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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 […]
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 […]