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Providential Promise
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PARSHAT VAYIGASH Shira Smiles shiur – 2015/5776 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             With Parshat Vayigash the Torah begins the narrative of the descent of Bnei Yisroel to Mitzrayim led by our Patriarch Yaakov. Yaakov begins the journey and stops overnight in Be’er Sheva, afraid and unsure if he should continue to Mitzrayim. According to […]
Reuven’s Return
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PARSHAT VAYESHEV Shira Smiles shiur – 2015/5776 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             The sale of Yosef is a seminal event in the history of our nation. But in addition to the historical importance of the sale itself, there are many lessons to be learned from the details surrounding the core narrative. One of the […]
Commitment and Containment
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Shira Smiled shiur – 2015/5776 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             We are all familiar with the story of Chanukah and the two miraculous events of that time. There was the military victory of the small band of Chashmonaim defeating the mighty Greek army, and the subsequent miracle of finding the small cruse of oil […]
Judicious Jewelry
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PARSHAT CHAYEI SARAH Shira Smiles shiur 2015/5776 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Parshat Chayei Sarah includes the first recording of a shidduch transaction. Avraham Avinu sends his servant Eliezer back “home” to find an appropriate match for his son Yitzchak. The first girl he meets seems to meet the test Eliezer has set. At […]
Embryonic Experience
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PARSHAT TOLDOT Shira Smiles shiur 2015/5776 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             With Parshat Toldot the Torah begins tracing the offspring of Avraham Avinu that will eventually give rise to Bnei Yisroel. However, Rivka is concerned about her pregnancy, for she feels strange “runnings” within her. She goes to the Beit Medrash of Shem and […]
Tribute to the Tachash
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Shira Smiles shiur – 2016/5776 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein Parshat Terumah contains the beautiful verse that reveals Hashem’s love for us. He tells us, “Make for Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them.” The parsha then continues with detailed instructions on how to build the structure and all the vessels necessary for […]
POOR’S PORTION
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PURIM Shira Smiles Shiur – 2016/5776 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein  Two of the mitzvoth unique to Purim are mishloach manot and matanot laevyonim, sending delicacies to others and giving gifts to the poor. Why are these mitzvoth singled out as requirement on Purim but not on other holidays, and what is the significance of […]
Purifying Passion
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PARSHAT PARAH Shira Smiles shiur – 2016/5776 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein Beginning before Rosh Chodesh Adar, there are four special Shabbat Torah readings leading up to Pesach. Before Rosh Chodesh Adar we read Parshat Shekalim where we are each commanded to donate a half shekel to the Mishkan/Beit Hamikdosh.  This is followed on the Shabbat […]