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!

Drash for Sh'mot 5775

by Micki Shulman - January 9, 2015

In this week’s Torah portion, Sh’mot, God begins to formulate a plan to rescue the Israelites and to create the birth of a new nation after over four hundred years of oppression.

This was the time of Joseph, whose people were enslaved. Initially, they only numbered seventy. With each passing year, he witnessed the Israelites grow exponentially with each new generation. Although his family had multiplied, he never lived to see them free.

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Drash for Vayechi 5775

by Michael Mann - January 2, 2015

Shabbat Shalom.

When I first heard that I would or could do a drash, I admit it was a bit intimidating. I understand that it is not supposed to be a sermon, rather my own personal reflections of the portion of the Torah we are reading at this time. While I have always enjoyed Rabbi Cohon’s Erev Rosh Hashanah sermons, he may relegate me back to the pews after I am done. At this point of Genesis we are observing Israel’s and later Jacob’s passing and blessings to his sons. What words do you leave as your last bits of wisdom upon your passing? I hate to admit it, but one thought leapt to my mind. The BATMAN!

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Drash for Chayei Sarah 5775

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.

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Drash for Vayeira 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.

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Drash for Lech-L’cha 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.

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