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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

Confused and Comatose

September 13, 2021, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein The last sin that we pronounce in our list of our confession, of our Al Chets, is “for the sin that we have sinned before You btimhon leivov/through confusion of the heart.” What does “confusion of the heart” mean? Artscroll explains it as a failure to understand why […]

Elul: Entering and Exiting

August 6, 2021, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein As we enter the month of Elul and approach the Yomim Noraim/Days of Awe, we struggle with the same paradox our Sages and Rabbis have struggled with throughout the ages: Every year we do teshuvah, we regret our past sins and resolve to do better. Yet, here […]

Sensitivity and Silence

June 28, 2021, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Our Sages tell us that in every generation that the Beit Hamikdosh is not rebuilt, it is as if the Beit Hamikdosh was again destroyed. Since the Beit Hamikdosh has not yet been rebuilt, it behooves us to explore the reasons for its destruction so that […]

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 […]