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Rebbetzin Shira Smiles

Rebbetzin Shira Smiles is a sought after international lecturer, popular seminary teacher, and an experienced curriculum developer. Rebbetzin Smiles is well known for her inimitable teaching style, which seeks to bring deeper understanding of Torah texts through analysis of tens of relevant sources, while making the lessons learned from every verse relevant to her students' lives. Rebbetzin Smiles teaches at Darchei Bina Seminary. In addition, Rebbetzin Smiles leads a number of women's study group classes in Beit Shemesh, Yerushalayim, and Modiin. Rebbetzin Smiles also trains Torah teachers in special workshops all over the world. Rebbetzin Smiles has been using technology to spread Torah for many years, including shiurim broadcasted internationally via satellite hookup, and co-founding 613.org.

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This shiur on Parshat Toldot attempts to explain the seeming contradiction between Yaakov Avinu's essence, which was the embodiment of Truth, with his actions in taking the brachot fro Yitzchak, which seemed to be the ultimate deception.Toldot: Targeting the TruthDescriptionParashat ToldotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-11-24 01:02:17

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Parshat Chayei Sara begins with the sale of the Mearat Hamachpela, the Cave of Machpela, from Efron to Avraham Avinu, for the burial of his wife Sarah. An exploration of this episode.Title TransferenceDescriptionParshat Chayei SaraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-11-17 01:00:33

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We compare and contrast the intention of the residents of Sodom in Parshas Vayeira to harm Lot's visitors, with the terrible episode of Pilegesh Bigiva found in Sefer Shoftim.Dogma or DesireDescriptionParshat VayeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-11-10 01:03:23

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In this shiur of Parshat Lech Lecha, we exploring Avraham Avinu's impact on his many disciples.Influencing IndividualsDescriptionParshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-11-03 01:02:16

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An exploration of the episode of Shem and Yafet's act of respect for their father Noach after he planted a vineyard and was affected by the wine he drank, and their subsequent reward for their 'kibud av'.Incredible InitiativeDescriptionParshat NoachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-10-28 01:04:00

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An explanation of the Midrash describing the complaint of the moon and the shrinking of its size during the world's Creation.Moon's MusingsDescriptionParshat BereishitRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-10-24 01:01:22

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An in-depth exploration of the 'al chet' recited during Yom Kippur, 'b'siach siftotenu', 'with our endless prattling'.Yom Kippur: Persistent PrattleDescriptionElul, Rosh Hashana, Yom KippurRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-10-06 01:03:01

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Exploring the brit, the covenant, between G-d and the Jewish People, at Har Sinai and in Arvot Moav at the end of 40 years in the Desert.Continuous CovenantDescriptionParshat Ki TavoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-09-15 01:02:59

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Understanding the 'Briti Shalom', 'Covenant of peace', which Pinchas was blessed with as reward for his actions in ending the plague through the killing of Zimri.Personification of PeaceDescriptionParshat PinchasRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-07-23 00:54:39

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Why did Bilam wish for a death like the 'death of the upright' while he blessed the Jewish people?Ultimate UprightnessDescriptionParshat BalakRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-07-15 00:59:38

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Understanding the power of the Nachash Hanechoshet, the Copper Serpent, to heal the people afflicted by plague in Parshat Chukat.Glorious GazingDescriptionParshat ChukatRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-07-04 58:17

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An explication of the episode of Aharon Hakohen's staff blossoming with almond blossoms overnight after the failed rebellion of Korach.Blossoming BoughDescriptionParshat KorachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-06-27 59:38

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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?Towering TreeDescriptionParshat ShlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-06-20 58:58

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Why is Aharon the Kohen Gadol praised when he did not deviate from the exact instructions for lighting the menorah daily?Continuous CommitmentDescriptionParshat BehaalotechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-06-13 1:00:50

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The uniqueness of Jewish lineage, 'Yichus'.Geneological GreatnessDescriptionParshat BamidbarRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-06-06 1:01:03

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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.Mountain MomentumDescriptionShavuotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-06-03 1:03:15

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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'.Upright UtopiaDescriptionParshat BechukotaiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-05-22 56:12

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An exploration of the prohibition against charging interest, and its ramifications for our inner lives.Interest IntrigueDescriptionParshat BeharRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-05-16 59:29

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Exploring the mitzvah of Kiddush Hashem, sanctifying Hashem's Name.Steadfast SanctificationDescriptionParshat EmorRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-05-12 1:02:59

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Exploring the mitzva of loving our fellow Jews, V'Ahavta L'rai'acha Kamocha.Loving LikenessDescriptionParshat Achrei Mot-KedoshimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-05-07 1:02:49

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In this Torah class Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Eliyahu Hanavi and the gift of lifeThe Gift of LifeDescriptionMelachimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-05-01 45:11

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In this Torah class Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Eliyahu Hanavi showing the world the glory of HashemThe Glory of HashemDescriptionMelachimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-05-01 49:46

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In this Torah class Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Eliyahu Hanavi and the events on Har CarmelEliyahu and Har CarmelDescriptionMelachimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-04-09 48:02

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In this Torah class Rebbetzin Shirs Smiles continues discussing the Miracle of LifeThe Miracle of LifeDescriptionMelachimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-04-05 45:11

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In this Torah class Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses how Eliyahu Hanavi pleads to bring life back and the extraordinary miracle of resurrectionEliyahu Brings Life BackDescriptionMelachimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-04-04 44:56

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Rebbetzin Smiles explores the act of Nadav and Avihu bringing Ketoret, and their subsequent deaths.Fervent FireDescriptionParshat ShminiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-03-28 59:35

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In this class, we explore the connection between Adam Harishon, Adam, and the korbanot, sacrifices.Adam's Animal AccentuatedDescriptionParshat VayikraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-03-10 1:01:44

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The Mishkan as repentance, teshuva, for the sin of the Golden Calf, chet Ha'gel.Egel ExpiationDescriptionParshat PekudeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-03-07 1:00:57

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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.Prettifications PurifiedDescriptionWomen in Tanach, Parshat VayakhelRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-02-24 1:00:29

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Understanding the comparison of the gift of Torah to a Kalla, a bride.Gracious GiftDescriptionParshat Ki TisaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-02-19 59:36

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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.Elaborate Entering and ExitingDescriptionParshat TetzaveRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-02-10 1:02:12

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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.Golden GrowthDescriptionParshat TerumaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-02-03 01:01:18

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The key to accepting the Torah.Awareness, Acceptance, AttachmentDescriptionParshat YitroRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-01-29 59:55

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An exploration of the prohibition to bear false witness.Legitimizing LiesDescriptionParshat MishpatimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-01-27 01:04:06

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In this Torah class Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Eliyahu Hanavi and the Gift of flour and oil he gaveThe Blessing of Flour and oilDescriptionMelachimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-01-23 42:04

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In this Torah class Rebbetzin Tzipora Smiles discuses Eliyahu Hanavi and ShulamitShulamitDescriptionMelachimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-01-22 42:15

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In this Torah class Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses the Power of LoveThe Power Of LoveDescriptionMelachimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-01-20 48:27

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An exploration of the gift of mann in the desert, and the double portion which fell on Fridays.Dough: Double and DelectableDescriptionParshat BeshalachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-01-13 1:05:22

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Discussion of plague of the firstbornFirstborn FocusDescriptionParshat BoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-01-09 01:01:41

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We explore the messages that can be learned from the plague of hail, makas barad.Hailing HumilityDescriptionParshat VaeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-12-30 1:02:30

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An exploration of the self-sacrifice of the midwives Shifra and Puah in Egypt, and the reward that they merited for their actions.Righteous RewardDescriptionParashat ShemotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-12-23 1:03:00

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An overview of Yaakov's bracha and rebuke to Reuven regarding his midda of 'pachaz kamayim'.Core ConnectionDescriptionParshat VayechiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-12-16 58:57

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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.Yaakov and YisraelDescriptionParshat VayigashRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-12-11 1:00:31

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An exploration of the miracle of the oil on Chanuka.Fiery Facets and FacesDescriptionChanukaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-12-02 1:04:23

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The relationship between Yaakov, Esav, and Yosef, based on the Midrash, and how this Midrash relates to Chanuka.Fire, Flames and FlaxDescriptionParshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-11-25 01:03:45

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Mrs. Smiles discusses Yaakov's decision to leave Charan.Existential ExitingDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-11-20 1:05:38

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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?Attitudinal AversionDescriptionParashat ToldotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-10-22 1:00:34

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Avowing AllegianceAvowing AllegianceDescriptionParshat Chayei SaraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-10-21 1:01:03

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VayeiraVayeira Earthly ExistenceDescriptionParshat VayeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-10-21 1:00:18

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Influencing , Indulging and InculcatingLech Lecha - Influencing , Indulging and InculcatingDescriptionParshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-10-14 1:02:26

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Parshat NoachConstant ConnectivityDescriptionParshat NoachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-10-11 57:39

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Rebbetzin Shira Smiles teaches important lessons from Parshat Balak, specifically from the brachot/ blessings of Bilaam.Balak Bedrock BegginingsDescriptionParshat BalakRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-06-22 1:10:58

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Source of Sustenance: Song & StruggleSource of Sustenance: Song & StruggleDescriptionParshat ChukatRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-06-15 1:03:48

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korachEgocentricity or EnvyDescriptionParshat KorachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-06-10 01:01:44

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5778-36-shelach-Graves-GuardianshipGraves GuardianshipDescriptionParshat ShlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-06-05 1:11:06

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Honorable HumilityHonorable HumilityDescriptionParshat BehaalotechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-05-27 1:00:23

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nasoVisceral ViewingDescriptionParshat NasoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-05-23 58:59

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Behukosai class which is about ShavuosFortuitous FruitsDescriptionShavuotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-05-13 48:58

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Exponential ExperienceParshat BeharRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-03-25 55:43

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In this class (shiur) Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Parshat EmorBiggest BetrayalDescriptionParshat EmorRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-03-20 59:23

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Society SignificanceParshat Achrei Mot-KedoshimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-03-19 56:50

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Peddlers PreachingParshat Tazria-MetzoraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-03-12 59:31

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Glorified GarmentsParshat TetzaveRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-03-05 1:03:19

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Discusses Parshat Teruma Menora's MysteryDescriptionParshat TerumaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-02-24 1:01:48

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In this class (shiur) Mrs/ Shira Smiles discusses Parshat MishpatimBias BewareDescriptionParshat MishpatimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-02-17 1:01:33

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Interpersonal InjunctionsParshat YitroRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-02-10 58:30

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Considering ReturnParshat BeshalachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-02-01 1:00:13

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Fermentation or FervorParshat BoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-01-29 58:30

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Stupendous SupplicationParshat VaeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-01-24 59:47

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Chief CriterionParashat ShemotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-01-23 59:04

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Serendipity And SubordinationParshat VayechiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-01-22 59:23

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Assessing AgingParshat VayigashRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-01-15 1:00:18

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Secret Of SuccessParshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-01-08 1:01:24

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Animal AllusionParshat VayishlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-01-01 1:00:40

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Reuven's RealityParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-12-27 1:00:48

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Fruitful FragranceParashat ToldotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-12-19 1:01:54

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Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses The holiday of Chanuka.Final FlamesDescriptionChanukaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-12-14 1:04:11

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Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses a period in the Jewish calendar known as Shovavim.Shovavim - Self ImprovementDescriptionShovavimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-12-13 45:37

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In this Shiur (Torah class) Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the special event that occured on Erev Pesach; Birkat Hachama. Birkat HachamaDescriptionBirkat HachamaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-12-11 1:01:43

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In this class (Shiur) Mrs Shira smiles discusses Hoshana Rabba.Hoshana RabbaDescriptionHoshana RabbaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-12-11 1:04:44

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In this class (shiur) Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Tu B'Av.Tu B'AvDescriptionTu B'AvRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-12-11 1:03:06

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Beautiful Badekin BlessingParshat Chayei SaraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-12-10 1:05:11

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In this class (shiur) Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the Holiday of Chanuka.Vintage VesselDescriptionChanukaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-12-08 1:05:20

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Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the significance of the fifth night of Chanukah.The Fifth LightDescriptionChanukaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-12-06 1:01:45

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Commitment And ContainmentChanukaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-12-05 1:04:52

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In this shiur (Torah class) on Chanuka, Mrs. Shira Smiles raises a number of questions about the holiday. Firstly, why is the miracle of the oil the main focus, instead of the miraculous military victory? Secondly, what is the significance of 'zot Chanuka', the last day of Chanuka. Chanuka: Affectionate LightDescriptionChanukaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-12-05 1:04:17

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Realistic RamificationsParshat VayeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-12-03 1:02:25

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In this class (shiur) Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Parshat Lech - LechaLech Lecha: The Mysterious MarchDescriptionParshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-11-26 58:18

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In this class (shiur) Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Parshat Noach of year 5778Galvanizing GratitudeDescriptionParshat Noach, Life CycleRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-11-19 1:01:19

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Ki Tavo, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses viduy maasrot, the confession prayer said after setting aside tithes. Continuous Compassion: Parshat Ki TavoDescriptionParshat Ki TavoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-09-05 1:01:46

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Ki Teizei, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the mitzvah of shiluach haken, sending away the mother bird.Refinement Redemption: Parshat Ki TeitzeiDescriptionParshat Ki TeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-08-31 1:01:46

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In this class (shiur) Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Parshat Pinchas Pondering Perpetuity: Parshat PinchasDescriptionParshat PinchasRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-07-04 58:29

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Balak Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the intrinsic purity of every Jew. Although we may sometimes sin, our inner core remains unsullied and connected to Hashem. Perfectly Pure: Parshat BalakDescriptionParshat BalakRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-07-04 1:02:39

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Chukat, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses what it means to make oneself a desert and how we can understand that Torah is a gift.Desert Dessert: Parshat ChukatDescriptionParshat ChukatRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-06-28 1:06:01

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Korach Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Ohn Ben Peles, his wise wife, and tactics we can learn from the story of Korach to counter the yetzer hara.Countering the Cunningness: Parshat KorachDescriptionParshat KorachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-06-21 59:11

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Shlach, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the significance behind the letter yud that Moshe added to Yehoshua's name.Sanctified And Safeguarded: Parshat ShlachDescriptionParshat ShlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-06-14 1:02:24

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Behaaloscha, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the sin of kivrot hataava. Why were the people described as becoming "as complainers" instead of simply being complainers? Who initiated the complaints, the erev rav or the elders? Why were they punished so quickly?Complaint And Contentment: Parshat BehaalotchaDescriptionParshat BehaalotechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-06-07 59:19

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Bamidbar, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the distinct flags and the specific placement within the encampment of each of the tribes and how it relates to every Jew's unique strengths and mission on this world. Understanding Uniqueness: Parshat BamidbarDescriptionParshat BamidbarRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-05-24 1:00:02

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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. Collateral Confirmed: Parshat Behar - BechukotaiDescriptionParshat Behar-BechukotaiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-05-11 1:03:06

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Emor, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the role of the kohen gadol and the definition of greatness.Galvanizing Greatness: Parshat EmorDescriptionParshat EmorRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-05-11 1:03:06

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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? Nation's Nemesis: Acharei Mot, KedoshimDescriptionParshat Achrei Mot-KedoshimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-05-04 1:03:06

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In this class (shiur) Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Parshat Yitro and the message contained in the names Moshe gave his sons, Gershom and Eliezer.Parshat Yitro: Riveting RemindersDescriptionParshat YitroRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-02-14 1:00:52

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Beshalach, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the dynamics of prayer and why Hashem silenced the Jews' supplication at the Yam Suf.Silencing the Supplicant: Parshat BeshalachDescriptionParshat BeshalachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-01-31 1:00:15

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Bo, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the plague of darkness. Why was this plague necessary? What purpose did it serve? What was the nature of this darkness that made it different from our standard definition of darkness as the absence of light?Darkness Deciphered: Parshat BoDescriptionParshat BoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-01-31 1:03:46

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Parshat Va'eira, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the seventh plague and why some Egyptians disregarded the warning to save their livestock by bringing them in. Careful Consideration: Parshat Va'eiraDescriptionParshat VaeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-01-26 1:03:46

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Parshat Pinchas Names Of Nobility: Parshat ShemotDescriptionParashat ShemotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-01-18 1:01:18

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Vayechi, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the dispersion of the tribes of Shimon and Levi.Directed Dispersion: Parshat VayechiDescriptionParshat VayechiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-01-08 1:01:18

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Vayigash, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the wagons Yosef sent back to Yaakov and the message of the eglah arufah.Chariots Consideration: Parshat VayigashDescriptionParshat VayigashRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-01-04 1:00:38

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Eliyahu At Nachal KritUnderstanding Prophecy, MelachimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-01-03 1:05:20

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The Decree Of No RainUnderstanding Prophecy, MelachimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-12-20 45:08

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Vayeishev, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the test of Yosef with Potifar's wife and what Yosef actually saw when he saw the image of his father. Image Of Inspiration: Parshat VayeishevDescriptionParshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-11-22 1:00:16

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In this class Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Parshat VayishlachHealed Hip: Parshat VayishlachDescriptionParshat VayishlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-11-13 1:01:38

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Vayeitzei, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the place where Yaakov stopped off to pray on his way to Charan. The Torah enigmatically relates that the original name of this place was Luz. What is the significance of this detail, and what is the symbolism in the name?Long Lasting Luz: Parshat VayeitzeiDescriptionParshat Vayeitzei, FeaturedRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-11-07 59:51

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In this class (shiur) Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Parshat Toldos Manifest Mockery Parshat ToldosDescriptionParashat ToldotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-11-01 1:02:00

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IntroductionUnderstanding Prophecy, MelachimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-10-30 53:51

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Chaya Sarah, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the lives of Sarah Imeinu and Esther Hamalka and Rabbi Akiva's enigmatic comparison of these great women.Sleepy Sermon: Parshat Chaya SarahDescriptionParshat Chayei SaraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-10-22 1:04:19

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Zechus Of Zoar Parshat VayeiraParshat VayeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-10-17 1:00:15

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In this Torah shiur on Parshat Lech Lecha, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the intriguing episode of Avraham refusing to accept any of the spoils he gained in the war he joined in order to save his nephew Lot. Surrendering The Spoils: Parshat Lech LechaDescriptionParshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-10-11 1:06:04

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Noach, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the incident of Noach and the lion and the significance of doing acts of chesed.Lions Lesson: Parshat NoahDescriptionParshat NoachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-10-01 1:03:04

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Ki Tavo, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses what Moshe told the Jewish people, “Hashem did not give you a heart to know or eyes to see or ears to hear until this day.” Did Hashem refuse to give them the ability to understand what these miracles meant to His relationship to Bnei Yisroel? What was different on this day that changed the present dynamic?Acquisition And Affirmation: Parshat Ki TavoDescriptionParshat Ki TavoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-09-21 1:05:46

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In this class (shiur) Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Parshat Ki TeitseiCore Character Parshat Ki TeitseiDescriptionParshat Ki TeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-09-12 1:06:30

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In this class (shiur) Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Parshat KorachDonkeys Directive Parshat KorachDescriptionParshat KorachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-07-13 54:05

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In this class (shiur) Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Parshat ShlachGigantic GrasshopersDescriptionParshat ShlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-07-05 58:06

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Behaaloscha, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the verse describing how the Jewish people left Har Sinai on which the Ramban cites the Midrash that they fled like children escaping from school.Experiencing Escape: Parshat BehaalotechaDescriptionParshat BehaalotechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-06-23 56:51

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Bamidbar Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the counting of the tribe of Levi and the significance of inspiring our children to love HashemBeloved Beginning: Parshat BamidbarDescriptionParshat BamidbarRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-06-02 59:26

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Bechukotai, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the concept of confessionConfronting ConfessionDescriptionParshat BechukotaiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-05-25 1:03:27

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Behar Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the idea of slavery and freedom and how it applies to us todayIndebted Or Intrinsic: Parshat BeharDescriptionParshat BeharRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-05-18 1:03:58

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Emor, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the connection between the omer offering and counting the days leading up to receiving the Torah on Shavuot Omer Parshat EmorDescriptionParshat EmorRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-05-12 59:48

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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 komochaSpiritual Separateness Parshat KedoshimDescriptionParshat KedoshimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-05-11 1:04:07

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In this class (shiur) Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the last Parasha from the 4 Parshiyot Parshat HachodeshRejuvenation And RelationshipDescriptionParshat HachodeshRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-04-04 1:05:41

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In this class (shiur) Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Parshat ParaPurifying Passion Parshat ParaDescriptionParshat ParahRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-03-31 1:03:21

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In this class (shiur) Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses The Parshat Zachor the Parsha that is read the week Before Prim Recognition, Respect, And Repentance: Parshat ZachorDescriptionParshat ZachorRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-03-17 1:04:56

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In this class (Shiur) on Parshat Pekudai, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the accounting made of each aspect and vessel of the Mishkan and the deeper meaning behind it.Accounting And Accountable: Parshat PekudaiDescriptionParshat PekudeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-03-10 1:03:45

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In this class (Shiur) Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses one of the 4 Parshiyot this week Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Parshat ShekalimDifferent Dimension Parshat Shekalim - VayakhelDescriptionParshat Shekalim, Parshat VayakhelRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-03-03 1:00:26

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Ki Tisa, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the trait of stubbornness as it relates to the sin of the Golden Calf.Stubbornness ParshatDescriptionParshat Ki TisaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-02-25 1:01:46

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Tezaveh, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the mishkan and how we can continue to feel Hashem's presence among usRevealing The RevealedDescriptionParshat TetzaveRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-02-18 1:01:03

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in this class (shiur) on Parshat Terumah, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the lesson and significance of the multi-hued TachashTribute To The TachashDescriptionParshat TerumaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-02-09 1:05:53

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in this class (shiur) on Parshat Mishpatim, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the question of why the Torah obligates a thief to pay back double the value of what he stoleDouble DesireDescriptionParshat MishpatimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-02-02 1:00:43

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Yitro, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the significance of Yitro's expression of gratitude, "Baruch Hashem."Beracha BroadenedDescriptionParshat YitroRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-01-27 1:00:03

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Beshalach, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the ongoing battle of the Jewish nation against AmalekTranscendental TrioDescriptionParshat BeshalachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-01-19 01:06:43

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In this class (shiur) Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Parshat BoLoyal LegionDescriptionParshat BoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-01-14 1:05:01

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In this class (shiur) Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Parshat VaeiraDiversion And DefensivenessDescriptionParshat VaeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-01-07 01:06:11

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In this class (shiur) Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Parshat ShemotWondrous WatchingDescriptionParashat ShemotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-12-31 01:03:53

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In this class (shiur) Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Parshat VayechiConferring ClarityDescriptionParshat VayechiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-12-23 01:08:31

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In this class (shiur) Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Parshat VayigashProvidential PromiseDescriptionParshat VayigashRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-12-17 01:06:31

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Vayeshev, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the return of Reuven to the pit after the brothers sold Yosef and the reasons why he left initially. Reuven's ReturnDescriptionParshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-11-30 01:05:25

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In this class ( shiur) Mrs. Shira Smiles gives insight into Parashat VayishlachAngelic AmbassadorsDescriptionParshat VayishlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-11-25 1:05:36

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In this class (shiur) Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Parshat Vayetzei The Power Of PrayerDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-11-18 01:05:45

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In this class (shiur) Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Parshat ToldotEmbryonic ExperienceDescriptionParashat ToldotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-11-11 56:59

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In this class (shiur) Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Parshat Chayei SaraJudicious JewelryDescriptionParshat Chayei SaraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-10-25 01:02:37

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In this class (shiur) Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Parshat VayeiraRevelation RevealedDescriptionParshat VayeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-10-17 1:04:45

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In this class Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses parshat Lech Lecha Luck Of LifeDescriptionParshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-10-10 1:06:57

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In this class (shiur) Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Parshat Noach. Why did Noach need to build a teva, an Ark, in order to be saved from the mabul, the Flood? An overview of the life lessons we can learn from the role the role of the Ark in this week's parsha. Architect Of The ArkDescriptionParshat NoachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-10-03 1:03:08

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In this class (shiur) Mrs. Smiles inaugurates The Yearly Torah Cycle with thought-provoking ideas on Parshas Bereishit.Magic Of Making Man Parshat BereishitDescriptionParshat BereishitRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-09-27 57:59

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In this class (class) shiur on Parshat Ki Tavo, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the mitzvah of bikurim.The Source Of Self EffacementDescriptionChumash Devarim, Parshat Ki TavoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-09-23 57:04

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In this class (class) shiur on Parshat Ki Teitzei, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses our ongoing battle against the yetzer hara.The Big BattleDescriptionChumash Devarim, Parshat Ki TeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-08-26 1:01:45

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In his class (shiur) on Parshat Chukas, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses how the laws of the Red Heifer atoned for the sin that brought death to the world.Indulgence And IntellectDescriptionChumash Bamidbar, Parshat ChukatRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-06-22 1:01:12

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Korach, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the repentance of the sons of Korach. Awareness Amidst The AbyssDescriptionChumash Bamidbar, Parshat KorachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-06-16 1:04:02

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Shlach, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the sin of the spies and how we can reframe a negative perspective towards a positive view.Rehabilitation And Re framingDescriptionChumash Bamidbar, Parshat ShlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-06-08 1:04:03

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Behaalotecha, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the prophecy of Eldad and Meidad.Perpetual ProphetsDescriptionChumash Bamidbar, Parshat BehaalotechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-06-02 1:04:50

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Naso, Mrs. Shirs Smiles discusses the birchat kohanim and the significance of peace, a vessel for all blessings.Container Of ContainmentDescriptionChumash Bamidbar, Parshat NasoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-05-27 1:07:24

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Behar Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the concept of Shemittah and how it teaches us that Hashem is constantly providing for us regardless if we work or not. We need to have faith and let go. Deception And DependencyDescriptionChumash Vayikra, Parshat Behar-BechukotaiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-05-08 1:00:43

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In this class (shiur) on Parshas Achrei Mot -Kedoshim, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the dichotomy between remaining separate from the nations and keeping away from negative influences and going out into the world and sanctifying Hashem's name. Separation And SanctityDescriptionChumash Vayikra, Parshat Achrei Mot-KedoshimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-04-28 1:00:28

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In this class (Shiur) on Parshat Tazria-Metzorah, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses how the laws of tzoraat teach us that the most dangerous information is that in which truth and falsehood are combined. The class further examines how when all seems lost and there appears no hope, Hashem Himself will help us. Completely CoveredDescriptionChumash Vayikra, Parshat Tazria-MetzoraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-04-22 1:02:22

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In this class (shiur) on Parshiyot Vayakhel and Pekudai, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses how Hashem values our inspired intentions, whether in building the communal Mikdash or in building the personal Mikdash within our hearts.Inspired IntentionsDescriptionChumash Shemot, Parshat Vayakhel-PekudeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-03-09 57:54

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Tetzaveh, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the Urim V'tumim, the holy breastplate, worn by the high priest that contained the Divine Name. The class further explains that although Hashem took away the tangible medium through which He spoke to us, He left us with the Torah through which He speaks to us constantly.Unraveling The Urim and TumimDescriptionChumash Shemot, Parshat TetzaveRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-02-24 1:02:13

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Teruma Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the keruvim and what they represent. Cornerstone Of CommitmentDescriptionChumash Shemot, Parshat TerumaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-02-15 1:04:13

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Mishpatim Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the enigmatic incident of the blood that Moshe sprinkled on the Jewish people and how this cemented the relationship between them and Hashem. Blood And BondingDescriptionChumash Shemot, Parshat MishpatimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-02-09 1:05:31

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In this class (shiur) Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the role of women in building a Torah home, as understood from the recounting of Matan Torah, the giving of the Torah, in Parshat Yitro.Feminine ForteDescriptionChumash Shemot, Parshat YitroRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-02-03 1:03:54

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Beshalach, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the Song of the Sea focusing on the verse, "Hashem shall reign for all eternity."Revelation And RulershipDescriptionChumash Shemot, Parshat BeshalachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-01-25 1:05:55

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Bo, Mrs. Shira Smiles explains the verse, "They baked the dough that they took out of Egypt into cakes of matzot." This class discusses how matzah is both the bread of affliction and a symbol of redemption.Matzah MindsetDescriptionChumash Shemot, Parshat BoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-01-19 1:07:36

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Vaeira, Mrs. Shira Smiles analyzes the verse, "They did not heed Moshe because of shortness of breath and hard work." The class further discusses how Moshe and Aharon were commanded to display respect to Pharaoh and patience to the Jewish people.Catalyst And CharacterDescriptionChumash Shemot, Parshat VaeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-01-12 1:04:10

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In this class (Shiur) on Parshat Shemot, Mrs. Smiles discusses the verse, "And a new king arose in Egypt who did not Yosef." How was it possible for the Egyptians to forget Yosef?Distance And DenialDescriptionChumash Shemot, Parashat ShemotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-01-06 1:05:12

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In this class (shiur)on Parshat Vayechi, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Yaakov's gift to Yosef of the city of Shechem and its underlying message which teaches us the power of prayer. Shechem Supremacy And SupplicationDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayechiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-12-28 1:03:03

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Vayigash, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Yosef's revelation of his identity to his brothers and the sensitivity he displayed in reassuring them that he bore them no grudge.Providence Proxy PardonDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayigashRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-12-21 1:00:43

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In this shiur (Torah class) on Chanuka, Mrs. Shira Smiles raises the question of what is so unique and special about the miracle of Chanuka? Additionally, why are we thanking G-d for the war in the prayer of Al Hanissim? Chanuka: Wonders of WarDescriptionChanukaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-12-09 1:01:25

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In this class (Shiur) on Parshat Vayashev, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the dreams of the cup bearer and the baker and Yosef's interpretation. Vine VignetteDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-12-08 1:05:08

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Chanuka, Mrs. Shira Smiles raises the question of why, in Al HaNissim, we give thanks to Hashem for wars. Chanukah: Light of ClarityDescriptionChanukaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-12-06 51:59

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Chanuka, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the idea that within the galut of Yavan, there was rectification of the sale of Yosef.Yosef and YavanDescriptionChanukaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-12-05 1:03:45

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In this class (shiur) Mrs. Shira smiles gives insight into Chanuka.Chanuka - Pieces Of PeaceDescriptionChanukaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-12-05 1:02:15

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In this class (Shiur) Mrs Shira Smiles discusses Parshat VayishlachEdom's EnigmaDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayishlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-12-02 1:04:08

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This Shiur examines the Midrash that Leah Imenu was the first person to give thanks to Hashem. The different dimensions of thanksgiving are examined, as well as the need to continue to ask after giving thanksGenuinely GratefulDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Vayeitzei, FeaturedRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-11-26 1:00:19

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Toldot, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the verse, "The man became great and kept becoming greater until he was very great. He had acquired flocks and herds and many enterprises; and the Philistines envied him.” Mrs. Smiles explains what true greatness means and how it was actualized through Yitzchak who sanctified the name of Hashem by his example and by reaching out to others.Greatness GuaranteedDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parashat ToldotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-11-18 1:03:51

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Chaya Sarah, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the test Eliezer contrived to find a match for Yitzchak. The class discusses the significance of kindness and how it is intertwined with emunah. Divinely DirectedDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Chayei SaraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-11-09 1:05:11

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In this class (shiur) on Parshat Vayira, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the incident of Lot and his two daughters.Sodom SecretDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-11-04 1:03:18

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Examines the verse in Parshat Lech Lecha (14:13), "And the fugitive came and he told Avraham..." This class discusses Og's dual motives and the repercussions that resulted after he informed Avraham that Lot was captured. Ogs OdysseyDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-10-29 1:12:30

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Examines the verse in Parshat Noach, "And Noah went in and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him into the ark because of the flood waters." This class discusses how Noach only had intellectual emunah and did not believe the flood would actually come until the waters were at his feet. Mrs. Smile discusses how to live with true emunah and integrate it into our essence. Deluge DelusionDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat NoachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-10-20 1:02:18

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On Parshat Nitzavim, Mrs. Shira Smiles addresses the question: If Hashem tells us that teshuva and Torah are so close, why does it seem so far away to us?Accountability And AccessibilityDescriptionParshat Nitzavim-VayeilechRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-09-11 1:05:16

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On Parshat Ki -Tavo, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses following in Hashem's ways and how practicing the mitzvot facilitates an outpouring of blessing from above.Modeling And MindfulnessDescriptionParshat Ki TavoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-09-01 1:05:57

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Mrs. Shira smiles gives us insight into Parshat Pinchas.Figuring The FutureDescriptionParshat PinchasRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-07-08 1:05:25

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Mrs. Shira smiles gives us insight into Parshat Balak.Assertiveness And AttachmentDescriptionParshat BalakRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-07-01 1:01:24

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Mrs. Shira smiles gives us insight into Parshat Chukas.Influence And InferenceDescriptionParshat ChukatRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-06-22 1:05:08

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Mrs. Shira smiles gives us insight into Parshat Korach.Discord DiscoveredDescriptionParshat KorachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-06-15 1:02:24

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Mrs. Shira smiles gives us insight into Parshat Shlach.Gigantic GoodnessDescriptionParshat ShlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-06-08 1:06:55

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Mrs. Shira smiles gives us insight into Parshat Bamidbar.Collectivity And ConnectivityDescriptionParshat BamidbarRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-05-27 1:07:01

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On Parshat Bechukotai, Mrs. Shira Smiles gives us insight into the verse, "If you behave casually towards me then I too will behave casually towards you." The class further discusses how a Jew must make spiritual pursuits the focal point of his life.Haphazardness and HappenstanceDescriptionParshat BechukotaiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-05-01 1:05:16

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On Parshat Behar, Mrs. Shira Smiles gives us insight into the Yovel (jubilee) year and the purpose of sounding the shofar on Yom Kippur of the fiftieth year.Jubilee JubilationDescriptionParshat BeharRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-04-24 1:02:19

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Mrs. Shira smiles gives us insight into Parshat Emor .Transmitting The TraditionDescriptionParshat EmorRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-04-17 1:02:19

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Mrs. Shira smiles gives us insight into Parshat Smemini.Cautionary ClosenessDescriptionParshat ShminiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-03-17 1:00:46

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Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Parshat Vayikra.Sweet And SourDescriptionParshat VayikraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-03-03 53:23

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On Parshat Pekudei, Mrs. Shira smiles discusses the correlation between building the mishkan and building a mini sanctuary in our homes.Present PresenceDescriptionParshat PekudeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-02-26 1:02:38

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On Parshat Vayakhel, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the donations the Jewish people brought to the Tabernacle. There is never anything superfluous in one’s service of Hashem . The process of giving of ourselves and of our material wealth for spirituality may have started with our ancestors, but it continues to this day.Enough Or ExtraDescriptionParshat VayakhelRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-02-19 1:03:03

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On Parshat Ki Tisa, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses how to bring the beauty and joy of Shabbat into the home.Making Majestic MomentsDescriptionParshat Ki TisaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-02-12 1:02:30

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On Parshat Tezaveh, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the priestly garments and how clothes define a person's function and mission.Equilibrium And ExpiationDescriptionParshat TetzaveRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-02-05 55:39

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On Parshat Terumah, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses how just as the planks of the Mishkan needed to be set up in a specific order, our lives too must be structured and ordered to achieve perfection in Avodat Hashem.Pivotal PlanksDescriptionParshat TerumaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-01-27 1:01:10

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On Parshat Mishpatim, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the verse, "You shall not taunt or oppress a stranger for you were strangers in the land of Egypt." The class examines the great weight placed in heaven on being sensitive to the feelings of others.Super SensitivityDescriptionParshat MishpatimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-01-20 1:10:54

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On Parshat Yitro, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the Jewish people's arrival at Har Sinai and the unity that reigned among them as they prepared to accept the Torah.Arrival AccentuationDescriptionParshat YitroRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-01-13 56:57

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On Parshat Beshalach, Mrs, Shira Smiles discusses Moshe's act of taking the bones of Yosef out of Egypt.Bona Fide BonesDescriptionParshat BeshalachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2014-01-07 1:04:16

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On Parshat Bo, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses man's role on this world. While the results are up to Hashem, man is meant to toil to reach the tzurat ha'adam, the perfected human form Adam was before the sin.Mindset, Movement, and ModelingDescriptionParshat BoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-12-30 1:01:29

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On Parshat Va'eira, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the plague of hail and how Moshe had to go to a world above the heavens to bring down the miraculous seemingly paradoxical hailstones.Hail to the HailDescriptionParshat VaeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-12-23 1:06:44

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On Parshat Shemot, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the meaning behind Moshe hiding his face when Hashem spoke to him from the burning bush.Cryptic ConcealmentDescriptionParashat ShemotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-12-16 1:03:22

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On Parshat Vayechi, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the meaning of the verse, "Baruch shem kavod malchuto l'olam v'aed," which the children of Yaakov recited at his deathbed.Wondrous WhisperDescriptionParshat VayechiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-12-07 1:03:32

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On Parshat Vayigash, Mrs Shira Smiles discusses the significance of the cedar wood that Yaakov brought down to Egypt which was later used to build the Mishkan in the desert.Ceding The CedarDescriptionParshat VayigashRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-11-30 59:52

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On Parshat Vayeshev, Mrs Shira Smiles discusses the connection between the pit that Yosef was thrown into and the holiday of Chanukah.Pits PurposeDescriptionParshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-11-17 1:09:45

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on Parshat Vayishlach, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Timna, the concubine of Elifaz, and the lessons we can learn from her.Timna's TrajectoryDescriptionParshat VayishlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-11-10 1:04:08

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On Parshat Vayetzei, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the role of the maidservants, Bilha and Zilpa, and why they were not counted among the Imahot. Majestic MaidservantsDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-11-03 1:06:33

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On Parshat Toldot, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the deeper meaning of Yitzchak's blindness.Blindness and BrachosDescriptionParashat ToldotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-10-27 1:04:40

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On Parshat Chayei Sara, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the verse, "The life of Sarah was one hundred years and twenty years and seven years, these were the years of the life of Sarah," in particular Rashi's explanation which says that all of her years were equally good.Gauging GoodnessDescriptionParshat Chayei SaraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-10-23 42:05

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On Parshat Vayera Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the odyssey of Hagar and Yishmael in the desert.Trail TravailsDescriptionParshat VayeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-10-13 1:07:37

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Oon Parshat Lech-Lecha, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Avraham's legacy of faith.Presence And PresentsDescriptionParshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-10-06 1:00:21

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On Parshat Noach, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the covenant of the rainbow that Hashem made after the Great Flood.Rainbow RaysDescriptionParshat NoachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-10-01 59:38

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Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses how the licentiousness of the daughters of Moav lured the Jews into worshiping the Baal Peor.Ludicrous LicentiousnessDescriptionParshat BalakRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-03-30 1:01:01

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On Parshat Chukas, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the failed attack of the Amorites on the Jews and the song of gratitude the Jews sang for the Well of Miriam.Fountain FarewellDescriptionParshat ChukatRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-03-24 1:03:46

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On Parashat Shelach, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the Sin of the Spies and how it led to exile.Tears Of TemerityDescriptionParshat ShlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-03-17 1:04:18

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On Parshat Behaloscha, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the Levites inauguration to the service of the Mishkan.Levite LeverageDescriptionParshat BehaalotechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-03-10 1:04:57

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On Parshat Behar - Bechukosai, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses atonement of sins and the connection to our forefathers.Covenant ConsideredDescriptionParshat Behar-BechukotaiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-03-03 59:30

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On Parshat Emor, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses that how much we try to accomplish in our service of Hashem is less important than the wholeness and perfection of mind toward that service.Perfecting Perfect PerfectionDescriptionParshat EmorRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-02-25 1:02:43

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On Parshat Acharei Mot - Kedushim, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the prohibition of orlah.Productive PlantingDescriptionParshat Achrei Mot-KedoshimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-02-19 1:02:07

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Mrs. Shira smile discuses Parshat Tazria - Metzora.RedemptionDescriptionParshat Tazria-MetzoraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-02-12 1:02:07

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On Parshat Shmini, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the idea that first a Jew must dedicate himself to do the will of Hashem. Only then will blessing flow from above.Removing The RoadblockDescriptionParshat ShminiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-02-04 1:03:09

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On Parshat Ki Tisa, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Moshe's request to Hashem, "Show me now Your glory." The class examines the nature of divine acts and man's true purpose on this world.Panoramic PerspectivesDescriptionParshat Ki TisaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-01-21 1:02:38

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On Parshat Teruma, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the significance of the Shulchan that was positioned near the northern wall of the Tabernacle.Northern NexusDescriptionParshat TerumaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-01-15 1:02:10

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on Parshat Mishpatim, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses how studying the laws of damages leads to kindness and perfection of character.Liabilities and LoveDescriptionParshat MishpatimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-01-14 1:02:10

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On Parshat Yisro, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the first commandment, "Onochi Hashem Elokecha," and the different facets of emunah.Emuna ExploredDescriptionParshat YitroRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-01-12 1:00:56

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on Parshat Beshalach, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the nature of Miriam's song at the splitting of the Red Sea.Decisive DanceDescriptionParshat BeshalachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-01-11 1:02:05

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On Parshat Bo, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses how Torah and the world parallel each other, specifically as it relates to the exodus of Egypt which occurred in the spring time.Benevolent BlossomingDescriptionParshat BoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-01-10 1:00:32

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On Parshat Vaeira, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the equality and humility of Moshe and Aharon.Existential Equality and EquanimityDescriptionParshat VaeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-01-10 1:01:09

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on Parshat Shemot Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Moshe's reluctance to take on the role of redeeming the Jews from Egypt.Redeemer's ReluctanceDescriptionParashat ShemotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-01-09 1:01:09

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On Parshat Vayechi, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Yosef's oath to Yaakov to bury him in the land of Israel.Inspired InternmentDescriptionParshat VayechiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2013-01-02 1:03:46

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Mrs. Shira smile discusses Parshat Vayigash and Yosef's surprising revelation to his brothers.Royal RevelationDescriptionParshat VayigashRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-12-27 1:01:47

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Curious CloakParshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-12-20 1:01:30

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Mrs. Shira Smile discusses the significance of Yaakov Avinu's sinew being targeted during the struggle with the angel of Esav in Parshat Vayishlach.Sinew's SignificanceDescriptionParshat VayishlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-12-11 59:04

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On Parshat Vayeitzei, Mr. Shira Smiles examines the verse, "And Yaaakov departed from Be'er Sheva and went towards Charan," and the impression a righteous person has on his surroundings.Indelible ImpressionDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-12-04 59:04

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Mrs. Shira Smile discusses forgiveness and fortitude from within Parshat Toldot.Forgiveness and FortitudeDescriptionParashat ToldotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-11-26 1:00:42

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On Parshat Chayei Sara, Mrs. Shira Smiles talks about Avraham Avinu at the end of his life.Coming Into CompletenessDescriptionParshat Chayei SaraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-11-18 1:00:42

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on Parshat Vayeira, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the concept of Hashem Yireh, the name Avraham gave the site of Akeidat Yitzchak.Seeing is BelievingDescriptionParshat VayeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-11-15 1:02:28

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On Parshat Lech Lecha, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Sarah's relationship with Hagar and its ramifications for future generations.Parshat Lech LechaDescriptionParshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-11-08 57:36

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On Parshat Noach, Mrs. Shira Smiles delves into the episode of the dove bringing Noach the olive branch and its symbolism for our lives.Dove's DirectiveDescriptionParshat NoachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-11-01 1:00:12

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On Parshat Chukat, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the attack of Amalek on the Jews. Amalek symbolizes the yetzer horo whose purpose is to lead us to self destruction. Mrs. Smiles discusses how the Jews were awakened to teshuva and how we too can strengthen ourselves to fight against the evil inclination.Amalek - Attack and AwakeningDescriptionParshat ChukatRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-06-24 1:02:14

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On Parshat Korach, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the lessons learned from the episode of the blossoming of the staff of Aharon Hakohen, which was the ultimate proof of Aharon's legitimacy as the chosen High Priest, Kohen Gadol.Flowering FocusDescriptionParshat KorachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-06-17 12-06-17

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On Parshat Shlach, Mrs. Shira Smiles talks about the courage of Calev ben Yefuneh in standing up to the meraglim, the spies, and to the whole Jewish people.Calev: Commanding CourageDescriptionParshat ShlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-06-11 1:01:59

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On Parshat Baha'alotcha, Mrs. Shira Smiles talks about the centrality of EretzYisrael, the Land of Israel, as one of the important themes of the parsha.The Eyes of YitroDescriptionParshat BehaalotechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-06-06 1:03:38

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On Parshat Behar, Mrs. Shira Smiles talks about the mitzva of Shmitta.Helping HandDescriptionParshat BeharRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-05-16 1:00:05

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On Parshat Emor, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the lessons which can be learned from the episode of the blasphemer. By studying the causes of his deed, we can each correct parts of our actions and thoughts, especially the midda of 'leitzanut', mockery, to enrich our mitzva observance and our relationship with Hashem.Blasphemer's BattleDescriptionParshat EmorRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-05-09 58:51

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On Parshat Acharei Mot and Kedoshim, Mrs. Shira Smiles explains the importance of living a true spiritual life.Life ForceDescriptionParshat Achrei Mot-KedoshimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-04-25 53:16

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Mrs. Shira Smiles gives a fascinating perspective on the kohen's role in the treatment of the affliction of tzara'at, spiritual leprosy.Mirror ImageDescriptionParshat Tazria-MetzoraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-04-19 1:02:25

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On parshiot Vayakhel and Pekudei, Mrs. Shira Smiles talks about the unique legacy which Betzalel endowed every Jew with, when he built the Mishkan, the Sanctuary.Intelligence and InheritanceDescriptionParshat Vayakhel-PekudeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-03-11 57:33

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On Parshat Tetzaveh, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the unique qualities of the olive oil used in the Mishkan and Beit Hamikdash, of the inner message that the olive oil contains for each of us, and how that message relates to the upcoming holiday of Purim.Pressed to PerfectionDescriptionParshat TetzaveRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-02-29 1:01:53

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On Parshat Truma, Mrs. Shira Smiles delves into the meaning of the badim, the poles used in the Mishkan.Precious PolesDescriptionParshat TerumaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-02-23 56:03

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On Parshat Mishpatim, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the pasuk which says to serve Hashem, and He will bless the bread and water, and remove illness.ConsciousnessDescriptionParshat MishpatimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-02-12 1:00:50

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On Parshat Yitro, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the passuk that says that the Jewish People stood under the mountain, and the gemara that explains that Hashem held the mountain over them, forcing them to accept the Torah.The Experience of SinaiDescriptionParshat YitroRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-02-06 1:00:38

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On Parshat Beshalach, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the experience of the manna, the food in the desert.The Meaning of MannaDescriptionParshat BeshalachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-01-30 1:03:12

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On Parshat Bo, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the question of the wicked son mentioned at the Pesach Seder, which is alluded to in Parshat Bo.World of the WickedDescriptionParshat BoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-01-22 1:03:34

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On Parshat Vaeira, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the plague of frogs. Mrs. Smiles examines why the plague started as just one frog and multiplied into many, and why Pharoah asked that the plague stop the next day instead of immediately. Frog FundamentalsDescriptionParshat VaeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-01-15 1:03:48

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On Parshat Shemot, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines Hashem's command to Moshe not to come closer to the burning bush, and to remove his shoes, because the ground he is on is holy., asking the Ramban's question of why was that ground holy, if the shechina was resting only on the burning bush?Holy GroundDescriptionParashat ShemotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-01-09 1:02:15

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On Parshat Vayechi, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the first passuk which states that Yaakov lived in Egypt for seventeen years, and that Yaakov lived for 147 years. Why was this passuk is necessary at all?Living LifeDescriptionParshat VayechiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-01-01 1:03:18

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On Parshat Vayigash, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the pasuk that says that Yaakov sent Yehuda ahead of him, to go to Yosef and to prepare in Goshen.Monarch's MissionDescriptionParshat VayigashRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-12-25 1:02:22

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On Parshat Vayeishev, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the three pesukim describing Yosef being lost in Shchem and speaking to a man who directs him to Dotan.Soul SearchingDescriptionParshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-12-11 1:02:38

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On Parshat Vayishlach, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the phrase "I have sojourned with Lavan..."Faithful FollowerDescriptionParshat VayishlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-12-04 1:00:40

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On Parshat Vayetzei, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the dialogue between Rachel and Yaakov about Rachel's childlessness, and how we can learn about life struggles that we go through.Careful ConsiderationDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-11-28 57:28

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On Parshat Toldot, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the passuk which states that Yitzchak trembled, and focuses on the medrash that says that this trembling was greater than Yitzchak's trembling at Akeidat Yitzchak.Tumultuous TremblingDescriptionParashat ToldotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-11-20 55:09

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On Parshat Chayei Sarah, Mrs. Shira Smiles analyzes the psukim where Rivka Imeinu meets Yitzchak Avinu for the first time.Camel CommotionDescriptionParshat Chayei SaraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-11-15 55:56

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On Parshat Lech Lecha, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the first blessing in the Shemonah Esrei, the blessing of the patriarchs, which is related to the promise that Hashem gives Avraham, that Avraham "shall be a blessing".Singular SignatureDescriptionParshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-10-31 57:48

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On Parshat Noach, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the pasuk which states that "Noach, the man of the earth, planted a vineyard."Vineyard VignetteDescriptionParshat NoachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-10-24 1:00:12

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On Parshat Nitzavim and Vayelech, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the verse, "write this song for yourselves" and what song it's referring to.Symbiotic SongDescriptionParshat Nitzavim-VayeilechRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-09-18 1:00:26

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On Parshat Ki Tavo, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses how the curses found in the parsha are an awakening before Rosh Hashana.Judgment on JovialityDescriptionParshat Ki TavoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-09-11 1:02:02

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Parshat Matot, Mrs. Shira Smiles responds to the tragic death of Leiby Kletzky hy"d. Parshat Matot: Final ActDescriptionIn Memorial: Response to TragedyRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-07-20 58:38

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on Parshat Matot, Mrs. Shira Smiles responds to the tragic death of Leiby Kletzky hy"d.Final ActDescriptionParshat MatotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-07-17 58:38

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on Parshat Pinchas, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about Pinchas' reward.Point of PerpetuityDescriptionParshat PinchasRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-07-10 1:02:32

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On Parshat Chukat, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about our ability to submit ourselves to the will of G-d, and to appreciate the special gifts that we each have.Renunciation of Reasoning and RatzonDescriptionParshat ChukatRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-06-27 59:53

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on Parshat Korach, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about Korach's claims against Moshe.The Thread of TruthDescriptionParshat KorachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-06-19 1:02:10

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On Parshat Shelach, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the medrash that Hashem made room for the spies to fail. Mrs. Smiles also speaks about Yehoshua's name change.Higher HumilityDescriptionParshat ShlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-06-13 56:34

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On Parshat Nasso, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about birchat Kohanim.Favorable BlessingDescriptionParshat NasoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-05-29 49:52

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On Parshat Bamidbar, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the seeming contradiction in the way the count of the Jewish people is established. Mrs. Smiles speaks about the dichotomy of each person being part of a whole and at the same time, an individual.Everyone CountsDescriptionParshat BamidbarRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-05-23 59:27

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On Parshat Bechukotai, Mrs. Shira Smiles explores how Rashi explains that someone who observes the mitzvot but does not toil and exert effort in Torah can reach a level of not believing in G-d.Consequences of ComplacencyDescriptionParshat BechukotaiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-05-15 52:35

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On Parshat Behar, Mrs. Shira Smiles explores the juxtaposition between Shabbat and the Beit Hamikdash in the last pasuk of the parsha. Mrs. Smiles also explains how we can take what we learn about having awe of the temple, and relate it to how we behave in our study halls and synagogues.Shabbat and Mikdash; Awareness and AweDescriptionParshat BeharRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-05-08 1:02:45

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefirat HaOmer, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the statement of the Sfas Emes that the entire year is spiritually dependent on these days. Sefira: Setting the StageDescriptionSefirahRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-05-01 1:00:42

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In this memorial shiur for the members of the Fogel family who died al kiddush Hashem, Mrs. Shira Smiles teaches about Tefilla, prayer, as the proper response to tragedy. Mrs. Smiles also shows the important role of tefilla in the celebration of Purim. Tefilla: Proactive ResponseDescriptionIn Memorial: Response to TragedyRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-03-15 51:52

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Discusses the naming of Shimon and Levi, and how they represent the eradication of evil and the ultimate connection to Hashem. Shimon and LeviDescriptionIn Depth Topics, Our forefathersRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-03-11 51:05

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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.Rachel and Leah's RolesDescriptionIn Depth Topics, Our forefathersRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-03-03 50:08

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On Parshat Pekudei, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the bracha that Moshe blessed Klal Yisrael upon the completion of the mishkan.Bountiful BlessingsDescriptionParshat PekudeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-02-27 1:03:00

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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.Selflessness for the Greater GoodDescriptionIn Depth Topics, Our forefathersRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-02-24 53:53

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On Parshat Vayakhel, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the description of the kior, the sink, which was made of mirrors donated by the women.Mirroring MajestyDescriptionParshat VayakhelRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-02-20 1:00:12

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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.The Power of the SechelDescriptionIn Depth Topics, Our forefathersRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-02-16 57:43

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On Parshat Ki Tisa, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines how the sin of the golden calf transformed Jewish history, specifically in relation to the tablets.Covenant II; Constant ChallengeDescriptionParshat Ki TisaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-02-13 1:03:14

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Discusses Rachel's mesirut nefesh in giving over the signs, and Leah's part in it.The SignsDescriptionIn Depth Topics, Our forefathersRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-02-10 52:36

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On Parshat Tetzaveh, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the last perek in the parsha, which details the altar for the incense.Secret of the SpiceDescriptionParshat TetzaveRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-02-06 1:02:42

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Speaks about the emphasis on Rachel being Lavan's younger daughter, the seven years that Yaakov worked for Rachel, and Lavan's trickery.Lavan's TrickeryDescriptionIn Depth Topics, Our forefathersRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-02-02 55:13

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On Parshat Terumah, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the midrash on the words " take for me a portion," which says that Hashem told the Jewish people that He sold them His Torah, and its as if He sold Himself with the Torah.Creating ClosenessDescriptionParshat TerumaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-01-30 56:59

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On Parshat Mishpatim, Mrs. Shira Smiles explains the 'sapphire brickwork' under Hashem.Brick Burden and BuoyancyDescriptionParshat MishpatimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-01-23 1:01:40

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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. Two DaughtersDescriptionIn Depth Topics, Our forefathersRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-01-23 51:08

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On Parshat Yitro, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the placement of the description of the altar, after the revelation at Sinai.Altar AccentuationDescriptionParshat YitroRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-01-17 1:01:14

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On Yaakov's sojourn to Charan, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the reasons for Yaakov's crying when he see Rachel.Yaakov's CriesDescriptionIn Depth Topics, Our forefathersRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-01-16 56:27

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On Yaakov's sojourn to Charan, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about Yaakov Avinu meeting Rachel for the first time.Taking the Stone Off the WellDescriptionIn Depth Topics, Our forefathersRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-01-13 55:24

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On Parshat Beshalach, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the pasuk in Shirat Hayam which says, "...This is my G-d and I will glorify Him..."Glorifying the GlorifiedDescriptionParshat BeshalachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-01-09 59:26

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On Parshat Bo, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the plague of the first born; why it occurred at midnight, why is was carried out by Hashem Himself, and why the Jewish people had to do something in order to gain protection.Midnight MindfulnessDescriptionParshat BoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2011-01-02 52:23

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On Parshat Va'eira, Mrs. Shira Smiles asks why there is such an emphasis in the Torah and in our lives, on the experience of the Jews in Egypt.Existential Exodus ExperienceDescriptionParshat VaeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-12-26 1:00:03

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On Parshat Vayechi, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the idea of brachot in general, Yaakov Avinu's brachot to his sons, and specifically Yehuda's bracha. Tenacity, TruthDescriptionParshat VayechiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-12-12 57:15

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On Parshat Miketz, Mrs. Shira Smiles connects the episode of the brothers in Egypt with Yosef, with the topic of Chanukah.Inspired IntrospectionDescriptionParshat MikeitzRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-11-28 1:00:06

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on Parshat Vayeishev, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on a medrash on the sale of Yosef, that says that the brothers used the money they received to buy shoes.Soul of the SoleDescriptionParshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-11-21 59:57

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On Yaakov's sojourn to Charan, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the conversation that Yaakov has with the shepherds.Yaakov and the ShepherdsDescriptionIn Depth Topics, Our forefathersRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-11-21 57:33

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On Parshat Vayishlach, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the Rashi that says that Yaakov was left alone because he had returned for some forgotten pitchers. Mrs. Smiles focuses on the question of what the connection is between Yaakov going back for his pitchers, and the attack from the angel.Jarring JarsDescriptionParshat VayishlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-11-14 1:00:17

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On Parshat Vayetzei, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on Rashi's medrash on the idea that Hashem has '"gathered in" Rachel's shame.Harmonizing Household HarmonyDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-11-07 59:15

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On Perek 29 and 30 of Sefer Bereishit, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines two approaches to the symbolism of the well in the field.The Symbolism of the WellDescriptionIn Depth Topics, Our forefathersRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-11-07 52:50

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On Parshat Toldot, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the pasuk which states that Yitzchak loved Eisav for his hunting, and Rivka loved Yaakov. Mrs. Smiles examines the different approaches to this pasuk to gain insight into our avodat Hashem.Preferential ParentingDescriptionParashat ToldotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-10-31 1:04:19

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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.Yaakov's JourneyDescriptionIn Depth Topics, Our forefathersRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-10-31 55:45

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On Parshat Chayei Sarah, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines why the narrative of Avraham's acquisition of the land for Mearat HaMachpela is so detailed. Additionally, Mrs. Smiles discusses why Ephron's name is spelled without a 'vav' in the pasuk in which the transaction took place.Efron Expression of EarthlinessDescriptionParshat Chayei SaraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-10-24 1:00:47

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On Parshat Vayeira, Mrs. Shira Smiles raises a number of questions on the pasuk that says that Lot's wife looked behind, and became a pillar of salt.Salt of the EarthDescriptionParshat VayeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-10-17 1:03:11

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On Parshat Lech Lecha, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on Lot, whose behavior was not ideal, yet contains lessons about our character development. Betwixt and BetweenDescriptionParshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-10-10 1:01:39

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On Parshat Noach, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the events that led up to the flood, to get a sense of how not to fall into the same level of depravity at the time of the flood.Slippery SlopeDescriptionParshat NoachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-10-03 1:01:34

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On Parshiyot Matot and Masei, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the topic of vows.Science of SpeechDescriptionParshat Matot-MaseiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-07-04 59:26

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on Parshat Pinchas, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the korban hatamid, the sacrifice that was brought each morning and evening.Elevating the Elevated OfferingDescriptionParshat PinchasRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-06-27 1:00:23

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On Parshat Balak, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the use of the words "shalosh regalim," when the donkey spoke to Bilam.Pilgrimage PowerDescriptionParshat BalakRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-06-20 1:03:04

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On Parshat Chukat, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the incident with the serpents.Serpents ScreamDescriptionParshat ChukatRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-06-13 1:01:07

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On Parshat Korach, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the punishment that Korach and his followers received.Well GroundedDescriptionParshat KorachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-06-06 1:02:45

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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.Nearness of NameDescriptionParshat ShlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-05-30 1:01:24

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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.Triumphant TravelsDescriptionParshat BehaalotechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-05-23 1:01:34

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On Parshat Nasso, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the significance of this Parsha always being read on the Shabbat after Shavuot.Shavuot ConnectionDescriptionParshat NasoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-05-16 59:27

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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.Rewarding RewardDescriptionParshat Behar-BechukotaiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-05-02 1:03:43

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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.Respecting the RespectedDescriptionParshat Achrei Mot-KedoshimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-04-18 1:02:04

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On Parshiyot Tazria and Metzora, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on one of the aspects of the purification process for tzara'at.Profound PurityDescriptionParshat Tazria-MetzoraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-04-11 1:00:45

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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.Integral IngredientsDescriptionParshat Vayakhel-PekudeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-03-07 58:29

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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?The Gift of SelfDescriptionParshat TerumaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-02-14 57:36

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Speaks about Yehuda's statement of "tzedakah mimeni".Yehuda's AdmissionDescriptionParshat Vayeshev, In Depth TopicsRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-02-07 48:29

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On Parshat Mishpatim, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the laws of the 'eved ivri', one who sells himself into slavery.Sense of ServitudeDescriptionParshat MishpatimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-02-07 59:27

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Examines Yehuda's judgment that Tamar should be burned.Fortitude of TamarDescriptionParshat Vayeshev, In Depth TopicsRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-01-31 52:20

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On Parshat Yitro, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the idea of shalom and its connection to Shabbat.Shalom of ShabbatDescriptionParshat YitroRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-01-31 1:03:20

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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.Ultimate HealerDescriptionParshat BeshalachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-01-24 1:02:12

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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.Investing With InterestDescriptionParshat BoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-01-17 1:02:41

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On Parshat Va'eira, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the first passuk of the parsha, which contains Hashem's rebuke to Moshe.The Greater GoodDescriptionParshat VaeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-01-10 59:27

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On Parshat Shemot, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on Batya, Pharaoh's daughter, who offers insight into our own lives.Batya, Devoted DaughterDescriptionParashat ShemotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-01-03 1:03:35

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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.Evil EyeDescriptionParshat VayechiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-12-27 1:00:50

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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.Dual FlamesDescriptionParshat VayigashRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-12-20 1:02:19

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An explanation of the significance of each of the items Yehuda gave Tamar as collateral.The CollateralDescriptionParshat Vayeshev, In Depth TopicsRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-11-29 51:34

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On Parshat Vayishlach, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the concept of Kever Rachel, and why Rachel is buried "baderech," on the way.Kever RachelDescriptionParshat VayishlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-11-29 59:04

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An exploration of Tamar's intentions in initiating a relationship with Yehuda.Tamar's IntentionsDescriptionParshat Vayeshev, In Depth TopicsRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-11-22 52:37

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On Parshat Vayetzei, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the episode of Rachel sharing Yaakov's and her secret signs with Leah.Secretive SignsDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-11-22 1:00:36

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An explanation of Yehuda's intentions ,his motivation in being with Tamar, and his mindset at the time.Yehuda's IntentionsDescriptionParshat Vayeshev, In Depth TopicsRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-11-15 52:49

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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.Emerging WorldsDescriptionParashat ToldotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-11-15 1:00:58

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Analysis of the actions of Er and Onan, the sons of Yehuda, and their punishment.The Mistakes of Er and OnanDescriptionParshat Vayeshev, In Depth TopicsRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-11-08 48:40

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On Parshat Vayetzei, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on Rashi's medrash on the idea that Hashem has '"gathered in" Rachel's shame.Mindful MiddotDescriptionParshat Chayei SaraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-11-08 1:02:47

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Explains Yehuda's marriage and the significance of the names of his sons.Yehuda's MarriageDescriptionParshat Vayeshev, In Depth TopicsRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-11-01 46:06

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On Parshat Lech Lecha, Mrs. Shira Smiles delves into the deeper understanding of Avraham's test of Lech Lecha.Ultimate BenefitDescriptionParshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-11-01 56:39

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In this Torah class (shiur) on the story of Yehuda and Tamar, Mrs. Shira Smiles begins the topic by exploring why this episode is placed in the middle of the narrative of the sale of YosefYehuda's Descent from his BrothersDescriptionOtherRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-10-26 47:28

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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.Yehuda's Descent from his BrothersDescriptionParshat Vayeshev, In Depth TopicsRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-10-25 47:28

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On Parshat Vayeira, Mrs. Shira Smiles explores the theme of laughter which is connected to the birth of Yitzchak.Lessons of LaughterDescriptionParshat VayeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-10-25 1:04:33

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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.Expanding the EssenceDescriptionParshat NoachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-10-18 1:01:34

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on Parshat Bereishit, Mrs. Shira Smiles takes a deeper look into the first Rashi in the Torah.Guidelines for GreatnessDescriptionParshat BereishitRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-10-11 59:13

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The final class on the Haftora of Shabbat Shuva, discussing the centrality of Eretz Yisrael and the meaning of the verse 'Hashem's ways are straight'. The lesson for us is to take every circumstance in life and utilize it to better serve Hashem.Hashem's Ways are StraightDescriptionShabbat ShuvaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-09-05 57:28

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On the Haforah of Shabbat Shuva, Mrs. Shira Smiles explains the beautiful imagery in the perek, as illustrations of G-d's eternal love for His people, Am Yisrael.Images of Hashem's Love for His PeopleDescriptionShabbat ShuvaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-09-04 47:55

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On the essence of teshuva, based on the Haftara of Shabbat Shuva, Mrs. Shira Smiles demonstrates the important role of tefilla (prayer) and Torah study in enabling a person to repent completely.Torah and Tefilla: Components of TeshuvaDescriptionShabbat ShuvaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-09-03 52:15

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On the Haftarah of Shabbat Shuva from where we learn that teshuva/repentance is a dynamic process with Hashem, and that every Jew's soul is intrinsically pure, which means that even sin does not become part of its essence. When embarking on the teshuva process, one should have an image of who they want to be, so that they have a goal to aspire to.The Intrinsic Purity of Every JewDescriptionShabbat ShuvaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-09-02 52:18

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On Parshat Pinchas, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on some of the basic questions to get a sense of what the story of Pinchas is about.The Grand SchemeDescriptionParshat MatotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-07-12 1:02:33

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On Parshat Pinchas, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on some of the basic questions to get a sense of what the story of Pinchas is about.Pieces of PeaceDescriptionParshat PinchasRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-07-05 1:03:46

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On Parshat Chukat, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the story of "mei meriva," and presents three approaches of what went wrong, and the lessons we can take from it.VigilanceDescriptionParshat ChukatRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-06-28 56:24

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On Parshat Korach, Mrs. Shira Smiles analyzes Korach's downfall, and how to balance positive jealousy.Juggling JealousyDescriptionParshat KorachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-06-21 1:03:24

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On Parshat Shlach, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the Haftorah, and discusses the topic of Teshuva. Rachav - Redefined RoleDescriptionParshat ShlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-06-14 50:33

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On Parshat Beha'alotcha, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the complaints of the dor hamidbar.Comprehending the ComplaintsDescriptionParshat BehaalotechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-06-07 59:22

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On Parshat Naso, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the repetitive nature of the description of the gifts that the nesi'im brought to the mishkan, and about the blessings that Yaakov Avinu gave his children.Model of DiversityDescriptionParshat NasoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-05-31 55:33

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On Parsha Bamidbar, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the pasuk that describes the job of El'azar in preparing the mishkan to be carried through the desert, and what one can learn from this in preparation for Shavuot.Load of a LifetimeDescriptionParshat BamidbarRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-05-18 57:44

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On parshiyot Behar and Bechukotai, Mrs. Shira Smiles points out that parshat Behar begins with the mitzvah of shemitah, and then discusses interpersonal relations specifically in the area of monetary help for individuals.Deepening the RelationshipDescriptionParshat Behar-BechukotaiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-05-11 59:18

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On Parshat Acharei Mot and Kedoshim, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about how we are to understand and define what keduasha is.Living KedushaDescriptionParshat Achrei Mot-KedoshimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-04-26 1:01:19

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On Parshat Tazria-Metzora, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the tzaraat that effects the home.The Treasure WithinDescriptionParshat Tazria-MetzoraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-04-19 57:03

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On Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on Betzalel, a key figure in the mishkan experience.Conduit of HolinessDescriptionParshat Vayakhel-PekudeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-03-15 59:48

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On Parshat Tetzaveh, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses why the names of the tribes appear two times on the Kohen Gadol's garments, and examines the connection between the different stones, and the tribes that were engraved on them.The Silent PairDescriptionParshat TetzaveRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-02-28 1:01:48

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On Parshat Teruma, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the question of why the Torah says "take for me a portion," when technically it should state to give a portion, and discusses the five main ingredients of what tzedaka is about.A Give and Take RelationshipDescriptionParshat TerumaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-02-21 1:02:28

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On Parshat Mishpatim, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the concept of certain laws which are specific to the judges, to ensure a judgment of truth.The Whole TruthDescriptionParshat MishpatimRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-02-15 59:05

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On Parshat Yitro, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the tenth of the Ten Commandments, 'lo tachmod', do not covet, and compares it with a later mention in Parshat Va'etchanan which states 'to tit'aveh', do not desire.Desiring the DesiredDescriptionParshat YitroRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-02-08 1:02:22

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On Parshat Beshalach, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the concept of saying the shirat hayam, the song of the splitting of the sea, every day in our davening.Noteworthy NotesDescriptionParshat BeshalachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-02-01 1:01:23

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The final class on the Sale of Yosef, summarizing the lessons that can be gleaned from this poignant section of the Torah.Lessons to Live ByDescriptionChumash Bereishit, In Depth Chumash, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-02-01 49:17

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On Parshat Bo, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the pasuk which states that "against the children of Israel, no dog shall wet its tongue."Hark to the BarkDescriptionParshat BoRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-01-25 1:02:27

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Talks about the brother's explanation of Yosef's absence to their father.Emphasizing how our actions have ramifications.Measure for MeasureDescriptionChumash Bereishit, In Depth Chumash, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-01-25 50:47

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On Parshat Va'eira, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the plague of 'barad' (hail).Awe of the AbodeDescriptionParshat VaeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-01-18 1:04:04

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Presents a deeper view on why the brothers sold Yosef for a pair of shoes.Symbolism of the ShoeDescriptionChumash Bereishit, In Depth Chumash, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-01-18 58:57

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On Parshat Shemot, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the incident of the burning bush.Fabulous FlameDescriptionParashat ShemotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-01-11 1:01:01

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Talks about the sweet smelling spices that accompanied Yosef on his way down to Egypt. Emphasizing the lesson that everything Hashem does is clearly measured out.The Measure of LifeDescriptionChumash Bereishit, In Depth Chumash, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-01-11 57:37

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Discussing the Bat Kol (Heavenly voice), and what we can learn from our lives with each answer.The Bat KolDescriptionChumash Bereishit, In Depth Chumash, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-01-03 50:58

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On Parshat Vayechi, Mrs. Shira Smiles looks at what the concept of giving brachot is about, and more specifically, what the Friday night blessing for sons to be like Ephraim and Menashe is about.Bestowing BlessingsDescriptionParshat VayechiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-01-03 59:11

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Discussing the angel who met Yosef on his way to his brothers, as a representation of all of us.Heavenly MessengersDescriptionChumash Bereishit, In Depth Chumash, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-12-28 56:12

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In this shiur (Torah class), Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses what we can learn from the recent world events in Mumbai, how to reflect on them, and what our response should be. Reflection and ResponseDescriptionIn Memorial: Response to TragedyRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-12-22 1:02:26

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Mrs. Shira Smiles talks about the inner and outer connections of Chanuka.Chanuka: Inner and Outer ConnectionDescriptionChanukaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-12-22 1:01:07

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Discussing how Hashem presents us with goodness, while it often is presented to us in ways we would not imagine.Divine PackagingDescriptionChumash Bereishit, In Depth Chumash, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-12-21 51:33

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Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the symbolism of putting the mezuza on the right, the channukiah on the left, and the person lighting the candles in the middle. Chanuka: Expansion of IDescriptionChanukaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-12-17 56:42

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On Parsha Vayeishev, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on one pasuk, to uncover some of the most fundamental aspects of the way Hashem interacts with us.Acquiring SerenityDescriptionParshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-12-14 1:04:02

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Explaining the symbolism of Yosef's second dream, of the sun, moon, and stars.The Second DreamDescriptionChumash Bereishit, In Depth Chumash, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-12-14 51:40

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On Parshat Vayishlach, Mrs. Shira Smiles concentrates on the struggle between Yaakov and the angel, and explains how the struggle represents the quintessential struggle between good and evil.Struggle for SimchaDescriptionParshat VayishlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-12-07 58:01

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Discussing Yosef's first dream, the dream of the stalks of wheat.The First DreamDescriptionChumash Bereishit, In Depth Chumash, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-12-07 48:35

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Mrs. Shira Smiles reveals its essence and inner depth in memory of the Mumbai Victims.Chanukah: Revealing the EssenceDescriptionChanuka, In Memorial: Response to TragedyRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-12-03 53:33

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On Parshat Veyeitzei, Mrs. Shira Smiles explains the significance of Yaakov's interaction with the shepherds at the well.Well Well WellDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-11-30 1:02:08

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Exploring the motivations for Jealousy and the antidote for it.Antidote for JealousyDescriptionChumash Bereishit, In Depth Chumash, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-11-30 52:44

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On Parshat Toldot, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the concept of prayer.Potent PrayerDescriptionParashat ToldotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-11-23 1:04:02

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