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Shira Smiles

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

Final Flames

December 11, 2017, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             We tend to think of our holidays as commemorating events in our history, but our Sages tell us that the Torah with all its precepts existed before the world was created, and all the holidays and mitzvoth were in place before the Jews were commanded […]

Yaakov’s Yerusha

October 4, 2017, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             As we leave the Days of Awe with the close of Yom Kippur and begin our preparations for Sukkot, we are left to ponder the deeper significance of the holiday and the central command to dwell in sukkot for seven days. Is there a connection between Yom […]

Victorious Vision

September 25, 2017, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Each year before Yom Kippur we explore one of the sins for which we confess and ask forgiveness in the al chet prayer. This year we will be discussing the sin of sikur ayin, which ArtScroll translates as “prying eyes”. We will explore both this […]

Assessment and Accountability

September 15, 2017, by

The mishna says we pass before Hashem (in judgement) like “bnei maron.” The Gemara gives three explanations of this phrase. Why do we need three different metaphors to explain the same idea?  Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             One of the most striking images in the Rosh Hashanah liturgy is […]

Shira Smiles on Tu b’Av

August 6, 2017, by

The Gemara gives 6 reasons why Tu B’Av is celebrated. Many events have occurred that are greater than these. Why don’t these other events merit holidays as well? How can we make Tu B’Av meaningful for us today now that we don’t celebrate Tu B’Av the way that is described in the Gemara?  Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com

Rosh Hashana: Ultimate Reality

July 26, 2017, by

Shouldn’t the day of judgement be the last day of the year, not Rosh Hashana? If it’s judgement day, why do we focus on God’s kingship and make no mention of our own needs? How does the shofar fit into the theme of Rosh Hashana?

Struggle and Supplication

May 26, 2017, by

Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             The holiday we generally refer to as Shavuot has in fact several names each reflecting a different aspect of the holiday, either spiritual or agricultural. However, one common name seems to have no relevance today, Chag Habikurim/the holiday of the first fruit. Certainly Torah […]

Omnipresence Oneness

March 24, 2017, by

Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein It was the ultimate moment of redemption. Hashem Himself came down and smote the Egyptian firstborn. The Torah says, “I shall go through Egypt…, I shall strike every firstborn…, I shall mete out punishment, I am Hashem” (Shemot 12:12). The Haggadah drives this point home: […]

Silver Settings

March 20, 2017, by

Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein It is customary to set a beautiful table for the Pesach Seder, to adorn the table with silver vessels and any beautiful utensils and dishes one may have, gold, silver, crystal. What is unusual is that the Jews are not an ostentatious people. At no […]

Esther: The Everlasting Experience

March 5, 2017, by

Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Purim is unique among the holidays, for, as Chazal tell us, while all the other holidays will be nullified after the arrival of Moshiach, Purim (and according to some Yom Kippur as well) will continue to be celebrated. Yet Purim is not even a Biblical holiday. Why does it deserve […]

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