Mrs. Shira Smiles

Mrs. Shira Smiles is a sought after international lecturer, popular seminary teacher, and experienced curriculum developer. Mrs. Smiles (view personal website) is well known for her special teaching style, which seeks to bring understanding of Torah texts through analysis of tens of relevant sources, while making the lessons learned from every verse relevant to her students' lives in her shiurim.

Mrs. Smiles has been gracious to allow public dissemination of her shiurim. By demand, we have been reposting these shiurim here on TifTorah.

Mrs. Smiles - Chayei Sarah: Ephron - Expression of Earthliness 5771/2010

58:27 minutes (10.04 MB)

The main characters in the Torah are those that constitute the pillars of our faith, our patriarchs, matriarchs, and the leaders of our people. Occasionally, the Torah inserts a foil, a character to contrast with one of our own and to serve as a vehicle for teaching us an important lesson. Such a character is Ephron the Hittite for Avraham in Parshat Chayay Sarah.

Mrs. Smiles - Vayeira: Salt of the Earth 5771/2010

60:52 minutes (10.45 MB)

Mrs. Smiles - Lech Lecha: Betwixt And Between 5771/2010

59:35 minutes (13.64 MB)

Mrs. Smiles - Noah: Slippery Slope 5771/2010

59:31 minutes (13.63 MB)

Mrs. Smiles - Succos: Cycle of Teshuva 5771/2010

58:48 minutes (13.46 MB)

Tishrei is replete with yomim tovim. We start with Rosh Hashanah, continue with Yom Kippur, round out the month with Sukkos and finish with Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah. The connection between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, especially when linked through the aseret yemei teshuvah, the Ten Days of Repentance, is obvious. But the question arises, is Sukkos and Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah also part of this cycle?

Mrs. Smiles - Yom Kippur: Perception and Purification 5771/2010

58:48 minutes (13.46 MB)

Mrs. Smiles - Tisha B'Av: Holiday of Distance 5770/2010

59:03 minutes (13.52 MB)

While Tisha B’Av, the Ninth of Av is a day of mourning the destruction of both Botei Mikdosh, our holy Temples, it is referred to in our holy writings as a moed, a holiday. How could a day of such sadness and tears, when God’s Presence left its earthly abode and became distant from us be designated a holiday? Even more troubling, the Alei Shor, Rav Wolbe exhorts us, although we mourn the destruction of the Temple, in the comfort of our everyday lives how many of us really feel a deep void because Hashem has distanced Himself from us?

Mrs. Smiles - Matos-Masei: The Science of Speech 5770/2010

54:02 minutes (12.37 MB)

Mrs. Smiles - Balak: Pilgrimage Power 5770/2010

60:44 minutes (10.43 MB)

Mrs. Smiles - Chukas: The Serpent's Scream - 5770/2010

59:04 minutes (13.52 MB)

Mrs. Smiles - Korach: Well Grounded 5770/2010

60:26 minutes (10.38 MB)

Mrs Smiles - Shelach: Nearness of Name 5770/2010

59:20 minutes (13.59 MB)

Mrs. Smiles - Behaaloscha: Triumphant Travels 5770/2010

59:31 minutes (13.63 MB)

Mrs. Smiles - Shavuos: Acceptance and Action 5770/2010

61:16 minutes (14.03 MB)

Mrs. Smiles - Emor - Pesach Sheni 5770/2010

60:17 minutes (13.8 MB)
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