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 Noach 5775

by Scott Arden - October 24, 2014

This week's Torah portion is Noach, from the book of Genesis. It has animals. They're cute. People get wet. Then things dry off.

The story of Noah's ark is a perennial favorite for children. The animals marching 2 by 2 and the theme of rescue from the flood are appealing. In fact, it's a serious story. God decides to wipe out living things on earth, and to save only a tiny fraction of them. The flood is a tragedy of tremendous proportions. When the ark finds dry land, there is hope for a new beginning.

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Drash for B'reisheet 5775

by Jill Weinstein - October 17, 2014

It has been said that the Torah is not a history book but a charter of humanity's mission in the universe. That mission is the fulfillment of creation by carrying out God's commandments. Ramban suggests that the Book of Genesis is not just the story of how the earth and its creatures were created, but the telling of the birth of a people and a nation – a dynamic story that is constantly evolving. The mission was initially universal but from the "fall" of Adam and Eve until Abraham, generations failed to carry out the mission. Thus, God chose Abraham and his descendants to fulfill the mission...a mission that involves striving to better oneself and the world around us.

Read more: Drash for B'reisheet 5775

Drash for Sukkot 5775

by The 5775 8th Grade Kurn Religious School Class - October 10, 2014

This week's portion of Ki Tisa is especially chosen for the festival of Sukkot. We only read a part of it, and miss the exciting Golden Calf story. But what we do get is still highly interesting, and in our class discussions, it brought up many questions. We decided to do something a little unorthodox, and instead of giving you answers, we're going to give a little background and ask questions. We'll start at the beginning of our section.

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Drash for Lech-L’cha 5774

by Lori Gross - October 11, 2013

This week's Torah portion is Lech-L'cha. To put it into context, it is the third parashah of B'reisheet, the book of Genesis. The first parashah is B'reisheet itself, the story of creation. The second parashah, which was read last week, is Noach, the story of Noah and the ark. Then, it is in Lech-L'cha, the third parashah, where the story of Avraham and the Jewish people really begins.

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Drash for Noach 5774

by Kilian Metcalf - October 4, 2013


Who is Roy G. Biv? Do you know the name? Is he a writer, artist, scientist?

No, none of these, although scientist comes closest. ROY G BIV is a mnemonic device, a helper to remind us of the colors of the rainbow in order:


Orange (combination of red and yellow)


Green (combination of yellow and blue)


Indigo (combination of blue and red with more blue)

Violet (combination of blue and red with more red)

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