Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mazal Tov to Aviah Saltzman!


Mazal Tov to Aviah Saltzman (SFW Program Coordinator and Madricha) on her engagement to Shmulie Rosby!

שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל

Mazal Tov to Rena Bierig (SFW '13)!

Mazal Tov to Rena Bierig (SFW '13) on her Aliya to Eretz Yisrael!

ושבו בנים לגבולם!

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

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mazal tov to Yael Block (Bartkunsky) (SFW ’11)!

Mazal tov to Yael Block (Bartkunsky) (SFW ’11) 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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

S.E.M. Torah for Shmini Atzeret

Please click here to listen to S.E.M. Torah on Shmini Atzeret 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!

Mazal Tov to Rachel Wagner (SFW ‘13)!


Mazal Tov to Rachel Wagner (SFW ‘13) on her engagement to Josh Meisel!

שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mazal Tov to Chavi Mayer (SFW ‘12)!


Mazal Tov to Chavi Mayer (SFW ‘12) on her engagement to Ari Zeitz (brother of Kayla Zeitz, SFW ‘14)!

שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Short Vorts for Sukkot

Please click here to listen to SFW's Rav Rafi Rosenblum and his trademark "Short Vorts" on Sukkot. 

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

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mazal tov to Sarah Goldstein (Kaszovitz) (SFW ’11)

Mazal tov to Sarah Goldstein (Kaszovitz) (SFW ’11) 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

Mazal Tov to Rivky Kreinberg (SFW ‘13)!


Mazal Tov to Rivky Kreinberg (SFW ‘13) on her engagement to Ari Horn!

שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל

Monday, October 6, 2014

Mazal Tov to Rebecca Davidson (SFW ‘12, ‘13)!


Mazal Tov to Rebecca Davidson (SFW ‘12, ‘13 and SFW Madricha) on her engagement to Yona Friedman!

שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל

Mazal Tov to Gabriella Pfeffer (SFW ‘13)!


Mazal Tov to Gabriella Pfeffer (SFW ‘13) on her engagement to Elie Reiner (SFM ‘12,‘13)!

שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Kitzur Hilchot Shmita

Baruch Hashem we are privileged in Israel to celebrate the Kedusha of the Shmitta year! Most people - Israelis and non-Israelis alike - are not completely familiar with the halachot necessary to purchase food, eat out, etc. 

Over the last few weeks, a number of shiurim at SFW were dedicated to practical
applications of Hilchot Shmitta. If you are interested in seeing a summary of those halachot, please click here. You may also want to click here for a calendar (in English) of Kedusha schedules for common produce.

PLEASE NOTE: every effort was made to ensure accuracy and and clarity in the above documents. If you see any errors or if anything is unclear, please be so kind as to email Shaalvim for Women.    

       



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Shiur on Yom Kippur


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


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

Rav Dovidl Weinberg at SFW!

Please click here to listen to a shiur from SFW Guest Speaker Rav Dovidl Weinberg on "The Miracle of Teshuva."

Rav Dovidl is a Rebbe in Yeshivat Orayta and is the Rosh Kollel at Camp HASC. 

SFW's Guest Speaker Program from 5775 is sponsored by the Steinbock Family of London "in honour of Gabriella's (SFW '14) fantastic year at SFW."

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

Monday, September 29, 2014

Racheli Frenkel with SFW

Over Rosh hashana, Sha'alvim for Women had the tremendous zechut to hear a sicha from Mrs. Racheli Frenkel. 

Mrs. Frenkel is the mother of Naftali Frenkel who, together with Eyal Yifrah and Gilad Shaar, was kidnapped and murdered this summer. 

Racheli Frenkel introduced her talk with SFW students in only 3 minutes... and then opened up the floor and answered any and every question that was posed. No question was off-limits. We sat spell-bound for over an hour as questions were asked and answers were offered comfortably and sincerely.  

For example, she was asked about her belief in Hashem after the tragedy and about how, if at all, her Rosh Hashanah davening was changed because of the events this summer. She spoke
openly and emotionally about how her other children handled the news of Naftali's capture and then again when they heard of his demise. Racheli was asked if she knew why she, of all people, was "chosen" for this difficult challenge and she discussed her role models. We heard about the beautiful relationship that her family has formed - and continues to this day - with the other two families. Racheli also spoke about the army's role during the 18-day search for the children and the "Tzaddik Gamur" (her words) from the IDF who was also a completely non-observant Jew who worked with her day and night as a therapist and guide. She also spoke painfully and proudly about who Naftali was and she discussed how strongly she felt after the displays of achdut and togetherness that were displayed this summer by the Jewish people. Many more questions were asked as well but, lastly, she expressed intense hope that that "teamwork spirit" that became Klal Yisrael not die down. This, she felt, is the true memorial to the boys. 

We were moved, on the one hand, by the tragic stories that she told. Yet we were also mesmerized by her unshakable emunah and grace. Rather than complain and express theological or political bitterness, Mrs. Frenkel became a role-model for us of the simcha and the joy that she experiences living in Israel and being part of Klal Yisrael.

We thank her from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time out of her chag to transform us over this beautiful Rosh Hashanah.  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Rosh Hashana at Yeshivat Sha'alvim

In most years, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur usually occur soon after our students’ arrival in Israel. Rather than require them to find a place in a minyan outside of SFW, we are privileged to spend the Yamim Noraim together in Yeshivat Sha’alvim. We are uplifted by the inspiring tefillot there and by the sichot and shiurim from Shaalvim’s outstanding Roshei Yeshiva and faculty. With all the meals eaten together in our own dining room and sleeping together there, all our spiritual and physical needs are met on these important days!

Our experience on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is part of a larger picture: At Shaalvim for Women, we are blessed to be a branch of – and closely connected with – Yeshivat Shaalvim. 
 
Established in 1960, Sha’alvim has more than 50 years of experience and thousands of alumni serving leadership roles throughout the world. We are the fortunate beneficiaries of that expertise and of those resources. For example, our students have unparalleled access and exposure to gedolei Torah; our Rosh Yeshiva, HaRav Yechezkel Yaakovson, shlit”a and S’gan Rosh Yeshiva, Harav Michael Yammer, deliver sichot and answer questions every week. In addition, many of our faculty – such as Rav Ezra Shapiro and Rav Noam Koenigsburg teach regular shiurim at SFW.



Friday, September 19, 2014

Hilchot Shmitta - Part I

Please click here to listen to a shiur on the basics of Hilchot Shmitta from SFW's Menahel, Rav Yamin Goldsmith.

This shiur, Part I of a series, covers topics such as: What type of produce can have Kedushat Shviit? When do various types of produce attain Kedusha? How must produce with Kedushat Shviit be treated? 

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

Shiur on Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech

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

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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

S.E.M. Torah for Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech

Please click here to listen to S.E.M. Torah for this week's parsha 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!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mazal Tov to Rena Ackerman (SFW '10)!

Mazal Tov to Rena Ackerman (SFW '10) on her Aliya to Eretz Yisrael!

ושבו בנים לגבולם!

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

Mazal Tov to Miriam Barth (SFW '10, '11 and SFW Madricha)!

Mazal Tov to Miriam Barth (SFW '10, '11 and SFW Madricha) on her Aliya to Eretz Yisrael!

ושבו בנים לגבולם!

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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mazal tov to Yosefa Wruble (Fogel) (SFW ’05 & Madricha)!


Mazal tov to Yosefa Wruble (Fogel) (SFW ’05 & Madricha) and her family on the birth of a baby girl!

שיזכו לגדלה לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים



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

Mazal Tov to Ophira Kopitnikoff (SFW ‘05)!



Mazal Tov to Ophira Kopitnikoff (SFW ‘05) on her marriage to Josh Abramson!

שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל

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

Mazal Tov to Michal Brotzen (SFW ‘11)!


Mazal Tov to Michal Brotzen (SFW ‘11) on her marriage to Simon Julius!

שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל

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

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mazal Tov to Elisheva Goldberg (SFW ‘11, ‘12)!


Mazal Tov to Elisheva Goldberg (SFW ‘11, ‘12) on her engagement to Zach Janof!

שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל