What the division of the Torah into Five Books reveals to us about the way Hashem leads the world, the Jewish nation and our own life journey and their meaning for us today.
Part 2: Covenants in the Book of Bereishis
Yosef’s Tears – The Loneliest Dreamer
Discusses the naming of Shimon and Levi, and how they represent the eradication of evil and the ultimate connection to Hashem.
Explains what it means when the Torah describes Leah as being hated, and explores Leah’s ability to have children while Rachel becomes childless. Mrs. Smiles also speaks about the naming of Leah’s first child, Reuven.
Speaks about Yaakov’s ability to step outside of his own need to keep the Torah, and to recognize that the ultimate good for Klal Yisrael was to marry Rachel and Leah.
Speaks about the power of the sechel, as seen in Rachel putting aside her jealousy, and Yaakov not getting angry at Lavan. Mrs. Smiles also examines the roles of Bilha and Zilpa.
Discusses Rachel’s mesirut nefesh in giving over the signs, and Leah’s part in it.
Speaks about the emphasis on Rachel being Lavan’s younger daughter, the seven years that Yaakov worked for Rachel, and Lavan’s trickery.
On Yaakov’s sojourn to Charan, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about Rachel’s and Leah’s personae and Yaakov’s plan to work for Rachel for seven years.
On Yaakov’s sojourn to Charan, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the reasons for Yaakov’s crying when he see Rachel.
On Yaakov’s sojourn to Charan, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about Yaakov Avinu meeting Rachel for the first time.
On Yaakov’s sojourn to Charan, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the conversation that Yaakov has with the shepherds.
On Perek 29 and 30 of Sefer Bereishit, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines two approaches to the symbolism of the well in the field.
On Perek 29 and 30 of Sefer Breishit, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on Yaakov’s journey to and arrival in Charan. Mrs. Smiles speaks about Yaakov’s clarity of ratzon Hashem upon his leaving, and his awareness that Hashem is still with him upon his arrival in Charan.
Speaks about Yehuda’s statement of “tzedakah mimeni”.
Examines Yehuda’s judgment that Tamar should be burned.
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.