Rabbanit Shira Smiles

The Dove's Directive: Parshat Noach

It may be sweeter to believe that we are in control, but the “bitter” - truly sweet - truth is that everything is in Hashem’s hands., 10/19/2012, 9:26 AM

Repentance, Restraint and Relationship

Dveikus, the be all and end all of human existence., 9/13/2012, 6:43 PM

Balak: The Scheming Practices of Amalek

They dissembled, and that is what showed their true selves., 7/5/2012, 5:00 PM

Learning from Lavan: The Seder

Lavan tried to uproot everything that Yaakov and his family were meant to represent and achieve, but he did it clandestinely., 4/4/2012, 5:23 PM

Purim: Accentuating the Acceptance

The decree of death which had been suspended at Sinai but was reinstituted with the sin of the golden calf will again be suspended for good in future time, when the crowns will again be conferred on Bnei Yisroel., 3/6/2012, 11:48 AM

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