Torah Learning with Ari

Moshiach Comes With Tears

By Ari Goldwag | November 20, 2020

Why were Yitzchak’s eyes clouded over? What was the evil of Esav that he was not meant to see? Why were the angels crying at the binding of Yitzchak? Why did it take almost 80 years for those tears to have an effect and cloud his vision? What is the connection between the Akeida (binding)…

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Chayei Sarah – Seeds of Blessing

By Ari Goldwag | November 13, 2020

This week’s Podcast is dedicated in the memory of Mazel Tova bas R’ Meir Dan. What is the concept of ‘planting early and late?’ How does it apply to planting, literally? How does it apply to the Torah one learns, the charity one gives, the students one teaches and the children one conceives? What is…

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Vayera – Call to Greatness

By Ari Goldwag | November 6, 2020

Why do the angels who visit Avraham – and bring out the Chesed-kindness of their host – also arrive in Sodom and bring out the evil intent of the people there? What is the idea behind the last 25 years of the existence of Sodom and Hashem’s attempts to bring them to Teshuva? What is…

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Lech Lecha – Victory Song

By Ari Goldwag | October 28, 2020

What is the idea behind Malchizedek’s blessing to Avraham Avinu? What did he mean when he said that Hashem was ‘Migen’ the oppressors of Avraham? How does this word relate to the concept of a wheel and the evil machinations of Avraham’s enemies? How does this word relate to the concept of Mangina-song? Why does…

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Noach – Spiritual Cycles

By Ari Goldwag | October 22, 2020

What is the idea behind the Medrash’s statement that before the flood, ‘they would plant but not harvest?’ What is the depth behind the fact that previous to the flood there were no distinct seasons, that people could travel long distances in a moment, and that there was no fear of wild animals? Why did…

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Bitachon 32 – Bitachon is for Everyone

By Ari Goldwag | October 20, 2020

The Alter of Novardok quotes the Rambam (Maimonides) who reveals that anyone can choose to be like the tribe of Levi – whose sole mission was service of Hashem – and thereby by amongst those who ‘fear Hashem and pine for His kindness’ – and in this way merit unusual Divine assistance. Click Here for…

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Breishis – Intuiting our Purpose

By Ari Goldwag | October 16, 2020

Why did Hashem consult with the angels before creating the human being? What is the essence of man’s advantage over an angel? Why did Hashem ask Adam to name the animals? What is the idea behind the name being related to its essence? Why did man refer to himself as Adam from the word Adama-earth?…

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Vzos Habracha-Shmini Atzeres – Alone with Hashem

By Ari Goldwag | October 8, 2020

What is the idea behind Moshe being called a ‘Man of God?’ How can one be ‘a man’ – human – and also be Godly? Why is this a prerequisite in order for him to bless the Jewish people? Why does the Torah stress that he is blessing them before his death? What is the…

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Succos – Shade and Protection

By Ari Goldwag | October 2, 2020

Why do we sit in a Succah on Succos? What is the idea behind the Succah needing to provide shade? Why is the source for this in verse that speaks about Moshiach? What is the idea of the Succah that will be made in the future? Why is the Succah referred to as the ‘tzila…

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Yom Kippur-Haazinu – Creating a Legacy

By Ari Goldwag | September 25, 2020

Why does the song of Ha’azinu make reference to the Heavens and the Earth? Why is the idea behind this song and the covenant it represents? Why was the gate into the Beis Hamikdash (Holy Temple) called the Nikanor Gate? Who was Nikanor, and what miracles did he experience? Why did Hashem send a storm…

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