Torah Learning with Ari

Bitachon 125 – Bitachon for the Right Things

By Ari Goldwag | August 23, 2023

We study together ch. 26 passuk 1 which speaks of Dovid Hamelech’s conviction of his straightness and confidence in Hashem. We study a few angles of this, but one of them is the importance of having Bitachon in Hashem specifically as regards our relationship with Hashem, and making sure we focus this powerful tool on…

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Shoftim – Getting Right With Others

By Ari Goldwag | August 18, 2023

What is greater – the sacrifices brought in the Beis Hamikdash (Temple) or proper judgment, justice and charity? Why are Tzedakah and Mishpat (charity and judgment) so central? Why did King David rejoice when people wished for the Beis Hamikdash to be built, even though it implied his own death, as it was his son…

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Bitachon 124 – Prayer and Simplicity

By Ari Goldwag | August 16, 2023

We study together the pesukim at the end of chapter 25 in Tehillim (Psalms) which speak of Dovid Hamelech’s prayer, which strengthens his Bitachon. We also speak of another tool he uses – going simply in the straight path of Hashem. CLICK HERE to listen to the audio Running time: 24:08

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Reeh – Amassing Spiritual Power

By Ari Goldwag | August 11, 2023

Why does the Torah speak of a single mitzvah (commandment) when it refers to keeping all of the mitzvos? How does the mitzvah of Krias Shema (Hear O Israel) include all of the mitzvos? What is the unique spiritual power of this powerful statement? How do we strengthen the myriad angels that surround us and…

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Bitachon 123 – Following King David’s Lead

By Ari Goldwag | August 9, 2023

We continue with chapter 25 verse 3, the next verse, where Dovid Hamelech (King David) asks Hashem to not only support his own Bitachon, but also that He should respond to the hope of anyone who trusts in Him. We discuss the contrast between Bitachon-confidence versus Kivui-hope. We also talk about the difference between the…

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Ekev – Hashem Keeps His Promises

By Ari Goldwag | August 4, 2023

What is the difference between the wicked, who experience a more immediate downfall, as opposed to the Righteous, whose reward is saved for them for a thousand generations? What do we learn from the story of R’ Pinchas ben Yair, where he saved and replanted the grains that were given to him to watch, and…

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Bitachon 122 – Super Bitachon

By Ari Goldwag | August 2, 2023

We discuss the passuk in chapter 25 of Tehillim which speaks of how we can trust Hashem – for His sake – so that there not be a desecration of His name. We also hear the story of someone who I met who told me about his ‘Super Bitachon’ which got him a trip to…

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Vaeschanan – Cities of Refuge

By Ari Goldwag | July 28, 2023

Why was Moshe insistent on setting aside the cities of refuge on the Eastern side of the Jordan river if they would not be activated until a number of years later? When was Moshe the beneficiary of a ‘city of refuge,’ or more accurately, a miraculous salvation from Hashem, after which he ran away from…

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Bitachon 121 – Good and Kindness Pursue Me

By Ari Goldwag | July 25, 2023

We continue with Tehillim ch. 23 verse 6, which speaks of Good and Kindness that pursue me forever. This indicates the desire to be able to live a spiritual life with connection to Hashem’s Torah and opportunities to do kindness to others. According to the Chofetz Chaim, it also represents our desire that the challenges…

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Devarim – Og’s Piece of Cake

By Ari Goldwag | July 21, 2023

Why did the nations seem at first to fear the people of Israel, then come out bravely to attack us as we approached their territory? What was the strength they saw in us and what was our perceived weakness? Why did the Emori people ultimately bless ‘the hands’ of Moshe, even as they were being…

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