Torah Learning with Ari

Vayeshev – Moshiach ben Yosef

By Ari Goldwag | December 18, 2008

Why did Yosef have two dreams? Why does the Torah call the second dream a חלום אחר – a different dream, whereas by Paroh it says he dreamt the dream a second time? What do stars look like when they bow down? Why should we care? Why is the story of Yehudah and Tamar sliced…

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Hashem will not forsake us

By Ari Goldwag | December 17, 2008

Ki Lo Yitosh was composed by Elli Kranzler and sung by Mordechai Ben David on his album Hineni. The words are כי לא יטוש ה’ עמו ונחלתו לא יעזוב. השם הושיעה המלך יעננו ביום קראנו – Hashem will not push away His nation, and He will not leave His inheritance. Hashem the Savior and King…

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Pride Kills

By Ari Goldwag | December 17, 2008

Twenty five people were killed yesterday in a road accident here in Israel. The news reports that the two drivers were ‘racing’ right before the fatal nightmare. The driver had a record of driving incidents. This tragedy holds a profound lesson for us. On occasion I have a simcha that I will sing in Jerusalem…

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Thinking ahead

By Ari Goldwag | December 16, 2008

This story starts off rather normal. But a discerning ear will hear greatness here. Last night, the wife of an old friend of mine called. Her in-laws will be in town and staying in my area and she heard that I may be out for Shabbos Chanukah for a simcha. I confirmed that I would…

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Giving beats everything

By Ari Goldwag | December 15, 2008

I recently heard a from a friend of mine that Rav Shach had said that right before Moshiach comes, the only ones who will be giving tzedakah will be the bnei Torah, and they will receive all the reward of the world as no one else is giving. As a continuation of the post “Give…

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Open your heart

By Ari Goldwag | December 14, 2008

This song was composed by Rav Shmuel Brazil, and the words are attributed to Sefer Charedim. The words are בלבבי משכן אבנה להדר כבודו ולמשכן מזבח אשים לקרני הודו ולנר תמיד אקח לי את אש העקידה ולקרבן אקריב לו את נפשי היחידה – In my heart, I will build a sanctuary to praise His glory,…

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Winning the game

By Ari Goldwag | December 13, 2008

We affect every person we meet. We can have a positive impact on others, sometimes so great that it will affect their lives. This is certainly true of the children Hashem has given into our care. There is power in that, but as Peter Parker learned early on, ‘with great power comes great responsibility.’ The…

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Give it or lose it

By Ari Goldwag | December 12, 2008

In my Daily Dvar, today’s reading in Ahavas Chesed brought a very poignant Gemara in Bava Basra (10a). There it says that just like one’s income is determined on Rosh Hashana, similarly the expenditures (or losses) one will encounter are determined on Rosh Hashana. If the person merits, they can be ‘lost’ by being given…

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Esav's tentacles

By Ari Goldwag | December 11, 2008

The tentacles of Esav’s superficial view of the world are found throughout Western society. It has seeped into our hearts and our minds to the point where we automatically question what our Torah says is truly the nature of reality. We identify more naturally with the words of the scientist then with the words of…

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Bringing Miracles of Redemption

By Ari Goldwag | December 10, 2008

I was deeply moved recently as I read a beautiful piece in the sefer Nefesh Hachaim at the end of the first gate, chapter nine, and the accompanying commentary of Rav Bentzion Epstien (Feldheim hebrew edition of Nefesh Hachaim pp. 98-101). Rav Chaim Volozhin explains the deep idea that Hashem set up the world in…

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