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Shira Smiles

Mrs. Shira Smiles is a highly sought-after international lecturer, a popular seminary teacher, and an experienced curriculum developer. She is well-known for her unique teaching style, which seeks to bring understanding of Torah texts through analysis of relevant sources, while making the lessons learned from every verse relevant to her students' lives. Mrs. Smiles teaches at Darchei Bina Seminary. In addition, she leads a number of women's study group classes in Beit Shemesh, Yerushalayim, and Modiin. Mrs. Smiles also trains Torah teachers in special workshops all over the world. Mrs. Smiles gives a weekly shiur that is broadcast around the world via satellite hookup, has a direct teleconference shiur with students in LA, and has over 300 audio shiurim. Her first book is called Torah Tapestries. Photo courtesy Daryl Tempkin Photography

Produce, Preparation and Process

May 10, 2021, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein While we often refer to the upcoming holiday as Zman Matan Torateinu/the Time of the Giving of the Torah, the Torah itself never uses this name. Instead, the Torah refers to this holiday as Chag Habikurim/The holiday of [bringing] the first fruits, Chag Hakatzir/The Harvest Festival, or Chag HaShavuot/The Festival of […]

Purim: Prayer and Providential Perspective

February 19, 2021, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein It is customary, after the reading of the Megillah on Purim night and Purim day, for the congregation to recite the liturgical poem Shoshanat Yaakov/The Rose of Yaakov. The poem, although appearing to focus on the story of Purim, uses symbolism and language that reverberate for all time. […]

Characterizing Chanukah

December 11, 2020, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Maoz Tzur, the iconic song we sing at the lighting of the Chanukah menorah, chronicles Jewish history through each of our exiles bracketed between the introductory and final stanzas. These stanzas reflect our hope that we will in the near future again be redeemed and sing […]

Brazenness vs. Bashfulness

September 22, 2020, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Every year at this time we focus not only on doing teshuvah, repenting for sins we have committed, but also on on improving the character flaws that led us to transgress. Let us today focus on those sins caused by einiyim ramot/haughty eyes and by azut metzach/brazenness. Rabbi […]

Shabbat: Silent Shofar

September 17, 2020, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein When the first day of Rosh Hashanah coincides with Shabbat, we do not sound the shofar on that day. The Gemorrah explains that our Sages were concerned that perhaps a Jew would take the shofar to learn how to blow it, and momentarily forget that he […]