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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

Scrutiny and Study

September 14, 2018, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Among the sins that we ask Hashem for forgiveness on Yom Kippur are “the sins that we committed before You bli daat/without knowledge.” While Artscroll interprets these sins to be the result of self – imposed ignorance, Rabbi Meislish notes these sins are the result of ignorance, […]

Silencing the Satan

September 4, 2018, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein We all know that Hashem commanded us to hear the sound of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. The basic number of sounds that need need to be blown is thirty, yet we blow the shofar at a minimum of two cycles of thirty, one cycle immediately […]

Propitious Prayer

May 14, 2018, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Among all our holidays, Shavuot has the unique distinction of not having any specific positive commandment associated with its observance. While Pesach has the eating of matzah, for example, and Sukkot has the lulav and etrog, we have no symbolic mitzvah associated with Shavuot. True, […]

Recognition and Rejoicement

March 9, 2018, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             An integral part of the Haggadah is the recitation of Hallel comprised of five paragraphs from Psalms. The Hallel begins with the introductory paragraph,”Therefore it is our duty to thank, praise… from slavery to freedom, from sadness to joy, from mourning to festivity, from darkness […]

Enhancing Exuberance

February 26, 2018, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             “Mishenichnas Adar marbin b’simcha/From the arrival of the month on Adar we increase joy.” This well known Chazal seems to be the linchpin for all the Purim festivities. But, as Rabbi Rothberg notes in Moda Labinah.[quoting Rashi] the motto talks not about the one day […]

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 […]