tefilatenu, both available on Itunes, and two short previews from the upcoming album I am working on, called Sheves Chaverim, sequel to Sheves Achim. Click here. You can right click and choose download to…

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Moshiach, Moshiach, Moshiach

By Ari Goldwag | June 22, 2009

Recently, I have been listening to an unbelievable series of Hashkafa tapes from Rav Shimon Kessin. There are some wonderful ideas that I wanted to share that pertain to Moshiach. We all know that we are waiting for Moshiach, but what is this business of two Moshiachs? We have Moshiach ben Yosef and Moshiach ben…

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North Korea – athletics vs bombs

By Ari Goldwag | June 18, 2009

I just can’t get over the contrast between the jpost headline and CNN. Jpost: N. Korea may fire missile at Hawaii CNN: North Korea qualifies for 2010 World Cup If it weren’t so serious, it would almost be funny.

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Korach – Equality vs. Self esteem

By Ari Goldwag | June 17, 2009

Why did Korach talk of equality, but Moshe responds with a claim that he is just coveting the Kehuna? Why did the 250 people follow Korach if their gain would be minimal, as was evident from the story of Oan ben Peles? Why did Moshe choose the Ketores as the test, and why did it…

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Making sense of world events

By Ari Goldwag | June 12, 2009

I am going to do something out of character with this post, and I accede that it represents a failing in myself. My better judgment tells me to never make predictions, and to generally try to avoid reading the news and hype that we, the Moshiach blogosphere, create for ourselves. For better or for worse,…

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Depth of the number forty

By Ari Goldwag | June 11, 2009

What is the deeper significance of the spies exploring Israel for forty days? Why was Moshe on Har Sinai for forty days? Why were the Jewish people punished with forty years – a year for each day? Uncover the great depth hidden in this concept in this week’s Parsha Podcast.

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