Torah Learning with Ari

Mikeitz – Character Development

By Ari Goldwag | December 23, 2022

What is Yosef’s goal in sending the brothers through these difficult trials and tribulaltions? How does Yehuda’s request of Yosef express, on behalf of his mother, the appreciation for Rachel allowing Leah into the home of Yaakov? Why was this appreciation absent at the end of the story? How does Yosef use the middah (character…

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Bitchon 90 – King David’s Promise

By Ari Goldwag | December 20, 2022

We continue with verse from Tehillim (Psalms) that talk of Bitachon. Hashem is trusted by those from the farthest ends of the Earth and the distant seas. Hashem is the One who we have trusted since the innocence of youth. When we look for Hashem’s kindnesses, we see them more, and they come more. Dovid…

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Vayeshev – Life Trajectories

By Ari Goldwag | December 16, 2022

Why did Yaakov show favor to Yosef? What is meant by the fact that Yosef was of a similar ‘look’ to Yaakov? What is the idea behind his ‘greater wisdom?’ Why did Yaakov give him a ‘coat of stripes?’ What is represented by these stripes or lines? What is the teaching behind the fact that…

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Bitachon 28 – Bitachon Merits Salvation

By Ari Goldwag | December 13, 2022

We continue in verses from Tehillim (Psalms) and discuss a number of ideas. Among them is the idea that the very faith itself is a reason for Hashem to perform the salvation we seek. CLICK HERE to listen to the audio Running time: 22:02

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Vayishlach – Light Ends the Struggle

By Ari Goldwag | December 9, 2022

What is the backstory that predicated the struggle of Yaakov with the angel of Esav? Why did the angel appear as a fellow shepherd? How is the entire struggle of the Jewish people – throughout our thousands of years of exile – contained in this interaction? What are the lessons for our approach to commerce…

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Bitachon 88 – Letting it be Hashem’s Way

By Ari Goldwag | December 6, 2022

We continue in discussing ideas from Dovid Hamelech in Tehillim (Psalms), among them is the idea of trusting in Hashem to provide the very way itself that He will provide for us, not stipulating with Hashem how He ‘should’ send us our needs. CLICK HERE to listen to the audio Running time: 22:31

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Vayetzei – Early Sunrise of Redemption

By Ari Goldwag | December 2, 2022

How does Yakov Avinu (Jacob) represent the Jewish people’s descent to exile and return to redemption? Why did the sun set early, and when did the sun ‘get back’ the two hours with an early sunrise? Why was Yakov referred to by the angels (and his son Yosef) as ‘the Sun?’ What is the ‘key…

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Bitachon 87 – The Secret to Lasting Success

By Ari Goldwag | November 29, 2022

We continue in verses from Tehillim (Psalms) in which King David extolls the great heights attained when one employs the attribute of Bitachon (confidence) in Hashem. Among them is the secret to lasting success – by reinforcing one’s dependence on Hashem – the true source of all Good – one guarantees a good outcome, as…

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Toldos – Finding Our True Voice

By Ari Goldwag | November 25, 2022

What is the reason for the repetition of the word ‘kol’ – voice – in the statement of Yitzchak that the voice sounds like Yakov and not Esav? What is the reason for the doubling of the language of Esav’s ‘hands’ and what do we learn from the voice of Yakov being placed next to…

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Bitachon 86 – It’s About Our Relationship

By Ari Goldwag | November 22, 2022

We continue in pesukim from Tehillim (Psalms) where King David inspires us with his Bitachon – which he asked Hashem that it not produce embarrasment by going unanswered. It is this powerful faith that produces a connection to Hashem that does not falter. Even if the odds are stacked against me, I place my trust…

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