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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

Goat’s Goading

April 1, 2022, by

Download sources  Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein The formal reading of the Haggadah ends with drinking the fourth cup and declaring, “Next Year in Yerushalayim.” However, many have the custom to continue the Seder with the singing of liturgical songs, concluding with Chad Gadya/One Kid that father bought for two zuzim. While […]

Longitudinal Lens

March 25, 2022, by

Download sources  Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein When both the beginning and the end of a work refer to the same idea, we can be assured that this will be a recurring theme throughout the work being studied or performed. The example most often cited is that the Torah itself begins […]

Purim: Tranquility and Torah

March 10, 2022, by

Download sources  Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Purim is unique among Jewish holidays in respect to the date of its observance. Pesach is celebrated on the day we were redeemed and left Egypt; Shavuot is celebrated on the day we received the Torah. In contrast, our salvation from Haman and the […]

Rededication Revealed

November 26, 2021, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Download sources Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Chanukah celebrated the purification and rededication of the Beit Hamikdosh by the Hashmonaim during the Greek occupation of Eretz Yisroel. Yet the date hearkens back to an earlier age, when the Mishkan/Tabernacle was completed in the dessert. However, Hashem declared that the inauguration of […]

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 […]