The Alter of Novardok teaches that there are two different types of people, the chacham and the talmid chacham.
The chacham sees himself as already wise and virtuous. He doesn’t want to put in efforts to improve. He may live a life of superficial goodness, but he is stuck where he is, and thus eventually sinks deeper and deeper.
The talmid chacham, on the other hand, sees himself as a student. He recognizes that he does not know everything and that he does not do everything right. Paradoxically, it is the acceptance of his imperfection that gives him the ability to learn from his mistakes and, slowly, perfect himself.
Are you a student of wisdom?
If so, this book is for you.
In it, we join master educator Ari Goldwag on his journey from superficial “nice-ness” to true goodness.
In it, we find the inspiration to accept ourselves — and change.
We are, after all, (perfectly) imperfect.
About The Author
Rabbi Ari Goldwag spent his formative years studying in the Yeshiva of Far Rockaway and developing his path in the world of personal growth and mussar under the guidance of Rabbi Yechiel Perr, the Rosh Yeshiva. He continued his studies in Yeshivas Mir in Jerusalem. R’ Goldwag has since become a prolific writer and lecturer on a variety of Torah subjects. Hundreds of students follow and download his Parsha Podcast and other classes each week. Also an accomplished singer and songwriter, R’ Goldwag enjoys combining his music performances with Torah thoughts. His five solo albums have been bestsellers and his popular song, “Am Echad,” has become a classic, alongside his Shabbos song, “Kah Ribon.” R’ Goldwag also writes and produces music for other artists, including Benny Friedman’s hit song, “Yesh Tikvah.” He lives with his wife, Talia, and their five children in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel.
“How appropriate that one of the most mellifluent voices would
also possess such a felicity of style. Rabbi Ari Goldwag’s Perfectly
Imperfect is a masterpiece of lucidity that every ben and bas Torah
would benefit from reading. The book is eminently readable, and its
well thought-out lessons are a beacon of light.”
— RABBI HANOCH TELLER
The Ben Man –
if you are a fan or Ari’s Music or his Torah teachings than you must buy this and if you aren’t than buy the book and you will be :).
Lee M. Herman –
This is an amazing book. Rabbi Goldwag describes how to build true character one great story at a time. Each chapter relies on the proceeding chapters, almost like an architect designs a structure. Insightful, soulful and well written. Highly recommended.
Wonderful reading. Thanks