Torah Learning with Ari

Dreaming of… Pesach

By Ari Goldwag | November 20, 2008

Last night I had an unusual dream. The reason it was so unusual is because it had nothing to do with anything I was thinking about the whole day, and at first glance seems to just be a funny dream. In the dream it was Shabbos, and we were eating Challah. It must have been…

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Chayei Sarah

By Ari Goldwag | November 19, 2008

What is the difference between the way Eliezer planned to ask for water and the way he actually did? What is the significance of this? What can we learn from Eliezer’s switch? Find out in this week’s Parsha Podcast.

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Rav Kanievsky's Psak – update

By Ari Goldwag | November 18, 2008

I have received a lot of response to the post entitled “Rav Kanievsky’s Psak” and I have taken down the post, and I am still not putting it back up for the time being. There is someone who will be asking Rav Kanievsky directly whether these statements were indeed made, and also whether he feels…

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Rav Kanievsky's Psak

By Ari Goldwag | November 16, 2008

I am putting the original post back up as I originally wrote it. Please refer to the second part of the story before drawing any conclusions, as I was mistaken in some of the major details. Rav Levy is a very distinguished member of the community. He is someone well versed in both nigleh and…

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Stuck in the US?

By Ari Goldwag | November 13, 2008

I received the following concern in an email: I am very worried. I know that we should be moving to Eretz Yisroel, but we are stuck here in chutz l’aretz for many different reasons. I daven that Hashem should gather all yidden and bring us all safely to Eretz Yisroel. to which I responded: I…

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Gog and Magog – part 1

By Ari Goldwag | November 12, 2008

A while ago I posted about the idea that Gog – גוג – is the opposite of Dovid – דוד. What this means is that whereas Dovid represents complete התבטלות (self-nullification) – דלות ודלות, Gog represents complete and absolute pride – גאווה וגאווה. The more we associate ourselves with the attribute of humility, the more…

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By Ari Goldwag | November 11, 2008

Why didn’t Hashem tell Sarah directly that she would be having a child, but rather tell Avraham who already knew? Why did the malach who was going to destroy Sodom also have to come to Avraham and Sarah if he had no job to do there? Why did Sodom have to be destroyed at the…

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Sign of the times

By Ari Goldwag | November 10, 2008

From the mailbag: Ari, The day after election night, my host said to me the following: “My close friend in Lakewood was driving by the passport office and said it was flooded with Jews the day after the election. She drives by there all the time and she said it’s never like that.” Thought you…

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Of Autists and Sheitels

By Ari Goldwag | November 9, 2008

I must admit that I have read most of what Ben Golden and Daniel have said on their site The prospect of a blog that’s hooked up to what’s going on in shamayim is pretty interesting. They have even been right in some of their predictions (like the fall of the world economy). Some…

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The Real Moshiach

By Ari Goldwag | November 6, 2008

I recently came across a very important statement Galia made in her book. You will find it on pages 113-114. Ima: Is the time of the Mashiach coming soon?Galia: Yes, my dear Ima, mighty and wonderful revelations await us so soon. But you have to be very wary of people who define themselves as messiahs.…

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