Torah Learning with Ari

5769

By Ari Goldwag | August 28, 2008

In the parsha this week, the passuk says the famous line: והיית אך שמח Interestingly, the gematria of the consecutive letters in bold is תשס”ט corresponding to the year 5769 that begins on the 30th day of September. Someone commented on the last gematria post that אליהו התשבי is also תשס”ט I also had mentioned…

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Parshas Re'eh

By Ari Goldwag | August 27, 2008

The concept of Simcha – Joy – is mentioned six times in this week’s parsha, always in connection with family and the Beis Hamikdash. This week’s parsha podcast explores why. running time is approximately 16 minutes. Join over 400 people listening weekly be’H.

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Sack and Ashes?

By Ari Goldwag | August 27, 2008

I don’t know if everyone is aware of how the current sack and ashes movement began. A few months ago, I came out of the Beis Medrash of my kollel, and as usual, there were a number of different books for sale. One book caught my eye. It was Daniel‘s book. Daniel is an autistic…

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The Iranian "Threat"

By Ari Goldwag | August 26, 2008

Should we be scared of a nuclear Iran? I present for you a beautiful piece from the Yalkut Shimoni (Yishaya 60): אמר ר’ שמעון בן פזי באותה שעה מגביה הקב”ה למשיח עד שמי השמים ופורש עליו מזיו כבודו מפני אומות העולם מפני פרסים הרשעים. אומרים לו אפרים משיח צדקנו הוי דיין על אלו ועשה בהם…

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This Year

By Ari Goldwag | August 25, 2008

As I was saying the Kinos on Tisha B’av day, I was struck by something very interesting in the eighth Kinah. It goes like this:אילותי לעזרתי תרתי חזות, אימתי בכל שנה אומרת היא השנה הזאת, אידע לכל כי מודעת זאת, אם לא כי יד ה’ עשתה זאת The Artscroll translates:I seek to witness [the fulfillment…

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Loving those who hate

By Ari Goldwag | August 25, 2008

I’m going to tell you a secret that will change your life. It was the 16th of Adar – Purim in Jerusalem, 5768. I had played a long dance set with my friend Yehuda David on the guitar, and myself on the keyboard and vocals for a small American Yeshiva in the neighborhood of Ezras…

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Lesson from the ants

By Ari Goldwag | August 24, 2008

Today I went with my family to a little park we call the “Shady Park,” which is a five minute drive from our home. We spent some nice time together, and then I went off for a few minutes of alone time. As I was walking along, I came across a group of ants, busily…

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Aviva Malka bas Leah

By Ari Goldwag | August 24, 2008

I told the story in a previous post about the young girl who came out of the coma saying, “Did I miss the weddings, and did I miss Moshiach coming?” I spoke to her father on Friday. They just returned from a trip to Boston for two weeks with their daughter that was necessary for…

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Facing Troubled Times

By Ari Goldwag | August 24, 2008

I recently learned the following concept in the Chofetz Chaim’s book Ahavas Chessed, section 2 chapter 5. I quote verbatim in translation. You can hear this as an audio file here. “How can we bring Hashem’s kindness into the world, especially when we face difficulties from every direction that seem to overwhelm us? The answer…

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Who is Gog?

By Ari Goldwag | August 24, 2008

I was inspired today by something new that Ben Golden wrote. He wrote that the war of Gog Umagog is an internal war that each of us is fighting with our yetzer hara, and depending on every individuals’ fight will be the fate of the world. (That’s how I understood it.) That being said, the…

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