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Yom Shabbat, 16 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 Norma Cohen - March 27, 2015

In this second parashah of Leviticus, Tzav, “issue a command,” God lays out final instructions for the preparation and actual ordination of Aaron and his sons, the first professional Jewish priests. Unlike other ancient cultures, the Jewish priestly trade was placed in public view and restricted to men only.

I might have written my drash about yet another omission of women in Torah, but I came across a different interesting factoid about Tzav in a commentary by Rabbi Jonathon Sacks. Tzav contains a Shalshelet, a rare cantillation mark that occurs only three other times in the Torah, all in Bereishit. All four are found at the beginning of sections describing significant inner conflict and/or struggles with leadership.

Read more: Drash for Tzav-HaGadol 5775

by Simon Rosenblatt - March 20, 2015

Chodesh tov. Happy anniversary. Oh, and happy new year. By now, some of you probably are asking, “Huh? What’s he talking about?” Well, I’ll get to that in a moment.

First, however, let’s spend a few moments exploring this week’s parashah, Vayikra, the first weekly portion in the book of Vayikra, Leviticus. Leviticus, as you might already know, is essentially a law book, a book of rules. This week’s portion devotes itself to a menu of sacrifices or korbanot, ranging from “simple” burnt offerings to sacrifices of well-being to guilt offerings. These sacrifices have long since been supplanted by our synagogue services, so from my perspective, I prefer to examine a few other topics this evening.

Read more: Drash for Vayikra-HaChodesh 5775

by April Bauer - March 13, 2015

Vayakhel-Pekudei, this week’s double Torah portion, is about building the Tabernacle. Many of you are right now asking yourself the same question that I asked when I first heard this… what was the Tabernacle? The Tabernacle was a portable sanctuary. Back then it was a tent, and it would be set up wherever the Israelites camped while wandering the desert. It was first used a year after the Israelites were freed from Egypt.

Read more: Drash for Vayakhel-Pekudei 5775

by Doug Metcalf - March 6, 2015

These chapters in Exodus describe how Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. This part of the story is well-known in popular culture because of its depiction in art and film. But the real importance of the story is learning how the Israelites come to accept God. This is the essence of faith. But how does God persuade the Israelites to accept Him?

Read more: Drash for Ki Tisa 5775

by Renee Geffen - February 27, 2015

Pure white linen, wool of sky blue, royal purple, crimson and gold. Gold rings, golden bells, robes that fall to the feet. What are all these fashion items doing in Exodus? Four sons of Aaron as Priests, and Aaron as High Priest -- Kohen Gadol -- are to be brought to the Tent of Meeting, where Moses will dress and anoint them to serve God in the Sanctuary in the desert.

They can’t show up just wearing any old thing! The Priests must have garments of Dignity, Honor, and Adornment. That is,
garments which reflect their special status, embody authority, are beautiful, and beautifully made. God endows craftspeople with artistic talent, to create the sacral vestments. God wants them gorgeous!

Read more: Drash for Tetzaveh Zachor 5775