Torah Learning with Ari

Redemption rising – part two

By Ari Goldwag | February 6, 2009

The introduction to the sefer אחרית כראשית continues: We find a similar idea in the Zohar on Parshas Vayishlach (קא ע”א) on the verse ויאמר שלחני כי עלה השחר – “[The angel said to Yaakov,] send me for the dawn has risen” : Rabbi Yehuda began and said (Shir Hashirim 6), “Who is this looking…

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Beshalach – Accessing the supernatural

By Ari Goldwag | February 5, 2009

Why are we specifically told to tell the story (lesaper) of the Exodus? Why was Moshe told not to Daven at Yam suf? How did the Jews survive if they were equally deserving of death because they too served idolatry? How do we tap into the world of the supernatural and miraculous? Find out in…

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Redemption rising as the dawn

By Ari Goldwag | February 4, 2009

I would like to share a book with you called אחרית כראשית by Rav Aryeh Shapira. The book quotes from Ramchal and the Gra and speaks extensively about the stages leading up to Geulah. The book is written in Hebrew and brings the original sources, and I will translate to the best of my ability…

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Birthing Moshiach

By Ari Goldwag | February 2, 2009

The Geulah process is compared to the birth of a child, and the troubles we currently experience are the birthpangs – the difficulties that will be’H bring about the final redemption. I was recently thinking about some interesting parallels that this idea leads us to. For the last few months of pregnancy, the average baby…

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Bo – Water, blood and the Moon

By Ari Goldwag | January 30, 2009

What is the connection between the first plague’s blood, and the blood of the Pesach offering that protected the Jews from the last plague? Why was the first plague on the water of the Nile as well as the final downfall of the Egyptians via the water of the Yam Suf? Why was the mitzvah…

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Swallowing pride

By Ari Goldwag | January 26, 2009

Guest post by Daniel My ga’ava (pride) got the best of me today. I called my family to wish them mazal tov on their recent simcha. And the first thing that came out of my mouth was, “Why didn’t anyone call and tell me! I had to hear the news from a person who heard…

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Obama and Moshe's staff

By Ari Goldwag | January 23, 2009

After reading Shirat Devorah’s post about the gematria of Obama’s name coinciding with the gematria of דצ”ך עד”ש באח”ב, a little bell went off in my head, reminding me of what I saw in my rebbe’s book “Machat Shel Yad” (pp. 39-43). There Rabbi Frankel mentions that the matteh that Moshe used to perform all…

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The right accent

By Ari Goldwag | January 22, 2009

Guest post by Daniel. I recently heard this at a halacha class in the name of Rav Kanievsky: Because people sometimes put the accent on the wrong part of words, theoretically, a person could go their entire life without every really saying krias Shema, ch’v! (that’s the R’ Kanievsky part) What matters in krias Shema…

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Va'era – fall of the river god

By Ari Goldwag | January 22, 2009

What is the connection between the makka of blood and the current economic crisis? Find out in this week’s Parsha Podcast.

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Rav Shapiro on Moshiach

By Ari Goldwag | January 21, 2009

I thought it appropriate to share something I heard during the Lebanon war. At the time, I spoke to a certain rav I am close with in Jerusalem, who is a student of Rav Moshe Shapiro. Rav Shapiro is a ‘ba’al machshava’ (codename for a mekubal), who many of us know through his teachings which…

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