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Parshat Vaeira begins with Hashem's declaration of His intent to redeem the Jewish people from Egypt. What was the ultimate purpose of the redemption from Egypt?Redemption RealizedDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2020-01-20 01:04:00

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In Parshat Vayechi, Yaakov Avinu blesses Menashe and Efraim, Yosef's children. Why is this considered Yosef's blessing, and what is the true purpose of blessing someone?Bestowing BlessingDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayechiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2020-01-12 00:59:57

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In Parshas Vayigash, the emotional confrontation betweenRemarkable RebukeDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayigashRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-12-30 01:00:27

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An in-depth exploration of the purpose and message of Yosef's dreams in Parshat Vayeshev.Dreamer DeterminationDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-12-19 01:01:38

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In Parshat Vayishlach, Yaakov Avinu turns down Eisav's offer to accompany him in peace as they continue on their life's journey. Why?Pivotal ProcessDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayishlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-12-12 01:00:05

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The connection between Yaakov Avinu, tefilla, and the Beit Hamikdash is explored within the context of the episode in Parshat Vayeitzei when Yaakov awakens on Har Hamoriah and calls the place 'the House of Hashem'.Architecting an AbodeDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2019-12-11 01:01:54

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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 TruthDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parashat 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 TransferenceDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 DesireDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 IndividualsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 InitiativeDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 MusingsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 ConnectionDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 YisraelDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 FlaxDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-11-25 01:03:45

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Mrs. Smiles discusses Yaakov's decision to leave Charan.Existential ExitingDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 AversionDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parashat ToldotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-10-22 1:00:34

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Avowing AllegianceAvowing AllegianceDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Chayei SaraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-10-21 1:01:03

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VayeiraVayeira Earthly ExistenceDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-10-21 1:00:18

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

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Parshat NoachConstant ConnectivityDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 SubordinationChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 AgingChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayigashRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-01-15 1:00:18

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

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Secret Of SuccessChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-01-08 1:01:24

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Animal AllusionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayishlachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2018-01-01 1:00:40

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Reuven's RealityChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-12-27 1:00:48

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Fruitful FragranceChumash Bereishit, Parashat ToldotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-12-19 1:01:54

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Beautiful Badekin BlessingChumash Bereishit, Parshat Chayei SaraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2017-12-10 1:05:11

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Realistic RamificationsChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 MarchDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 GratitudeDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 VayechiDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 VayigashDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 VayeishevDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-11-22 1:00:16

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In this class Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Parshat VayishlachHealed Hip: Parshat VayishlachDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 VayeitzeiDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-11-07 59:51

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In this class (shiur) Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses Parshat Toldos Manifest Mockery Parshat ToldosDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parashat 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 SarahDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat Chayei SaraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-10-22 1:04:19

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Zechus Of Zoar Parshat VayeiraChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 LechaDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 NoahDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat NoachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2016-10-01 1:03:04

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

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In this class (shiur) Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Parshat VayigashProvidential PromiseDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 ReturnDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeshevRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-11-30 01:05:25

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In this class ( shiur) Mrs. Shira Smiles gives insight into Parashat VayishlachAngelic AmbassadorsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 PrayerDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-11-18 01:05:45

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In this class (shiur) Rebbetzin Shira Smiles discusses Parshat ToldotEmbryonic ExperienceDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parashat ToldotRebbetzin Shira Smiles2015-11-11 56:59

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

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

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In this class Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses parshat Lech Lecha Luck Of LifeDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 ArkDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 BereishitDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 WhisperDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 CedarDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 PurposeDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 TrajectoryDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 MaidservantsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 BrachosDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parashat 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 GoodnessDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 TravailsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 PresentsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 RaysDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 InternmentDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 RevelationDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayigashRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-12-27 1:01:47

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Curious CloakChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 SignificanceDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 ImpressionDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2012-12-04 59:04

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Mrs. Shira Smile discusses forgiveness and fortitude from within Parshat Toldot.Forgiveness and FortitudeDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parashat 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 CompletenessDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 BelievingDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 LechaDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 DirectiveDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 LifeDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 MissionDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 SearchingDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 FollowerDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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?DescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 ConsiderationDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 JewDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parashat 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 TremblingDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parashat 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 CommotionDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 SignatureDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 VignetteDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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, TruthDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 IntrospectionDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 SoleDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 JarsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 HarmonyDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 ParentingDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parashat 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 EarthlinessDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 EarthDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 BetweenDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 SlopeDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat NoachRebbetzin Shira Smiles2010-10-03 1:01:34

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

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Examines Yehuda's judgment that Tamar should be burned.Fortitude of TamarDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 EyeDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 MeritDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 FlamesDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 DreamsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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' BlessingsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 CollateralDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 RachelDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 LavanDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 IntentionsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 SignsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 ToldotDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parashat 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 IntentionsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 WorldsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parashat 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 OnanDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 MiddotDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 JudgementDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 MarriageDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 BenefitDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 LotDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 BrothersDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 LaughterDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2009-10-25 1:04:33

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Parshat NoachChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 EssenceDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 SomethingDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 GreatnessDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 MenasheDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 BlessingsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 AccusationsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 LeadershipDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 BlessingsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 KingsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 VayigashDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 MiketzDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 EncountersDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 VayeishevDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 TamarDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 SerenityDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 SparksDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 BattleDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayishlachMrs. Chana Prero2008-12-08 1:00:19

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Rabbi Hanoch Teller learns the parsha, Parshat Vayishlach.Parshat VayishlachDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 SimchaDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 VayeitzeiDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 DarknessDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 AngelsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 WellDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 EvilDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parashat 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 ToldotDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parashat 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 BlessingsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parashat ToldotMrs. Chana Prero2008-11-24 54:40

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On Parshat Toldot, Mrs. Shira Smiles speaks about the concept of prayer.Potent PrayerDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parashat 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 InterestDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 PathDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 ChessedDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 MissionDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 LessonsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 DinDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 HospitalityDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 RewardDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 MillaDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 MeaningDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 BavelDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 HevelDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 SarahDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 VayeiraDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 LechaDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 SoulDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 WordsDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 SparksDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 PainDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 NoachDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 BereishitDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 CallDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 GreatnessDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 PerfectionDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeitzeiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2008-01-20 51:20

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Continues the in depth look at Jacob's Dream.Connecting Heaven and EarthDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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'vadoDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 StonesDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 DarknessDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 TevetDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayechiRebbetzin Shira Smiles2007-12-17 59:45

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An analysis of the Torah's topic of Jacob's dream.MindsetDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 PeopleDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 TzadikimDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 RoleDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 PrayerDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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.ImpressionDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 MessageDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parashat 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 PictureDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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"DescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 EarthDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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.ConnectionDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 JourneyDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 DiversityDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 WisdomDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 ActionDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 EssenceDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 SparksDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 EssenceDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parashat 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 FinaleDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat 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 LoveDescriptionChumash Bereishit, Parshat VayeiraRebbetzin Shira Smiles2006-10-27 56:59

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