Torah Learning with Ari

Understanding the Erev Rav

By Ari Goldwag | June 4, 2009

In this week’s Parsha Podcast, we discuss the story of the מתאוננים – the complainers. The questions are many. Why is the Erev Rav always starting the trouble? Why do they complain about the Mon? What is the significance of the crying of the Jewish people? Why is there an angry response by both Hashem…

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On our own

By Ari Goldwag | June 3, 2009

On a short walk in Ramat Bet Shemesh, I had a most moving thought. As the Jewish people once again seems to find itself in a corner, with no one to rely on but Hashem, there is a striking parallel to another point in history that presaged a potential Geulah. This was actually in the…

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Nasso – Sotah and Nazir

By Ari Goldwag | May 28, 2009

What is the deeper significance of the juxtaposition of the parshios of Sotah and Nazir? Why does a Sotah seem to be rewarded if she has not done adultery, when in any event she has been ‘hanging out’ with other men? Why should a person become a Nazir if he sees a Sotah’s disgrace? What…

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Shavuos and the light of Moshiach

By Ari Goldwag | May 26, 2009

What is Rebbe Akiva and his students’ connection to this time between Pesach and Shavuos? Why did they die then, and why do we mourn it to this day? What are the three times in history that the light of Moshiach was revealed, and how does this connect to Shavuos? What is Rebbe Akiva’s role…

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Bimidbar – counting is love

By Ari Goldwag | May 21, 2009

Why does Hashem count us? How does it show his love? Why are the Leviim counted separately? Why is the counting specifically done with money? What is the deeper meaning behind money? Why are Bechorim redeemed specifically with money? Find out in this week’s parsha podcast

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Ribono – strength through song

By Ari Goldwag | May 21, 2009

I must say that I was not sure if there would be much response to my anti-Loshon-Hara drive, and I was scared to look at my stats to see how many people downloaded Rav Kessin’s shiur. I was truly impressed at the amount of response that it actually got. If you haven’t yet heard it,…

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About Rav Mendel Kessin

By Ari Goldwag | May 20, 2009

I thought that perhaps it would have more power if we knew a drop more about Rav Kessin, so I found the following that was written about him on the Gateways website: Rabbi Mendel Kessin Rabbi Kessin was ordained by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein. He has a PhD in Psychology from Fordham University in NY and…

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Moshiach, now? part III

By Ari Goldwag | May 19, 2009

I took the four parts of Rav Kessin’s shiur (see previous post) and combined them into one mp3. The total running time is 1 hr. 50 mins. This is a shiur that will change your outlook and really give you a deeper understanding of what is going on. Mendel Kessin on LH.mp3 Again, you…

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Moshiach, now? part II

By Ari Goldwag | May 18, 2009

You know, I don’t think there is anyone who will say that we aren’t in a very significant moment in history. As I have said in the past, I do not like to make predictions, and the main reason is because predictions for the near future look rather silly when they do not come true.…

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Behar-Bechukosai – The secret of the Shofar

By Ari Goldwag | May 14, 2009

Did you ever look for the deeper meaning of the shofar? Did you ever think about why it was blown at Har Sinai and will be blown when Moshiach comes? Did you notice the parallel between the count to Yovel and Sefiras ha’omer? Why do we blow it on Yovel, and what is its significance…

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