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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 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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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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In this class (shiur) Rabbi Goldman discusses The 10 MaccosThe 10 MaccosDescriptionChumash BereishitRabbi Effy Goldman2018-02-05 51:21

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

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Rabbi Effie Goldman discusses the dreams of YosefDreamsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeitzeiRabbi Effy Goldman2018-01-21 1:05:22

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

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Rabbi Effy Goldman discusses Yakov And Eisav in the Parsha.Yaakov And EisavDescriptionParshat VayishlachRabbi Effy Goldman2018-01-14 39:05

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

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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 NoachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-11-19 1:01:19

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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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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 VayeitzeiRebbetzin 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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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) 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 (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 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 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 VayeitzeiRebbetzin 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 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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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 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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Mrs. Chana Prero analyzes Yaakov and Lavan's conversation after Lavan fails to find his idols.Truth or Lies?DescriptionParshat VayeitzeiMrs. Chana Prero2011-11-30 53:45

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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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Mrs. Chana Prero addresses the questions of why does G-d command Yitzchak to remain in Israel and why does Yitzchak receive the blessings of Avraham?The Non-Wandering JewDescriptionParashat ToldotMrs. Chana Prero2011-11-21 51:56

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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 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 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 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 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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Speaks about Yehuda's statement of "tzedakah mimeni".Yehuda's AdmissionDescriptionParshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-02-07 48:29

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Examines Yehuda's judgment that Tamar should be burned.Fortitude of TamarDescriptionParshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-01-31 52:20

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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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Mrs. Chana Prero discusses why the blessings to Yaakov invoke Hashem as G-d of Yitzchak and not as G-d of Avraham.Father's MeritDescriptionParshat VayigashMrs. Chana Prero2009-12-23 44:21

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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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Mrs. Chana Prero analyzes Yosef's dreams. (This class, based on classical Biblical commentaries, does not assume any prior knowledge of Hebrew or familiarity with textual study.)Yosef's DreamsDescriptionParshat VayeshevMrs. Chana Prero2009-12-08 59:42

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Chana Prero analyzes the six blessings G-d gives Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov.Our Forefathers' BlessingsDescriptionParshat VayishlachMrs. Chana Prero2009-12-03 55:05

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An explanation of the significance of each of the items Yehuda gave Tamar as collateral.The CollateralDescriptionParshat VayeshevRebbetzin 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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Mrs. Chana Prero explores the classical commentaries to gain a deeper understanding of the events surrounding Yaakov's departure from Lavan.Yaakov's Escape from LavanDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiMrs. Chana Prero2009-11-25 53:25

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An exploration of Tamar's intentions in initiating a relationship with Yehuda.Tamar's IntentionsDescriptionParshat VayeshevRebbetzin 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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Mrs. Chana Prero explores the classical commentaries to gain a deeper understanding of the blessings that Yaakov and Eisav received from Yitzchak.Parshat ToldotDescriptionParashat ToldotMrs. Chana Prero2009-11-19 46:40

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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 VayeshevRebbetzin 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 VayeshevRebbetzin 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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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Hershel Reichman discusses the spiritual underpinnings of Akeidat Yitzchak, the binding of Yitzchak. The events that lead up to that test provide insight in our present day understanding of life and its challenges.Parshat Vayeira: Understanding JudgementDescriptionParshat VayeiraRabbi Hershel Reichman2009-11-05 59:40

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Explains Yehuda's marriage and the significance of the names of his sons.Yehuda's MarriageDescriptionParshat VayeshevRebbetzin 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 shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Hershel Reichman discusses the character of Lot and his journey from Avraham's prime student to a member of the wicked city of Sodom. Based on the teachings of the Shem MiShmuel, Rabbi Reichman explores the differences between Lot and Avraham and how it affected each one's path.Parshat Lech Lecha: The Mystery of LotDescriptionParshat Lech LechaRabbi Hershel Reichman2009-10-27 40:02

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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 VayeshevRebbetzin 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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Parshat NoachParshat NoachRabbi Hershel Reichman2009-10-23 53:14

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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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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Hershel Reichman explains the concept of Creation, in which G-d created the world from nothingness. Based on the Kedushas Levi, the Chassidic work of Reb Levi Yitzchak Miberdichev, this class explores fundamental concepts of G-d's goal in creation,and man's purpose in this worldParshat Breishit: Yaysh V'Ayin: Being SomethingDescriptionParshat BereishitRabbi Hershel Reichman2009-10-15 57:37

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

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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, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-01-25 50:47

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

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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, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-01-11 57:37

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Mrs. Chana Prero analyzes the brachot (blessings) that Yaakov Avinu bestowed on his grandsons Ephraim and Menashe.The Blessing to Ephraim and MenasheDescriptionParshat VayechiMrs. Chana Prero2009-01-05 52:19

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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, 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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Mrs. Chana Prero explores why Yosef chose to falsely accuse and imprison his brother Binyamin. The class is based on the text of the verses of the Parsha along with the comments of Rashi. No previous knowledge of Hebrew or textual skills are required for the class.False AccusationsDescriptionParshat VayigashMrs. Chana Prero2008-12-31 47:54

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Rabbi Hershel Reichman explores this week's parsha, Parshat Vayigash, in which the confrontation between Yosef and Yehuda reveals two forms of leadership and service of G-d. Parshat Vayigash: Two Forms of LeadershipDescriptionParshat VayigashRabbi Hershel Reichman2008-12-31 52:02

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Rabbi Hanoch Teller explains the final blessings of Yaakov Avinu to his sons, the Twelve Tribes, and his two grandsons Menashe and Ephraim in Parshat Vayechi.Parshat Vayechi: Final BlessingsDescriptionParshat VayechiRabbi Hanoch Teller2008-12-30 42:44

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Rabbi Hanoch Teller talks about the narrative of Parshat Vayigash. presents the confrontation between Yosef and Yehuda, and Yosef's shocking revelation to his brothers.Parshat Vayigash: Confrontation of KingsDescriptionParshat VayigashRabbi Hanoch Teller2008-12-29 41:30

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Hershel Reichman expounds on the mystical source of Yosef's unshakable faith.Parshat VayigashDescriptionParshat VayigashRabbi Hershel Reichman2008-12-29 52:02

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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, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-12-28 56:12

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Rabbi Hanoch Teller learns Parshat Miketz.Parshat MiketzDescriptionParshat MikeitzRabbi Hanoch Teller2008-12-24 59:44

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Mrs. Chana Prero explains the verses and comments of Rashi and others which describe the first encounter between Yosef and his brothers, twenty two years after he was sold into slavery. This class assumes no prior knowledge of Hebrew or experience with reading Biblical texts.Bewildering EncountersDescriptionParshat MikeitzMrs. Chana Prero2008-12-22 55:15

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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, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-12-21 51:33

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Rabbi Hanoch Teller learns the basic storyline of Parshat Vayeishev.Parshat VayeishevDescriptionParshat VayeshevRabbi Hanoch Teller2008-12-15 56:12

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Mrs. Chana Prero delves into the enigmatic topic of Yehuda and Tamar's relationship. Why did their relationship need to develop in an extraordinary way, and was their behavior considered appropriate?Yehuda and TamarDescriptionParshat VayeshevMrs. Chana Prero2008-12-15 1:03:57

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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, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-12-14 51:40

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In his class on this week's parsha, Parshat Vayeishev, Rabbi Hershel Reichman explores Yaakov's mission, which became the mission of the entire Jewish People: to gather the hidden sparks of holiness found in all corners of the world.Parshat Vayeishev: Gathering the SparksDescriptionParshat VayeshevRabbi Hershel Reichman2008-12-13 51:41

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Mrs. Chana Prero discusses the beginning of Parshat Vayishlach. Mrs. Prero analyzes Yaakov's preparation for meeting Eisav. Each of Yaakov Avinu's actions set a precedent for later events in Jewish history. In the course of the class, Mrs. Prero also expound on the concept of Maaseh Avot Siman Labanim.Preparation for BattleDescriptionParshat VayishlachMrs. Chana Prero2008-12-08 1:00:19

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Rabbi Hanoch Teller learns the parsha, Parshat Vayishlach.Parshat VayishlachDescriptionParshat VayishlachRabbi Hanoch Teller2008-12-07 38:40

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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, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-12-07 48:35

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Rabbi Hanoch Teller learn the story of Parshat Vayeitzei.Parshat VayeitzeiDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRabbi Hanoch Teller2008-12-03 49:10

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In this shiur (class), Rabbi Hershel Reichman explains the Medrash which says that the angels of Yakov's dream represent the four kingdoms which will subjugate the Jewish people. Based on the Shem MiShmuel's understanding of this medrash, Rabbi Reichman explains how Yaakov Avinu paved the way for our survival in the trying times of exile.Parshat Vayeitzei: Surviving DarknessDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRabbi Hershel Reichman2008-12-03 54:43

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Mrs. Chana Prero discusses Yaakov's dream of the angels ascending and descending a ladder to Heaven, as he travels to Charan. This class, which does not assume any knowledge of Hebrew or familiarity with textual study, discusses why Yaakov received the vision at this juncture, and what this dream represents.Dreaming of AngelsDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiMrs. Chana Prero2008-12-02 1:02:17

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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, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-11-30 52:44

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Hershel Reichman explains the fundamental difference between Yaakov and Eisav and why Yitzchak wanted to bless Eisav. Based on the teachings of the Shem MiShmuel, this class presents two approaches towards dealing with evil. Parshat Toldot: Approaches to EvilDescriptionParashat ToldotRabbi Hershel Reichman2008-11-25 51:39

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Rabbi Hanoch Teller goes through the parsha, Parshat Toldot, providing a basic overview of the story as well as inspiring insights to the parsha.Parshat ToldotDescriptionParashat ToldotRabbi Hanoch Teller2008-11-24 46:05

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Mrs. Chana Prero discusses the blessings that Yitzchak wanted to bestow on Esav. This class, which does not assume any prior knowledge of the text or of Hebrew language, answers questions such as why Yitzchak wanted to give Esav the brachot (blessings), why Rivka intervened, and why Yaakov did not tell the truth.Stolen BlessingsDescriptionParashat ToldotMrs. Chana Prero2008-11-24 54:40

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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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Describing the unbelievable gifts and characteristics of Yosef Hatzadik (the Righteous).Characteristics of Yosef HatzadikDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-11-23 55:26

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Hershel Reichman discusses Eliezer's mission to find a wife for Yitzchak. The Shem MiShmuel focuses on Eliezer's ability to overcome his own interest and his subsequent success. Parshat Chayei Sarah: Overcoming Self InterestDescriptionParshat Chayei SaraRabbi Hershel Reichman2008-11-18 51:27

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On Parshat Chayei Sarah, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on Eliezer's search for a wife for Yitzchak, and why Hashem performed a miracle of shortening the journey for Eliezer.The Divine PathDescriptionParshat Chayei SaraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-11-17 1:03:19

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Avraham's essence was one of pure chessed, total giving to another. Yet despite his desire for complete chessed, Avraham Avinu was able to combine din (justice) within his chessed personality. This class on Parshat Chayei Sarah discusses Avraham's ability to combine the attributes of din and chessed. Parshat Chayei Sarah: Avraham - Combination of Din and ChessedDescriptionParshat Chayei SaraRabbi Hershel Reichman2008-11-17 38:27

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Exploring the Sale of Yosef through the verses and the commentaries that discuss the first passuk of Parshat Vayeishev.Life of GrowthDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-11-17 50:27

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Mrs. Chana Prero elucidates Avraham Avinu's instruction to his servant Eliezer, as Eliezer embarks on a mission to find a wife for Yitzchak Avinu. The class discusses why Yitzchak could not marry a Cananite woman, and why Eliezer chose to use a sign to help him complete his mission. The class, which assumes no prior knowledge of the Chumash or of the Hebrew language, encourages use of the Artscroll Sapirstein Rashi Chumash.Eliezer's MissionDescriptionParshat Chayei SaraMrs. Chana Prero2008-11-17 55:40

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Mrs. Chana Prero compares Avraham, Sara, and Ishmael's tzchok (laughter), to determine which laughter is appropriate in different situations. She also discusses Hagar's behavior when she is sent out of Avraham's home.Laughter LessonsDescriptionParshat VayeiraMrs. Chana Prero2008-11-10 47:38

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Reichman explains how Avraham, the epitome of Chessed (kindness) has a son, Yitzchak who is the epitome of Din (judgement). Based on the Shem MiShmuel, this class analyzes the essence of our forefathers and mothers. Parshat Vayeira: Chessed and DinDescriptionParshat VayeiraRabbi Hershel Reichman2008-11-10 57:58

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In Parshat Vayera, Avraham exemplifies the model of Hachnasat Orchim, hospitality. Mrs. Shira Smiles examines what was unique about these acts of hachnasat orchim, and why, in their merit, Avraham was blessed with a son.Height of HospitalityDescriptionParshat VayeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-11-09 1:03:20

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In this shiur (Torah Class) Rabbi Reichman discussing this week's parsha, Parshat Vayeira, in accordance with the interpretation of Chassidut using the Shem MiShmuel.Parshat Vayeira: Overflowing RewardDescriptionParshat VayeiraRabbi Hershel Reichman2008-11-06 44:01

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Mrs. Chana Prero explores Parshat Lech Lecha. This class, based on the verses with the commentary of Rashi, talks about the commandment to Avraham to perform a brit mila (circumcision) on himself. No prior textual skills or knowledge of Hebrew required for this class.Parshat Lech Lecha- Brit MillaDescriptionParshat Lech LechaMrs. Chana Prero2008-11-05 52:58

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Hershel Reichman explains the underlying motives of Avraham's quest to find G-d. Based on the Shem MiShmuel, Rabbi Reichman demonstrates that Avraham's journey is symbolic of all mankind's search for meaning in life. Parshat Lech Lecha: Man's Search for MeaningDescriptionParshat Lech LechaRabbi Hershel Reichman2008-11-05 54:10

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Mrs. Chana Prero analyzes the sin and the punishment of the Dor Haflagah, the generation after the Flood that built the Tower of Bavel. The class goes through the relevant verses and the corresponding comments of Rashi. This class is suitable to anyone wanting to explore the topic inside, regardless of knowledge of Hebrew or level of textual skills.The Tower of BavelDescriptionParshat NoachMrs. Chana Prero2008-11-04 45:49

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Mrs. Chana Prero discusses the story of Kayin and Hevel, the sons of Adam and Chava. The actions of Hevel and Kayin teach us how to serve G-d and do Teshuva (return to Him). This class does not assume any previous knowledge of Hebrew or of the Parsha.Kayin and HevelDescriptionParshat BereishitMrs. Chana Prero2008-11-03 51:40

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Rabbi Hanoch Teller discusses the narrative in Parshat Chayei Sarah. Avraham buys the Machpela Cave and adjoining field in Chevron and buries his wife Sarah there, and then dispatches his servant Eliezer to find a shidduch (marriage partner) for his son Yitzchak.Parshat Chayei SarahDescriptionParshat Chayei SaraRabbi Hanoch Teller2008-10-30 42:25

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Rabbi Hanoch Teller relates the story of Parshat Vayeira. Rabbi Teller discusses more of the trials of Avraham Avinu and the destruction of Sodom and Amorah.Parshat VayeiraDescriptionParshat VayeiraRabbi Hanoch Teller2008-10-29 57:39

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Rabbi Hanoch Teller explains the story of Avraham's trials and his departure to the Land of Israel. This class focuses on the narrative of Parshat Lech Lecha, with some added insights.Parshat Lech LechaDescriptionParshat Lech LechaRabbi Hanoch Teller2008-10-28 39:42

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Hershel Reichman delves into the personality of Noach and his unique righteousness. Based on the teachings of the Shem MiShmuel, the class explains three levels of soul and the mitzvot which correspond to each level.Parshat Noach: Perfection of Three Levels of SoulDescriptionParshat NoachRabbi Hershel Reichman2008-10-27 53:21

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On Parshat Noach, Mrs. Smiles explores who Noach really was, and for what merit Noach was saved, offering a goal of what to aspire to so that one can be saved from the deluge that surrounds a person in today's world.Wonderful WordsDescriptionParshat NoachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-10-26 1:01:29

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In this shiur (class), , Rabbi Hershel Reichman explains the significance of the episode in this week's parsha, Parshat Breishit, where Adam and Chava (Eve)'s sin upon eating from the Eitz HaDaaS (Tree of Knowledge). based on the Shem Mishmuel, Rabbi Reichman discusses man's fundamental purpose of life according to Chassidic thought.Parshat Breishit: Gathering the SparksDescriptionParshat BereishitRabbi Hershel Reichman2008-10-24 55:58

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In this class on Parshat Bereishit, Rabbi Reichman discusses how the banishment of Adam from the Garden of Eden teaches us lifelong lessons, and in particular helps us understand the purpose of Jewish exile and suffering. Parshat Bereishit: Purposeful PainDescriptionParshat BereishitRabbi Hershel Reichman2008-10-20 1:10:42

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Rabbi Hanoch Teller goes through the major episodes in Parshat Noach and explains their lessons.Parshat NoachDescriptionParshat NoachRabbi Hanoch Teller2008-10-13 42:28

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Rabbi Teller takes his students on a journey through the first parsha in the Torah, Parshat Bereishit. This basic class relates the topics, themes, and general storyline of the parsha in a captivating manner.Parshat BereishitDescriptionParshat BereishitRabbi Hanoch Teller2008-10-12 56:33

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On Parshat Lech Lecha, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on the question of why Avraham Avinu was chosen as the father of our nation.Eternal CallDescriptionParshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-10-02 55:47

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Mrs. Shira Smiles uncovers how humility leads a person to greatness.Humility Feeds GreatnessDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-01-30 50:41

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Mrs. Shira Smiles analyzes the identity of the angel in Jacob's dream and discusses the special relationship between Hashem and the Jewish people.Achieving PerfectionDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-01-20 51:20

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Continues the in depth look at Jacob's Dream.Connecting Heaven and EarthDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-01-13 53:21

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Shira Smiles speaks about how the stones were used as a protection, as well as the symbolism of the ladder.Ein Od Mil'vadoDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-01-06 58:15

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Mrs. Shira Smiles explains how Yaakov placed the stones, and the symbolism of the argument between them.Spiritual StonesDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-12-30 54:25

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Mrs. Smiles talks about Yaakov's prayer to Hashem at night, which is the precedent for the Tefilla of Maariv.Prayer of DarknessDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-12-23 51:25

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Mrs. Shira Smiles talks about the fast day of the Tenth of Tevet, as well as the parsha for this week, Parshat Vayechi.Parshat Vayechi & The Tenth of TevetDescriptionParshat VayechiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-12-17 59:45

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An analysis of the Torah's topic of Jacob's dream.MindsetDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-12-16 52:08

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In discussing this week's parsha, Parshat Vayechi, Rabbi Hershel Reichman speaks about the individual strengths of each of the Tribes of Israel and their beauty as a whole nation.Parshat Vayechi: The Kaleidescope of the Jewish Land and PeopleDescriptionParshat VayechiRabbi Hershel Reichman2007-12-11 43:34

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In this Torah shiur (class), Rabbi Hershel Reichman discusses this week's parsha, Parshat Vayigash. Rabbi Reichman teaches that Yosef's greatness lies in his ability to be a perfect tzadik unbeknown to the outside world.Parshat Vayigash: Hidden TzadikimDescriptionParshat VayigashRabbi Hershel Reichman2007-12-09 49:21

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Mrs. Shira Smiles provides a discussion of the unfortunate incident of Shechem's violation of Yaakov's daughter, Dina.Woman's RoleDescriptionParshat VayishlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-11-18 59:37

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Mrs. Shira Smiles addresses the many questions that arise concerning the episode of Rachel stealing the idols of her father Lavan as Yaakov flees Lavan's home.Divination and PrayerDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-11-11 59:45

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Continues the analysis of Jacob's dream and discusses the lessons learned from every word in the first passuk of the Parsha.ImpressionDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-11-11 59:58

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Last installment of Akeidat Yitzchak class series, Expounds upon the topic of Akeidat Yitzchak. Heel of MessiahDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-11-04 47:30

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Mrs. Shira Smiles expounds upon Parshat Toldot by delving into the message that Esav gives us.Esav's MessageDescriptionParashat ToldotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-11-04 1:01:17

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An in-depth study of the topic of Yaakov's dream of the ladder.The Whole PictureDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-11-04 52:46

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Mrs. Shira Smiles gives an analysis of the extraordinary episode of the search for Yitzchak's wife, and a discussion of the lessons gleaned from this story for our personal lives.Creating the "I"DescriptionParshat Chayei SaraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-10-28 53:53

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In this class on Parshat Lech Lecha, Rabbi Herschel Reichman discusses how earth's desire to reach the heavens, and heaven's force in holding her back, is a spiritual reality that applies to our own lives as well. Parshat Lech Lecha: Relationship of Heaven and EarthDescriptionParshat Lech LechaRabbi Hershel Reichman2007-10-23 45:05

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Explains how the ending of the episode of Akeidat Yitzchak is actually a new beginning in his Avodat Hashem.Beginning and EndDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-10-23 44:31

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Mrs. Shira Smiles explores the episode of the angels' promise to Avraham and Sarah that they will be blessed with a son. Shira Smiles clarifies this difficult-to-understand episode with both the classical understanding and with the novel approach of the Belzer Rebbe.ConnectionDescriptionParshat VayeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-10-23 53:11

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Discusses the meaning of Avraham's ram.Avraham's RamDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-10-21 48:34

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Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses the fact that G-d's command to Avraham to travel to the Land of Israel was not simply a command to move physically. She discusses that this charge instead echoes to every Jew and commands each of us to embark on an inner journey of self-perfection.Inner JourneyDescriptionParshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-10-15 58:14

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Expounds upon the topic of Akeidat Yitzchak.Akeidat YitzchakDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-07-15 48:58

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Discusses the angel's call to Avraham to stop what he is doing and not to harm his son.Call of the AngelDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-07-08 56:04

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Discusses the poignant moments of Avraham actually performing the Akeida.Tears of a Father, Tears of a SonDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-07-02 46:43

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Addressing many of the glaring questions that appear in the Torah's narrative of this episode.The Binding of YitzchakDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-06-24 48:05

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Analyzing the centrality of prayer learned from Avraham Avinu's prayer to Hashem at the top of the mountain.Simple FaithDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-06-17 45:46

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Observing the meaningful dialogue between Avraham Avinu tells Yitzchak Avinu, replete with hidden messages about love between a father and son, self-nullification before G-d and more.Meaningful DialogueDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-06-10 40:27

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Why would Avraham Avinu disparagingly refer to his son and servant as 'the nation that is similar to a donkey?''Stay Here with the Donkey'DescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-06-05 45:38

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Why does the Torah refer to the location of the Akeida as 'the place'? 'He Saw the Place From Afar'DescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-05-28 47:10

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A Teaching of the great speed and desire with which Avraham Avinu performs the Akeida and understanding the significance of our forefather’s use of the donkey.The Chamor: Harnessing MaterialismDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-05-21 21:28

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This class focuses on the topic of fulfilling a mitzvah completely which entails pure devotion,joy, and alacrity.Father and Son Set OutDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-05-13 49:57

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Discovering the unique character of the city of Yerushalayim, Jerusalem.The Land of MoriahDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-05-06 46:00

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Discussing the deeper meaning of the words Lech Lecha and their message for every person's spiritual journey.Lech LechaDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-04-29 01:53:35

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Looking at the manner of Hashem’s call to Avraham Avinu, and the response Avraham's striking response of Hineni.Where was Sarah during the Akeida?DescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-04-23 47:44

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Focusing on the nature of Heavenly tests. Mrs. Smiles compares the approaches of the mefarshim who discuss the purpose of a nisayon.Reasons Behind Life's TestsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-03-18 49:05

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Torah insights on the motivation behind the Akeida.Motivating Factors of the AkeidaDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Lech LechaRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-03-11 45:44

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Shira Smiles discusses how the different tribes each reflect a specific quality of the Jewish people.Tribes - Model of DiversityDescriptionParshat VayechiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2006-11-05 55:46

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Shira Smiles discusses Parshat Vayigash, and the significance of the wagons Yosef sent from Egypt to bring his father Yaakov from the Land of Canaan.Wagon WisdomDescriptionParshat VayigashRebbetzin Shira Smiles2006-11-04 52:21

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Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the life question that Parshat Vayeishev addresses: What has man been placed in this world to accomplish?World of ActionDescriptionParshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2006-11-03 50:24

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Shira Smiles discusses Parshat Vayishlach, delving into the episode of Rachel's death and her burial in Beit Lechem instead of in Chevron.Chevron - Inner EssenceDescriptionParshat VayishlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2006-11-02 49:02

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Mrs. Smiles explains the puzzling episode of the "Dudaim", the fertility herbs that Reuven brought for his mother Leah, and Leah's deal with Rachel to give her the Dudaim in return for more time with Yaakov, their husband.Redeeming the SparksDescriptionParshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2006-11-01 52:33

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Shira Smiles discusses the narrative of the story of Yitzchak's blessings to his sons Yaakov and Esav, found in Parshat Toldot. Yitzchak's main strength was that of Gevura (inner strength), and therefore he is tested specifically in this area.Testing the EssenceDescriptionParashat ToldotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2006-10-29 51:19

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Shira Smiles discusses Parshat Chayei Sarah. In this parsha, the tenth and final test of Avraham Avinu takes place.The Grand FinaleDescriptionParshat Chayei SaraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2006-10-28 50:23

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Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses how in Parshat Vayeira, Avraham Avinu is put to the ultimate test, Akeidat Yitchak. Shira Smiles explains what the Akeida means to us today.Ultimate Trust and LoveDescriptionParshat VayeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2006-10-27 56:59

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