on Parshat Bereishit, Mrs. Shira Smiles takes a deeper look into the first Rashi in the Torah.
On Parshat Noach, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the puzzling Rashi at the beginning of the parsha that discusses whether Noach was in fact a tzadik or not.
On Parshat Vayeira, Mrs. Shira Smiles explores the theme of laughter which is connected to the birth of Yitzchak.
On Parshat Lech Lecha, Mrs. Shira Smiles delves into the deeper understanding of Avraham’s test of Lech Lecha.
On Parshat Vayetzei, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on Rashi’s medrash on the idea that Hashem has ‘”gathered in” Rachel’s shame.
On Parshat Toldot, Mrs. Shira Smiles explores the different worldviews and dynamics of Yaakov and Esav, to gain an appreciation of why their brachot were given as they were.
On Parshat Vayetzei, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the episode of Rachel sharing Yaakov’s and her secret signs with Leah.
On Parshat Vayishlach, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the concept of Kever Rachel, and why Rachel is buried “baderech,” on the way.
On Parshat Vayigash, Mrs. Shira Smiles explores the Midrash on the Passuk that says that Yaakov sent Yehuda ahead to Egypt. He was sent ahead to Egypt to make this havdala between the holiness of living a Torah life and the darkness of Egypt.
On Parshat Vayechi, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the whole concept of the ayin hara (evil eye) and the idea that Yosef and his descendants are above the ayin hara.
On Parshat Shemot, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on Batya, Pharaoh’s daughter, who offers insight into our own lives.
On Parshat Va’eira, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the first passuk of the parsha, which contains Hashem’s rebuke to Moshe.
On Parshat Bo, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the connection between the blood or Korban Pesach, and the blood of a Brit Milah, and its tremendous relevance for our lives.
On Parshat Beshalach, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the pasuk that says that if the Jewish people do what is just in Hashem’s Eyes, and observe the commandments, then all the diseases that Hashem placed upon Egypt, He will not bring upon the Jewish people.
On Parshat Yitro, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the idea of shalom and its connection to Shabbat.
On Parshat Mishpatim, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the laws of the ‘eved ivri’, one who sells himself into slavery.
On Parshat Terumah, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the donations to the Mishkan that were given out of motivation. What does it say to us for our individual lives?
On Parshat Vayakhel and Pekudei, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the use of the term ‘chacham lev’, wise hearted, to describe the artisans involved with the mishkan. Mrs Smiles also speaks about the term “as Hashem commanded Moshe,” which repeats eighteen times throughout the parsha.
On Parshiyot Tazria and Metzora, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on one of the aspects of the purification process for tzara’at.
On Parshiyot Acharei Mot and Kedoshim, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the pasuk that speaks about rising in the presence of an elderly person and honoring a sage.
On Parshiyot Behar and Bechukotai, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the blessings and curses contained in Bechukotai, which is relevant to our preparation for Shavuot.
On Parsha Beha’alotcha, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the description of how the Jewish people camped in the desert, and on the topic of the ‘chatzotzrot’, the trumpets.
On Parsha Shelach, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines Yehoshua’s name change from Hoshea and analyzes the root of the failure of the spies, giving us a greater understanding of the significance of names.
On Parshat Korach, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the punishment that Korach and his followers received.
On Parshat Chukat, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the incident with the serpents.
On Parshat Balak, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the use of the words “shalosh regalim,” when the donkey spoke to Bilam.
on Parshat Pinchas, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the korban hatamid, the sacrifice that was brought each morning and evening.