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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 Ela-Joy Lehrman - June 14, 2013

Making Way for the New Generation

This week's Torah portion is set in the last of the 40 years of our people wandering in the wilderness. We are told of the passing of the leaders, the elders of the Jewish people (Aaron, Miriam and Moses). Thus the end of the wandering in the wilderness is marked by the passing of a generation. One must note that this also means that a new generation will be moving forward into the leadership roles. There will be new leaders for the new land.

Read more: Drash for Chukat 5773

by Olga Cohen - June 7, 2013

In Parshat Korach the Israelites are in the desert on their journey to the Promised Land. In previous parshiot we have seen them receive the Torah at Mt. Sinai, but soon thereafter we see rebellion. This is a people in its spiritual infancy, a people with newly-found freedom from Egyptian slavery who are now striving to realize the consequences of making choices. They will stumble for many generations before internalizing all that God had revealed on that awesome day at Har Sinai.

Read more: Drash for Korach 5773

by Carolyn Sanger - May 31, 2013

Hard Truth

After fleeing Egyptian slavery, the Israelites are in the second year of their desert journey in the wilderness located between Egypt and Canaan. They have looked forward to entering the Promised Land; they put pressure on Moses to choose one scout from each tribe to explore the land... to collect information about the strengths and weaknesses of its economic and natural resources. On their return, however, they give conflicting interpretations of what they saw.

Read more: Drash for Sh'lach L'cha

by Shoshana Elkins - May 24, 2013

Having never done a drash before (and a little nervous about doing so, which fits nicely in this week's parsha), I was pleased to find that Beha'alotecha serves as a wonderful guide as to why mental health in our community is and has been a relevant discussion for thousands of years, and how we can see our community as a part of our healing and support in issues related to mental health. This is a theme which we will continue to talk about later this evening.

Read more: Drash for Beha'alot'cha 5773

by Bob Jones - May 17, 2013

In the week's Torah portion Naso, God tells Moses the laws for the Nazirites beyond those recognized by the other Jews. They weren't to cut their hair, eat or drink anything grown on a vine, or touch a corpse. Some sacrifices are greater than others, I suppose.

Read more: Drash for Naso 5773

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