The Matriarchs III – Rachel and Leah Intertwined
Why is Yaakov Avinu crying the first time he meets Rachael Emeinu
Rav Moshe Wolfson quoted
The connection between Yaakov Avinu, tefilla, and the Beit Hamikdash is explored within the context of the episode in Parshat Vayeitzei when Yaakov awakens on Har Hamoriah and calls the place ‘the House of Hashem’.
Mrs. Smiles discusses Yaakov’s decision to leave Charan.
In this class (shiur) on Parshat Vayeitzei, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the place where
Yaakov stopped off to pray on his way to Charan. The Torah enigmatically relates that the original name of this place was Luz. What is the significance of this detail, and what is the symbolism in the name?
In this class (shiur) Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Parshat Vayetzei
This Shiur examines the Midrash that Leah Imenu was the first person to give thanks to Hashem. The different dimensions of thanksgiving are examined, as well as the need to continue to ask after giving thanks
On Parshat Vayetzei, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the role of the maidservants, Bilha and Zilpa, and why they were not counted among the Imahot.
On Parshat Vayeitzei, Mr. Shira Smiles examines the verse, “And Yaaakov departed from Be’er Sheva and went towards Charan,” and the impression a righteous person has on his surroundings.
Mrs. Chana Prero analyzes Yaakov and Lavan’s conversation after Lavan fails to find his idols.
On Parshat Vayetzei, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the dialogue between Rachel and Yaakov about Rachel’s childlessness, and how we can learn about life struggles that we go through.
On Parshat Vayetzei, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on Rashi’s medrash on the idea that Hashem has ‘”gathered in” Rachel’s shame.
Mrs. Chana Prero explores the classical commentaries to gain a deeper understanding of the events surrounding Yaakov’s departure from Lavan.
On Parshat Vayetzei, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the episode of Rachel sharing Yaakov’s and her secret signs with Leah.
Rabbi Hanoch Teller learn the story of Parshat Vayeitzei.
In this shiur (class), Rabbi Hershel Reichman explains the Medrash which says that the angels of Yakov’s dream represent the four kingdoms which will subjugate the Jewish people. Based on the Shem MiShmuel’s understanding of this medrash, Rabbi Reichman explains how Yaakov Avinu paved the way for our survival in the trying times of exile.
Mrs. Chana Prero discusses Yaakov’s dream of the angels ascending and descending a ladder to Heaven, as he travels to Charan. This class, which does not assume any knowledge of Hebrew or familiarity with textual study, discusses why Yaakov received the vision at this juncture, and what this dream represents.
On Parshat Veyeitzei, Mrs. Shira Smiles explains the significance of Yaakov’s interaction with the shepherds at the well.
Mrs. Shira Smiles uncovers how humility leads a person to greatness.
Mrs. Shira Smiles analyzes the identity of the angel in Jacob’s dream and discusses the special relationship between Hashem and the Jewish people.
Continues the in depth look at Jacob’s Dream.
Shira Smiles speaks about how the stones were used as a protection, as well as the symbolism of the ladder.
Mrs. Shira Smiles explains how Yaakov placed the stones, and the symbolism of the argument between them.
Mrs. Smiles talks about Yaakov’s prayer to Hashem at night, which is the precedent for the Tefilla of Maariv.
An analysis of the Torah’s topic of Jacob’s dream.
Mrs. Shira Smiles addresses the many questions that arise concerning the episode of Rachel stealing the idols of her father Lavan as Yaakov flees Lavan’s home.
Continues the analysis of Jacob’s dream and discusses the lessons learned from every word in the first passuk of the Parsha.