The Matriarchs IV – Rachel
Moshiach in the Parasha and Chanuka Thoughts
An in-depth exploration of the purpose and message of Yosef’s dreams in Parshat Vayeshev.
The relationship between Yaakov, Esav, and Yosef, based on the Midrash, and how this Midrash relates to Chanuka.
In this class (shiur) on Parshat Vayeishev, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the test of Yosef with Potifar’s wife and what Yosef actually saw when he saw the image of his father.
In this class (shiur) on Parshat Vayeshev, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the return of Reuven to the pit after the brothers sold Yosef and the reasons why he left initially.
In this class (Shiur) on Parshat Vayashev, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the dreams of the cup bearer and the baker and Yosef’s interpretation.
On Parshat Vayeshev, Mrs Shira Smiles discusses the connection between the pit that Yosef was thrown into and the holiday of Chanukah.
On Parshat Vayeishev, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the three pesukim describing Yosef being lost in Shchem and speaking to a man who directs him to Dotan.
on Parshat Vayeishev, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on a medrash on the sale of Yosef, that says that the brothers used the money they received to buy shoes.
Speaks about Yehuda’s statement of “tzedakah mimeni”.
Examines Yehuda’s judgment that Tamar should be burned.
Mrs. Chana Prero analyzes Yosef’s dreams. (This class, based on classical Biblical commentaries, does not assume any prior knowledge of Hebrew or familiarity with textual study.)
An explanation of the significance of each of the items Yehuda gave Tamar as collateral.
An exploration of Tamar’s intentions in initiating a relationship with Yehuda.
An explanation of Yehuda’s intentions ,his motivation in being with Tamar, and his mindset at the time.
Analysis of the actions of Er and Onan, the sons of Yehuda, and their punishment.
Explains Yehuda’s marriage and the significance of the names of his sons.
We begin the story of Yehuda and Tamar by exploring why this episode is placed in the middle of the narrative of the sale of Yosef.
The final class on the Sale of Yosef, summarizing the lessons that can be gleaned from this poignant section of the Torah.
Talks about the brother’s explanation of Yosef’s absence to their father.Emphasizing how our actions have ramifications.
Presents a deeper view on why the brothers sold Yosef for a pair of shoes.
Talks about the sweet smelling spices that accompanied Yosef on his way down to Egypt. Emphasizing the lesson that everything Hashem does is clearly measured out.
Discussing the Bat Kol (Heavenly voice), and what we can learn from our lives with each answer.
Discussing the angel who met Yosef on his way to his brothers, as a representation of all of us.
Discussing how Hashem presents us with goodness, while it often is presented to us in ways we would not imagine.