Torah Learning with Ari

Vayera – Avraham and Sodom

By Ari Goldwag | November 3, 2017

What is the idea behind Avraham’s unique relationship with Sodom? How does it parallel the descent of the Jewish people into Egypt, and really of the many exiles we’ve experienced? What is the idea behind Avraham’s middah (trait) of Chessed-kindness, in contrast with Sarah’s trait of Gevurah-boundary? What is the unique relationship that the Jewish…

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Lech Lecha – Kingdom of Kindness

By Ari Goldwag | October 27, 2017

What is the unique mission of Avraham Avinu? Why does the Torah deem it important to tell us of his wealth and great stature? Why does the Torah teach us about his conquest of the four and five kings? Why were the wise men of Nimrod so fearful when Avraham was born, such that they…

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Noach – Times of Transition

By Ari Goldwag | October 19, 2017

Why does the Torah go into so much detail in describing the generation of the flood, and then the dispersion before bringing Abraham onto the scene? What was the difference between the sin of the generation of the flood and that of the dispersion? Why is the name Elokim (judgment) used in the flood and…

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Vzos Habracha/Breishis – Ending and Beginning

By Ari Goldwag | October 11, 2017

Why do we read the final portion of the Torah on Shmini Atzeres, not on Shabbos? What is the difference between Atzeres (stop) and Shabbos (stop)? Why do we complete the Torah and then start it again immediately? Why does the torah conclude with blessings and the death of Moshe? What is Hashem’s name which…

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Succos – Joy of Submission

By Ari Goldwag | October 4, 2017

What does the midrash mean when it says that we leave our homes and enter the Succah to atone for the deserved punishment of exile? How does the mitzvah of Succah relate to the command to do teshuva (repent)? What does going into exile accomplish? What is the special joy of Succos? Why do we…

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Haazinu-Rosh Hashana

By Ari Goldwag | September 18, 2017

Why do we always read the parshios related to the transition when we are standing at the new year? Why does Moshe call the Heaven and Earth as witnesses to Hashem’s covenant with the Jewish people? How does Hashem express the covenant? How do we express that covenant? How does this relate to our crowning…

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Nitsavim-Vayelech – Return to Paradise

By Ari Goldwag | September 15, 2017

Why does the Torah preface the commandment to repent (Teshuva) with a description of what life will be like after the Messiah’s arrival? What is the difference between our state at present, and the way it will be when the Messiah arrives? What is the concept of the orlas halev (barier on the heart)? How…

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Ki Savo – Power of Amen

By Ari Goldwag | September 8, 2017

What is the concept of the word ‘Amen?’ What is behind the three meanings of Amen – Oath, Admission, and Prayer? Why does one merit to say Amen in the next world if one says Amen in this world? Why does one merit to ‘hear the voice of the bride and groom’ in the future…

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Ki Seitze – Compassion and Fellowship

By Ari Goldwag | September 1, 2017

What is the depth of the idea of sending away the mother bird when taking the chicks? Why does the Gemara say that it is improper to say that this mitzvah indicates that Hashem has compassion upon the animals? Why does our midrash indicate the opposite? How does fulfilment of this commandment bring closer the…

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Shoftim – Charity and Justice

By Ari Goldwag | August 25, 2017

Why does the verse imply that Justice and Charity are greater than bringing sacrifices in the Temple? In what ways are they indeed greater? Why did King David rejoice when his scoffers expressed their wish that ‘the temple be built’ when it meant the end of his own life? How did King David perform justice…

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