Torah Learning with Ari

There's Hashgacha everywhere

By Ari Goldwag | January 1, 2009

Guest post by Daniel The low number of Jewish casulaties from Hamas rocket fire is a great kindness to klal Yisrael. It is important to recognize such great kindness from Hashem. It is also important to recognize kindness on a personal level. Here is a kindness that was done for me: With my tight budget…

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Vayigash

By Ari Goldwag | January 1, 2009

What was Yehuda’s power? How was he able to guarantee Binyomin? How did he have the fortitude to stand up to Yosef? What link to Dovid is found in his very name? How can we harness Yehuda’s power ourselves in light of the current matzav in Israel? Find out in this week’s parsha podcast.

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Help fight this war

By Ari Goldwag | December 31, 2008

In the daf yomi today (בבא קמא דף ג) the Gemara brings the passuk in Yeshaya (21:12): אמר שומר אתא בוקר וגם לילה אם תבעיון בעיו שבו אתיו – The watchman said that the morning has come, and also night, if you would ask, then come again. Rashi on the passuk is powerful. He says…

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Getting the message

By Ari Goldwag | December 30, 2008

I just heard the following story from my rav. A wealthy man came to a certain gadol last week. He told the gadol that he had recently lost thirty million dollars. The wealthy man asked for a bracha for his parnasah. Asked the gadol, “Do you have bread on your table?” “Yes, baruch Hashem, we…

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Watch your pride

By Ari Goldwag | December 28, 2008

The leaders of Israel make a decision to enter into Gaza, and surprise Hamas with a devastating attack. The operation has begun and there is certainly promise in what is being done. Yet, we see events unfolding with a superficial eye. We believe that what we see on the surface is what is really happening.…

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Miketz – Facing adversity

By Ari Goldwag | December 25, 2008

Why did Yosef feel like he had to make sure the dreams were fulfilled? Why did the brothers have to go through this ordeal? Why did we need to be oppressed in the Chanukah story and then receive a miraculous salvation? Find out in this week’s parsha podcast, entitled, “Facing adversity.” By the way, you…

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Missing the point

By Ari Goldwag | December 25, 2008

I heard the following story in the name of R’ Shimshon Pincus z’l. Rabbi Boruch Adler* was asked to give a shiur to a mixed group of people, comprised of both scholars and unlettered individuals. He was forewarned that he should make sure to explain and translate words or concepts that might be foreign to…

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Yehoshua and the Sun

By Ari Goldwag | December 24, 2008

I just came across a Da’as Zekenim on the passuk speaking of Yosef’s second dream. He brings a Medrash, which I found both as he brought it and also in a slightly different version. Presented here is a composite of the two Midrashim. The passuk says in Yehoshua 10:12, “שמש בגבעון דום” – the Sun…

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Who is Moshiach ben Yosef?

By Ari Goldwag | December 22, 2008

I would like to give a little idea of who exactly is Moshiach ben Yosef, and I would also like to weave in some strands of the dvar Torah that I said in my Parsha Podcast on Vayeshev. Firstly, let us understand why we need two different Moshiachs. The Moshiach we’ve all heard of is…

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Idols of the Land of Wealth

By Ari Goldwag | December 20, 2008

Something I mentioned in the post Moshiach ben Yosef II was: I think that the most potent message of the story is that Rebbe Nachman teaches that the most desperate place a person can be is in the Land of Wealth. This place is a land that worships wealth and literally calls the wealthiest people…

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