Torah Learning with Ari

Bitachon 48 – Facing Challenges with Bitachon

By Ari Goldwag | February 23, 2022

The Beis Halevi gives us two approaches to looking at a situation of challenge. The first is to realize that we need to look inside ourselves for what we may have done wrong to deserve this situation, and the second is to limit our desires to wanting what Hashem wants for us. CLICK HERE to…

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Ki Sisa – Planting the Future

By Ari Goldwag | February 18, 2022

What is the idea of Hashem counting the Jewish people? What is behind the analogy of the Jewish people being compared to wheat/seeds? Why does a farmer count his seeds before planting, and then count again after he sees the full yield? What is the argument between the wheat, the chaff and straw all about?…

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Bitachon 47 – Seeing it in Hindsight

By Ari Goldwag | February 16, 2022

We talk about two different stories where one can see in hindsight that the Bitachon ‘worked,’ or that the challenge was really a good thing. We also continue in the Beis Halevi who talks about what drives a person to use illegal means or means that are antithetical to the Torah’s teaching, and how it…

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Tetzaveh – Shining Our Light

By Ari Goldwag | February 11, 2022

How does the pure olive oil of the Mishkan-Tabernacle correspond to the essence of the Jewish people? What is unique about the process of creating the olive oil, as opposed to other fruits, and how does it relate to the process the Jewish people go through in exile? What is unique about the properties of…

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Bitachon 46 – It’s Not Us – It’s Hashem!

By Ari Goldwag | February 9, 2022

The Beis Halevi says an unbelievable idea, which is that the seeming cause of our success is not at all the cause – the success was decreed by Hashem, and that was what brought us the opportunity which seems to have brought the success. Ultimately, it’s not us, it’s only Hashem. CLICK HERE to listen…

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Terumah – Light of the Torah

By Ari Goldwag | February 4, 2022

What is the concept behind ‘taking’ in relationship to the giving of contributions to the Mishkan-tabernacle? What are the amazing properties of the Torah, which is likened to a ‘purchase’ which is greater than silver and gold? What is the incredible value of the Torah, as indicated by the light of Moshe’s face? What is…

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Bitachon 45 – Why Put in Efforts?

By Ari Goldwag | February 1, 2022

The Beis Halevi explains the idea behind the concept of hishtadlus-efforts – why we have the necessity at all, and what the proper approach is when we are doing hishtadlus. Ultimately, the results are not related to our efforts, and the truth is that one can be in a state that does not require efforts…

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Mishpatim – Justice in the End of Time

By Ari Goldwag | January 28, 2022

What is the idea of ‘giving the strength to Hashem?’ What is the contrast between Nevuchadnetzar, king of Babylonia, versus King David, and their approach to honor and power? Why does Hashem give the power of true Justice to the Jewish people, as represented by the mishpatim-laws of our parsha? Why does Hashem ask the…

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Bitachon 44 – Receiving the Blessings

By Ari Goldwag | January 26, 2022

We continue in the Beis Halevi who tells us about the negative impact of trusting in human beings and the great reward – in this world and the next – when we put our trust and faith in Hashem. CLICK HERE to listen

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Yisro – Joining in Others’ Joy

By Ari Goldwag | January 20, 2022

What is the fundamental difference between Yisro and Esav? Why are we instructed to attach to Hashem, our ‘Friend,’ and to veer away from our ‘brother?’ What is at the root of the many contrasts between the friendship of Yisro and the hatred of Esav toward the Jewish people? Why is Esav’s gift for Moshiach…

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