Exploring the brit, the covenant, between G-d and the Jewish People, at Har Sinai and in Arvot Moav at the end of 40 years in the Desert.
In this class (shiur) on Parshat Ki Tavo, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses viduy maasrot, the confession prayer said after setting aside tithes.
In this class (shiur) on Parshat Ki Teizei, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the mitzvah of shiluach haken, sending away the mother bird.
In this class (shiur) on Parshat Ki Tavo, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses what Moshe told the Jewish people, “Hashem did not give you a heart to know or eyes to see or ears to hear until this day.” Did Hashem refuse to give them the ability to understand what these miracles meant to His relationship to Bnei Yisroel? What was different on this day that changed the present dynamic?
In this class (shiur) Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Parshat Ki Teitsei
In this class (class) shiur on Parshat Ki Tavo, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the mitzvah of bikurim.
In this class (class) shiur on Parshat Ki Teitzei, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses our ongoing battle against the yetzer hara.
On Parshat Nitzavim, Mrs. Shira Smiles addresses the question: If Hashem tells us that teshuva and Torah are so close, why does it seem so far away to us?
On Parshat Ki -Tavo, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses following in Hashem’s ways and how practicing the mitzvot facilitates an outpouring of blessing from above.
On Parshat Nitzavim and Vayelech, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the verse, “write this song for yourselves” and what song it’s referring to.
On Parshat Ki Tavo, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses how the curses found in the parsha are an awakening before Rosh Hashana.
Mrs. Chana Prero discusses the concept of prophecy, analyzing what exactly constitutes a prophet and what is the basis of believing in prophets.
Mrs. Chana Prero analyzes the command to keep the “entire mitzva” and the description of the desert experience in our parsha.
Rabbi Hanoch Teller relates the storyline of Parshat V’zot Habracha, with selected insights and comments.
Rabbi Hanoch Teller speaks about Parshat Haazinu.
Rabbi Hanoch Teller speaks about Parshat Nitzavim and Vayelech.
Rabbi Hanoch Teller discusses the storyline of Parshat Ki Tavo.
Rabbi Hanoch Teller relates the storyline of Parshat Va-etchanan, with selected insights and comments.
Rabbi Hanoch Teller relates the storyline of Parshat Devarim, with selected insights and comments.
In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Hershel Reichman discusses Hashem’s offer to Moshe Rabbeinu to look at the Land of Israel. Moshe Rabbeinu’s look was not just a physical act; it’s spiritual significance is analyzed according to the Shem MiShmuel.
In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Hershel Reichman analyzes Moshe Rabbeinu’s comparison of Heaven and Earth to fulfilling the Torah’s commandments. The Shem MiShmuel explains the symbolism of heaven and Earth as bodies which act completely in accordance with G-d’s Will, an ideal which we all aspire to.
In this shiur(class) Rabbi Hershel Reichman explains an enigmatic Midrash which explains the word Vayeilech as a form of a rebuke. Based on the Shem Mishmuel, Rabbi Reichman launches into a discussion about the causes of sin and how to prevent sinning.
In this Torah shiur (class), Rabbi Hershel Reichman expounds on the idea of bowing before G-d. This discussion is prompted by a difficult Midrash found in reference to this week’s parsha, Parshat Ki Tavo. Based on the Shem Mishmuel, this class provides a Chassidic interpretation of an essential act of prayer.
In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Hershel Reichman delves into the meaning of the bris (covenant) that takes place between Hashem and the Jewish People, in this week’s parsha, Parshat Nitzavim. The Shem MiShmuel explains the underlying essence of the bris as the commitment to Hashem in all circumstances, both positive and negative.
In this Torah shiur (class), Rabbi Hershel Reichman expounds on this week’s parsha, Parshat Ki Teizei, based on the Shem MiShmuel, which explains the secret to the Jewish people’s success in war as a function of unity within us.
This week’s Parsha, Parshat Shoftim, discusses the Torah concept and details of war. Rashi writes that the merit of Shema Yisrael will protect Jewish soldiers. Rabbi Reichman explains this idea, based on the Shem MiShmuel, in terms of the connection between the mind and the heart of every Jew.
This week’s Parsha of Re’eh, the Torah discusses a dwelling for G-d within this world. In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Reichman compares the spiritual significance between the Mishkan in Shilo and the Beis HaMikdash in Jerusalem based on the explanation of the Shem Mishmuel.
In this Torah shiur (class), Rabbi Hershel Reichman teaches Chassidut on the parsha, Parshat Eikev. The elements of mind and heart often conflict with one another. Yet, the Torah teaches how to combine mind and heart creating one powerful drive in the service of G-d.