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.
Last installment of Akeidat Yitzchak class series, Expounds upon the topic of Akeidat Yitzchak.
Explains how the ending of the episode of Akeidat Yitzchak is actually a new beginning in his Avodat Hashem.
Discusses the meaning of Avraham’s ram.
Expounds upon the topic of Akeidat Yitzchak.
Discusses the angel’s call to Avraham to stop what he is doing and not to harm his son.
Discusses the poignant moments of Avraham actually performing the Akeida.
Addressing many of the glaring questions that appear in the Torah’s narrative of this episode.
Analyzing the centrality of prayer learned from Avraham Avinu’s prayer to Hashem at the top of the mountain.
Observing the meaningful dialogue between Avraham Avinu tells Yitzchak Avinu, replete with hidden messages about love between a father and son, self-nullification before G-d and more.
Why would Avraham Avinu disparagingly refer to his son and servant as ‘the nation that is similar to a donkey?’
Why does the Torah refer to the location of the Akeida as ‘the place’?
A Teaching of the great speed and desire with which Avraham Avinu performs the Akeida and understanding the significance of our forefather’s use of the donkey.
This class focuses on the topic of fulfilling a mitzvah completely which entails pure devotion,joy, and alacrity.
Discovering the unique character of the city of Yerushalayim, Jerusalem.
Discussing the deeper meaning of the words Lech Lecha and their message for every person’s spiritual journey.
Looking at the manner of Hashem’s call to Avraham Avinu, and the response Avraham’s striking response of Hineni.
Focusing on the nature of Heavenly tests. Mrs. Smiles compares the approaches of the mefarshim who discuss the purpose of a nisayon.
Torah insights on the motivation behind the Akeida.