Torah Learning with Ari

Moshiach ben Yosef & Yehoshua V

By Ari Goldwag | April 14, 2009

We continue with the second to last installment of Rav Daniel Krentzman’s sefer. Aseh V’Hatzliach – Success through Doing Actively Another essential factor in the mission of Mashiach ben Yosef is that the goals and efforts towards Tikkun Olam be achieved through “Asiyah,” that is, physical human effort and involvement in the physical world. Since…

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Moshiach ben Yosef & Yehoshua IV

By Ari Goldwag | April 12, 2009

We continue with Rav Daniel Krentzman’s sefer on Moshiach ben Yosef and Yehoshua. Giluy Sod –Revealing the Hidden Inner Dimension of the Torah Another important aspect of Mashiach ben Yosef is “Sod,” the possession and development of the hidden inner dimension of the Torah, and at times, its revelation to the world. Sod can also…

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Moshiach ben Yosef & Yehoshua III

By Ari Goldwag | April 10, 2009

We again continue with Rav Daniel Krentzman’s sefer on Moshiach ben Yosef and Yehoshua. Yeshoshua’s Reception of the Aspect of Mashiach ben Yosef At the very beginning of sefer Yehoshua the pasuk states: “And it was after the death of Moshe, servant of Hashem, that Hashem said to Yehoshua son of Nun, (Misharet Moshe) attendant…

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Pesach Podcast

By Ari Goldwag | April 8, 2009

The Pesach podcast is entitled ‘Blossoming Redemption,’ and discussed are the following questions. Why do we have the seder at night if the actual redemption happened during the day? Why is it important that Pesach is referred to as ‘Chag ha’aviv?’ Why does Pesach seem to be a climax of redemption, yet we see it…

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Moshiach ben Yosef & Yehoshua II

By Ari Goldwag | April 8, 2009

We continue with the introduction of Daniel Krentzman’s sefer on Moshiach ben Yosef and Yehoshua. An Introduction to the Aspect of Mashiach ben Yosef Before Adam HaRishon sinned, by eating from the Etz HaDaat, his personal avodah was primarily to perfect himself spiritually. He was placed in Gan Eden in an environment that would allow…

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Moshiach ben Yosef & Yehoshua

By Ari Goldwag | April 7, 2009

A number of months ago, I sang at a wedding where the chosson had written a little sefer about Moshiach ben Yosef and Yehoshua. I recently came across the copy I had gotten, and called him up to ask for permission to reprint it in the blog. He graciously acquiesced, so here I will present,…

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Rav Elya Svei's hesped and more

By Ari Goldwag | April 6, 2009

A reader of this blog was at Rav Elya’s levaya, and shared with me that Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Philadelphia, in his eulogy of Rav Svei, said that Rav Svei had said ten years ago that Moshiach would come in 2009. A comment on the previous post gave the following link…

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Seventy years

By Ari Goldwag | April 3, 2009

In the previous posts we saw that there is a significant period of seventy years that constitutes the ‘pregnancy’ of the redemption. It is characterized by a ‘conception’ which is especially difficult, and a ‘birth’ which is difficult as well. In light of this, the story that I mentioned a while ago becomes ever-so-interesting. Here…

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Parshas Tzav

By Ari Goldwag | April 2, 2009

This week’s parsha podcast speaks about the two dimensions of Mitzvah observance – action and intent. If you have one without the other, it’s like a horse without a carriage.

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Understanding the Geulah process III

By Ari Goldwag | April 2, 2009

We continue with the first chapter of Acharis Ke’raishis: Here we have ‘two prophets saying a similar prophecy.’ The order of the redemption is split into two stages. One is the redemption itself, and the other is the beginning of the redemption, referred to as the “פקידה.” [This language of פקידה is found in the…

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