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Yom Rishon, 17 Av 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 Carol Blatter - July 3, 2015

This week’s Torah portion, Pinchas, is what I call a patchwork of themes and stories. A common thread, especially with the murder of Zimri and Cozbi, and the daughters of Zelophehad’s right to inherit property, is about fairness. What is fair and who shall make this determination? There are many unanswered questions here, spaces, for each one of us to explore, consider, review, and conclude for ourselves.

Read more: Drash for Pinchas 5775

by Ruth Rosenstein - July 3, 2015

Balaam, a sorcerer, was summoned by King Balak of the Moabites to curse the Israelites as Moses was leading them toward Canaan. Balak promised to pay Balaam handsomely for bringing evil upon the Jewish people, whom he feared. In the night, God came to Balaam, telling him not to curse the Israelites. Balaam sent the King’s messengers away. He did, however, go with a second send of Balak’s messengers after being warned by God.

Read more: Drash for Balak 5775

by Joe Steiner - June 26, 2015

This week’s portion, Chukat, comes to us from the Book of Numbers in the Torah. The Torah is part of the whole Bible: the Tanakh. Studying the Torah/Tanakh serves as a fruitful way to study the human condition, warts and all.

Read more: Drash for Chukat 5775

by Jeff Rockland - June 20, 2015

This is my third time writing a drash for Temple. Each time has allowed me, as a proud father, the opportunity to indulge in finding a connection between Torah and my child. In re-reading the instructions provided by Temple concerning preparing this drash, I am perplexed by the sharp contrast to the story of Korach. Korach is all about who is in charge and what happens when you step out of line. Allowing an ordinary Temple member to interpret what is arguably our holiest of books is a great leap of faith and a striking example of an egalitarian community spirit. This is something that makes our drash special and perhaps even a little unusual.

Read more: Drash for Korach 5775

by Liz Shallenberger - June 12, 2015

Imagine that you have wandered years through the desert, following God, Moses, and Aaron with little more than the clothes on your back, and the fixings to make shelter each night. Your family is with you. There is always food to eat and water to drink. There is not much in the way of creature comfort. Comfort comes in knowing where your child is, never experiencing hunger or thirst, and going to bed at night with your true love tucked in tightly by your side.

Read more: Drash for Sh'lach L'cha 5775