They mourned when Shira Smiles traded the hills of Hollywood for the heights of Ramat Beit Shemesh, leaving behind a small army of ardent followers. They kept up the connection through a regular video feed. Now, they have one more way to stay in touch with their beloved teacher. Feldheim has published Torah Tapestries, her new sefer on Bereishis.
If you are ready to scream “feminist heretic,” think again. Mrs. Smiles is about as frum as they come. Having won widespread acclaim (and many invitations), she nonetheless refuses to speak for men. She eschews that favorite shibboleth of the Left – autonomy – and refers any novel situations to her rebbi of many years, without whose approval she will not budge.
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