Rabbanit Shira Smiles

Pressed to Perfection: Tetzave/Zachor

How to understand the need for the special process for the Temple's olive oil in the context of the reading of Parshat Zachor., 3/1/2012, 7:19 AM

World of the Wicked: Bo

, 1/26/2012, 12:52 PM

Vayechi: Living Life

He taught us that there is a big picture to life, even if he could not show us that picture., 1/4/2012, 1:10 AM

Yoseph and Yavan: Egypt and Greece

Oil always remains separate; it always retains its essence. The crux of the war with the Greeks was much more than political. The Greeks wanted us to lose our essence and become intermingled with them. , 12/20/2011, 10:45 AM

Vayeira: Mockery Manifested

We must be careful of our speech lest we speak mockingly and disparagingly of others, especially in front of our children. , 11/9/2011, 5:09 PM

The End of the Holiday Season

There is a central theme that runs through the holidays and connects them to each other. , 10/19/2011, 12:43 PM

Should Man Have Been Created?

We must examine and search our deeds and atone for the ones that merit it., 10/6/2011, 11:15 PM

Symbiotic Song: Nitsavim

Singing the personal Torah song and internalizing it protects us, for who would come forth to accuse the sons of the King of wrongdoing. , 9/22/2011, 10:39 AM

Serving G-d With Joy

, 9/15/2011, 1:41 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