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Parshas Balak
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Uniqueness of “Parshas Bilam”        וישם ה’ דבר בפי בלעם    כג:ה Moshe Rabbeinu wrote his sefer,” says the Gemara in Bava Basra, “and parshas Bilam.”  This seems like quite an enigmatic statement.  After all, what should distinguish “parshas Bilam” from any other part of the Torah?  What is distinct and unique about it? There is a […]
A Través de los Ojos de la Historia
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Pinchas, el hijo de Elazar, el hijo de Aharon HaKohain apacigüe mi ira contra Bnai Yisroel tomando mi venganza en medio de ellos, y así yo no tuve que destruirlos con mi venganza.”  — Bamidbar 25:11 El complot para destruir a los Hebreos La Parasha Balak termina con eventos de los pecados de las hijas […]
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 […]
WONDROUS WATCHING
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 PARSHAT SHEMOT Shira Smiles shiur – 2015/5776 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Before the infant Moshe was born, Pharaoh had heard from his astrologers that the savior of the Hebrews would be born then. He therefore decreed that all male babies born should be thrown into the Nile. Since Moshe was born prematurely, Yocheved […]
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 […]