Torah Learning with Ari

Ki Sisa – Admitting our Mistakes

By Ari Goldwag | March 4, 2021

What is the embarrassment we are to feel within the mitzvah of Tzedakah-Charity? Why was the giving of the Luchos (tablets) accompanied by a grievous sin on the part of the Jewish people? What is the idea behind feeling shame for our sins? What is the idea behind the verse that teaches us that when…

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Tetzaveh-Purim – He Carries, We Carry

By Ari Goldwag | February 25, 2021

Why does Hashem ask the Kohanim to carry the Aron if He is carrying it Himself? Why did Achashverosh want to wear the clothing of the High Priest? Why does the Midrash stress that the Jewish people have all the talent we need – in leadership, priesthood, war prowess, etc – and that we need…

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Terumah – Tabernacle of Torah

By Ari Goldwag | February 18, 2021

Why does the Torah place the concept of the Tabernacle immediately following Moshe’s ascension onto Har Sinai? What is the parallel between the Tabernacle and the Torah? What is unique about Torah, in its description as a ‘good item’ that Hashem has ‘sold’ us? What do we accomplish in our study of the Torah, and…

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Mishpatim – What’s Right is Right

By Ari Goldwag | February 12, 2021

Why does the Torah place the concept of withholding a poor man’s collateral next to the prohibition of cursing a judge or leader? Why is that commandment followed by the concept of giving tithes from one’s produce in the right time? How does the concept of the tithes then further connect to the concept that…

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Yisro – The Lion’s Roar Revisited

By Ari Goldwag | February 5, 2021

What is the idea behind Hashem being compared to a Lion Roaring as He reveals Himself on Mount Sinai? When is Hashem referred to as the ‘King of the Nations?’ What is the idea of the continuation of the passuk in relation to the Lion’s roar, that when Hashem speaks, all will prophesy? What is…

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Beshalach – The Manna, Emunah, and the Miracle

By Ari Goldwag | January 29, 2021

Why do the nations say that the Jewish people will die when they enter the wilderness? How do they see that they are wrong? What is the idea behind the amazing number of 60 cubits, which is how high the Manna piled up as it rained down? What is the idea of the word matar-rain?…

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Bo – The Month, the Moon and the Light

By Ari Goldwag | January 22, 2021

Why are the commandments of Pesach given on the first day of the month of Nissan? What is the connection between the New Moon and the Full Moon? Why do we refer to the night of the 14th of Nissan as ‘Ohr’ – ‘Light?’ Why does the Midrash refer to the last 3300 years as…

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Vaera – Moshe, Moshiach and the Downfall of Trump

By Ari Goldwag | January 15, 2021

Why does Moshe begin the redemption process, only to be faced with a setback that seems to makes things worse for the Jewish people? Why does the redemption process need to start with Rachamim-mercy that is clothed in Din-judgment? Why does Hashem have compassion on Moshe despite Moshe’s challenge to Him? What is the idea…

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Shemos – Zeh Keili – He Believes In Me

By Ari Goldwag | January 8, 2021

What is behind the future tense of the verse that says ‘as per how much they were caused pain, so they will become great and so they will expand?’ What was the plan of the Egyptians in raising the quota of the Jews and causing them to sleep in the field? How did Hashem thwart…

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Vayechi – Forgiveness and Consolation

By Ari Goldwag | January 1, 2021

What is the amazing power of Yosef’s forgiveness for his brothers? What is Yosef’s consolation to them and how does he explain that he could never and would never want to harm them? How does this parallel the future consolation that Hashem will console the Jewish people before the advent of the age of Moshiach?…

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