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Yom Rivii, 12 Nisan 5775

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Drash Program

Rabbi Safran delivering the drash for Sh'lach L'cha 5772Participating in our drash program provides an exciting and profound way to involve yourself in Jewish learning and teaching with our entire Temple! Read, study, and write about the Torah portion of the week, and explain what it means to you personally. The drash is delivered at Friday Evening Services at Temple Emanu-El. This is a rare opportunity to engage in the most sacred of Jewish acts, the learning and teaching of Torah.

Contact the Temple office at (520) 327-4501 for more information.

NOTE: Not all past drashot have been posted; check back soon!

by David Keefe - November 14, 2014

This week's Torah portion, Chayei Sarah, tells the story of Sarah passing. After Abraham secures a grave site for Sarah and himself in the land of Canaan and buries Sarah, he turns his attention to his son Isaac to find him a wife. He instructs his eldest slave to go to the land of Abraham's birthplace and find a wife for his son Isaac. Don't worry Anya, we are not planning on choosing you a husband. At least not anytime soon.

Read more: Drash for Chayei Sarah 5775

by Amy-Susan Young - November 7, 2014

In this week's Torah portion, much happens which I honestly cannot understand. Hints of violation, not once but twice within the same paragraph, celestial punishment and destruction so severe one woman is left as a human salt lick because she turned to mourn the loss of her entire town, even the suggested sacrifice of a man's own son. Well, OK, perhaps Abraham was pondering this himself as Isaac rapidly approached his teen years. But this year, even as my own son has just become a teen, it is not punish-ments, but the theme of welcoming the stranger among us that stands out the most.

Read more: Drash for Vayeira 5775

by Sarah Smolowitz - October 31, 2014

As a little girl, I listened to a series of tapes called "Bible Stories for Children," put out by the Judaica catalog. Although I loved the stories, this week's portion always struck me as an anomaly; in comparison to Esther, Rebecca, and all of our other Matriarchs, I puzzled over why it was important to have a semi-biography of one of our most important patriarchs. Remember, at this time, our Genesis patriarch was still called Avram, not Abraham; to me, as a little girl, it seemed truly irrelevant what he was called, especially when he was presented as "only" a nomad and Shepherd.

Read more: Drash for Lech-L’cha 5775

by Scott Arden - October 24, 2014

This week's Torah portion is Noach, from the book of Genesis. It has animals. They're cute. People get wet. Then things dry off.

The story of Noah's ark is a perennial favorite for children. The animals marching 2 by 2 and the theme of rescue from the flood are appealing. In fact, it's a serious story. God decides to wipe out living things on earth, and to save only a tiny fraction of them. The flood is a tragedy of tremendous proportions. When the ark finds dry land, there is hope for a new beginning.

Read more: Drash for Noach 5775

by Jill Weinstein - October 17, 2014

It has been said that the Torah is not a history book but a charter of humanity's mission in the universe. That mission is the fulfillment of creation by carrying out God's commandments. Ramban suggests that the Book of Genesis is not just the story of how the earth and its creatures were created, but the telling of the birth of a people and a nation – a dynamic story that is constantly evolving. The mission was initially universal but from the "fall" of Adam and Eve until Abraham, generations failed to carry out the mission. Thus, God chose Abraham and his descendants to fulfill the mission...a mission that involves striving to better oneself and the world around us.

Read more: Drash for B'reisheet 5775

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