Rabbanit Shira Smiles

Introspective inspiration: Parsha Para

Parshat Parah is meant not to rectify a particular sin so much as it is meant to rectify the idea of sin, the idea of throwing off the yoke of Heaven, writes Rav Dessler z”l., 3/9/2018, 6:37 AM

Vaera: Stupendous supplication

While Parshat Shemot sets the stage for the redemption and introduces us to all the players in the drama, the actual process of redemption begins in Parshat Va'eira., 1/12/2018, 8:02 AM

Pondering the Sukkah

The two historical reasons for Sukkot are connected., 10/9/2017, 7:53 PM

Vayelech: Glorious gathering

Bringing hakhel into the Jewish home., 9/15/2017, 11:42 AM

Pesach: Omnipresence and Oneness

Just as it was Hashem Who took us out of Egypt, so it is Hashem Who controls every aspect of our lives., 4/2/2017, 8:08 AM

Tetzaveh: Revealing the revealed

That Hashem desires our participation in the relationship with Him is the greatest gift He can give us. , 2/18/2016, 9:57 AM

Vayishlach: Angelic Ambassador

Why were Jacob's ambassadors angels?, 11/26/2015, 8:45 AM

Purim is an Everlasting Experience

Why is Purim is the only holiday the Talmud says will remain after the Redemption., 3/4/2015, 10:17 PM

The Three Weeks: Reality of Redemption

Hashem wants us to yearn for the perfected world where pain and suffering will be unnecessary., 7/15/2014, 2:46 PM

Reaching for the Stars

The sun's rays must be able to penetrate the schach. We must achieve a balance between the spiritual and the practical. , 9/18/2013, 1:50 PM

Just Dreidels?

Hanukkah in Judaism, andthe menorah and the dreidel that are its symbols, help us appreciate the depth of Torah and the beauty of a Torah life., 12/14/2012, 7:43 AM

Mattot: The Final Act

War against the Midianites can be seen as Moshe’s final command from Hashem or from the perspective of Bnei Yisroel’s battle, 7/22/2011, 2:10 AM

Elul: Recognize the Relationship

Are we being hypocritical at this time of year?, 9/14/2009, 11:39 PM

The Three Weeks: Valuable Vision

It all depends on your perspective., 7/23/2009, 11:30 PM

Juggling Jealousy

Is it good to or bad to be jealous? It depends., 6/24/2009, 12:17 PM

Comprehending the Complaints

That which is earned through hard work is valued., 6/12/2009, 1:59 AM

Bamidbar: Bearing the Load

An opening for God's help., 5/21/2009, 12:19 PM

Sefirat HaOmer: Striking Balance

Every Jew has to count because every Jew counts., 5/10/2009, 1:56 PM

Tazria-Metzora: Treasure Within

Depending on how you look at it...., 4/24/2009, 1:51 PM

The Moment of Decision

We are asked to internalize the lesson of the sun., 4/5/2009, 10:48 AM

Vayakhel-Pekudei: A Holy Conduit

Getting our inner Mishkan ready to receive., 3/18/2009, 1:13 PM