the little alef
The interplay between the performance of mitzvot and the functioning of the world.
An intriguing journey into the power of the fire which came down as the Mishkan was inaugurated in Parshat Shemini.
How do we take the journey of life by the choices we make.
Show Bread Ideas – the Lechem HaPanim
Why we eat apples on Shabbas Night
Explains Vehai behem
Good Eye from Mrs. Smiles
Understanding the bracha which Hashem promises the Jewish people regarding the times of Moshiach, which states ‘I will lead you upright’, v’olich etchem komemiyut’.
An exploration of the prohibition against charging interest, and its ramifications for our inner lives.
Exploring the mitzvah of Kiddush Hashem, sanctifying Hashem’s Name.
Exploring the mitzva of loving our fellow Jews, V’Ahavta L’rai’acha Kamocha.
Rebbetzin Smiles explores the act of Nadav and Avihu bringing Ketoret, and their subsequent deaths.
In this class, we explore the connection between Adam Harishon, Adam, and the korbanot, sacrifices.
In this class (shiur) on Parshat Behar – Behukotai, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the verse, “I will remember My covenant with Jacob and also My covenant with Isaac and also My covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land… The Land will be bereft of them… because they were revolted by My ordinances… But despite all this, while they are in the land of their enemies, I will not… have rejected them to obliterate them… I am Hashem.” She notes the unusual spelling of Yaakov with a vav maleh and contrasts it with the spelling of Eliyahu missing the final vav.
In this class (shiur) on Parshat Emor, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the role of the kohen gadol and the definition of greatness.
In this class (shiur) on the Parshiyot Of Acharei-Mot and Kedoshim, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the verse, “Speak to Bnei Yisroel and say to them, ‘I am Hashem your God. Do not perform the practices of the land of Egypt in which you dwelled; do not perform the practices of the land of Canaan to which I bring you, and do not follow their traditions. Carry out My laws and safeguards…”
Mrs. Smiles addresses the following questions: If Egypt and Canaan were so terrible, why did Hashem put Bnei Yisrael there to begin with? What practices did Hashem want them to avoid? The major ones, idol worship and promiscuity were already covered in other verses and commandments. Are these different practices Hashem wanted them to avoid?
In this class (shiur) on Parshat Bechukotai, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the concept of confession
In this class (shiur) on Parshat Behar Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the idea of slavery and freedom and how it applies to us today
In this class (shiur) on Parshat Kedoshim, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the connection between the prohibition of mixed breeding and the positive commandment of V’ahavta l’reiacha komocha