Torah Learning with Ari

Beshalach – Israel Has Nowhere to Turn But to G-d

By Ari Goldwag | January 26, 2024

Why is Egypt compared to a fox, while the four great Kingdoms of Israel’s exiles were all compared to great animals? What was Egypt’s crafty plan for survival from the growing menace of the Israelite population in their midst? Why did it involve throwing the babies in water, as opposed to using fire or the…

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Bitachon 145 – Taste the Good of Israel’s G-d

By Ari Goldwag | January 23, 2024

We look at the passuk in Tehillim chapter 34 passuk 9, which speaks about the tangible ‘taste’ of Hashem’s goodness that we can experience when we place our full trust in Him. Ultimately, this has to do with our ability to focus on the broader picture, and see beyond the challenge of the moment, so…

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Bo – Israel – Miraculous Nation

By Ari Goldwag | January 19, 2024

What is special about the month of Nissan, in which Pesach (Passover) falls? Why has the ‘New Year’ changed from its original time – in Tishrei (when we celebrate Rosh Hashana) to being in Nissan? What is the depth of the idea that the people of Israel became a miraculous nation with their exodus from…

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Bitachon 144 – Israel’s Natural is Supernatural

By Ari Goldwag | January 16, 2024

We finish our discussion of the passuk in Tehillim (Psalms) 33, verse 22, which speaks of our recognition that the degree of Hashem’s open intervention in our lives corresponds to the degree that we hope to Him for our success. If we trust on the level of the righteous, then we merit to be treated…

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Vaera – Signs of Salvation and Justice

By Ari Goldwag | January 12, 2024

What is the meaning of the sign that Moshe gave Pharaoh when the staff was thrown down and turned into a snake? Does Hashem need to prove that ‘He is right’ or is His ultimate desire that the wicked turn back to Him? Why did the righteous individuals – Noach, Chizkiya, Chananya, Mishael and Azaryah…

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Bitachon 143 – Israel’s Victory is Hashem’s

By Ari Goldwag | January 9, 2024

We explore the passuk in Tehillim (Psalms) 33, verse 22, which speaks of our recognition that the degree of Hashem’s open intervention in our lives corresponds to the degree that we hope to Him for our success. The people of Israel’s unique ability to succeed is ultimately determined solely by their dependence on Hashem’s Divine…

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Shemos – Israel’s Relationship with G-d

By Ari Goldwag | January 5, 2024

What is behind Moshe’s (Moses’) question to G-d as to what His name is? What is the understanding of Hashem’s response in saying ‘I will be that I will be?’ Why is the language at first doubled, and then singular? What is behind the different names of Hashem in different contexts? What three special times…

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Bitachon 142 – Ultimate Happiness

By Ari Goldwag | January 2, 2024

We explore the passuk in Tehillim (Psalms) 33, verse 21, which speaks of the great happiness we experience when we sense that Hashem is guiding us in our lives, which is a perspective we gain as we strengthen our Bitachon-trust in Him. CLICK HERE to listen to the audio Running time: 21:29

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Vayechi – Children of Israel, Gather

By Ari Goldwag | December 29, 2023

When Yakov calls his sons to bless them, to Whom Else does he call? What is the calling that we do on Rosh Hashana and what is decided on Yom Kippur? How does this parallel the blessings Yakov gave to his sons? Why are the people of Israel referred to as ‘Jews’ which derives from…

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Bitchon 141 – Israel’s Special Providence

By Ari Goldwag | December 26, 2023

We continue our study in chapter 33 passuk 18 of Tehillim (Psalms) which speaks of the “Eye of Hashem,” which denotes His Divine Providence, which is upon those who revere Him, on those who hope for His kindness. Among the ideas we discuss is the idea that there is a special Hashgacha-Providence that applies to…

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