Torah Learning with Ari

Ekev – Fragrance of Gan Eden

By Ari Goldwag | August 19, 2022

Why does the verse first speak about the Mon (manna), then the word of Hashem, and then the clothes of the Jewish people that did not wear out for forty years? What is the parallel in the verse in Shir Hashirim, which speaks of the ‘honey dripping from the lips,’ and then the ‘good smell…

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Vaeschanan – Prayer for a Free Gift

By Ari Goldwag | August 11, 2022

What are the regular parameters of our daily prayers? What are the unique ways that our prophets and sages expressed their prayers? What are the ten different names for prayer? What is the highest prayer, as represented by the prayer of Moshe? How do we ask Hashem for a free gift, even when we are…

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Bitachon 71 – Then – See the Miracle

By Ari Goldwag | August 10, 2022

We continue in the words of our sages as they teach us that we need not be worried if we lack the means – our help is only from Hashem – just as it was with our ‘teachers’ and ‘forebears.’ We also encounter the concept that the word ‘then’ is related to a miracle that…

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Devarim & Tisha B’av – Torah Cures

By Ari Goldwag | August 5, 2022

What is the depth of the idea of whether the Torah can be written in other languages? What is the difference between Hebrew and all other languages? How does the ‘Tree of Life’ – the Torah – serve to cure and purify the languages or the tongue? What is the significance of the fact that…

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Bitachon 70 – Fearless Bitachon

By Ari Goldwag | August 3, 2022

We discuss a number of ideas brought out in chazal. Among them is the foundational idea that the fear, or lack of bitachon, can bring about the very thing we fear, Heaven forbid. With courage, commitment and confidence in Hashem, however, we can face all of our challenges. Repeating pesukim also helps us to remind…

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Matos & Masei – Getting out of Exile

By Ari Goldwag | July 29, 2022

What is the meaning of the ‘heart of the wise that is on the right’ as opposed to the ‘heart of the fool on the left?’ What is behind the placement of the cattle before the children in the statement of the children of Gad and Reuven? How does Moshe correct them? What is the…

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Bitachon 69 – Bitachon Always Helps

By Ari Goldwag | July 27, 2022

We discuss the idea that Bitachon always has an effect, even for those who are not righteous. We also explore the approach of Hillel, who would trust in Hashem that he would receive the best food for Shabbos – and knew that what is for today – is for today. CLICK HERE to listen to…

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Pinchas & Matos – One G-d, One Nation

By Ari Goldwag | July 22, 2022

What is behind the concept of Nedarim which are at the end of Parshas Pinchas and the beginning of Matos? Why do they immediately follow the commandment for the offerings of Shmini Atzeres? What is the deeper concept behind the diminishment of the Bull offerings that are brought throughout the days of Succos? What is…

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Bitachon 68 – Stay Spiritually Centered

By Ari Goldwag | July 21, 2022

We start learning together a section in the sefer “Bitach Bashem” where he quotes from sources in the Gemara and Midrash that speak about the idea of Bitachon. We start with a section that speaks of the importance of maintaining our relationship with Hashem at the center of our life through our Bitachon, in order…

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Balak & Pinchas – Challenge of Redemption

By Ari Goldwag | July 15, 2022

What is the unique challenge that presents itself at the transition time of Redemption? How does this play out when the Jews are redeemed from Egypt, as opposed to their imminent arrival in the Holy Land? How was this manifest before the Second Temple was built in the times of Esther? What protected the Jewish…

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