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Yom Rivii, 18 Elul 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 Rachel Levy - August 21, 2015

“Justice, Justice shall you pursue.”

 “Injustice anywhere is a threat to Injustice everywhere.”

 Both fascinating quotes: the first from Moses in Parshat Shoftim, and the second from the “Letter to Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr. Even though these two men lived thousands of years apart, they shared a similar sentiment: Justice cannot be ignored, belittled, or prevented in any way. 

 

Read more: Drash for Shoftim 5775

by Alan Winfield - August 14, 2015

Imagine, if you will, the scene: Moses, standing in the plains of Moab, addressing about 600,000 Israelites, and their families. (Exodus 12:37). After a 40 year sojourn across the desert, he is going to lead them into the Promised Land. The entire book of Deuteronomy (which, in Greek, means the second telling of the law) purportedly consists of a series of three dissertations by Moses, given before the conquest of Canaan.

Tonight’s Parsha, Re’eh, is the longest portion of this discourse and instructs us of many of the rules by which we live, laying out several of the principles dictating how we should behave. It includes rules of the sanctuary, kashrut, laws of mourning, and several others. But for me the most significant part of the Parsha is its preamble, “Look, this day I bring before you blessing and curse; blessing if you obey the commandments of the Lord…….and curse if you…….turn away from the path that I enjoin upon you.” Look, I give you a life full of possibilities. Pay attention to them. All choices matter. Every single decision you make, even if seemingly inconsequential, can be a blessing or a curse.

Read more: Drash for Re'eh 5775

by Alan Herman - August 7, 2015

In Eikev, Moses continues his encouragement and instructions to the Israelites as they journey towards the Promised Land.

The Israelites are promised that they will be blessed in many ways if they obey the commandments they have been given.
They are instructed not to fear battle with their enemies. Moses reminds them of what was done to the Pharaoh and to Egypt.
They are told to remember the many tests and miracles presented to them during their forty years in the desert. Moses describes the beauty
and prominent attributes of the Land of Israel, "a good land, a land with streams and springs, and fountains issuing from plain and hill; a land of wheat
and barley, of vines and figs and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey."

Read more: Drash for Eikev 5775

by Mal Eisenberg - July 31, 2015

In 2007, when Donna Beyer was Temple President and Benjamin Sharff was Assistant Rabbi, Sharon Geiger, who was then Drash Chair, asked me if I would write a drash, which I reluctantly did. My first drash was this week’s parashah. Since then I have written many more drashot. So whenever you see Sharon, feel free to either thank her or blame her for letting the Mal Genie out of the drash-writing bottle.

However, this time around nobody had to twist my arm to write a drash. In spite of the age old Army maxim, “never, ever, volunteer for anything,” I eagerly called Ellen Adelstein, the former Drash Chair, and I asked her to write my name in for this spot, in honor of my upcoming 35th wedding anniversary on August 3rd. So I humbly stand before you tonight, hoping to pique your interest, amuse and not bore you, while at the same time, teaching you, perhaps, something new.

Read more: Drash for Va'etchanan 5775

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