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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 […]
Parshat Eikev 5776
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Birkat HaMazon – and all brachot in its wake – are things many of us say all the time. So often and so natural, that we don’t really think about what we are saying. We should. And that was the goal of this show for Parshat Eikev
The Spirituality of Listening
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It is one of the most important words in Judaism, and also one of the least understood. Its two most famous occurrences are in last week’s parsha and this week’s: “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one,” and “It shall come to pass if you surely listen to My commandments which I am commanding […]