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Completely Covered
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COMPLETELY COVERED: PARSHIOT TAZRIA METZORA Shira Smiles shiur – 2015/5775 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             According to tradition, the affliction of tzoraas characterized by specifically described lesions was a result and consequence of sin, generally loshon horo.  Tzoraas was to be diagnosed not by a doctor but by Aharon or one of his descendents, […]
Separation and Sanctity
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SEPARATION AND SANCTITY: PARSHIOT ACHAREI MOT/KEDOSHIM Shira Smiles shiur – 2015 5775 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             The Jewish nation is different from other nations. We are a nation separate and sanctified unto God. The verse in Kedoshim states this very clearly: “You shall be holy for Me, for I Hashem am holy; and […]
Deception and Dependency
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DECEPTION AND DEPENDENCY: PARSHAT BEHAR Shira Smiles Shiur – 2015/5775 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Parshat Behar includes the laws of Shemittah and Yovel, years when the land has its Sabbatical and Jubilee years and is to lie fallow and unworked. Included in this context is the reassurance that Hashem will provide food during […]
Rehabilitation and Reframing
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REHABILITATION AND REFRAMING: PARSHAT SHELACH Shira Smiles shiur 2015/5775 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Prior to their scheduled entry into Eretz Yisroel, Bnei Yisroel asked Moshe to send spies to reconnoiter the land promised to them. The result of that expedition is well known. Ten of the twelve spies with the exceptions only of […]
Awareness Amidst the Abyss
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AWARENESS AMIDST THE ABYSS: PARSHAT KORACH Shira Smiles shiur 2015/5775 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Parshat Korach recounts the rebellion of Korach, Dothan, Aviram and 250 men against the leadership of Moshe, and then reports the terrible punishment Hashem meted out to them – the earth would open its “mouth”, swallow them and all […]
Indulgence and Intellect
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INDULGENCE AND INTELLECT – PARSHAT CHUKAS Shira Smiles shiur 2015/5775 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Parshat Chukas begins with a paradigmatic law known as a chok, consistently defined as a mitzvah to which we can ascribe no human, logical reason but which Hashem nevertheless requires of us. One must take a completely pure red […]
Architect of the Ark
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When Hashem decided to destroy the world with a flood but save Noach and his family, He commanded Noach to build an Ark which would serve as his haven during the storm until the waters would subside. Rav Yoshiyahu Pinto in Torat Yoshiyahu asks an obvious question: Couldn’t Hashem have saved Noach miraculously as He […]
Luck of Life
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From time immemorial, mankind has been fascinated by the stars, so much so that idol worship, or worshipping strange gods, is called aku”m, avodat kochavim umazalot, worshipping stars and the zodiac. While we may consider this kind of worship foolish, the Torah and our commentators understand that there is an intelligent albeit a misguided basis […]