Friday, May 29, 2015

Kedushat Beit Haknesset

Please click here to listen to a shiur entitled, "Foundations of Kedushat Beit Knesset" by Sha'alvim's Director of Alumni Rav Reuven Ungar.

This shiur was given at SFW as part of our Yom Iyun held on Isru Chag Shavuot.




For other shiurim at SFW, please click here

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Rav Yammer Shlit"a: Sicha on Shavuot

Please click here to listen to a sicha from the Sgan Rosh HaYeshiva, HaRav Michael Yammer, shlit”a entitled, "Messages for a Lifetime from Shavuot and Kabbalat HaTorah"

The shiur was delivered at SFW on Issru Chag Shavuot, 5775.


For other shiurim at Sha’alvim, please click here.

Shiur on Parshat Nasso

Please click here to listen to a shiur (in Hebrew) on Parshat Nasso from the Sgan Rosh HaYeshiva, HaRav Michael Yammer, shlit”a.

For other shiurim at Sha’alvim, please click here.

S.E.M. Torah for Parshat Nasso



Please click here to listen to S.E.M. Torah for this week from Rav Yamin Goldsmith

For more S.E.M. Torah, please click here

S.E.M. Torah is a series of brief divrei Torah delivered by various members of the faculty of Sha’alvim for Women. 

S.E.M. stands (good-humoredly) for "Squeezing Every Minute" and represents an important philosophy at SFW: every minute counts and every minute can be used productively. Torah must be learned deeply and profoundly on the highest levels possible. However, even when you find that you have only a few moments, we believe that opportunities - like listening to this S.E.M. Torah - are always available…. if you know where to look!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Mazal tov to former SFW Eym and Av Bayit, Chani and Dov Kupinsky!

Mazal tov to former SFW Eym and Av Bayit, Chani and Dov Kupinsky on the birth of a girl!

שיזכו לגדלה לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים


For other announcements see the scrolling list on our homepage or click here

Friday, May 22, 2015

Shiur on Chag Shavuot

Please click here to listen to a shiur (in Hebrew) on Shavuot from the Rosh HaYeshiva, HaRav Yechezkel Yaakovson, shlit”a.

For other shiurim at Sha’alvim, please click here.

Yom Yerushalayim at SFW!

We had an amazing, celebratory time on Yom Yerushalayim at SFW!

The day began with a fascinating Yom Iyun exploring various aspects of Yerushalayim......


First, we were treated to a powerful sicha from Sha'alvim's Lt. Colonel (res.) Tzvi Kasspi about personal recollections growing up in the Old City of Jerusalem, joining the army and fighting for the IDF in 1967 as part of the brigade that secured Latrun. His stories were sometimes painful, especially when he recounted the losses his unit incurred during the fighting. But his narrative was primarily uplifting. For example, describing what it felt like to live in pre-war Jerusalem, was particularly unforgettable.

Mr. Kasspi has lived in, worked with and fought for Sha’alvim since 1955. 

Please click here to listen, in Hebrew

Rav Assaf Bednarsh, the Ruth Buchbinder Mitzner Chair in Talmud and Jewish Law at YU's Gruss Kollel in Jerusalem (and husband of SFW's Mrs. Leora Bednarsh), delivered a shiur entitled "Which Shevet 'Owns' Jerusalem?". 

Please click here to listen.

SFW's Menahel, Rav Yamin Goldsmith delivered a sicha with pictures, maps and videos, about the historical background and summary of the Six Day War entitled, "Miracles in Six Days".

Please click here to listen.
 Afterward, we joined what felt like the rest of Israel in "Rikkud Degalim" in the heart of Jerusalem.


Please click here for pictures!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

S.E.M. Torah for Parshat Bamidbar

Please click here to listen to S.E.M. Torah for this week by Rav Rafi Rosenblum. This S.E.M. Torah was recorded in 5774 

For more S.E.M. Torah, please click here.

S.E.M. Torah is a series of brief divrei Torah delivered by various members of the faculty of Sha’alvim for Women.

S.E.M. stands (good-humoredly) for "Squeezing Every Minute" and represents an important philosophy at SFW: every minute counts and every minute can be used productively. Torah must be learned deeply and profoundly on the highest levels possible. However, even when you find that you have only a few moments, we believe that opportunities -like listening to this S.E.M. Torah - are always available…. if you know where to look!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Yom Yerushalayim: Miracles in Six Days

On Yom Yerushalayim, SFW's Menahel, Rav Yamin Goldsmith delivered a sicha about the historical background and summary of the Six Day War (please click here to listen) entitled, "Miracles in Six Days".

This shiur was delivered as part of a special Yom Iyun on Yom Yerushalayim 5775 at Sha'alvim for Women. 

For hear other shiurim at SFW, please click here.


Yom Yerushalayim: Which Shevet 'Owns' Jerusalem?

Please click here to listen to a shiur about Yom Yerushalayim by Rav Assaf Bednarsh entitled "Which Shevet 'Owns' Jerusalem?"

This shiur was delivered as part of a special Yom Iyun on Yom Yerushalayim 5775 at Sha'alvim for Women. 


For hear other shiurim at SFW, please click here.

Yom Yerushalayim: Eyewitness Account

On Yom Yerushalayim (and for a few days before) we were treated to a series of fascinating and informative shiurim and sichot all surrounding the kedusha and significance of our holiest city.

We were treated to a powerful sicha from Lt. Colonel (res.) Tzvi Kasspi about personal recollections growing up in the Old City of Jerusalem, joining the army and fighting for the IDF in 1967 as part of the brigade that secured Latrun. His stories were sometimes painful, especially when he recounted the losses his unit incurred during the fighting. But his narrative was primarily uplifting. For example, describing what it felt like to live in pre-war Jerusalem, was particularly unforgettable. 

Mr. Kasspi has lived in, worked with and fought for Sha’alvim since 1955. (click here to listen, in Hebrew). 



An interview that Mr. Kasspi gave to Arutz 7 (in Hebrew) about fighting in Sha'alvim 46 years ago can be found here

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mazal Tov to Daniella Meyer (SFW ‘13, ‘14)!


Mazal Tov to Daniella Meyer (SFW ‘13, ‘14) on her engagement to Isaac Kleinman!

שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל

For other announcements see the scrolling list on our homepage or click here

Friday, May 15, 2015

Shiur on Parshat Bechukotai

Please click here to listen to a shiur on Parshat Bechukotai from SFW's Menahel, Rav Yamin Goldsmith.

For other shiurim at Sha’alvim, please click here.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

S.E.M. Torah for Parshat Bechukotai

Please click here to listen to S.E.M. Torah for Parshat Bechukotai by Rav Yamin Goldsmith.

For more S.E.M. Torah, please click here.


S.E.M. Torah is a series of brief divrei Torah delivered by various members of the faculty of Sha’alvim for Women.

S.E.M. stands (good-humoredly) for "Squeezing Every Minute" and represents an important philosophy at SFW: every minute counts and every minute can be used productively. Torah must be learned deeply and profoundly on the highest levels possible. However, even when you find that you have only a few moments, we believe that opportunities -like listening to this S.E.M. Torah - are always available…. if you know where to look!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

S.E.M. Torah for Parshat Behar

Please click here to listen to S.E.M. Torah for Parshat Behar by Rav Yamin Goldsmith.

For more S.E.M. Torah, please click here.


S.E.M. Torah is a series of brief divrei Torah delivered by various members of the faculty of Sha’alvim for Women.

S.E.M. stands (good-humoredly) for "Squeezing Every Minute" and represents an important philosophy at SFW: every minute counts and every minute can be used productively. Torah must be learned deeply and profoundly on the highest levels possible. However, even when you find that you have only a few moments, we believe that opportunities -like listening to this S.E.M. Torah - are always available…. if you know where to look!

Think Deeply, Think Clearly: Living a G-d Centered Life - Thoughts on Yom Hashoa, Yom Haatzmaut and Lag BaOmer

Please click here to listen to a sicha from the Sgan Rosh HaYeshiva, HaRav Michael Yammer, shlit”a entitled, "Think Deeply, Think Clearly: Living a G-d Centered Life - Thoughts on Yom Hashoa, Yom Haatzmaut and Lag BaOmer."


For other shiurim at Sha’alvim, please click here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mazal Tov to Samantha Adelsberg (SFW '06)


Mazal Tov to Samantha Adelsberg (SFW '06) on her marriage to Shalom Weiss (SFM '02)!

שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל

Friday, May 8, 2015

Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest, Don’t Put Our Hospitality to the Test: Appropriate Conduct for Guests

Rabbi Turetsky
Please click here to listen to a shiur from SFW's Rosh Beit Midrash, Rav Gershon Turetsky delivered on Lag BaOmer titled "Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest, Don’t Put Our Hospitality to the Test: Appropriate Conduct for Guests."

For other shiurim at Sha’alvim, please click here.

Lag BaOmer: What Are We Celebrating?

On Thursday nights, we are privileged to host Sha'alvim's Rosh Yeshiva, S'gan Rosh Yeshiva or another member of the greater Sha'alvim faculty for a weekly "Sichat Ram'im." 

This week we were privileged to welcome Rav Aryeh Leibowitz, S'gan Menahel and Ra"M at Yeshivat Sha'alvim. Rav Leibowitz discussed Lag BaOmer and the various reasons for celebrations on this enigmatic day.

Please click here to listen to the shiur.


Rav Leibowitz attended Sha'alvim for two years before studying at Yeshiva University. At YU, he was a student of Rabbi Mayer Twersky, and earned semicha ordination from RIETS, a B.A. in Modern Jewish History and Philosophy from Yeshiva College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yeshiva's Bernard Revel Graduate School. Following his marriage, Rav Leibowitz moved to Yerushalayim, and continued his learning at Yeshiva Ohalei Torah, under Rav Daniel Belsky. In 2007, he returned to Sha'alvim as a member of the kollel, and in 2011 he was appointed Assistant Dean of the Overseas Program. Rav Leibowitz has written a number of Torah and scholarly articles, and is the author of Hashgacha Pratis: An Exploration of Divine Providence and Free Will (Targum Press, 2009).

Rav Yamin Goldsmith: Lag BaOmer

Please click here to listen to a shiur on the Bein Adam Lachaveiro aspects of Lag BaOmer from SFW's Menahel, Rav Yamin Goldsmith.

For other shiurim at Sha’alvim, please click here.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Shiur on Parshat Behar

Please click here to listen to a shiur (in Hebrew) on Parshat Behar from the Rosh HaYeshiva, HaRav Yechezkel Yaakovson, shlit”a.

For other shiurim at Sha’alvim, please click here.

Rav Yisrael Herczeg at SFW: Shiur on Megillat Ruth

On Tuesday evening, we at SFW were privileged to hear a guest shiur from Rav Yisrael Herczeg about the unique Chessed that exists in Megillat Rut. 

Rav Herczeg is the translator of many works (including the Artscroll Rashi on Chumash, the Abarbanel Haggadah, the Vilna Gaon Haggadah) and is the author of many books (including Patterns in Rashi, Mareh Rachel on Sefer Mishlei, etc.

Please click here to listen to the shiur.

Shiur on Parshat Behar

Please click here to listen to a shiur on Parshat Behar from SFW's Menahel, Rav Yamin Goldsmith.

For other shiurim at Sha’alvim, please click here.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mazal tov to Atara (Staiman) Bienenfeld (SFW ’10)!


Mazal tov to Atara (Staiman) Bienenfeld (SFW ’10) and her husband and family on the birth of a baby boy!

שיזכו להכניסו בבריתו של אברהם אבינו בזמנו ולגדלו לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים


For other announcements see the scrolling list on our homepage or click here

Monday, May 4, 2015

Baruch Dayan Ha'Emmett

We regret to inform you of the passing of Chaim Kohanchi z"l, father of Chana Kohanchi (SFW '15). 

בלע המות לנצח ומחה ה' אלוקים דמעה מעל כל פנים