What does the story of Yosef and Yehuda and the brothers coming together represent, beyond the simple understanding of the verses? How do these two great paragons of leadership return to a state of unity alongside all the children of Israel? Why did we read the story of Shlomo Hemelech (King Solomon) with the two women fighting over a baby in last week’s haftarah? Where was Yosef trying to lead his brothers through this whole challenge he put them through? In what way did Yehuda bow to Yosef’s leadership, and in what way was Yehuda able to press Yosef to bow to his own will? How does this parallel the unity of the people of Israel today and the future coming together of all the disparate elements of the Jewish people? Find out in this week’s Parsha Podcast.
Jewish music star, Ari Goldwag, is best known for his hits Am Echad, Lo Nafsik Lirkod, Hashem Loves You, and many more. He's also composed smash hits for Benny Friedman, like Yesh Tikvah and Ivri Anochi, and has sung with or collaborated with many of the stars of Jewish music, including Avraham Fried, Mordechai ben David, Yaakov Shwekey, Mordechai Shapiro, Duvie Shapiro and many others. He's produced 22 albums over the last 20 years, and continues to create music with a positive and spiritual message that appeals to all types of audiences, throughout the world.
Ari Goldwag aims to influence and inspire with his music and Torah. He has composed a number of mega hits in contemporary Jewish music.
Lishuascha Kivinu, Ari's debut solo album, hit the shelves in 2003. In addition to composing 10 of the album's tracks, he was intimately involved with the album at every level of its production. The album included the song "Kah Ribon" which has become a classic sung at thousands of Friday night tables. Throughout his career, Ari has released seven solo albums, including his latest hit album “It's Geshmak to be a Yid” released in the spring of 2022, and has starred in and produced several unique music videos. His exceptionally popular video, “Am Echad,” has been viewed over ten million times on YouTube. The video promotes a strong and vibrant message of unity among various and diverse groups of the Jewish people.
Ari has also used his talents to write and produce songs for other artists, including Benny Friedman’s hit "Yesh Tikvah," and "Ivri Anochi," the songs "Lech al Zeh," and "This is my Home" for Duvie Shapiro, and the production of the Sheves Achim and Sheves Chaverim albums. Ari not only inspires through his music but is also a prolific writer and lecturer on a variety of Torah subjects. He has recorded hundreds of classes, the most sought after being the “Parsha Podcast” on the weekly Torah portion, which is updated regularly. He has also released a book entitled "Perfectly Imperfect," which was published by Mosaica Press.