Influencing , Indulging and Inculcating
What was the essence of Esav’s error in during the episode of his selling his birthright to Yaakov for a bowl of lentil soup?
Mrs. Smiles discusses Yaakov’s decision to leave Charan.
The relationship between Yaakov, Esav, and Yosef, based on the Midrash, and how this Midrash relates to Chanuka.
The passuk which describes the vision which Yaakov had on his down to Egypt switches from Yisrael to Yaakov. In this class, we explore the significance of the shift from Yisrael to Yaakov, and what each name represents.
An overview of Yaakov’s bracha and rebuke to Reuven regarding his midda of ‘pachaz kamayim’.
An exploration of the self-sacrifice of the midwives Shifra and Puah in Egypt, and the reward that they merited for their actions.
We explore the messages that can be learned from the plague of hail, makas barad.
Discussion of plague of the firstborn
An exploration of the gift of mann in the desert, and the double portion which fell on Fridays.
The key to accepting the Torah.
An exploration of the prohibition to bear false witness.
The Aron Hakodesh in the Mishkan as an allegorical paradigm for the character of a Talmid Chacham, and every Jew dedicated to perfecting his or her character.
A discussion of the bells sewn on the bottom of the clothing of the Kohen Gadol, and their purpose in heralding his arrival and departure at the Beis Hamikdash.
Understanding the comparison of the gift of Torah to a Kalla, a bride.
An exploration of the women in the desert who were rewarded for their eagerness to contribute to the Mishkan in contrast to their refusal to participate or contribute to the Golden Calf, and their reward for their choices.
The Mishkan as repentance, teshuva, for the sin of the Golden Calf, chet Ha’gel.
In this class, we explore the connection between Adam Harishon, Adam, and the korbanot, sacrifices.
Rebbetzin Smiles explores the act of Nadav and Avihu bringing Ketoret, and their subsequent deaths.
Exploring the mitzva of loving our fellow Jews, V’Ahavta L’rai’acha Kamocha.
Rebbetzin Smiles explores one of the questions that Moshe Rabbenu asked the Meraglim, the spies, about the Land of Israel: Does it have trees? What is the deeper message behind this question? What does it mean for our daily life?
An explication of the episode of Aharon Hakohen’s staff blossoming with almond blossoms overnight after the failed rebellion of Korach.
Why is Aharon the Kohen Gadol praised when he did not deviate from the exact instructions for lighting the menorah daily?
The uniqueness of Jewish lineage, ‘Yichus’.
What do the Sages mean when they state that the Torah was given ‘by force’, as Hashem held Mt. Sinai over the Jewish nation and provided a seeming ultimatum on accepting the Torah? An in-depth journey into this topic.
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.